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American Heart Association Director Public Health Programs, National Hypertension Initiative in Dallas, Texas


The National Hypertension Initiative is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, with funding from the Office of Minority Health and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The National Hypertension Initiative will improve COVID-related health outcomes for highly impacted racial and ethnic minorities by addressing hypertension as a key risk factor. The American Heart Association (AHA) will provide technical assistance to HRSA-funded health centers to increase provider and clinician engagement in implementing evidence-based practices and will also include a community integration component, as well as a national targeted media and public education campaign.


The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Director Public Health Programs, National Hypertension Initiative in our National Center office located in Dallas, Texas .

The Director Public Health Programs is responsible for providing oversight of National Hypertension Control Initiative objectives and activities and will coordinate the activities of the AHA, the Office of Minority Health (OMH), Health Resources and Services Administration and all Initiative collaborators and stakeholders.

The Director is responsible for leading assigned public health programs to inform and advance the education and engagement of communities on grant funded health issues. Additional responsibilities include developing strategy and core operational functions for public health initiatives including access to resources, tools, training, and program evaluation. This role is responsible for directing and motivating assigned public health team(s) to deliver patient, public education and community integration components of the assigned program for successful implementation of government grants as well as providing leadership to plan and operate a financially responsible, culturally sensitive, and mission-driven public health program model.

This is a full time, benefits eligible grant funded position. Current funding is through approx. 12/2023.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Lead the start-up, development, and implementation of National Hypertension Control Initiative (NHCI). Establish operations, execution, delivery and evaluation per program goals and objectives.

  • Direct activities and ensure adherence to milestones and grant agreement deliverables. Create operational plan and oversee model for building community partnerships and engaging key stakeholders in planning and identification of program objectives.

  • Hire, train, and motivate assigned team of professionals tasked with establishing and building community partnerships to improve health outcomes such as hypertension control, reduction of cardiovascular disease risk management and related health concerns. Guide and coach staff to meet the needs of the program goals. Provide opportunities for education and improved performance.

  • Cultivate relationships with stakeholders, large community organizations, participating Health Centers and other strategic collaborators to ensure widespread networking and economic and programmatic efficiencies. Educate and coach cross-functional teams to provide account services aligned with area of expertise.

  • Ensure effective collaboration between the public health team, quality improvement, metrics & evaluation, and other departments within the American Heart Association that align with assigned public health programs.

Want to help get your resume to the top? Take a look at the experience we require:


  • Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH), Healthcare Administration or related area.

  • Minimum of ten (10) years of experience in public or community health programs operations and implementation including evaluation and achievement of key outcomes.

  • Minimum of eight (8) years of experience in community education and clinical practice integration for improvement of health outcomes.

  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience:

  • Leading development and establishing operations for government grants from organizations such as HHS, NIH, or state public health agencies.

  • Managing staff across multiple locations (in person and virtually.

  • Comprehensive understanding of health equity and access to quality healthcare initiatives.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of budgeting and reporting processes; ideally with government grants.

  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of public health issues and guiding principles related to public health, community organization/mobilization, and media/communications.

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

  • Exceptional oral and written communications skills.

  • Demonstrated understanding and appreciation for the use of technology and information systems.

  • Must be able to travel overnight approx. 10% of the time.

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

  • Experience in volunteer and/or stakeholder management.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of voluntary health organization or nonprofit organizations.

  • Certified Health Education Specialist.

So, are you ready to work for the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases?

Compensation & Benefits


Pay is commensurate with experience; geographic differentials may apply.

Benefit Plans:

Employees scheduled to work at least 20 hours per week are eligible to participate in the medical, dental, and vision plans the first of the month following 30 days of service. AHA subsidizes the medical and dental cost to ensure benefits are affordable. Eligible dependents under AHA’s group benefit plans include legal spouse, domestic partner, children under the age of 26 or who are disabled. AHA offers additional benefits like an EAP, telehealth benefit for general medical and behavioral health, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and disability.

Retirement Plans: AHA retirement plans offer employees a way to start saving after their first paycheck. The retirement plans provides employer contributions after two years of service. If you have previous 501(c)(3) non-profit experience, within the last 5 years, at a national health agency, an institution of higher learning or a medical institution, that experience may count towards the two-year waiting period. Employees are 100% vested in employee and employer contributions.

Paid Days Off: Regular full-time and part-time employees earn Paid Time Off (PTO) based on years of service. PTO begins accruing on date of hire. Full time employees receive one paid Community Service time off day per year and are encouraged to participate in projects, programs and organizations which contribute to the health and vitality of their communities. AHA also offers 12 paid holidays per year.

Leaves of Absence: AHA offers both Short Term and Long Term Disability benefits which replace earnings if you are unable to work due to a non-work-related illness or injury. Employees are eligible for Short Term Disability after 90 days of service and are eligible for Long Term Disability after being disabled for 90 days or more. Eligible employees can take up to 12 weeks off of work for a qualified leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), intermittent FMLA leaves and leave as an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA.

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to heart health and stroke prevention.

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EOE/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities

Location US-TX-Dallas

Posted Date 1 month ago (1/26/2021 4:33 PM)

Requisition ID 2020-6482

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