American Heart Association Community Health Director in Syracuse, New York

Community Health Director

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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. We are where you can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. The American Heart Association is where you can make an extraordinary impact.

The Founders Affiliate of the American Heart Association (AHA) has created a new opportunity for a Community Health Director in our Syracuse/Rochester, NY market.

Under the supervision of the Vice President of Community Health and Stroke Integration, the Community Health Director will serve as the health lead/health strategist for the market, responsible for driving and executing AHA's strategy for community health. The Community Health Director will be accountable for the recruitment and engagement of strategic alliances and volunteers to drive health outcomes in the market.

Essential Job Duties:

Include, but are not limited to: (a full job description will be provided if you are selected to interview for this position)

  • Works with the VP of Community Health to lead development of AHA's community health strategy through the community health improvement plan and the community planning efforts in the market. Community Health Improvement Plan and Planning 2.0 in the market consists of conducting the local market assessment based on the nationwide template and Strategic Plan priorities to determine the health priorities, gaps and health needs in the market. As part of the market level assessment, the Community Health Director will manage volunteer and strategic alliances to ensure the local plan opportunities are aligned with the plans priorities.

  • In conjunction with the VP of Community Health , and the Development VP and local Board of Directors, The Community Health Director conducts health planning sessions and is responsible for driving AHA's work to build a culture of health within their community based on the community planning results. Coordinates and ensures implementation of the components of the Community Health Improvement Plan and 2.0 Plan with key partners in the market. As appropriate to the nature/priority focus of the Health Improvement Plan and 2.0 Community Plan, engage and involve affiliate and state level staff expertise (e.g. advocacy staff on local public policy campaign, QI staff on local hospital quality improvement initiative). Works through the board and other volunteers to ensure the health improvement plan and community plan 2.0 priorities are completed. Integrates and collaborates with all staff across the functions to support the 2014-17 strategic plan to create a culture of health in the community. Beyond priorities selected by the board, the CHD will develop and execute a strategy for driving toward other needed priorities in the market, working in conjunction with other health strategies partners.

  • Build a network of volunteers to drive meaningful engagement to create a culture of health and drive AHA priorities. Accomplishes the priorities of the organization and community plan by and through volunteers. Understands the volunteer and donor stewardship plan and supports the plan through their efforts Knowledgeable that Volunteer Career Pathing and recognition is critical to the successful engagement of volunteers. Accountable for the organization and direct management of volunteer alliances at the community level as determined by the market plan. When engaging local volunteers, director should coordinate with division/state/affiliate staff across health strategies and development

  • Identifies appropriate external partners that will provide the greatest ROI in working collaboratively to build a culture of health. Serves on local healthy community coalitions and partnerships. Regularly assesses the impact of the partnership or coalition on AHA's 2014-17 goals to determine value of AHA involvement.

  • Supports the mission of the AHA by sharing in the revenue goals of the market and working to promote all revenue streams. In conjunction with development staff, ensures mission related activities are incorporated into fund raising activities and events. Works directly with GRFW and HW Directors to develop, coordinate and implement GRFW, HB and MHML health goal activities and assets.

  • Takes ownership of local and national commitments to sponsors and ensures any commitments requiring local implementation are handled effectively. Integrating with local staff, ensures sponsor activation discussions are taking place. Assists with activation of local sponsor activities in the local market.

  • Ensures that stroke integration is present in the market via all staff members:

  • Ensuring stroke sponsorship commitments are met,

  • Providing stroke integration training for all staff in the local market,

  • Working with development staff to integrate stroke into all local market fundraising events and campaigns,

  • Working to ensure stroke messaging and activities are incorporated into health strategy plans and events,

  • Develops and communicates ASA updates and stroke achievements across the market to staff and volunteers,

  • Works with VP of Community Health and Stroke to provide stroke orientation and opportunities for board members and other market volunteers.

  • Provides training, consultation and implementation assistance to local staff on the Association’s health goals and priorities.

  • Develops and shares reports on market activities related to health and sponsor activation activities to Metro Executive, SVP Health Strategies or National Center as needed .

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 manage multiple priorities and meet multiple deadlines simultaneously;

  2. Ability to implement programs and initiatives by engaging all key partners and constituents;

  3. Possess excellent written and verbal skills;

  4. Possess excellent organizational skills;

  5. Demonstrated strategic thinking skills in assessing the local market environment and available resources to successfully implement new and existing programs.

  6. Self-motivated, highly effective organization and analytical skills, multi-tasking, communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills.

  7. Proven ability to conduct meetings with internal and external clients including interacting with external partners/sponsors representing AHA to the public as necessary.

  8. Demonstrated ability to manage large projects and events ensuring deadline compliance.

  9. Demonstrated ability to productively participate in a multi-disciplinary team environment working toward common goals with internal and external clients.

  10. Ability to influence team members without supervisory authority.

  11. Ability to work evenings and weekends, as needed.

  12. Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision.

  13. Ability and willingness to travel to attend meeting, trainings and conferences as required.

  14. Ability to use Microsoft products, computer software, run reports and maintain accurate data.

  15. Satisfactory background 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 5 years of experience working with community health issues and/or managing community health promotion or related educational programs. This experience may also count towards satisfying this position’s educational requirement.

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

Syracuse, New York, United States

Position Type


Job Category: Health Quality

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