Program Manager, Research and Evaluation


The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) is the official organization representing over 40 public health institutes in more than 30 states spanning all ten Department of Health and Human Services regions. 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 also serves as the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training – NCCPHT.

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 and local partners to support public health initiatives. NCCPHT supports nationwide collaboration to build a sustainable and coordinated network of Regional Public Health Training Centers nationwide that work together in 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 fifty states, tribal communities and five US territories.

NNPHI’s offices are located in New Orleans and Washington, DC. Additional information about NNPHI’s program areas and collaborative efforts with public health institutes is available at

Position Summary:

NNPHI seeks a Program Manager provide project management support to a diverse and growing array of public health projects related to research and program evaluation. The Program Manager will also support NNPHI’s Evidence to Action (E2A) team, our full-service research and evaluation services group. 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 to lead several projects within the Evidence to Action portfolio. These may include: (1) Project Firstline, a multi-year national training collaborative focused on healthcare infection prevention and control that aims to train all frontline healthcare personnel in the United States; (2) the Implementation Science Publishing Project, supporting the development of a special journal issue focused on the state of implementation science in chronic disease management; (3) Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries (STEADI), a multiphase research and evaluation project around preventing older adult falls; (4) the Drowning Prevention Project aimed at understanding new prevention measures for children at higher risk for drowning; and (5) a vaccination uptake project supporting a national network reaching communities with lower COVID-19 vaccination and other adult immunization uptake.

This position may be based in NNPHI’s New Orleans or Washington, D.C. offices. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this position will commence remotely. Ultimately, NNPHI requires the position will be based in either of our two office locations. Therefore, applicants should indicate their preference to work in NNPHI offices located in New Orleans or Washington, DC.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide overall project management, including developing and managing timelines, contracting, scope of work and budget management, leading project planning and implementation, and coordinating with NNPHI staff, members, consultants, and partners to achieve stated goals.
  • Manage the development of a supplementary journal issue, including coordination among editors, authors, reviewers, and journals; creating project timelines; resolving production problems; and leading and implementing dissemination plans including press announcements, visual abstracts, social media, etc.
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with funders, partners, contractors, and project participants/collaborators.
  • Support research-related activities, as needed, including literature reviews and environmental scans, including searching academic databases, reading and synthesizing published studies, and writing reports.
  • Synthesize data from multiple sources (e.g., surveys, secondary data, literature reviews) and interpreting findings so that they are relevant and meaningful to public health practitioners, policymakers and other stakeholders.
  • Present study findings to community and stakeholder audiences at various forums including national conferences.
  • 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 related to program management.


The Program Manager must have a master’s degree with at least three years of professional experience, or commensurate professional experience in lieu of a degree. Familiarity with scientific research and scientific publishing is strongly preferred. 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
  • Experience working with journals and an understanding of the scientific manuscript publication process
  • Ability to quickly learn and utilize systems and web-based applications
  • Strong communication and writing skills, including science writing, editing, and presentation skills
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills, including the ability to manage multiple tasks and respond to multiple demands simultaneously
  • 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
  • Familiarity serving as a liaison to the press
  • Professional experience with social media
  • Ability to ensure scientific accuracy in communication activities


  1. Starting salary range of $60,000-$70,000, commensurate with education and experience.
  2. 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 required (please note: all NNPHI travel has been suspended due to the COVID-19 emergency, no travel will be expected until this suspension is lifted).

To Apply:

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, Research and Evaluation.”

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