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American Heart Association Tribal Food System Project Director in Topeka, Kansas


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. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? Absolutely.

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. We are where you can connect people to making a lifesaving impact. We are where you can partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare. The American Heart Association is where you can make an extraordinary impact.


The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Tribal Food System Project Director located in our Topeka, KS office or a Home Based office. This position is a 3-Year Grant Funded position. This project managed by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Kansas Tribal Health Summitt Planning Committee. This project is to be completed in partnership with and in service to the four Kansas federally-recognized land based tribes in Kansas and the Kansas Tribal Health Summit Planning Committee, with the goal of increasing access to culturally tailored nutrition education, healthy food choices and, ultimately, the development of a Kansas tribal food system plan.

The Project Director will help coordinate the development and execution of the pilot project scope of work, and also collect relevant information about the individual partner organizations. You will also help with grant management, grant reporting, partnership building, sustainability planning, evaluation, and food system planning. Strong project and grant management experience as well as communication and relationship-building skills will be key to the Director's success. Existing positive relationships with Kansas tribal partners are also required. #LI-CS1

  • Meet with project partners for impactful alignment of priorities, identification of additional resources, and sustainability planning.

  • Plan logistics and promote nutrition education and outreach events in collaboration with partners.

  • Train, communicate with and support nutrition assistants.

  • Meet with Kansas tribal leaders, employees, members to determine food system priorities and implementation strategies.

  • Develop and implement a tribal food system/food sovereignty project plan, incorporating feedback from all partners.

  • Lead grant evaluation, implementation and reporting, including budget management.

  • Enter and maintain accurate data on projects. Process reports and send to appropriate staff in a timely manner.

  • Provide and maintain superior customer service relations with sponsors, volunteers, donors by providing professional and friendly assistance with best practices guidelines, with proactive resolution or issues or needs.

  • Coordinate volunteer efforts for meetings and events, including correspondence, answering inquires, and providing day of event direction, including volunteer meetings.


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

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.

  • Minimum two years experience in any of the following: community organizing and mobilization, public health, policy, healthcare or nutrition health experience.

  • Demonstrated experience in grant implementation, evaluation and reporting preferred.

  • Ability to recruit, direct, coach, monitor, and supervise volunteers.

  • Working knowledge and experience in tribal and non-tribal partnership building.

  • Ability to implement programs and initiatives by engaging all key partners and coalition members.

  • Exceptional oral and written communications skills.

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

  • Ability to travel at least 20% of the time, including some overnight travel.

  • Must have at least intermediate knowledge and skill with Microsoft Office 2010 or higher used for word processing, email, presentations, and spreadsheets. Advanced knowledge and skill with these programs is preferred. These skills are subject to testing.

  • Must be able to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds from the ground with or without reasonable accommodation.

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.

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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Requisition ID 2019-3761

Job Family Group Health Strategies & Programs

Job Category Advocacy

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