American Heart Association Portfolio Lead, Food Industry in Washington, District Of Columbia


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 Portfolio Lead, Food Industry at our office located in Washington, DC.

In this role, you will be an organizational lead in establishing and executing food industry strategy to drive healthier food products for all in America. Responsible for establishing, cultivating and maintaining relationships with food industry executives as well as public health entities and government agencies focused on driving voluntary changes to create a healthier food supply. Informs strategy and collaborates with cross functional team to mobilize AHA consumer audiences to support the alliance strategy. Volunteer management of key AHA committees that advise on market insights and industry practices for prevention/healthy living strategy. Collaborator with staff supporting food industry strategy and broader healthy living plan.

Here are some of the essential job duties:

  • Establish and manage strategic alliances with food industry leaders and conveners leading to a culture of health through healthier food product offerings. Similarly establishes and maintains relationships with key public health organizations and government agencies who can partner with AHA on overall food industry strategy.

  • Oversee volunteer management of AHA nutrition diet and business committees including agenda setting, communication, and setting overall strategic direction.

  • Leads overall development of new programming to recognize systems change and positive innovation in the food industry and establish evaluation metrics to drive accountability.

  • Provide leadership to strengthen and refine science translation of impact goals as it pertains to driving systems change for healthy diets with food industry sector and identifies areas of integration and collaboration within the organization to meet these goals. Engages appropriate staff to explore opportunities.

  • Directs activities and strategy for the Industry Nutrition Advisory Panel and uses this forum as a spring board to develop and strengthen alliances with private sector.


Want to help get your resume to the top? We are looking for your expertise in the following areas.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Social Science, Marketing, Communications or equivalent work experience

  • Minimum eight years of experience in the related field

  • Expert in nutrition science

  • Strategic Alliance and Relationship Management

  • Program development and evaluation

Here are some of the preferred skills.

  • Strong communications

  • Ability to influence without authority

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 2018-3493

Job Family Group Health Strategies & Programs

Job Category Health Services