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5761Program Manager - Healthy Eating (@ the Health Trust in San Jose)

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  • td_do
    Feb 6, 2014
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      The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, we are at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally and internationally. PHI was distinguished as one of the top 50 Best Non-profit Organizations to Work For by the Non-Profit Times in a national search.

      PHI is seeking a full time Program Manager for the Public Health Professional Development Program. This position is located in San Jose, CA.

      Reporting directly to the Program Director and Director of Healthy Living (at the Health Trust), The Program Manager is responsible for supporting the implementation of The Healthy Living Initiative, including the development and launch of healthy food social enterprises, policy and advocacy work, and grantmaking.

      Duties & Responsibilities:

      • Lead policy change and advocacy efforts for the Healthy Eating Department through coordination with City and County agencies/officials and THT partners. Specifically, advocate for the adoption of a new, streamline permitting process for mobile vending on public property; advocate for the implementation of the health elements of the General Plan; obtain exemption status from D.E.H. or revise requirements and plan check process for Fresh Carts commissaries; and identify incentives for cornerstores to adopt healthier options. Research and write concept papers, fact sheets, and other documents for the City and County as needed to educate officials on requested policy changes and best practices from other cities. Participate in and contribute to other advocacy work as directed.
      • Assist Initiative Director in the implementation of the Healthy Cornerstore Program, including grant management, monitoring and evaluation, partner coordination and communication, and reporting.
      • Assist the Director of Healthy Eating with the management and coordination of the Fresh Carts mobile vending program: Participate in weekly calls, take meeting minutes and distribute to partners, assist with research on program-related topics, and support grant management.
      • Supervise two Interns to collect data for USDA Community Food Project Grant. Specifically, Interns must conduct 300 resident surveys in target neighborhoods at community events and meetings, analyze results, and report on findings. Interns will then visit partners on a quarterly basis to monitor program implementation.
      • Lead Healthy Eatings internet presence: update the H.E. page on the new THT web site; work with Director of Policy & Communications and Director of H.E. to design and finalize H.E. page on new web site; research partner & grantee resources and services; update Twitter and Facebook accounts weekly to disseminate information from THT and promote THT-led and supported programs; communicate regularly with partners and grantees to receive updates about on-the-ground activities and events; research all food access points and add to list for web site; communicate and coordinate with Masters of Urban Planning students to develop interactive map for web site.
      • Assist C.E.O. with CreaTV TV series development: research and assist in developing/writing content for 12-part TV series.
      • Conduct research as directed on best practices, evidence-based theories and approaches, and innovative strategies as they relate to systems, policy, and built environment change around healthy eating, food access, and physical activity. Participate in community events, conferences, and workshops as needed and as related to these topics.
      • Nurture relationships with partners, grantees, and government offices to coordinate and facilitate THTs H.E. work.


      • Bachelors degree in a related field. Masters degree preferred.
      • Minimum of 4 years management and/or planning experience working in the non-profit sector, especially in the areas of food access, policy/advocacy, social enterprise development.
      • Some experience with program evaluation, grant-writing, and stewardship is essential. Understanding of monitoring and evaluation concepts and applications.
      • General knowledge of community health and food access issues.
      • Ability to analyze, think critically, and understand public policies that are relevant to the public health field.
      • Some experience and skills in: project management; non-profit marketing strategy/implementation; accounting/reporting; fundraising; relationship/coalition-building; program development.
      • Some experience facilitating multi-sector planning meetings. Ability to develop agenda, facilitate meeting discussions and guide participants in meeting outcomes and deliverables.
      • Some experience representing organization in collaborative community planning and advocacy processes. Experience speaking before elected officials, City commissions, etc.
      • Strong written skills. Ability to independently research, synthesize, and draft a variety of documents including policy position documents, correspondence with elected officials, and evaluation summary reports.
      • Must be proficient in computer basics, including experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point.
      • Must be a team-player and able to work cooperatively and effectively with a team to set goals, resolve problems and make decisions that promote program effectiveness.
      • Strong initiative and ability to solve problems and undertake self-directed work with minimum supervision.
      • Must be professional, dependable and detail-oriented.
      • Ability to travel to community partners and perform site visits regularly.
      • Must have exceptional leadership and organizational skills.
      • Ability to multitask and work effectively under to meet tight deadlines.
      • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
      • Possess a valid drivers license.


      This is an exempt position and the salary is commensurate with experience. PHI offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision, short/long term disability insurance, life insurance, 403b (group retirement annuity) and partial subsidy of public transportation cost. For more information about PHIs benefits, visit our benefits page here.

      How to apply:

      To apply for this position click here.