Program Coordinator/Program Manager

Prevention Institute is seeking a new staff member to join our national, nonprofit organization in promoting cutting edge efforts to improve community health and well-being and advance equity through effective primary prevention. Qualified candidates will have a thorough understanding of the factors that determine community health, safety and wellbeing and be knowledgeable about what it takes to build partnerships to effectively address health inequities. A candidate’s level of experience will determine the appropriate position as a Program Manager or Program Coordinator, and this will shape levels of responsibility. While all staff members share responsibility for advancing community approaches to prevention generally, this position will include a focus across projects in our violence and trauma prevention and mental health and wellbeing portfolios.

The Program Coordinator/Program Manager position will strengthen our staff capacity as we deepen the focus of our work and expand our portfolio, which currently ranges from providing training and technical assistance to community based organizations and government officials, to serving as a core partner and strategic advisor on key policy and system changes at the local, state and national levels, and acting as a thought partner/leader to numerous philanthropic foundations. This position will take an active role in synthesizing research and practice, developing written materials, tools, and frameworks, conducting training and consultation with organizations and building and maintain interdisciplinary relationships.  It will include responsibility for leadership, oversight, supervision, and implementation of projects; advancing practice and policy; and shared responsibilities within the organization.  

Key Domains of Responsibility include

  • Project Management/ Coordination:  Support development and implementation of multiple, concurrent projects utilizing standard project management tools and ensure effective communication of staff responsibility, expectations and deadlines as well as timely completion of high quality deliverables. Coordinate and assist with development of materials in preparation for events, conferences, consultations, and presentations, including logistical support.
  • Training and Consultation: Co-develop  training tools, materials and curricula to conduct trainings and presentations. Support the provision of consultation, technical assistance and strategy development to a broad range of clients including community organizations, government agencies and foundations based on Prevention Institute’s approaches and frameworks and approaches.
  • Promote PI Work and Principles: Represent PI’s vision and priorities in meetings with other organizations/agencies; conceptualize and author Prevention Institute documents for various key audiences with appropriate consultation; co-author concept papers, grant proposals, and articles for publication; advance, develop and/or disseminate prevention tools.
  • Resource Development: Develop new and/or supplement existing funding streams to support our work; work with funders to develop and negotiate workplans / timelines; provide input in developing new projects and critical partnerships; maintain effective communication as appropriate with funders; meet with current and prospective funders (independently or with senior leadership) to describe PI’s work and pitch potential projects; work with senior leaders to conceptualize grant elements and prepare successful grant proposals that strategically meet the goals of the organization and advance the field; manage and strengthen organizational partnerships related to health equity and prevention.
  • Research: Support research and/or writing of papers, articles, project reports and grant proposals. Review the literature or other resources, conduct interviews, and synthesize key findings to inform prevention initiatives and tools.  Support all aspects of research including key informant interviews, focus groups and surveys. Apply research findings to improve prevention initiatives.
  • Organizational Development: Establish and maintain effective lines of communication between staff members and encourage appropriate strategies and techniques for managing projects and workplace challenges.  Manage and/or implement new and ongoing systems and structures to assure organizational effectiveness.
  • Staff Supervision and Development: Supervise staff members.  Manage work of project team members ensuring timely completion of project goals and deliverables.  Maintain communication throughout the organization to coordinate quality supervision across project and content teams.


  • A master’s degree in a relevant field or comensurate experience; the title and position, i.e. program manager or coordinator, in the organization will be determined by the candidate’s experience .
  • Ability to provide project coordination/management, ensuring high quality, timely deliverables that meet funding requirements and advance Prevention Institute goals and visibility.
  • Demonstrated understanding of community-level, community-driven approaches to improve health and outcomes, particularly for communities with the greatest need.
  •  Culutral competence; demonstrated experience in working with individuals from diverse backgrounds including communities of color and low-income communities.
  • Strong strategic and critical thinking; ability to synthesize external information with organizational tools, frameworks and approaches.
  • Excellent writing skills with a demonstrated ability to conceptualize and develop effective materials including policy briefs, fact sheets, proposals, etc.
  • Strong oral communication skills, including the ability to provide training and consultation,leading meetings with policy leaders and advocates, facilitation of workshops, etc.
  • Excellent organization skills, with attential to detail and demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple projects and deadlines.  Flexibility and ability to work on multiple tasks with appropriate level of guidance and supervision.
  • Supervisory experience and skills
  • Commitment to prevention and health equity as well as PI’s mission, vision, and values.

Salary and Benefits: The appropriate salary level will be determined by a review of relevant experience and set according to a principle of transparency and equity.   Excellent benefits package & retirement plan.

This position will be based in Prevention Institute’s Oakland office.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample by mail or by email to Incomplete applications will not be considered.

More about Prevention Institute and this position:

Prevention Institute, a dynamic organization, moves beyond approaches that target individuals, one person at a time, to create systematic, comprehensive strategies that change the conditions that impact community health. Determined to improve health and safety for everyone, PI builds prevention and equity into key policies and actions to transform the places where people live, work, play, and learn. PI’s work is characterized by an interdisciplinary approach and a strong commitment to community participation and promotion of equitable health outcomes among all social and economic groups.

Since its founding in 1997, PI has forged a strong track record in developing tools, building momentum for primary prevention, and in moving policy- and decision-makers toward an ever greater focus on community well-being and prevention. Our topical work includes advancing community prevention through health reform; promoting health equity; fostering healthy environments, such as those that support healthy eating and active living; mental health and wellbeing; and preventing injury -- including violence -- and trauma.

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