Senior Program Manager, Evidence to Action


The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) is an active network comprised of over forty-member public health institutes located throughout all ten Health and Human Services regions. NNPHI also serves as the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training (NCCPHT) and hosts an affiliate network of ten Regional Public Health Training Centers (Regional PHTCs) serving all fifty states and US territories. Public health institutes (PHIs) are nonprofit organizations that improve the public’s health by fostering innovation, leveraging resources, and building partnerships across sectors, including government agencies, communities, the health care delivery system, media, and academia. NNPHI and its member institutes work together to implement public health policy and program initiatives throughout the nation. NNPHI offices are located in New Orleans and Washington, DC.

The NNPHI mission is to support national public health system initiatives and strengthen public health institutes to promote multi-sector activities resulting in measurable improvements of public health structures, systems, and outcomes. NNPHI’s vision is innovation-fostering public health institutes across the nation collaborating to improve population health.

NNPHI collaborates with its member public health institutes and a wide range of national, state, tribal, and local partners to support public health initiatives. These collaborative efforts promote health equity, support public health and health systems collaboration, build the capacity of the public health system, encourage health in all policies, and promote evidence-based public health practice. Additional information about NNPHI’s program areas and collaborative efforts with public health institutes is available at

Position Summary:

The Senior Program Manager will work independently and collaboratively to lead projects within the Research and Evaluation team. This position will provide high-level support to NNPHI leadership and staff, public health institutes, funders, and other partner organizations in the planning and implementation of project activities related to the public health infrastructure improvement project.  A successful applicant will demonstrate several years of experience in research and evaluation, as well as a proven track record of providing program management leadership, project direction and project management with federal funders and other diverse partners.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide overall project management, including developing and managing timelines, contracting, scope of work and budget management, leading project planning and implementation, and coordinating with NNPHI staff, members, consultants, and partners to achieve stated goals. 
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with funders, partners, contractors, and project participants/collaborators. 
  • Facilitate advisory and other committees as needed for program implementation. 
  • Facilitate small and large group meetings, internally and externally. 
  • Lead research-related activities, as needed, including literature reviews and environmental scans, including searching academic databases, reading and synthesizing published studies, and writing reports. 
  • Synthesize data from multiple sources (e.g., surveys, secondary data, literature reviews) and interpreting findings so that they are relevant and meaningful to public health practitioners, policymakers and other stakeholders. 
  • Present study findings to community and stakeholder audiences at various forums including national conferences. 
  • Lead the development of grant proposals and reports to funders. 
  • Collaborate with team members and stakeholders to document and share lessons learned both internally and externally. 
  • Support the engagement of NNPHI team members and supervise staff as assigned; participate in performance assessments of program staff, goal setting, and support professional development on an ongoing basis. 
  • Collaborate with other portfolios including Convenings, Communications and NCCPHTC portfolios. 
  • Identify technological tools to enhance and support NNPHI’s capacity and programs. 
  • Perform other duties related to program management. 


The Program Manager must have a master’s degree in public health or a related field with at least five years of professional experience. Familiarity with scientific research and evaluation is strongly preferred. While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences: 

  • Experience working with a federal funder preferred, such as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including scientific writing and presentation skills 
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills, including the ability to manage multiple tasks and respond to multiple demands simultaneously 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work well with diverse partners and constituents and function as a productive member of a team 
  • Comfort with facilitating planning and strategic thinking processes, including collaborative decision-making processes 
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to meet deadlines 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively on a team and with diverse partners 
  • Experience in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment: Flexibility with an ability to maneuver effectively in the face of uncertainty and transition 
  • Attention to detail and a strong value for high-quality work products 
  • Independent work ethic and positive, self-starter attitude 
  • Creativity and ability to leverage data and discover potential opportunities for growth and innovation 
  • Success mentoring and supervising staff and contractors 
  • Ability to ensure scientific accuracy in communication activities 


  1. Salary range of $70,000-80,000 dependent on education, locality, and experience.
  2. A highly competitive benefits package is offered to all NNPHI staff
  3. 10% travel is required based on location. This could be more or less based on the needs and responsibilities of the role.

NNPHI maintains two physical offices in, Washington, DC, and New Orleans, Louisiana. We also offer Atlanta-based applicants the option to work remotely. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this position will commence remotely. Ultimately, NNPHI requires the position will be based in either of our three locations. Therefore, applicants should indicate their preference to work in NNPHI offices located in New Orleans, Atlanta, or Washington, DC. We will also consider applicants based outside of these locations, but preference is given to the listed locations.

To Apply:

Please send a resume, three professional references, and a cover letter, clearly indicating interest in the position and salary requirements to with the subject line: Attn: Senior Program Manager, Evidence to Action.  If requested above, please note your preference for location.

NNPHI’s Values Statement to our Employees

  • We value each employee as a whole person and support a healthy life balance.
  • We believe in a work environment that promotes health and wellness.
  • We believe in investing in the growth and passion of our employees to create a workforce that positively affects social change.

Equal Opportunity Employer

We strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition.

Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. If you seek an accommodation, please advise in writing at the time you apply.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. We are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

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