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American Heart Association Community Health Equity Program Director in Charlotte, North Carolina


Now is the time to join us and make a difference. Be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Here at the American Heart Association, you matter and so does your career.

We are looking to fill a Community Health Equity Program Director in Charlotte, NC . Ideally, a bilingual candidate, this position will work closely with health centers, community-basedorganizations, and community stakeholders to drive health equity with a special focus on hypertension and factors impacting chronic disease such as nutrition, healthcare access and health literacy. Responsible for providing tools, engagement, and leadership to support and implement systemic changes and plan health promotion activities with the objective of improving access to quality care and reducing barriers to health.

This is a full-time, benefits eligible, grant funded position with funding through 12/31/2026.

The Association offers many resources to help you maintain work-life harmonization through your changing needs and life situations. To help you be successful, you will have access to Heart U, our award-winning corporate university, as well as additional training and support, locally.

#TheAHALife is our company culture, our way of life, reflecting our diversity, equity & inclusion, our focus on work-life harmonization and our Guiding Values. Discover why you will Be Seen. Be Heard. Be Valued™ at the American Heart Association by following us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), and at


Some of your responsibilities will include (but not limited to):

  • In collaboration with Executive Director and VP of Community Impact, provides vision and direction for the markets unified health efforts, and actively involves, informs, and integrates with internal partners across the market.

  • Facilitate dialogue and listening sessions to better understand the community’s needs. Collaborate to create and implement an action plan to address racial and ethnic health disparities and drive health equity in communities and clinics.

  • Build a network of volunteers, establish, and facilitate local cross-sector community engagement council to inform ongoing work to advance American Heart Association priorities and drive toward equitable health and wellbeing in the community.

  • Design and facilitate training and technical support opportunities for community-based organizations and direct service providers. Enable organizations to offer health skill building such as health literacy and education including BP self-management, chronic disease management, nutrition skill building, physical activity, and mental well-being.

  • Collaborate with external partners and national organizations to drive sustainable impact in the community through the adoption of Policy, Systems, Environment (PSE) changes, and through clinal engagement to improve patient outcomes in blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes management.

  • Engage HRSA funded, locally funded and other health centers in systems change work and participation in outpatient quality programs focused on improving blood pressure management and addressing other barriers to ideal health.

  • Work collaboratively and cross-functionally with internal stakeholders, including affiliate and state-level health strategies colleagues, Advocacy, and Quality teams to ensure that local opportunities are aligned with the American Heart Associations’s agenda at the state and affiliate level and that public policy opportunities are actualized.

  • Collaborate with development staff and volunteers to identify, cultivate and secure program funding, including sponsorships, grants and in-kind for relevant programs, campaigns and health impact opportunities.  

Want to move your resume to the top so that you can become a " Relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives" ? Here are some of the requirements:


  • Bachelor's degree and/or a major or minor in health-related field and 5+ years of demonstrated ability working in public health administration, community/public health, or program development preferred.

  • Bilingual skills highly preferred.

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

  • Able to facilitate the identification, recruitment, and selection of appropriate volunteers to lead the board and committee activities required to drive results in achieving the mission and strategic objectives of American Heart Association.

  • Demonstrated ability to efficiently participate in a multi-disciplinary team environment to inspire change and work towards common goals with internal and external clients. Ability to influence team members without supervisory authority.

  • Excellent listening skills, including verbal and non-verbal communication, active listening, negotiating, problem-solving and decision-making.

  • Highly effective organizational skills, record keeping, budget and time management, responsibility, leadership, and motivation.

  • Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Office including Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word.

  • Experience working with multicultural and underserved communities.

  • Ability and willingness to occasionally travel outside the market and to work evenings and weekends as needed.

Compensation & Benefits

The American Heart Association invests in its people. Here are the main components of our total rewards package. Visit Rewards & Benefits to see more details.

  • Compensation – Our goal is to ensure you have a competitive base salary. That’s why we regularly review the market value of jobs and make adjustments, as needed.

  • Performance and Recognition – You are rewarded for achieving success by merit increases and incentive programs, based on the type of position.

  • Benefits – We offer a wide array of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance, along with a robust retirement program that includes an employer match and automatic contribution. As a mark of our commitment to employee well-being, we also offer an employee assistance program, employee wellness program and telemedicine, and medical consultation.

  • Professional Development – You can join one of our many Employee Resource Groups (ERG) or be a mentor/mentee in our professional mentoring program. HeartU is the Association’s national online university, with more than 100,000 resources designed to meet your needs and busy schedule.

  • Work-Life Harmonization – The Association offers Paid Time Off (PTO) at a minimum of 16 days per year for new employees. The number of days will increase based on seniority level. You will also have a total of 12 paid holidays off each year, which includes several days off at the end of the year.

  • Tuition Assistance - We support the career development of all employees. This program provides financial assistance to employees who wish to further their education and career in relation to their current duties and responsibilities, or for potential future positions in the organization.

The American Heart Association’s 2024 Goal: Every person deserves the opportunity for a full, healthy life. As champions for health equity, by 2024, the American Heart Association will advance cardiovascular health for all, including identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality.

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, age, language, sexual orientation, national origin and physical or cognitive abilities. We're committed to ensuring our workforce, workplace culture and mission have a shared impact across a diverse set of backgrounds.

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Location US-NC-Charlotte

Posted Date 1 month ago (10/26/2023 7:42 PM)

Requisition ID 2023-11676

Job Category Health Strategies

Position Type Full Time

Location: NC-Charlotte