Project Director, Advancing Family Economic Mobility

American Public Health Association
April 1, 2021
Remote, Remote
Job Type
Contact Name (not public)
Nicole York


Vision: Thriving Communities Built on Human Potential

Mission: APHSA advance the well-being of all people by influencing modern approaches to sound policy, building the capacity of public agencies to enable healthy families and communities, and connecting leaders to accelerate learning and generate practical solutions together

Teaming Expectations: Our team is guided by our Strategic Playbook, which sets forth our Theory of Action and includes strategies and tactics for how and what we do as an Association to deliver on our value proposition. The staffing team at APHSA is at the heart of our ability to deliver on our members’ expectations of us. To most effectively deliver value, we must actively work together as a team. In this teaming environment, we coordinate our actions, listen to other view points, and enable shared decisions through distributed leadership. We promote collective learning, always considering how to do our work even better. To this end, we encourage all team members to speak up with ideas and concerns, share information, seek help, experiment with new ways of doing work, and talk openly about mistakes.

The Project Director, Advancing Family Economic Mobility will provide both strategic oversight and day-to-day management of APHSA’s Advancing Family Economic Mobility (AFEM) Project.  The Project Director will serve as the lead project manager, ensuring delivery of outcomes associated with the AFEM grant, including workplan and timeline management, teaming with APHSA staff and consultants on delivery, compliance with grantor fiscal and reporting requirements.  Additionally, this staff person will be lead facilitator of national and regional Economic Mobility learning communities, serve as liaison with state and federal partners around Learning Community activities, lead development of knowledge products, and produce webinars and other relevant content. The Project Director will proactively lift state and local policies and practices from the AFEM project into APHSA’s broader portfolio of work advancing social and economic mobility through systems alignment and state and local innovation. The Project Direct will support the Sr. Director in developing proposals to support strategic priorities, managing relationships with donors and federal partners, and representing APHSA’s work through webinars, presentations, and written content,

Major Responsibility #1: Support the continuous operation of the AFEM project (30%)

  • Develop and manage detailed project schedules and work plans, including donor reporting
  • In partnership with the Senior Director, convene and facilitate meetings with APHSA, teaming partners, and Kellogg and federal partners to refine project objectives, activities, and outcomes
  • Monitor project progress, compliance reporting and communicate with APHSA leadership and adjust as needed
  • Coordinate work activities of APHSA staff and teaming partners to ensure quality and timeliness of work products
  • Provide oversight to status of contracts, invoicing and financial tracking, teaming with APHSA staff to ensure efficient use of funds and ensuring efficient cadence to internal and external project management meetings

Major Responsibility #2: Coordinate and lead Learning Communities and technical assistance offerings to state and local agencies engaged in AFEM (20%)

  • In partnership with the APHSA staff and contractors, coordinate and facilitate learning community efforts at the state, regional and national levels.
  • Co-design learning community strategies and content with contractors, learning community participants, and federal partners
  • Support the Senior Director and APHSA teaming partners in assessment of technical assistance needs of learning community participants and lead coordination of internal and external partnerships to meet technical assistance demands from the field
  • Directly facilitate learning communities as needed and provide peer-to-peer executive coaching and technical assistance to state executive leaders

Major Responsibility #3: Develop and disseminate project learnings through written briefs, webinars, national presentations, and other communications platforms.  (20%)

  • Maintain relationships and engagement with partner organizations engaged in childcare, TANF/ WIOA, housing, health and other related economic mobility initiatives
  • In coordination with the Senior Director, develop content and present on AFEM partnership work to peer networks
  • Ensure policy and practice changes are communicated to APHSA teams to inform policy and influence work, as well as technical assistance and organizational effectiveness work

Major Responsibility #4: Support fund development efforts to sustain AFEM and enhance new strategic projects advancing policy and practice economic mobility strategies within APHSA member states. 

  • Support APHSA’s efforts in identifying and cultivating relationships with philanthropic partners to advance family economic mobility field supports
  • Contribute to proposal and fund development efforts through program design, proposal drafting, and budgeting

Other Duties #4:  All other  relevant duties as assigned (10%)


  • Minimum of BA/BS degree in Human Services or related and 10+ years work experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with different stakeholders to achieve shared goals including at state and federal levels.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and attention to detail to keep projects on track and on time
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; ability to present in front of both small and large audiences is required
  • Experience incorporating perspectives of multiple communities and knowledge of how concepts of structural racism and bias impacts underserved and underrepresented communities
  • Willingness to travel (up to 15%) as public health considerations permit
  • Executive experience in administering public human services programs, including workforce development (WIOA, SNAP E&T, TANF, postsecondary education), child welfare, child care, behavioral health or related systems preferred

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