American Heart Association Community Health Director in Lexington, Kentucky


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The Great Rivers Affiliate of the American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Community Health Director covering Lexington and other communities, mostly in eastern Kentucky. Some flexibility in office location, but Lexington, KY is preferred. The position will require up to 50% travel throughout the assigned markets.

The American Heart Association is working to make the healthy choice the easy choice by working with volunteers, staff partners and other organizations to change systems and the environment in our local markets. Under remote supervision of the Community Health & Inclusion Vice President, the Community Health Director will work with the assigned market local Boards, partner organizations, staff partners, and other volunteers to lead strategies and coordinate activities that are driving toward community plans dedicated to building a culture of health.


  • Conducts local market assessment, based on nationwide template and Strategic Plan priorities, to determine health priorities, gaps and health needs in the market. As part of the market level assessment, reach out and engage affiliate and state-level health strategy colleagues to ensure that local opportunities are aligned with the Association’s agenda at the state and affiliate level.

  • In conjunction with the leadership team and local Board of Directors conducts health planning session and is responsible for the development of market Community Plan based on national priorities and menu of opportunities. In collaboration with local volunteers, Board of Directors, development and health strategy staff, coordinates and implements the components of the Community Plan that is strategically aligned with AHA/ASA priorities. As appropriate to the nature of the programmatic focus of the 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).

  • Accountable for the organization and direct management of volunteers networks at the community level as determined by the market plan. Volunteer networks will include a focus on key consumer initiatives, marketing activities, family and children’s health, advocacy, ECC, QII or Mission Lifeline. When engaging local volunteers, director should coordinate their efforts with division/state/affiliate staff across health strategies and development.

  • In collaboration with the leadership team, serves as main health strategy lead for the local Board of Directors. Ensures Board of Directors is informed and engaged in health strategy activities in the market. In coordination with Advocacy, Communications, Health Equity, Quality Improvement, ECC and Mission Lifeline departments ensure Board of Directors and volunteers are engaged with appropriate goals for these areas.

  • Supports the mission of the American Heart Association by driving overall market campaign success; works collaboratively to help promote all revenue streams and shares market revenue goals.

  • In conjunction with development staff, assures mission related activities are incorporated into all fundraising activities and events. Works directly with GRFW and Heart Walk Directors to develop, coordinate and implement GRFW and MHML health goal activities. Works directly with Heart Ball Director to develop, coordinate and implement Heart Ball health related assets.

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

  • In conjunction with the affiliate VP of Advocacy and state advocacy director(s), ensure that all lobbying registration, state and local government ethics policies, and reportable IRS expenses are documented and adhered to when pursuing local public policy priorities as part of the health strategies plan


  • Bachelor’s degree in public health or related field from accredited university required. CHES certification preferred.

  • Must have at least 3 years of experience in public health, education, marketing, public relations and/or community programs including working with community health issues, volunteer recruitment and management. This experience may also count towards satisfying this position’s educational requirement.

  • Demonstrated knowledge in public health, education, marketing, public relations and/or community programs.

  • Demonstrated knowledge in working with community health issues, ability to interact across multiple acculturation levels and socio-economic groups, preferably within the assigned markets with specific knowledge of Appalachian communities .

  • Demonstrated knowledge of fundraising and maintaining relationships at corporate and community levels.

  • Demonstrated ability to be accountable in meeting and exceeding goals with minimal supervision.

  • Demonstrated ability to simultaneously manage multiple, large and complex projects/events in varying stages of development under time constraints. Previous experience managing multiple grant projects preferred.

  • Knowledge of voluntary health organization or nonprofit organizations.

  • Volunteer management experience with ability to communicate, build relationships, gain trust and effectively work with, train and inspire accountability across diverse audience of volunteers. Also ability to effectively utilize, measure and increase volunteer engagement at all levels.

  • Mature and polished written and verbal communication including negotiation, interpersonal and ability to effectively communicate AHA policies, guidelines and strategic direction to volunteers and staff.

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

  • Ability to travel and accommodate volunteer scheduling needs beyond regular hours.

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

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

  • Willingness and ability to travel frequently (up to 50%) throughout the assigned market, occasional overnight travel for affiliate and national center meetings and ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed.

  • Strong computer skills, proficient with MS Office suite.

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