American Heart Association Director Health Equity/Multicultural Initiatives - NYC in New York, New York

Director Health Equity/Multicultural Initiatives - NYC

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Job Description

Are you ready to join an organization where you can make an extraordinary impact every day?

Imagine all Americans enjoying ideal cardiovascular health free of heart disease and stroke. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we get to work toward that goal every day. This is satisfying and challenging work that makes a real difference in people's lives. The American Heart Association is where you can make an extraordinary impact.

Come and join our growing NYC team. The Founders Affiliate of the American Heart Association (AHA) is recruiting to fill a newly created position in the market for a Director Health Equity/Multicultural Initiatives . Under the direction of Vice President Heath Equity/Multicultural Initiatives, and based in our NYC office the Director will review, analyze and determine priorities for diverse community outreach to impact and build a Culture of Health in NYC.

Job Duties:

Include, but are not limited to:

  • Recruit and maintain partnerships with key regional stakeholders (including traditional and non-traditional partners) using effective collaboration strategies to build meaningful partnerships which will result in scalable initiatives to improve health.

  • Build an integrated multicultural plan which includes at least three significant external partnerships with specific and significant individual engagement and health impact outcomes.

  • Engage and mobilize the community to help build a Culture of Health in New York City.

  • In partnership with development staff ensures Multicultural Initiatives is integrated into development events (as appropriate). In partnership with staff ensure sponsorship's are in line with our priorities and work with volunteers and staff to lead activation of appropriate sponsorship's.

  • Help support the Community Planning Goals for New York City which pertain specifically to MCI strategies.

  • Assist with management of key development and health strategy committees with goals, objectives and timeline.

  • Ability to implement and manage culturally appropriate programs (Empowered to Serve, Power To End Stroke, Go Red Por Tu Corazon, and other MCI initiatives).

  • Ability to engage in systems thinking and principles of systems change, with a solid understanding of Social Determinants of Health.

  • Provide support for appropriate committees and/or subcommittees with MCI partners.

  • Prepare, manage and make recommendations to the VP of Health Strategies, NYC and VP of Multicultural Initiatives, Founders Affiliate regarding annual budget for activities necessary to achieve established goals.

  • Monitors and evaluates assigned overall and program budget for functional area.

  • Maintains records and prepares component reports of program activities in order to accurately document program achievement to submit to VP of Health Strategies, NYC and VP Multicultural Initiatives, Founders Affiliate.

  • Assists with internal program evaluation to meet affiliate information needs

  • Serves as a liaison between affiliate and city leadership and integrated team to maximize communication and coordination efforts.

  • Contribute to the development of inter-departmental collaborations to increase program funding, outreach, and impact.

Required Experience

Here are some of the preferred skills we are looking for:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each skill satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Ability to effectively interact with multiple sectors (diverse populations, healthcare, state, local government organizations, community-based and faith-based organization).

  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and ability to problem solve.

  3. High energy and ability to take initiative for success.

  4. Strong sales skills

  5. Ability to recruit, direct, coach, and support volunteers.

  6. Working knowledge of system change principles.

  7. Ability to implement initiatives by engaging all key partners and constituents by influencing our partners as change agents for the association’s priorities.

  8. Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.

  9. Knowledge of diverse populations and cultures and ability to implement culturally relevant programs.

  10. Demonstrated ability to simultaneously manage multiple, complex projects in varying stages of development under time constraints.

  11. Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision; self-starter.

  12. Exceptional oral and written communications skills

  13. Program evaluation experience.

  14. Knowledge of capacity building in the community.

  15. Intermediate computer skills in MS Office.

  16. Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds with our without reasonable accommodations. The expectation is that items in excess of 20 pounds would be broken down into smaller components or additional assistance is required before lifting.

  17. Satisfactory completion of background and reference checks upon offer of employment.

Take a look at the experience we require:


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university preferred. College coursework combined with related experience may be substituted for a degree. Related experience may be substituted as follows: 1 ½ years experience equates to 1 full time year of higher education.


Must have at least 2 years of experience working with community health issues and/or managing community health promotion or related educational programs. Experience in the public health and/or healthcare sector preferred. This experience may also count towards satisfying this position’s educational requirement

Supervisory Responsibilities:

May include Supervision of:



Attracting talented, committed employees means offering a competitive benefits package, ongoing professional development and training, and a diverse and inclusive environment in which to work and grow. And we do.

So, are you ready to work for the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases? Click on “New Resume” (or “Existing Resume” if you have previously applied to AHA positions) to submit your online application. Only those candidates deemed most qualified by the hiring manager will be contacted to interview.

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Job Location

New York, New York, United States

Position Type


Job Category: Multicultural Markets/Diversity

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