American Heart Association Community Health Director in United States


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Imagine all Americans enjoying ideal cardiovascular health free of heart disease and stroke. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we get to work toward that goal every day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? Absolutely.

This is satisfying and challenging work that makes a real difference in people's lives. We are where you can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. We are where you can connect people to making a lifesaving impact. We are where you can partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare. The American Heart Association is where you can make an extraordinary impact.

The American Heart Association is working to make the healthy choice the easy choice by working with volunteers, staff partners and other organizations to change systems and the environment in our local markets. The Community Health Director, based out of our Harrisburg office location, will serve as the “health lead” for multiple small and mid-size markets in Eastern PA including Harrisburg/Cap Region, Lehigh Valley, Lancaster, York, Lebanon and Wilkes Barre/Scranton. The position will require up to 50% travel throughout the assigned markets.

Under remote supervision of the Community Health & Inclusion Vice President, the Community Health Director will work with the assigned market local Boards, partner organizations, staff partners, and other volunteers to lead strategies and coordinate activities that are driving toward community plans dedicated to building a culture of health.


  • Working in partnership with the board/volunteer leadership, market Executive Directors and Community Health & Inclusion VP, serves as the lead to drive the Community Planning process utilizing the AHA Community Planning Tools and ensuring that the community health planning process is volunteer led.

  • Working in partnership with the board/volunteer leadership, market Executive Directors and Community Health & Inclusion VP to establish steps to success/benchmarks for accomplishing community health priorities, ensuring volunteer ownership and benchmarks toward accomplishing for each priority.

  • Driving strategies and plans toward AHA community health plan criteria, including ones that are the selected Board-driven community plan health priorities. AHA community health plans include timelines and steps/benchmarks that are expected to be completed by each fiscal year end in addition to long-term strategies.

  • Convene and/or take active leadership roles in local coalitions/stakeholders groups within the community to drive current and future priorities. As appropriate, include volunteers in this coalition/stakeholder work.

  • Ensure fiscal year benchmarks/actions steps documented quarterly, reviewing progress to assess progress and achievement of the plans.

  • Working in collaboration with event development/fundraising staff and volunteer committees to recruit local employers/sponsors to adopt a culture of health through food and beverage changes at their worksite.

  • Recruit, engage and develop a representative Board of Directors to champion operational, revenue and health impact goals.

  • Working in partnership with market volunteers and staff leadership to develop local market year-round plans for engaging the community in Go Red for Women and Stroke awareness.

  • Take an active role in contributing to the success of local and national sponsorships


  • Bachelor’s degree in public health or related field from accredited university required. CHES certification preferred.

  • Must have at least 3 years of experience in public health, education, marketing, public relations and/or community programs including working with community health issues, volunteer recruitment and management. This experience may also count towards satisfying this position’s educational requirement.

  • Demonstrated knowledge in public health, education, marketing, public relations and/or community programs.

  • Demonstrated knowledge in working with community health issues, ability to interact across multiple acculturation levels and socio-economic groups.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of fundraising and maintaining relationships at corporate and community levels.

  • Demonstrated ability to be accountable in meeting and exceeding goals with minimal supervision.

  • Demonstrated ability to simultaneously manage multiple, large and complex projects/events in varying stages of development under time constraints.

  • Knowledge of voluntary health organization or nonprofit organizations.

  • Volunteer management experience with ability to communicate, build relationships, gain trust and effectively work with, train and inspire accountability across diverse audience of volunteers. Also ability to effectively utilize, measure and increase volunteer engagement at all levels.

  • Mature and polished written and verbal communication including negotiation, interpersonal and ability to effectively communicate AHA policies, guidelines and strategic direction to volunteers and staff.

  • Proven ability to conduct meetings with internal and external clients including interacting with external partners/sponsors representing AHA to the public as necessary.

  • Ability to travel and accommodate volunteer scheduling needs beyond regular hours as needed.

  • Demonstrated ability to productively participate in a multi-disciplinary team environment working towards common goals with internal and external clients.

  • Demonstrated strategic thinking skills in assessing the local market environment and available resources to successfully implement new and existing programs.

  • Willingness and ability to travel frequently (up to 50%) throughout the assigned market, occasional overnight travel for affiliate and national center meetings and ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed.

  • Strong computer skills, proficient with MS Office suite.

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to heart health and stroke prevention.

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Requisition ID 2018-2848

Job Family Group Health Strategies & Programs

Job Category Health Services