Program Manager, Partner Relationships


The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) is an active network comprised of over 40 member public health institutes. Public health institutes 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 all 50 states. NNPHI offices are located in New Orleans and Washington, DC.

NNPHI also serves as the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training (NCCPHT) and supports nationwide collaboration to build a sustainable and coordinated Public Health Learning Network (PHLN) that consists of ten university-based Public Health Training Centers and 40 local training and education sites. Together, the PHLN is co-creating, modernizing, standardizing, and distributing evenly to all communities and Tribes quality training, tools, and resources that advance the nation’s public health workforce throughout all 50 states, tribal communities and 5 US territories. For more information, visit

Position Summary:

NNPHI seeks a Program Manager to provide project management support to a diverse and growing array of public health projects related to health and racial equity. The Program Manager for Partner Relationships will support the Health and Racial Equity portfolio in overseeing the work and progress of a growing network of subawardees that support our programmatic efforts. The health and racial equity portfolio of work collaborates with a growing number of member public health institutes, community-based organizations, and subject matter experts that cover a number of health-focused, federally-funded projects across a wide range of national, state, tribal and local partners to build and develop the capacity of the public health workforce. Additional information about NNPHI’s program areas and collaborative efforts with public health institutes is available at

The Program Manager will work independently and collaboratively across several projects within the HRE portfolio to develop, support and grow the network of subawardees who support our programmatic efforts and develop, high quality deliverables for our federal-funders. We anticipate this role will focus primarily on partners supporting the COVID-19 health equity TA program, which is providing technical assistance for state and local public health departments, specifically in regards to training and workforce development.


NNPHI maintains offices in Washington, DC and New Orleans, Louisiana. Additional staff, consultants, members, and partners support NNPHI’s mission from Atlanta, GA and several locations throughout the United States. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this position will

commence remotely. Post-pandemic, NNPHI requires this position to be based in either Atlanta, New Orleans or Washington, DC. Applicants should indicate preference in cover letter.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Project management of partner relationships, including developing and managing timelines, for activities such as developing and awarding RFPs, subawards, contracting, scope of work and budget management, tracking project planning, and implementation, and coordinating with NNPHI staff, members, subawardees, consultants, and partners to achieve stated goals.
  • Develop communication channels, implement processes, and maintain relationships with partners that support accurate, complete and timely subawards, contracting, project reporting, and invoicing that support grant implementation and deliverables that are produced on time and within scope.
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with funders, partners, subawardees, contractors, and project participants/collaborators.
  • Gather and share metric data on specific subaward and, contract deliverables.
  • Work with program managers and the Associate Director of Programs to develop reporting and invoicing standards and templates to track programmatic deliverables and financial metrics.
  • Provide updates to a variety of audiences on successes and challenges of partner relationship management and performance.
  • Provide clear communications and intentional activities to include and inform finance and operations staff on progress at every point in the program planning and implementation and raise concerns when and where necessary.
  • Present work of the HRE portfolio to community and stakeholder audiences at various forums, including national conferences, as appropriate.
  • Contribute to the development of grant proposals and reports to funders.
  • Collaborate with team members and stakeholders to document and share lessons learned both internally and externally.
  • Attend, organize, and/or facilitate project meetings.
  • Perform other duties as required.


The Program Manager must have a master’s degree with 4+ years of professional experience, or commensurate professional experience in lieu of a degree. While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

  • Training/education and interest in public health
  • Experience providing administrative and coordination support for programs including experience with federal grant management and meeting federal grant requirements
  • Partner relationship and development of SOPs
  • Experience with quality improvement and performance management practices to improve processes
  • Ability to quickly learn and utilize systems and web-based applications
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills, including the ability to manage multiple tasks and respond to multiple demands simultaneously
  • Experience and interest in health and racial equity as part of operationalizing the principles and values of health equity in all policies
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work well with diverse partners and constituents and function as a productive member of a team
  • Attention to detail and a strong value for high-quality work products
  • Independent work ethic and positive, self-starter attitude
  • Flexibility and adaptability to a fast-paced work environment


Starting salary range of $60,000-$70,000, commensurate with education and experience, and dependent on location.

A highly competitive benefits package is offered to all NNPHI staff, including medical/dental/vision/FSA/parking/transportation, generous retirement contributions and annual leave.


Approximately 10% travel will be required.

To Apply:

Please send your resume/CV and cover letter, including salary requirement, location preference, and three professional references to with the subject line Attn: Program Manager, Partner Relationships.

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.

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