Program Assistant, Climate and Crisis Preparedness


The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) is an active network comprised of over forty-member public health institutes located throughout all ten Health and Human Services regions. NNPHI also serves as the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training (NCCPHT) and hosts an affiliate network of ten Regional Public Health Training Centers (Regional PHTCs) serving all fifty states and US territories. Public health institutes (PHIs) are nonprofit organizations that improve the public’s health by fostering innovation, leveraging resources, and building partnerships across sectors, including government agencies, communities, the health care delivery system, media, and academia. NNPHI and its member institutes work together to implement public health policy and program initiatives throughout the nation. NNPHI offices are located in New Orleans and Washington, DC.

The NNPHI mission is to support national public health system initiatives and strengthen public health institutes to promote multi-sector activities resulting in measurable improvements of public health structures, systems, and outcomes. NNPHI’s vision is innovation-fostering public health institutes across the nation collaborating to improve population health.

NNPHI collaborates with its member public health institutes and a wide range of national, state, tribal, and local partners to support public health initiatives. These collaborative efforts promote health equity, support public health and health systems collaboration, build the capacity of the public health system, encourage health in all policies, and promote evidence-based public health practice. Additional information about NNPHI’s program areas and collaborative efforts with public health institutes is available at

Position Summary:

As a national network, NNPHI is committed to providing climate and crisis preparedness (CCP) technical assistance to our partners across the nation. The CPP portfolio is focused on building climate & disaster-related public health capacity in order to prepare our member institutes and communities to respond to a variety of emergencies and disasters. NNPHI staff and member institutes encompass a vast array of climate and health, as well as disaster mitigation and recovery expertise that can be utilized to address the impacts that climate change will have on the nation’s health.

NNPHI seeks a Program Assistant to support key programmatic activity for Project Firstline (PFL) and the wider CCP portfolio. Project Firstline is a CDC-sponsored, multi-year national training collaborative focused on healthcare infection prevention and control (IPC) that aims to train all frontline healthcare professionals in the United States. NNPHI is focused on providing IPC training and support to the public health IPC workforce within healthcare. Such training includes: (1) IPC knowledge and content; (2) IPC-related essential (soft) skills such as team communication and building rapport. For more information please visit:

In addition to PFL, the CPP portfolio is focused on building climate & disaster-related public health capacity in order to prepare our member institutes and communities
to respond to a variety of emergencies and disasters. Other projects within the portfolio p include Public Health LEADs (CDC-sponsored public health workforce development program), Americorps, Disaster Mortality and facilitating the Environmental Health & Climate Workgroup. For more information please visit:

The Program Assistant under the guidance of CCP’s program management staff will support all aspects of Project Firstline and other programing within the CCP portfolio. The Program Assistant will also provide general support to other members of NNPHI staff on an ad hoc basis.

During the course of their duties, the Program Assistant will participate in collaborative work with CDC, Public Health Institutions (PHIs), contractors, and other partner agencies. They will also have the opportunity to hone their research and writing skills and gain direct experience working on national public health programming.

Primary Responsibilities:


  • Schedule and attend regular internal/external check-in meetings with the PFL team
  • Schedule and attend meetings with outside organizations and contractors
  • Draft and disseminate meeting agendas and minutes
  • Assist PFL team with the management of client and contractor relationships
  • Write and coordinate Request for Proposals (RFP) and track progress alongside the project Budget Manager
  • Update project timelines and work plans as instructed
  • Assist with the maintenance of PFL-related scopes of work and budgets as instructed
  • Coordinate with the NNPHI Communications team in the creation and maintenance of PFL social media posts and the maintenance of NNPHI’s PFL microsite
  • Support all required reporting activities as assigned
  • Assist with the maintenance of PFL related files
  • Support research-related activities, as needed, including literature reviews and environmental scans, searching academic databases, reading and synthesizing published studies, and assisting with the writing of reports


  • Participate in brainstorming and project development activities exploring the intersection between healthcare and public health, environmental health, and crises
  • Assist with the development of project proposals;

Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to work independently, effectively manage time and clearly communicate with internal and external partners via multiple channels (i.e., email, virtual/ in-person meetings, and shared documents).
  • Commitment to promoting collaboration and teamwork across organizational boundaries and maintaining high standards for work products.
  • Enthusiasm for advancing our mission and extending the reach of our work
  • Experience providing administrative and coordination support for programs with a proven ability to productively manage multiple assignments simultaneously including setting and meeting deadlines (preferred, but not required)
  • Competency and experience in the use of relevant software packages (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and the ability to quickly learn and use multiple software and online systems (i.e., Google Drive, Dropbox, Smartsheet, Salesforce, MailChimp, Canva, Zoom)
  • Interest or experience with infection prevention and control and/or familiarity with the principles of public health, clinical care, and/or clinical IPC (preferred, but not required)
  • Background or proven interests in Environmental Health, Climate Science, and Crisis Preparedness (preferred, but not required)

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, social work, healthcare administration, social sciences, natural sciences, or related field (required),
  • 1 year of professional experience (preferred, but not required)
  • 15+ hours of college-level coursework in public health, social work, healthcare administration, environmental sciences, natural and social sciences, or a related field (preferred and would be considered in lieu of professional experience)
  • An internship in a public health, healthcare, or a related field (preferred and would be considered in lieu of professional experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn on the job and the capacity to adapt to a dynamic work environment.

Job Location:

NNPHI maintains two physical offices in, Washington, DC, and New Orleans, Louisiana. We also offer Atlanta-based applicants the option to work remotely. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this position will commence remotely. Ultimately, NNPHI requires the position will be based in either of our three locations. Therefore, applicants should indicate their preference to work in NNPHI offices located in New Orleans, Atlanta, or Washington, DC. We will also consider applicants based outside of these locations, but preference is given to the listed locations.


  1. Salary range of $40,000-50,000 dependent on education, locality, and experience.
  2. A highly competitive benefits package is offered to all NNPHI staff.
  3. 10% travel is required based on location. This could be more or less based on the needs and responsibilities of the role.

To Apply:

Please send a resume, three professional references, and a cover letter, clearly indicating interest in the position and salary requirements to with the subject line: Attn: Program Assistant, CCP.  If requested above, please note your preference for location.

NNPHI’s Values Statement to our Employees

  • We value each employee as a whole person and support a healthy life balance.
  • We believe in a work environment that promotes health and wellness.
  • We believe in investing in the growth and passion of our employees to create a workforce that positively affects social change.

Equal Opportunity Employer

We strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition.

Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. If you seek an accommodation, please advise in writing at the time you apply.

We are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

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