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American Heart Association Community Impact Director in Durham, North Carolina


Are you ready to join an organization where you can be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives?

Envision 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 single day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? You bet!

This is satisfying work that makes a real difference in people's lives. You can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. You will connect with people and make a lifesaving impact. You will partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare.

Due to the current pandemic, daily travel is minimal and voluntary to ensure the health and safety of staff. There is no overnight travel currently. In the future, this position may resume daily and/or overnight travel. All AHA offices are closed and staff are currently working from home. Offices will be reopening in October 2021; this position will resume to being based in the local office.


We are looking to fill a Community Impact Director based in Durham, NC to serve the Triangle area (primarily Wake, Durham, and Orange counties but the territory could extend beyond these counties marginally). The director will serve as a health lead to the community by building strong volunteer relationships, building a collective impact plan, and supporting heart-healthy resources in the Triangle community.

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

  • Collaborate with a broad range of community partners to co-lead the process of building or participating in collective impact campaigns for the market. This will include assessing the community health needs in the local market and developing, coordinating and/or implementing community wide strategies that focus on eliminating health disparities through proven-effective Policies, Systems, and Environmental (PSE) change approaches. The current community health priorities are nutrition security, blood pressure and tobacco.

  • Engage with healthcare providers to ensure best practices and quality improvement for treatment of patients through initiatives including but not limited to: Target: BP, Check. Change. Control. Cholesterol, and Know Diabetes By Heart. Implement policy or system changes to ensure the best population health outcomes.

  • Build a network of voluteers and identify appropriate external partners to drive meaningful engagement to advance American Heart Association priorities and drive toward equitable health and wellbeing in the community. Recruit and train health ambassadors from sororities, service organizations and faith-based organizations.

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

  • Work cross-functionally within the organization to identify opportunities for collaboration and synergies to most effectively execute American Heart Association priority initiatives.

In this role, you will report to the Vice President of Health. Daily travel within the market is required when it is safe to do so.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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 in public health, health administration, or health education, or equivalent work experience in health-related field or community programs. Related experience may be substituted as follows: 1 ½ years’ experience equates to 1 full-time year of higher education.

  • 2 - 5 years of demonstrated ability working in community/public health; working on community/public health issues through a racial equity lens; planning, implementing and/or evaluating program health interventions; leading or supporting policy, system or environmental changes.

  • Required experience working with multicultural communities. Demonstrated community relationships and experience with community engagement, mobilization or organizing with a diverse group of community members across race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, immigration and/or socio-economic status.

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

  • Proven ability to recruit, mobilize, and manage volunteers.

  • Demonstrated ability to efficiently participate in a multi-disciplinary team environment working towards common goals with internal and external stakeholders. Ability to work with stakeholders across multiple sectors (education, faith, business, healthcare, government). 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

  • Self-motivated, collaborative, flexible, effective organizational skills multi-tasking, communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple large projects ensuring deadlines are met, quickly pull together information and stakeholders to move a project forward, use health data and public health best practices to select interventions.

  • 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 are preferred. These skills are subject to testing.

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

  • Preferred skills: extensive community work, networks in Wake County, policy experience, fluent in Spanish and English (written and spoken).

To help you be successful, you will have access to our award-winning learning platform, Heart U, as well as our award-winning relationship development program, Building Powerful Partnerships.

Attracting hardworking, 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! Our Rewards and Benefits package not only gives you the total benefits you want, but also goes above and beyond with creative programs to develop your skills and help you grow and thrive at the American Heart Association.

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, 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-NC-Durham

Posted Date 2 weeks ago (10/6/2021 8:04 AM)

Requisition ID 2021-7567

Job Family Group Health Strategies & Programs

Job Category Health Strategies

Location: Durham, NC