Program Manager

About Prevention Institute: Prevention Institute (PI) is a national nonprofit with offices in Oakland, Los Angeles, Houston, and Washington, D.C. Our mission is to build prevention and health equity into key policies and actions at the federal, state, local, and organizational level to ensure that the places where all people live, work, play and learn foster health, safety and wellbeing. Since 1997, we have partnered with communities, local government entities, foundations, multiple sectors, and public health agencies to bring cutting-edge research, practice, strategy, and analysis to the pressing health and safety concerns of the day. We have applied our approach to injury and violence prevention, healthy eating and active living, land use, health systems transformation, and mental health and wellbeing, among other issues.

Prevention is a systematic process that promotes health, safety, and wellbeing and reduces the frequency and/or severity of illness and injury. Our prevention approach emphasizes:

  • Transforming community environments to prevent problems from occurring before the onset of symptoms or risk of injury;
  • Elevating equity in health, safety, and wellbeing outcomes; and
  • Prioritizing communities that are most vulnerable to harm and communities that are experiencing the greatest harm.

For more information about how we create healthier, more equitable communities through prevention, see

About this position:

We are looking for a Manager who can advance health, safety and wellbeing efforts toward upstream, community-level and equity-oriented approaches. This position includes responsibility for project leadership and supervision; advancing innovation, practice, policy, and momentum for prevention and health equity; partnership engagement; and shared responsibilities across the organization. 

Program Manager responsibilities include:

  • Project management: Manage projects to completion on time, meeting milestones and deliverables within cost parameters with team members and supervisors. Facilitate effective communications with multicultural team members. Communicate work progress on project(s) and maintains awareness of the organizational “big picture”. Build in adequate time for feedback from multiple levels and sources and integrates input that results in improved work product. Supervise work of designated project team members toward effective fulfillment of project goals and deliverables. Work with funders to develop and negotiate work plans / timelines as appropriate. Maintain effective communication with funders as appropriate. Supervise staff members as assigned.
  • Manage and conduct qualitative research across a range of health equity and racial justice issues: Analyze, synthesize, and draw themes from primary research, program documents, evaluation materials, and grey literature. Collaboratively conceptualize, research and write papers, policy briefs, advocacy statements, and articles. Manage all aspects of PI research including key informant interviews and surveys with demonstrated experience / attention to / respect for diverse backgrounds.
  • Advance practice and policy in support of prevention and health equity: Provide effective technical assistance, consultation, and/or strategic advice that embeds prevention and health equity in policy and practice. Support application and adaptation of PI tools and frameworks. Provide evidence/practice-based advice to key decision makers. Contribute to knowledge and project development across portfolios of Prevention Institute’s work. Meet with current and prospective funders to describe PI’s work and pitch potential projects. Engage in strengthening internal systems and procedures that enhance our capacity to achieve our mission.
  • Produce written and oral communications: Apply PI tools and methods to emerging work and applies insights gained through application. Develop materials cognizant of language preferences and various learning styles. Conduct presentations, training, and provides testimony and advocacy in support of policy priorities; presents to racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse audiences and amplifies community perspectives. Conduct policy analysis using a Prevention Institute approach, reflecting HE/RJ aims and in consultation with key content staff. Help conceptualize grant elements and prepare successful grant proposals that strategically meet the goals of the organization and advance the field. Represent Prevention Institute’s vision, work, and values in meetings with other organizations and agencies.

PI staff work on multi-disciplinary teams and across multiple health, safety and wellbeing projects. At this time, we are seeking candidates who will support local, state and national health equity policy; one or more learning communities moving from planning into implementation; and qualitative research on topics including health equity, community safety, mental wellbeing and chronic disease prevention.

Due to physical distancing measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, this position will begin remotely. We are looking for candidates who can navigate the challenges of remote onboarding. At this time, we are particularly interested in candidates who can assume positions in our Oakland and Houston offices when we resume in-office work.

Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 5 year’s relevant experience
  • Strong project management skills
  • The ability to manage and conduct qualitative research and synthesize information and approaches
  • Ability to produce stellar written and oral communications
  • Ability to advance health, safety and wellbeing efforts toward upstream, community-level and equity-oriented approaches
  • Understanding of what it takes to build partnerships to effectively advance health equity
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and ability to work with diverse communities including communities of color and communities of low-income 
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse organizations, including community-based organizations, multi-sector coalitions, and government agencies
  • Collaborative and team-oriented

Desired Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in a relevant field or commensurate experience, including lived experience
  • Supervisory experience and skills
  •  Experience in developing authentic and enduring partnerships
  • A continuous learner; Desire to learn and grow; consistently seeking new opportunities and integrating feedback to improve work quality
  • Flexibility; ability to work on multiple tasks with appropriate guidance and supervision

Prevention Institute has a strong commitment to building a staff that is rich with cultural, social and experiential diversity. Candidates who want to join us on this journey and can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. 

Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time position with a salary range of $80,000 to $110,000 per year. The appropriate salary level is determined by a review of relevant experience and qualifications and how they compare to stages within the range, as well as others in the cohort. Compensation includes a generous benefits package, including healthcare and dental insurance, paid time off, a wellness benefit, and retirement plan, among others. 

To Apply: Please email all required information to; please include “Program Manager” in the subject line of your email. The requirements for a complete application are: a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applications will be considered as they are submitted; the position remains open until filled.


No phone calls, please.