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We’re Hiring! | Senior Program Manager, Food Systems Innovation

The Institute for Public Health Innovation is hiring a Senior Program Manager, Food Systems Innovation, to lead the Prince George’s County Food Equity Council. More details are included below. The application is available here. Please share! 

Senior Program Manager, Food Systems Innovation

Application deadline: March 10th, 2023 

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As the public health institute serving the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, the Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI) develops multi-sector partnerships and innovative solutions to improve the public’s health and well-being across the region.  IPHI’s work strengthens health systems and policy, enhances conditions that promote health, and builds community capacity to ensure equitable health opportunities for all.

At IPHI, equity is a cornerstone and guiding principle of our organization’s public health approach. We strive to be an anti-racist/anti-oppressive organization and apply this principle in our work with communities and organizational partners and internally within our own organization. We are committed to ensuring that equity is institutionalized and operationalized within all our programs, policies, and practices.    

IPHI is currently recruiting for a Senior Program Manager (SPM) to manage our growing food systems portfolio, particularly in Prince George’s County, Maryland. This position will include providing managerial leadership for food equity programs launched by the Prince George’s County Food Equity Council and IPHI. Formed in 2013, the Prince George’s County Food Equity Council (FEC) is a local food policy council that helps residents grow, sell, and choose healthy foods. IPHI helped incubate FEC and currently serves as its backbone organization and fiscal sponsor. The FEC works closely with county leaders to find systemic and sustainable solutions to the county’s public health and economic challenges. The Senior Program Manager will manage a team that leads several programs and initiatives focused on food rescue, a healthy food prescription pilot project, and supporting food assistance providers, among other projects.

The Senior Program Manager will lead collaborative public health program development, implementation, and evaluation activities, with a principal focus on food systems approaches.  This senior leadership position requires oversight and coordination of high-quality program design and delivery, internal administration and project management, external partnership facilitation, and cultivation of new business opportunities and program portfolio development, as well as other responsibilities.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership for the development and implementation of innovative and evidence-based public health interventions focused on food security and food equity.
  • Direct, manage, implement, coordinate, and monitor food-related policies, programs, and initiatives.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the Prince George’s Food Equity Council and actively participate in local and regional food system focused coalitions and working groups.
  • Lead lobbying and advocacy campaigns to advance food and health equity at the local and state level.
  • Develop and ensure the use of detailed workplans and timelines to guide achievement of grant, contract and partnership commitments.
  • Support and lead organizational and community capacity building efforts, including trainings and workshops on topics relevant to monitoring, evaluation, and learning.
  • Provide supervision, guidance, and coaching to staff and consultants to support their growth and effectiveness within their programmatic responsibilities.
  • Cultivate and manage funder, business client and community partner relationships.
  • Identify and secure new grant funding, track and monitor grants, and develop funder reports.
  • Engage in public speaking, develop presentation materials, and develop and deliver presentations at meetings and conferences.
  • Lead budget management of diverse funding sources and oversee the revenue and expenditure tracking.
  • Ensure adherence to administrative and recordkeeping guidelines to support accurate bookkeeping and documentation of activities in order to ensure compliance with funding requirements.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in related field preferred but not required for this position.
  • At least 7 years of professional experience in the public health or related field required.
  • Experience or familiarity with issues related to community food systems.
  • Experience with budget management including developing budgets and tracking systems and overseeing the revenue and expenditure tracking of grants and contracts.
  • Track record of successful management of various complex, collaborative programs.
  • Experience with securing and managing private and government grants and contracts.
  • Experience effectively supervising a small team of staff and consultants and supporting their achievement of work-related goals.
  • Experience developing contracts and organizing the work of subcontractors and consultants.
  • Ability to work with diverse individuals and groups on complex community issues.
  • Experience facilitating group processes, such as committees or community coalitions.
  • Experience working with state or local government, healthcare providers, and non-profits.
  • Demonstrated professional and political aptitude, diplomacy, and conflict management.
  • Demonstrated experience with management and partnership practices that support diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills, including ability to write clear and concise reports, develop presentation materials and deliver oral presentations.
  • A commitment to continuous learning and quality improvement.
  • Familiarity with Prince George’s County, and the DC-MD-VA region more broadly.


This is an exempt position with competitive benefits and an anticipated starting full-time salary of $80,000 to $90,000, commensurate with experience. Salary is contingent upon available funding.  IPHI offers a flexible and collegial work environment and competitive benefits package, including vacation and sick leave, health/dental/vision insurance, disability and life insurances, and retirement 403 (b) plan and contributions, among other benefits.


Candidates residing in the Prince George’s County, Maryland local area are preferred. IPHI has offices in Washington, DC; Largo, MD; and Richmond, VA. IPHI currently has a flexible telecommuting policy, though travel, in-person meetings and some on-site work will be required. Business travel costs are reimbursable.

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted through IPHI’s on-line application system (Lever), accessible through IPHI’s website or various job advertisement boards.  Please submit a resumé and cover letter to complete your application for consideration. Your cover letter can be submitted under “Additional Information” as text or uploaded as one file together with your resumé. Please note only one file can be uploaded to apply, so the cover letter and resumé must be combined into a single PDF unless the cover letter is included in the Additional Information section. Candidates may be contacted by IPHI’s recruiting partner (TalentBoost/Kingsley Associates) for additional application information.

Application deadline for this position is March 10, 2023.

IPHI is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, IPHI will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application process, please send an email to  This email is only provided for accommodations requests; please do not send other emails regarding the status of your application.  

Statistics show that women and people of underrepresented groups are more likely to apply to jobs only when they meet 100% of the job qualifications. We encourage you to apply even if you do not meet 100% of the qualifications and look forward to reviewing your application.

Thank you for your interest in career opportunities at the Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI).