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Pennsylvania Downtown Center – Healthy Communities Program Manager

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The Pennsylvania Downtown Center, a statewide, non-profit organization that promotes and supports the economic vitality of Pennsylvania’s downtowns and business districts and nearby residential areas seeks a dynamic individual to serve as its statewide Healthy Communities Program Manager.

This position requires someone who demonstrates:

  • Enthusiasm around increasing opportunities for active transportation and mobility options throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Initiative and efficiency by staying on task throughout the annual schedule of deliverables.
  • Inclusive people-friendly/customer friendly communication skills.
  • Strong project and program management skills.
  • Adaptability, flexibility and a willingness to take on new program challenges.
  • Competent and engaging public speaking skills, able to address audiences of up to several hundred people.
  • Strong teamwork and collaborative skills.

The position of Healthy Communities Program Manager of the Pennsylvania Downtown Center (PDC) directly interacts with communities participating in the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s (DOH) WalkWorks grant programs to increase access and opportunities for physical activity through improved active transportation systems.

WalkWorks seeks to support communities to connect activity-friendly walking routes to everyday destinations that make it safe and convenient for people of all abilities to walk, bike and use wheelchairs through the development and adoption of plans and policies.

WalkWorks offers competitive grants to public agencies, such as municipalities and planning commissions, for the development of active transportation plans (ATPs) and similar policies. Through these grants “the DOH strives to prevent and control adult obesity through built environment approaches that combine interventions to connect activity-friendly routes to everyday destinations to make it safer and more convenient for people of all abilities and all mobilities.”

The primary responsibility of the PDC Healthy Communities Program Manager shall be, but will not be limited to, increasing health and transportation equity opportunities in communities throughout the Commonwealth, predominately in traditional downtowns and neighborhoods. The position will be tasked with annual project and grant management for multiple communities, as well as expanding opportunities for increased outreach and education duties related to the WalkWorks program.

The person filling this position must be able to carry out a wide array of revitalization-related duties and must be highly flexible and adaptable as well as demonstrate the ability to perform duties and provide certain, proactive program support toward the accomplishment of DOH and PDC goals and objectives as defined in the DOH work statement and the PDC strategic plan. This role may require the person filling this position to be a “revitalization generalist” with the ability to perform all functions associated with specific contract activities for which PDC is responsible. Generally, these functions will focus on the transportation, planning, health, community and economic development and related local policies.

The selected individual will serve in the full-time exempt position of Healthy Communities Program Manager. A college degree and experience in planning, public administration, public health, architecture, landscape architecture, or a related discipline are required. An advanced college degree is preferred. Outstanding writing and verbal communication and computer skills, particularly with MS Word, MS Excel and MS Power Point, are essential and must be demonstrated. The ability to speak and write fluent Spanish is a plus for qualified candidates.

Working from home may be permitted, but it is expected that this position be able to travel to the PDC office in Harrisburg, PA as requested by the Executive Director for staff meetings, trainings, etc. Willingness to undertake occasional statewide travel during which overnight stays will be required. The selected candidate must be available to start no later than August 16th – earlier if possible. A complete job description is available at www.padowntown.org. PDC shall not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, national origin, age, marital status or sexual orientation. Email your resume with cover letter to: Julie Fitzpatrick, Executive Director – juliefitzpatrick@padowntown.org.

To apply for this job email your details to juliefitzpatrick@padowntown.org

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