Leadership Advancement Coordinator, NACHW

Brief Overview:

We are seeking a Leadership Advancement Coordinator to help us advance the professional identity, policy and organizational leadership and capacity of Community Health Workers, the CHW Networks and NACHW partners.

Position Description:

NACHW is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to unify the voices of the community health workers (CHWs) across geography, ethnicity, sector and experience and strengthen this profession’s capacity to promote healthy communities. NACHW has membership in 48 states.

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are frontline trusted public health workers with close relationships to and understanding of the community where they deliver services. CHWs serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and their community to help access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. CHWs build community capacity through activities like outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support, navigation, service coordination and advocacy.

Our strategic priorities include mobilizing community health workers, CHW (Community Health Worker) professional development and leadership, individual and organizational capacity building, and advancing policies on behalf of the CHW workforce. NACHW was launched in 2019 by a dedicated group of CHWs and allies from across the country.

NACHW is a fiscally sponsored entity of Health Resource in Action, Inc. (HRiA).

Health Resources in Action, Inc. (HRiA) is a non-profit organization working to improve and reimagine public health. We connect, consult, and collaborate to solve complex challenges of access and equity in our health and social systems. Together with our partners, clients, and collaborators, we create actionable solutions so that all people can thrive.

In 1957, The Medical Foundation (TMF) was created to primarily fund biomedical research in Massachusetts. Since then, we’ve been on a journey of evolution. We changed our name to Health Resources in Action (HRiA) to reflect our impact in the field of public health. Today, HRiA works with individuals, organizations, and communities to drive a policy and systems change approach to advance health and racial equity.

HRiA seeks sustainable solutions for complex problems using an anti-racist approach. We aim to be adaptable and flexible in meeting clients and partners where they are, offering our decades of knowledge and resources to collectively realize our dream of equitable, sustainable health for all. The foundation of this work is centered on our values:

  • Health and racial equity by identifying and addressing the root causes of health inequities, intentionally working to shift narratives and power imbalances and disrupt all systems of oppression.
  • Leading with heart by demonstrating our passionate commitment to our work, continuously challenging ourselves with humility and vulnerability while pursuing and holding ourselves accountable to our mission.
  • Collaboration by intentionally and respectfully leading, partnering, and following to strengthen relationships, uplift different voices and build trust.
  • Innovation by driving toward new strategies, questioning norms, and continuously learning and evolving to support the needs of our clients and communities.

HRiA offers exciting, engaging, and challenging employment opportunities for facilitators, trainers, researchers, analysts, policy specialists, grant managers, and more. People come to HRiA because of our commitment to advancing health equity and inspiring work; they stay for our wonderful clients, partners, and dedicated and dynamic staff. With our growing portfolio of high-impact work, person-centered policies, and generous benefits, our team continually invests in making HRiA a great place to work. Our diverse staff of over 270 people hail from 30+ states, with a homebase in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood.

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NACHW is looking for a passionate and self-motivated Leadership Advancement Coordinator to help us advance the professional identity, policy and organizational leadership and capacity of Community Health Workers, the CHW Networks and NACHW partners. The Leadership Advancement Coordinator (LAC) is an essential part of the NACHW’s national team. Reporting to the Leadership Development Manager, the LAC increases the capacity of CHWs, CHW Networks, public health organizations, health departments, and national partner agencies to understand, engage, and use innovative strategies and best practice to effectively amplify, integrate and partner with communities across the United States. This is an exempt, full-time position with a salary range of $45,000 – 50,000 based on skills and experience.

The Leadership Advancement Coordinator will be an individual with experience working with and providing services for CHWs and community-based organizations, health clinics or health departments, and with ability to coordinate in-person and web-based training, project coordination, curriculum development, public health communications, community engagement, behavioral health, and/or infectious diseases.

This individual will engage regularly with staff, members, and state and local leaders of community-based or public health organizations, and other stakeholders; serve as a trusted NACHW liaison to CHW training sites and CHW Networks, community-based, faith-based, or other public health and health care organizations to assess needs and opportunities for capacity building support; solicit individual and organizational member and stakeholder feedback on challenges to share with the team and project partners to guide ongoing and future program implementation. Activities will include presentations at state conferences and on webinars, building capacity initiatives with national partners and monitoring capacity building successes based on member and stakeholder goals.

The ideal candidate must have a demonstrated commitment to anti-racist, anti-oppression work that fight for NACHW core values of self-determination, self-actualization, dignity, respect, social justice and equity, as well as have a strong work ethic, proven success in working collaboratively with individuals and organizations across geographies, ethnicities, sectors and lived experience. Strong group facilitation, partnership development, program planning and implementation skills are needed. This person will ideally have an associate degree in education, public health or a related field and/or at least 2 years’ experience as a program/project coordinator, CHW supervisor, CHW trainer, or as a Peer Supporter.

The LAC must be a CHW/Promotora/CHR or Peer Supporter, and/or have a strong respect for the CHW profession, racial equity, and inclusion. Further, this person should have a deep understanding of CHW history and policies, and federal and state policy development and community-based strategies for building capacity and leadership and mobilizing national CHW members. This person should be familiar with national and state leaders/agencies changing public health policy, the social determinants of health and health care access and quality. Writing samples of proposals, papers, reports or research will be asked for.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate all projects and activities under your role
  • Work collaboratively and respectfully with NACHW staff, members and partners
  • Develop and deliver technical assistance and education for individual members (CHWs and allies), CHW Networks/Associations, employers, state and federal government and philanthropy
  • Create leadership advancement strategies, recommendations, and tools to advance CHW professional identity, CHW role integration, CHW Network capacity, CHW policy leadership and sustainability in local, state, and federal policy.
  • Work with CHWs to advance their knowledge, capacity and activities within their states and mobilize CHWs and allies nationally on key policy issues.
  • Serve as a liaison between NACHW and stakeholders on various advisories, think tanks or leadership advancement initiatives
  • Coordinate data collection, research, tracking and monitoring leadership advancement needs, trends and opportunities in partnership with state and national organizations, CHW Networks and NACHW members.
  • Develop and coordinate reports and workplans;
  • Document progress of goals and aims as defined by NACHW in project management software and other platforms.
  • Write and edit materials including print and web copy for communication products and campaigns, including a monthly newsletter.
  • Engage in formative research, including conducting environmental scans and literature reviews, supporting research plan and tool development, providing interview and focus group support, develop, and lead up dissemination plans, conduct outreach for programs, and/or contribute to data analysis and report writing.
  • Provide support to the LAC and related NACHW staff as requested in support of other projects and initiatives including developing meeting agendas, taking meeting notes, drafting and sending communications, scheduling meetings, developing project workplans and timelines

New Business Development & Thought Leadership

  • Work with the NACHW team and HRiA staff in the new business development process as necessary including drafting, editing or supporting submission of new proposals.
  • Prepare proposals for submission, including formatting, design, packaging, and delivery

Management and Supervision

  • Serve as a liaison with funders; coordinate clients, vendors, and consultants (researchers, translators) and/or interns as requested
  • Participate in staff meetings, committees, and other project workgroups

This description is intended to show the kinds of work duties required in this position. It is not intended to limit, or change, any supervisor’s rights to assign, direct, and contract work of staff under his/her supervision. The use of a description of duties shall not be used to exclude other duties, not mentioned, that are of a similar level or difficulty.

Candidate Qualifications:


  • Associate in education, Public Health or a related field and/or at least 2 years’ experience as a program/project coordinator, CHW Supervisor and Trainer, or Peer Supporter
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, and ability to coordinate many projects and tasks.
  • Strong writing, verbal communication, interpersonal and facilitation skills.
  • Experience and skills in project coordination including developing work plans and working with clients, partners, community members and a range of stakeholders.
  • Keen understanding of CHW related public health issues and policies and ability to remain current on issues and practice.
  • Commitment to and understanding of racial health equity.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to travel to offsite meetings.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Flexibility and a sense of humor.


  • Successful record of accomplishment in leadership advancement and engagement with CHWs and/or community-based organizations
  • Experience in facilitation and community organizing.
  • Experience working with CHWs/Promotoras/Community health representatives and other diverse coalitions and/or local governments.
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of identities and personalities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse staff and improving public health.
  • Lived experience with a willingness to demonstrate is a plus.
  • A valid driver’s license is a plus.
  • Spanish language skills are a plus.

How to Apply:

HRiA is actively looking to build a diverse and experienced staff. The organization encourages multiple perspectives and experiences, supports a multicultural environment, and strives to hire and retain a diverse work force that reflects the populations we work with and the communities where we work. Diversity is a core value of HRiA resulting in culturally competent services, materials, resources, and programs. Our hiring and business practices appreciate the strengths offered through diverse backgrounds.

HRiA is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.

Health Resources in Action offers an attractive benefits package including medical, dental and life insurance, retirement plan, tax-deferred annuity, and generous starting vacation of four weeks. To apply, send your cover letter and resume online.

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