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American Heart Association Community Program Director, Health Equity in San Antonio, Texas


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.


The American Heart Association is looking to hire a passionate Community Program Director, Health Equity . The Program Director will be responsible for working closely with health centers, community organizations, and community stakeholders to drive health equity with a special focus on hypertension or factors impacting chronic disease such as nutrition, healthcare access and health literacy. Responsible for providing tools, engagement, and leadership to support systemic changes and plan health promotion activities with the objective of improving access to quality care and reducing barriers to health.

This is a Fixed Term position with funding through December 31, 2026

The Community Program Director will lead operations to establish systematic community-based blood pressure screening, education, and referral interventions. The Director will also ensure coverage and support of self-monitoring blood pressure and introduce and encourage food security screening and referral in health centers and community organizations.

Additional duties include designing and facilitating opportunities and events for community-based organizations and direct service providers to provide wellness tools and training to their constituents. Also, enabling organizations to build health and wellness skills such as culinary skills, health literacy, general health education, as well as focused opportunities to address health issues such as blood pressure self-management, nutrition education, physical activity, and stress management.

  • Engage HRSA 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.

  • Facilitate dialogue and listening sessions to better understand the community’s needs. Collaborate to create an action plan addressing racial and ethnic health disparities and driving health equity in the community. Implement assessment plans to evaluate the environment, identify opportunities for action, and engage in sustainable, systemic changes in a community.

  • Identify, recruit and facilitate local cross sector leaders to participate in an engagement council and provide a forum to inform ongoing work.

  • Ensure local opportunities are aligned with the AHA’s broader advocacy, quality, and mission related agenda at the state and region level. Activate support for public policy opportunities.

Volunteer Responsibilities include:

  • Facilitating 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 AHA

  • Communicating, building relationships, gaining trust and effectively working with and through volunteers

  • Training and developing volunteers

  • Complete succession planning for key volunteer positions

  • Communicate strategic direction and provide consultation to volunteer committees and Board members

  • Inspire change through volunteers

  • Measuring and increasing engagement and motivation of volunteers at all levels

  • Effectively assessing and leverageing volunteer skill sets and interests by developing and utilizing volunteer roles in meaningful ways

  • Proactively and effectively communicating across diverse audience of volunteers

  • Instilling a spirit and feeling of belonging with volunteers


  • A bachelors' degree or equivalent experience is needed

  • 3 to 5 years’ experience in public health administration, organization, or program development

  • Comprehensive knowledge of health care systems, clinical settings, public health, voluntary health organizations or nonprofit organizations

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with volunteers, staff, and the public as part of a team

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

  • Demonstrated understanding and appreciation for the use of technology and information systems

  • Demonstrated experience in facilitation and motivational interviewing

Compensation & Benefits


Pay is commensurate with experience; geographic differentials may apply.

Benefit Plans:

Our Rewards & Benefits package not only gives you the total benefits you want, but also goes above and beyond with innovative programs to develop your skills – helping you grow and thrive at the American Heart Association. To learn more about our benefit offerings please visit:

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-TX-San Antonio

Posted Date 1 month ago (4/20/2022 1:06 PM)

Requisition ID 2022-8505

Job Category Health Strategies

Position Type Full Time

Location: San Antonio, TX