National Program Manager – Campaign to End Lead Poisoning

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative
  • Location
    Balitmore, Maryland
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Posted
    Jan 31

Position description

Decades after ending lead in paint, gasoline and other sources, lead poisoning remains one of the nation’s most devastating environmental health threats, impacting over 535,000 American children under the age of six each year – causing irreversible damage and robbing them of their full potential. Yet, it is imperative to understand that lead poisoning is entirely preventable, and it is our collective obligation to end it once and for all. The business case for prevention is clear: for every dollar invested in prevention taxpayers receive $17 to $221 in return. More importantly, children will arrive in the classroom able to learn and ready to reach their full potential.

The Campaign to End Lead Poisoning stems from the National Lead Summit in December 2016, where over 200 partner organizations gathered to produce a national Call to Action: to eradicate lead poisoning in five years. This is not an issue awareness campaign, but a campaign of action through a national network of dedicated advocates and organizations. The Campaign intends to raise a significant philanthropic fund to catalyze local, state, and federal funding in the most at-risk jurisdictions in the United States. With these catalytic funds, the Campaign will lift up the efforts of local governments and nonprofit partners to accomplish the necessary policy changes, as well as provide housing interventions to remediate the causes of lead poisoning in housing, water and soil.

The National Program Manager will manage the day-to-day operations of the Campaign to End Lead Poisoning, including broad campaign strategy; hiring, training and managing staff; creating and executing the budget; coordinate with new and established partner organizations, and direct outreach to local and community-based leaders as well as families.

Duties Include but are not limited to:

  • Fund Development: In coordination with the CEO and others,  develop and execute an aggressive strategy to raise philanthropic, corporate, and high-net worth individual funds to support the Campaign’s efforts; Establish and maintain relationship with the Campaign Finance Committee/Advisory Panel to continue to enterprise new and innovative funding streams to achieve our mission; Fund development will also be pursued through advocating at local, state, and federal levels for lead hazard remediation.
  • Policy Development and Advocacy: Develop policies, protocols, and approaches around ending childhood lead poisoning. Policies may involve housing standards, code enforcement, healthcare entities, and utilities among others; Explore policy levers such as local and state legislation, federal regulations and legislation; Write briefs, strategies, and protocols related to lead poisoning prevention work; Develop state-by-state toolkits for action and policy change in accordance with the Blueprint for Action and other key lead action plans authored by partner organizations.
  • Communications Strategy Development: in coordination with the Communications team, develop and execute a strategic plan to communicate the message of the campaign across paid, earned and social media platforms with the goal of propelling action around the issue and opening doors to tangible resources to execute the Campaign’s mission; Manage Communications team in both their strategic planning work and their rapid response work.
  • Partnership Development and Management: Develop creative approaches to building intra- and cross-sector coalitions; Establish relationships with policy and decision makers in all key GHHI site states as well as the target jurisdictions for the Campaign each year; Assist local partners in strengthening and harnessing grassroots leadership and momentum to increase capacity and motivation to achieve the Campaign’s mission.
  • Training for State and Local Governments: Working with a Capacity Builder/Site Engagement Coordinator to develop partnerships with various state and local Associations (e.g. Conference of Mayors, National Governor’s Association) in order for the Campaign to provide education and training toolkits to assist local leaders in design, development and implementation of lead poisoning prevention programs. This will include improvements to and adoption of stronger lead-safe standards and enforcement strategies, and will require working closely with existing and onboarding GHHI sites.
  • Other Duties:
    • Ensure compliance with all reports for public and private funders
    • Actively report monthly progress to GHHI Senior Staff

Qualifications

The successful applicant will possess:

  • Degree in public policy, public health, government, marketing, business management, or other related field from an accredited university

  • 10+ years of experience managing large-scale, national projects or campaigns

  • Experience in raising money from foundations and/or corporations, and individuals (both high- and low-dollar donations)

  • Exceptional communicator, both written and oral – strong presentation and public speaking skills will be key to this role

  • Strong understanding and commitment to addressing health, environmental and economic inequities through solution-based approaches

  • A deep commitment to racial equity and inclusion

  • A demonstrated ability to effectively lead teams, set and exceed goals

  • Must have a valid driver license and willingness to travel

  • Experience with and willingness to be a Campaign Spokesperson at conferences, meetings, trainings and with the media

Application instructions

This is a full-time, exempt position. Position includes full benefits package and competitive salary commensurate with education and experience. GHHI is an equal opportunity employer.

Interested candidates should email GHHI’s Department of Human Capital at [email protected] with the following:

  1. Resume

  2. Cover Letter

  3. 3 Relevant Work Samples (e.g. writing samples (news article, blog post, funding proposal, policy paper), video footage of a training/presentation/speech you have given, etc.)

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