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Senior Program Associate, Engaged Practice Division, Healthcare Engagement Program (Washington, DC)

Washington, DC

The Democracy Collaborative, a national research institute dedicated to the development of innovative strategies for the democratization of wealth, seeks an experienced Senior Program Associate in the Engaged Practice Division to support the work of our various community wealth building projects and programs.

Location: Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C. Application Deadline: September 30, 2017 About the Position

The Democracy Collaborative is a nonprofit think tank and consultancy that focuses on researching and promoting innovative ways of building wealth in low-income communities and developing models for transformative systemic change. Our Engaged Practice Division works at various levels in communities across the country to operationalize strategies that build community wealth. Community Wealth Building is a systems approach to economic development that creates an inclusive, sustainable economy built on locally rooted and broadly held ownership. This framework calls for developing place-based assets of many kinds, working collaboratively, tapping large sources of demand, and fostering economic institutions and ecosystems of support for enterprise rooted in community so that all can thrive.

The Senior Program Associate will serve primarily as a member of the Healthcare Engagement team in the Engaged Practice Division, working with hospitals and health systems to intervene in the social determinants of health in communities through improved hiring, procurement, and investment practices. Under the direction of a Healthcare Engagement manager, s/he will be called on to help manage the day-to-day operations of a large network of healthcare institutions (background information can be found at This will include leading internal teams, structuring work flow for effective, timely results, leading and supporting health system work groups within the network, leading and supporting efforts to grow and sustain the network, and assisting the Manager of Healthcare Engagement. Specific tasks may include planning and executing public convenings and conferences (including preparing written and other material for dissemination), managing relationships with a diverse array of stakeholders, and giving public and private presentations. S/he will also provide program support in the form of contributions to long form reports, shorter research briefs and blogs, presentation materials, and other communications, through writing as well as through primary and secondary research and analysis. S/he may also provide operations, logistics, research, and writing support to other programs within the Engaged Practice Division and the organization as a whole as needed. S/he must be available for program related travel.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

The Program Associate will have the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the Healthcare Anchor Network project.

  • Support Healthcare Engagement associates so that they can effectively and efficiently execute their projects.

  • Support the Manager for Healthcare Engagement to track work plans, timelines, milestones, deliverables, and follow-up items to ensure deadlines are met and tasks are completed in a timely manner.

  • Represent our work and build meaningful long-term relationships with individuals from a vast variety of external stakeholders, including government, C-suite business leaders, nonprofits, banks and credit unions,  philanthropies, and neighborhood and community organizing groups.

  • Maintain and strengthen client and partner relationships.

  • Facilitate, lead, or assist various Healthcare Anchor Network initiative groups.

  • Plan and manage high profile events (large and small), including managing a budget, creating agendas, handling logistics, directing content, and managing key external relationships.

  • Provide research and content support for healthcare engagement and other projects (including arranging focus groups, conducting interviews, etc.).

  • Coordinate communications and outreach efforts around healthcare engagement and other projects.

  • Plan and work with the Healthcare team to implement any and all tasks required to grow and sustain the Healthcare Anchor Network, including proposal writing.

  • Represent the work of the Healthcare Engagement Program and The Democracy Collaborative generally at public and private events.

Desired qualifications include:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with exceptional attention to details.
  • Ability to relate in meaningful ways to a variety of high profile stakeholder groups and individuals.
  • Project management experience.
  • Basic budgeting and accounting knowledge.
  • Understanding of socially responsible business, employee ownership models, and the social determinants of  health is a plus.
  • Experience with public speaking and public presentations.
  • Effective meeting design and facilitation experience a plus.
  • Understanding of and familiarity with community economic development approaches, the healthcare field and anchor institution practices is a plus.
  • Evidence of previous work demonstrating a high degree of performance and outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both individually and on high-functioning teams.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and passion for mission-oriented work. Attitude of “find a way or make a way.
  • Experience and interest in event planning and logistics.

Education/Experience Requirements

A Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience is required (e.g., community development, social enterprise/business development, planning and development, event planning, healthcare engagement). A Master’s degree and a minimum of 4 years of work experience is preferred. A strong commitment to social and economic justice is required. Understanding of the healthcare sector and various community economic development approaches is a plus.

Must be highly organized with an attention to detail, especially with regards to dates, times, and schedules. Must be polished and professional and comfortable engaging with multiple stakeholders at all levels. Must be interested in, familiar with, and enthusiastic for transformative community economic development and the work of The Democracy Collaborative.

To Apply

Send résumé/CV with references, a detailed cover letter regarding your interest in and desire to make a contribution to the kind of work being done by The Democracy Collaborative, and a relevant short writing sample to Please include “Senior Program Associate” in the subject line.


Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Job includes a generous benefits package including health care, three weeks of paid vacation per year, and an employer contribution to a 403(b) retirement plan.

The Democracy Collaborative is an Equal Opportunity Employerpeople of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.