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American Heart Association Community Impact Director - Grant Funded in Portsmouth, Virginia


Now is the time to join us and make a difference. Be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Here at the American Heart Association, you matter and so does your career.

The American Heart Association is looking to hire a passionate Community Impact Director in our Hampton Roads / Tidewater Virginia market. The Director will be responsible for working closely with community organizations and clinical partners to improve maternal health.

This is a full-time, benefits eligible, grant-funded opportunity, funding is through June 30, 2025

The Association offers many resources to help you maintain work-life harmonization through your changing needs and life situations. To help you be successful, you will have access to Heart U, our award-winning corporate university, as well as additional training and support, locally.

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The Community Impact Director will be responsible for leading a maternal health program focused on piloting strategies to address risk factors and control hypertension among pregnant and postpartum women. The program includes engaging key stakeholders, community and clinical organizations and leading a self-measured blood pressure monitoring pilot in collaboration with a clinical partner.

Essential Job Duties

  • Serve as main health strategy lead for the maternal health program. The Community Impact Director will be responsible for developing new relationships with healthcare and community stakeholders, engaging community organizations and growing existing opportunities for impact.

  • Conduct local market assessment, based on nationwide template and Strategic Plan priorities, to determine health priorities, gaps and health needs in the market specifically focused on maternal health and pregnancy-related hypertension.

  • In conjunction with leadership, community and clinical organizations, conduct planning sessions and is responsible for the development of strategies and plans to drive the greatest impact alongside each partner organization. As appropriate to the nature of the programmatic focus of the plan, engage and involve affiliate and state level staff expertise (e.g. advocacy staff on local public policy campaign, QI staff on local hospital quality improvement initiative). The Community Impact Director is responsible for ensuring the timely completion of strategies and plans outlined with each partner organization, ensuring the greatest impact possible.

  • Communicate strategic direction, provide consultation and inspire change through clinical and community partners.

  • Support the development of case studies to inform best practice development.

  • Align with market strategies elevating community engagement in our Development, Marketing, Communications and Community Impact functions.

  • Take ownership of commitments to funder and ensure any commitments requiring local implementation are handled successfully, including reporting and budget management.

  • Responsible for collaboration with and regular reporting to local staff, local leadership, American Heart Association National Center staff and the funder. Community Impact Director will work directly with local staff on growing community relationships, program planning and implementation as well as with American Heart Association National Center staff on the development of resources, evaluation, funder deliverables and reporting.


  • University / College degree or equivalent experience preferred. Having a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Promotion, Public Health, Marketing, Business, Communications, related area or equivalent work experience is a plus.

  • 3+ years of experience working with community health issues, ability to interact across multiple acculturation levels and socio-economic groups.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of women’s health and/or maternal health, public health, voluntary health organizations or nonprofit organizations.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team environment with volunteers, staff, and others as part of a team.

  • Demonstrated ability to simultaneously prioritize multiple, sophisticated projects and events in varying stages of development under time constraints to ensure deadline compliance.

  • Demonstrated understanding and appreciation for the use of technology and information systems, including experience with data, evaluation and measurable outcomes.

  • Demonstrated critical thinking skills in assessing needs and available resources to successfully complete new and existing programs.

  • Self-motivated, highly effective interpersonal and analytical skills, communication, negotiation, and social skills.

  • Proven track record to productively participate in or facilitate meetings with internal and external clients including interacting with external partners/funders representing the American Heart Association to the public as necessary.

  • Ability to influence team members without supervisory authority.

  • Ability to do daily local travel up to 25%; requires access to reliable transportation at all times on an immediate basis.

Compensation & Benefits

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  • Compensation – Our goal is to ensure you have a competitive base salary. That’s why we regularly review the market value of jobs and make adjustments, as needed.

  • Performance and Recognition – You are rewarded for achieving success by merit increases and incentive programs, based on the type of position.

  • Benefits – We offer a wide array of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance, along with a robust retirement program that includes an employer match and automatic contribution. As a mark of our commitment to employee well-being, we also offer an employee assistance program, employee wellness program and telemedicine, and medical consultation.

  • Professional Development – You can join one of our many Employee Resource Groups (ERG) or be a mentor/mentee in our professional mentoring program. HeartU is the Association’s national online university, with more than 100,000 resources designed to meet your needs and busy schedule.

  • Work-Life Harmonization – The Association offers Paid Time Off (PTO) at a minimum of 16 days per year for new employees. The number of days will increase based on seniority level. You will also have a total of 12 paid holidays off each year, which includes several days off at the end of the year.

  • Tuition Assistance - We support the career development of all employees. This program provides financial assistance to employees who wish to further their education and career in relation to their current duties and responsibilities, or for potential future positions in the organization.

The American Heart Association’s 2024 Goal: Every person deserves the opportunity for a full, healthy life. As champions for health equity, by 2024, the American Heart Association will advance cardiovascular health for all, including identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality.

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, age, language, sexual orientation, national origin and physical or cognitive abilities. We're committed to ensuring our workforce, workplace culture and mission have a shared impact across a diverse set of backgrounds.

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Location US-VA-Norfolk

Posted Date 1 month ago (10/23/2023 9:33 PM)

Requisition ID 2023-11510

Job Category Health Strategies

Additional Locations US-VA-Norfolk | US-VA-Portsmouth | US-VA-Chesapeake

Position Type Full Time

Location: VA-Portsmouth