Job Title

Big Cities Health Coalition Program Associate

Who We Are

The Big Cities Health Coalition (BCHC) is a forum for the leaders of America’s largest metropolitan health departments to exchange strategies and jointly address issues to promote and protect the health and safety of the nearly 62 million people they serve. Together, these public health officials directly affect the health and wellbeing of one in five Americans. Our vision is to create healthy, more equitable communities, through big city innovation and leadership. Through our work, we aim to advance equity and health for present and future generations.

BCHC is housed within the de Beaumont Foundation, a long-term funder and partner of the Coalition. The Executive Director (ED) and the Program Associate are employees of the Foundation, though the ED, in partnership with the member leadership, has primary oversight of the Coalition’s activities. The Program Associate will report to the ED.

Position Overview – What You’ll Do

Your job will be to assist the ED in the coordination and running of the Coalition to maximize its results through engagement with, and support of, its individual members. As Program Associate, you will support forums for members to share information, discuss lessons learned, and contribute to collaborative projects. You will remain up-todate on evolving policies and practices in the field, sharing what you learn with policymakers and key partners, and respond to member inquiries. You will also represent BCHC at partner meetings/calls, bringing the information you learn back to the Coalition staff and membership in a distilled manner.


Your day-to-day work will include activities like:

• Organizing membership calls and meetings, including drafting agendas, scheduling meetings, lining up and preparing speakers, and handling logistics;

• Responding to frequent member requests on, for example, activities occurring in other member cities;

• Reviewing and summarizing relevant articles, reports, and case studies;

• Contributing to policy and advocacy materials on opioids, violence and/or other key issues, which will be used to make the case for strong public health systems at the city level;

• Writing weekly updates for the membership on coalition- or policy-related news, actions, and activities;

• Contributing to BCHC’s annual report and other publications, as well as internal documents like meeting summaries;

• Engaging in organizational tasks like updating member contacts, tracking results, and compiling information for reports to members.

• Representing BCHC at partner meetings/calls, coalition gatherings, conferences and events; and

• Engaging in organizational tasks like updating member contacts, tracking results, and compiling information for reports to members.

Who You Are

To be successful in this job, you will excel in these areas:

 Ownership: You care deeply about doing what it takes to facilitate member and Coalition results, including paying attention to even small details, managing your own projects (or pieces of bigger ones), driving work forward with a sense of urgency, anticipating problems, and course-correcting when needed.

• Team player: You are eager to use your role to advance BCHC’s mission, and look for ways to help beyond your own core responsibilities. You are ready and willing to participate in all-hands-on-deck projects, which frequently come up. No job is too small for anyone on our team and your attitude reflects that.

• Critical thinking skills: You know how to quickly process information and draw out the key points of various publications/documents to summarize and share with the ED or communications team, as well as the membership, on a host of public health related issues.

• Relationship management: You have a good sense of how to manage internal relationships (i.e. with members) and grow external ones. You know how to handle confidential information, use discretion around what information you share between members and partners, and routinely apply good judgment as to when to involve the ED in decision-making.

• Attention to detail: Ensure materials are accurate (right content, no misspelling/grammar errors), precise, and the “fit” the situation.


• Prior educational or professional experience in a public health or similar/transferable field is required (this will be demonstrated through work experience, education, or a combination of the two); public policy experience is a plus

• Interest in city/local government expected; knowledge of/experience in is a plus

• Comfort and familiarity with basic “secondary” research strategies, i.e. ability to do effective internet searches and/or search in relevant publications is a must

• Able to produce high quality written products

• Proven ability to work both independently as well as in a team-oriented, collaborative environment demonstrating creativity, innovation, and excellence

• Willingness to work effectively with diverse partners in an inclusive environment

• Prior experience in meeting planning and/or website management is a plus

• Technically competent with various software programs, including but not limited to Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Application Information

The BCHC team is small and scrappy, service-oriented, and deeply committed to the success of our members and our collaborative agenda to improve the public’s health.

This position is full-time and based in downtown Bethesda, MD, just outside of Washington, D.C. There is opportunity for some telework after an initial orientation period, with the expectation of core days in the office.

Moderate travel is required (likely a few days every few months) and is often known well in advance. We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and a collegial work environment.

Candidates should send cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to
[email protected]

Big Cities Health Coalition staff are employees of the de Beaumont Foundation, which is an equal opportunity employer. Employment opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

The de Beaumont Foundation advances policy, builds partnerships, and strengthens public health to create communities where people can achieve their best possible health. Its work centers around three main priority areas:

• Policy: We advance policies that improve community health, so that current and future generations can benefit from changes enacted by today’s leaders.

• Partnerships: We build partnerships, often among unlikely allies, so that leaders can make decisions that achieve their shared goal of creating healthier communities.

• People: We create practical solutions that strengthen the public health system and workforce, so that professionals are equipped to make their communities healthier.

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