Program Manager, Community-Based Initiative for Health Literacy and Action Project
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Program Manager, Community-Based Initiative for Health Liter

The Fund for Public Health in New York City, (FPHNYC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to the advancement of the health and well-being of all New Yorkers. To this end, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), FPHNYC incubates innovative public health initiatives implemented by DOHMH to advance community health throughout the city. It facilitates partnerships, often new and unconventional, between government and the private sector to develop, test, and launch new initiatives. These collaborations speed the execution of demonstration projects, effect expansion of successful pilot programs, and support rapid implementation to meet the public health needs of individuals, families, and communities across New York City.


CHECW seeks to eliminate racial and other inequities resulting in premature mortality. With an unwavering grounding in history and structural analysis, CHECW works to increase visibility of the harm perpetuated by centuries of racist, socially unjust policy while pushing towards redress for the most impacted NYC communities. CHECW addresses inequity across community and healthcare systems in partnership with community, faith-based, and health care organizations. CHECWs work focuses on social determinants of health, including environmental and commercial determinants, and addresses both upstream and downstream factors to improve health and well-being of New Yorkers. CHECW is a division of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. CHECW includes seven bureaus: Bureau of Bronx Neighborhood Health; Bureau of Brooklyn Neighborhood Health; Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention; Bureau of Equitable Health Systems; Bureau of Finance, Administration and Services, including the Office of Health Insurance Services; Bureau of Harlem Neighborhood Health; and Bureau of Health Equity Capacity Building. The Office of the Deputy Commissioner and the Office of the Chief Medical Officer provide overarching support to all bureaus and liaise across the Agency in support of all divisions.



The Health Department is working to ensure fair and equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine. This requires that the communities hit hardest by the pandemic have access to the vaccine and vaccine hubs operated by the Health Department throughout the city. The Health Departments COVID-19 Equity Action Plan recognizes that underinvestment and structural racism are the root causes of the disproportionate burden of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths seen in priority neighborhoods.


With funding from the Office of Minority Health, FPHNYC is hiring a Program Manager to support the Community-Based Initiative for Health Literacy and Action (CIHLA) project. This project is 15 months in length. Through this project, FPHNYC and the Health Department will partner with community stakeholders to increase resources and capacity to be health literate organizations that adhere to National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (NCLAS). The project will focus on health literacy related to COVID-19 and will implement and evaluate a health literacy plan in four zip codes in New York City. The project will further work with the Health Departments academic partner for quality improvement support and program evaluation. This position will sit in the Bureau of Health Equity Capacity Building in CHECW.


This position is funded until June 30, 2023, by the U.S. Office of Minority Health via the Advancing Health Literacy to Enhance Equitable Community Responses to COVID-19 grant.



In partnership with the Fund for Public Health in New York City (FPHNYC) and under the direction of the program director, the program manager of the Community-Based Initiative for Health Literacy and Action Project will support one staff person responsible for engagement of community- and faith-based organizations responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and will ensure contract deliverables and other grant requirements are met. This is a high-profile, high priority project in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and other City Agencies through the Vaccine Command Center.


The manager will oversee management of deliverables for four organizations funded to do outreach, messaging, and education and increase health literacy for the COVID-19 vaccine. The manager will provide direct supervision to one partner coordinator who will be coordinating the partners at the zip code level. The manager will provide critical support to the director in ensuring contract compliance, partner engagement, and partner capacity building in priority neighborhoods and communities to confront health inequities, misinformation, and disparate impacts of COVID-19.


The candidate should be able to demonstrate familiarity developing and implementing health literacy programming and providing strategic direction for innovative community engagement and capacity building strategies across diverse stakeholder groups and with an equity lens. The candidate should be able to create systems and processes and operationalize strategies for maximum impact.



  • Oversee management of deliverables for all community- and faith-based organizational contractors
  • Oversee partner engagement and capacity building strategies and ensure alignment with overall program goals
  • Supervise one partner coordinator working directly with partners at the zip code level
  • Track and manage all grant contracts, invoices, and other administrative components to ensure compliance
  • Develop contracts and contract amendments in support of programmatic goals in collaboration with team
  • Support the program director in liaising with the academic partner and supporting their evaluation process
  • Support data management, collection, and reporting
  • Operationalize strategies and develop processes and systems to address challenges
  • Anticipate emerging programmatic needs or future challenges and respond accordingly
  • Address partner concerns or elevate larger issues to leadership
  • Support the partner coordinator in providing technical assistance on contracting, invoicing, and other administrative processes to partner organizations
  • Stand in for the director as needed
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Excellent project management skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and think creatively to develop solutions or processes
  • Commitment to community engagement and relationship management
  • Understanding of health literacy and the role it plays in health equity
  • Experience in data management and reporting
  • Strong contracting, invoicing, and administrative capabilities
  • Experience applying a health equity lens to public health programming required
  • Knowledge of capacity building strategies with a racial justice and health equity lens
  • Knowledge and experience working with diverse community-based organizations
  • Supervisory experience
  • Experience with grant applications, reporting, workplans, and processes
  • Analytical, creative, flexible, able to meet tight deadlines, and able to manage several tasks and projects from all stages.
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Masters degree in public health, public policy, or administration, or a related field desirable



  • All hires must be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they have been granted a medical or religious reasonable accommodation. This requirement must be met by your hire date.
  • This position will initially operate in a hybrid work environment (partially remote), with the potential of shifting to 100% in-office.
  • There is a potential for this position to transition to DOHMH, for which eligibility requirements include NYC residency


FPHNYC offers a comprehensive benefits package. The salary range for this position is $70,000-$75,000.



To apply, send resume, with cover letter, including how your experience relates to this position. We ask that you do not contact our staff directly and no phone inquiries please. Applicants who best match the position needs will be contacted.


The Fund for Public Health in New York City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages a diverse pool of candidates to apply.