Senior Program Associate, Bridging Sectors to Create Health


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’s Bridging Sectors to Create Health portfolio seeks a Senior Program Associate to provide project management support to a diverse and growing array of public health projects related to public health’s engagement with other sectors including housing, health care, behavioral health, and more. The Senior Program Associate will work independently and collaboratively to provide critical support to NNPHI program managers in the Bridging Portfolio with tasks including the establishment and monitoring of project timelines; communication requests and needs related to disseminating project outcomes; contract management support (including contract request/initiation, contract documentation collection, invoice review, processing, and logging, and communication with contractors); budget management support (including invoice review, processing, and logging); scheduling and note-taking for program meetings; communication with program partners and funders; basic information gathering and collection to inform project design and management; and regular reporting to funders.


NNPHI maintains offices in Washington, DC and New Orleans, Louisiana. Additional staff, consultants, members, and partners support NNPHI’s mission from several locations throughout the United States. 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:

  • Collaborate with NNPHI teams to develop, monitor, and update project timelines, ensuring that deliverables are completed on time.
  • Develop and facilitate communications activities related to disseminating project outcomes to NNPHI’s membership as well as larger audiences.
  • Provide contract management support to NNPHI Program Managers as needed including all phases of contracting from initiation/contract requesting through to contract close-out.
  • Provide budget management support to NNPHI Program Managers as needed including receiving project related invoices, reviewing invoices for accuracy, processing invoices for payment, and logging invoices to assist with budget management and expense tracking.
  • Assist with scheduling meetings, conference calls, and webinars and provide agenda development and note-taking support as needed.
  • Assist with requests for proposals and grant administration processes by drafting RFP language, tracking submissions, scoring submissions, and responding to requests for assistance.
  • Participate on regular project management calls.
  • Participate in monthly Bridging portfolio meetings and contribute to developing the portfolio’s strategy for growth.
  • Support project reporting to funders including planning for and writing proposals for new projects.
  • Assist in preparing presentations and other documents as requested by partners and funders.
  • Perform other duties as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree with at least five years of professional experience or a master’s degree in public health or related field and two years of professional experience. Commensurate professional experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Training/education and interest in public health
  • Comfort and proficiency with Microsoft Office programs (including but not limited to Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) and comfort with learning new software and technology
  • Experience providing coordination support for programs including notetaking, meeting scheduling, research coordination, and report development
  • Strong communication skills, particularly in email and phone etiquette
  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills, including the ability to manage multiple tasks and respond to multiple demands simultaneously and prioritize appropriately
  • 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
  • Strong customer service orientation.


Salary range of $50,000-60,000, highly dependent on qualifications and location of the position. A highly competitive benefits package is offered to all full-time NNPHI staff.


Less than 10% travel will be 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:

Please include at the end of your resume a one paragraph explanation of why you are a strong fit for the position (no cover letters please). Please send resume, salary requirement, preferred office location (New Orleans or Washington, D.C.) and three professional references to: with the subject line: Attn: Senior Program Associate, Bridging.

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  • 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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