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Senior Program Associate, Engaged Practice Division, Healthcare Engagement Program (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: March 31, 2018

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 Division of Engaged Practice, 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 the Director of Healthcare Engagement, this person will support and lead work streams to advance the goals of a large network of healthcare institutions (background information can be found at This will include: working with internal teams and structuring work flow for effective, timely results; guiding health system work groups within the network; helping to grow and sustain the network; and assisting the Director of Healthcare Engagement with meeting internal and external deadlines.

The Healthcare Anchor Network currently sponsors two gatherings per year, each of which include several days of events and are planned and staffed by the Healthcare Engagement Team and require the presence of all Team members. In addition, this person must be available for occasional program-related travel that may increase in frequency over time.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

The Senior Program Associate will have the following duties and responsibilities:

  • 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.
  • Facilitate, lead, or assist various Healthcare Anchor Network initiative groups.
  • Support the Director 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, as assigned by the Director.
  • Represent our work and build meaningful long-term relationships with individuals representing a variety of external stakeholders, including government, C-suite business leaders and institutional, nonprofit and social service agencies, banks and credit unions, philanthropies, and neighborhood or community organizing groups.
  • 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.
  • Represent the work of the Healthcare Engagement Program and The Democracy Collaborative generally at public and private events.

Additional Duties As Assigned

  • Planning and executing public convenings and conferences, such as preparing written and other material for dissemination, managing relationships with a diverse array of stakeholders and/or giving public and private presentations.
  • Providing 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.
  • Providing operations, logistics, research, and writing support to other programs within the Engaged Practice Division and the organization as a whole as needed.


Required 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.
  • Experience with public speaking and public presentations.
  • 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.”

Desired qualifications include:

  • Understanding of socially responsible business, worker ownership models, and community economic development approaches--specifically impact investing--a plus.
  • Understanding of and familiarity with the social determinants of health, the healthcare field, and anchor institution practices a plus.
  • Understanding of metrics and measurement a plus.
  • Effective meeting design and facilitation experience a plus.

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 strong commitment to social and economic justice is required. A Master’s degree and a minimum of 4 years of work experience is preferred. Understanding of various community economic development and anchor institution practices as it relates to the healthcare sector a significant 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.


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.


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 2-3 page writing sample to Please include “Healthcare Senior Program Associate” in the subject line.

Additional information about the specific tasks and role anticipated for this position, in its first year, will be provided during in-person interviews. Anticipated tasks and roles may be changed from time to time, at the discretion of the Director. This information will be provided during the interviews to give applicants a more concrete sense of the immediate duties to promote a clear and effective assessment of fit between TDC's and the applicant's goals.

From time to time, TDC recruits for Senior Associate positions in other program areas. TDC strives to make its opportunities as accessible as possible for individuals interested in working with us, including streamlining the application process. If you would like to be considered for such positions, please state that you would like to be considered in your cover letter and in the subject line of the email submitting your materials (“Healthcare Senior Program Associate and other similar positions”).

The Democracy Collaborative is an Equal Opportunity Employer—people 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.