Supervisor: Senior Campaign Director
Location: Flexible (US-based), preference for ET Hours
Employment type: Full-time
ABOUT THE HEALTH INITIATIVE:
The Health Initiative (THI) seeks a highly organized and flexible Project Manager who thrives in the fast-paced context of issue-based campaigns and/or start-up environments, has an excellent managing work to delivery results, and is passionate about THI’s aim.
This is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join a mission-driven organization with the pacing and ethos of a campaign. Founded in 2018, THI is not for profit organization/campaign focused on catalyzing a new conversation about – and new investments in – the known drivers of health. Specifically, THI's aim is to increase public and private investment in safe homes, healthy food, and well-paying jobs by reframing these issues as central to ensuring a healthy population and a health-based economy.
The U.S. spends ~$11 billion every day on healthcare – even though only ~20% of health outcomes are tied to clinical care. This disconnect is increasingly untenable, especially in the wake of COVID and a national reckoning on racial inequities. Even pre-COVID, 24% of those with commercial health insurance still lacked adequate food, housing, or other basics – driving up healthcare costs. COVID has made this only worse, especially for communities of color.
THI’s theory of change is rooted in effecting a flywheel between cultural and technical change, with a focus on three primary drivers: (1) mobilizing broad support for investing in health; (2) increasing public and private investments in health; and (3) ensuring those investments yield healthy food, safe homes, and well-paying jobs in communities.
As instigator and advisor, THI works intensively with public and private healthcare institutions that control billions of dollars and impact millions of lives (health insurers, federal agencies, state departments of health and human services, and foundations) to partner with communities to invest in health, not just healthcare. With THI’s guidance, these institutions make investing in health central to their strategy, business model, and operations – and engage with communities to mobilize and align resources for healthy food, safe homes, and well-paying jobs while building community wealth and addressing historical inequities. THI co-founders Rebecca Onie and Rocco Perla are national leaders whose careers offer critical insights into and experience with the drivers of health, healthcare delivery, and healthcare policy.
THI seeks a Project Manager that will serve a critical function in the organization supporting the development and execution of approaches that help THI deliver on its ambitious aim. This team member has three primary functions: translating visions and ideas into tactical plans, iterating and updating approaches based on learning, and holding team members and stakeholders responsible for delivering on commitments. The Project Manager is a critical team member to ensure flawless execution and best in class standards to achieve our aim.
The successful candidate will be able to flex between strategic conversations and detail-oriented execution. THI is still developing systems so the Project Manager will need to be to build stand work, adapt approaches to different styles, and continuously improve work with an eye to what is needed to get results rather not just rigid execution of an existing plan. The Project Manager will also need excellent relational skills with an ability to get things done through others. The Project Manager will report to the Senior Campaign Director.
Defining Success for this Position:
As noted above, a successful Project Manager will be able to understand goals and translated them into the systems to achieve those goals, whether that is a process, a workplan, huddles, or other tools. The Project Manager will use data to understand if they are achieving the goals and work with the team to adjust and iterate the approach over time. The Project Manager will be relentless about goals and engage others in seeing the path to those goals, providing feedback on progress, and executing against the path. Success in this position will be measured by this person’s ability to create the systems and get the team to execute on the plan, all while building relationships grounded in THI’s values.
The general description of success serves as the critical guidepost for the Project Manager. Given the dynamic nature of the organization, the responsibilities below are some examples of how the Project Manager may execute those functions.
Develop and improve plans to achieve goals
- Create a path to achieve a goal, creating workplans, huddles, data or feedback mechanisms, and/or processes
- Imbed THI’s values of equity, curiosity, and transformative relationships into the plans to achieve a goal
- Introduce and champion project management platforms and tools, developing best practices through all interactions.
- Charter improvement work to support high-priority internal and external goals; Act as a "steward of improvement"- use quality improvement tools to continuously improve all processes
Execute and iterate plans
- Lead execution of existing plans, such as the fundraising process, content development process, and federal action plan
- Ensure the delivery of high-quality work products in a timely manner
- Meticulously track progress on plans with clear feedback on progress, escalation of concerns, and engagement of the team on progress and action items
- Update and improve plans as goals, timelines, or owners change; escalate if plans are not achieving goals
- Execute parts of the plan, being willing to do whatever needs to be done to move the work forward
- Build and proactively manage relationships with teammates, partners, & funders
- Proactively serve as the communication link between THI’s C-Team, staff, and partners on progress, risks and mitigation strategies, and successes
- Facilitate internal and external (when appropriate) meetings to meet desired outcomes
QUALIFICATIONS & MINDSET
There are innumerable ways to learn, grow, and excel professionally. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below.
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
- Three to five years previous work experience in a professional environment
- Prior project management experience preferred
- Strong project management skills, including being detail-focused and managing towards aggressive timelines; demonstrated track record of using project management tools to achieve goals
- Ability to think strategically - understand the big picture and proactively identify next steps, ability to optimize system and resources to achieve deliverables
- Effective decision-making skills
- Ability to manage up and adapt approaches to meet project goals
- Ability to work independently and manage self towards goals, while being a genuine "team player"
- Willingness to undertake tasks at all levels when necessary
- Excellent communication skills (both interpersonal and written)
- Effective facilitation skills
- Continuous improvement mindset
- Ability to work in a fast paced, sometimes ambiguous, environment
- Ability to learn and use new systems and technology
- Commitment to and deep understand of the mission, vision, and values of THI and their impact on healthcare
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:
THI offers a comprehensive benefits package. The salary for this position is between $87,000 - $92,00 (commensurate with experience). In addition to a competitive salary, THI also offers:
- Full coverage of medical, dental, and vision insurance
- Generous 401K matching and parental leave
- Unlimited sustainable vacation and sick time
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The Health Initiative values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual identity, veteran status or any other status protected by law. People of color, LGBTQ identified people, gender non-conforming people, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people who speak a language in addition to English are encouraged to apply.