Program Specialist, Health (DC)

Washington DC

The UnidosUS Health component works to improve Latinos’ well-being and access to timely, equitable, and quality health care.

We advance health equity by building healthy, equitable, and resilient communities, addressing the social determinants of health, and cultivating leaders in health through data, leadership engagement, and community-driven initiatives and programs at the local, regional, and national levels.

The Health component supports national initiatives on addressing hunger and food insecurity; oral health and social/emotional well-being among Latino children; increased awareness and engagement of Latinos in precision medicine, increasing access to equitable and quality health care, and leading an equitable and just response and recovery of the COVID-19 pandemic, in partnership with its Affiliate Network, public and private stakeholders, and coalitions.

The Program Specialist will coordinate program deliverables and the engagement with the member organizations as subgrantees and/or partners for UnidosUS Health initiatives. This includes supporting the coordination and management of grants to community-based organizations, including community health centers, in UnidosUS’s Affiliate Network; monitoring their programmatic progress through internal and external reporting requirements; and coordinating technical assistance, meetings, and communications. Responsibilities include working closely with the project directors, senior program managers, and cross-component teams to ensure the implementation of program activities, grantee reporting, and deliverables are performed in a timely manner. The specialist must handle projects and schedules simultaneously in a fast-paced environment with professionalism, maturity, poise, and confidence in this position. Success in this role requires this person to have experience working on public health programs and campaigns that involve local and regional community-based organizations.

Specific day-to-day work may be assigned and supervised by other staff members in the Health team. As such, experience and comfort with working in close team settings is necessary. This position is hybrid and will be based in Washington, DC.

Essential Functions

  • Serve as the liaison and principal point of contact with subgrantees and Affiliates and monitor UnidosUS program deliverables.
  • Assist lead directors and team in the management of the subgrantee including but not limited to ensuring deliverables are met, milestones and timeline are adhered to, expenses are tracked, and programs comply with good practice, UnidosUS terms and conditions, and any regulatory or contract guidelines as may be required of individual programs or grants.
  • Regularly monitor grants to subgrantees, including collection, assessment, and assist in the analysis of progress reports (programmatic and financial).
  • Draft reports, educational content or curricula, and support compiling of output and outcome data for internal and external reporting.
  • Review work plans of subgrantees, including the analysis of budgets, logical frameworks, performance indicators, etc.
  • Identify and coordinate technical assistance and help develop systematic action plans.
  • Conduct grant administration duties including coordinating logistics for grant-related meetings and related travel (when approved), synthesizing programmatic information, maintaining correspondence such as meeting notes, filing, following up on action items with grantees, flagging follow-up/action items, tracking project status, and closing out pending items.
  • Work with cross-component teams, UnidosUS staff, Affiliate program subgrantees, and evaluators/consultants to manage data collection, evaluation, and reporting processes across key programs in Health.
  • Work with other program specialists and managers, data and digital services managers, and other colleagues leading the communications efforts, translation, and dissemination of information.
  • In collaboration with the Operations team support the compliance of contracts, invoicing, generating payment requests, and maintaining project files.
  • Support the implementation of technical assistance through training, webinars, and one-on-one assistance.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in health-related or social sciences from an accredited college or university required. A Master’s degree in public health is a plus.
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of relevant progressive experience in health programs, health research, and health equity required. Nonprofit and/or health care industry preferred.
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of experience and proficiency in project management, health programs, health research, and health equity required.
  • Project management experience or Project Management Certification a plus.
  • Proven success leading and executing programs, preferably in a nonprofit and/or health care industry.
  • Experience interfacing with nonprofit organizations and partners is a plus.
  • In-depth experience working with community-based organizations and diverse communities, Spanish-dominant Latinos, and health professionals a plus.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in bilingual (Spanish/English) fluency, written and oral, required.
  • Understand project finances and ability to assist in planning and management of grant and program budgets.
  • Strong collaborative team working experience.
  • Experience supporting initiatives on addressing hunger and food insecurity; oral health and social/emotional well-being among Latino children is a plus.