Senior Manager, Health and Racial Equity

Brief Overview:

We are seeking a motivated, self-starting, full-time Senior Manager to join HRiA’s Health and Racial Equity team.

Position Description:

Health Resources in Action offers exciting, engaging, and challenging employment opportunities for researchers, facilitators, analysts, trainers, policy specialists, and more. People come to HRiA because of our commitment to social justice and health equity, our wonderful clients and partners, and our dedicated and dynamic staff. People stay at HRIA because of our collaborative approach to problem solving, our friendly work environment, and our commitment to providing employees with challenging and exciting professional opportunities. 

Equity & inclusion are core values of our organization. Our hiring and business practices appreciate the strengths offered through varied backgrounds. As public health practitioners with a social justice focus, we are committed to better understanding and learning from the institutional structures that create disparities among us and our work. We are actively seeking to build a diverse and experienced staff. We provide an energizing and supportive environment in which to work and to build a career.

We are searching for a motivated, self-starting, full-time Senior Manager to join HRiA’s Health and Racial Equity team. This person will play a key role in advancing HRiA’s health and racial equity work through capacity-building, community mobilization, and community power-building. The Senior Manager will have the potential to contribute to many public health projects at HRiA and be responsible for the design and delivery of efforts that engage diverse audiences, including engagement with community members, local and state health departments and other government agencies, community-based organizations, advocates, and other stakeholders with the purpose of advancing policy, systems and environmental change that address social determinants and root causes of health. Across projects, the Senior Manager will advance HRiA’s approach to equity including: 

  • Supporting new ways of decision-making within local government. 
  • Building capacity within local government to collaborate with residents who have been   systemically excluded or disenfranchised and increase public transparency and accountability. 
  • Building relationships with power-building and grassroots organizations and supporting their ability to influence local, state government and the private sector. 
  • Supporting comprehensive community engagement strategies. 

The ideal candidate is a passionate advocate of health and racial equity, a strong project manager, and deeply rooted in community engagement approaches, ideally with community relationships in Massachusetts. This person should have an ability to craft, implement, and support adoption of methods to increase community power in neighborhood, municipal, and state level decision-making and experience advancing policy and systems change to address social determinants (e.g., transportation, housing, education, etc.). This person should also have an ability to develop and provide coaching, technical assistance, and training to community groups and municipal officials; have a deep commitment to community voice and effective and inclusive governing; and, have strong facilitation skills. We are seeking an individual who has worked in and with communities that are harmed by, and experience the consequences of, decisions that create disadvantage – specifically with Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) populations and economically distressed communities. This person should also have an entrepreneurial spirit and an ability to support the coordination of a diverse cadre of staff, consultants, clients, and partners. The Senior Program Manager will report to HRiA’s Senior Director of Policy and Practice. 

This position will initially support the Root Cause Solutions Exchange, a MA Department of Public Health (MADPH) funded project that will serve as a center for excellence that builds capacity and improves community conditions – Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) – to build resilience and reduce vulnerability to COVID-19, chronic disease, climate change, and other conditions, with an explicit focus on structural racism. The position will serve as a coach to a broad range of community groups, residents, and municipal officials, using evidence-informed and/or innovative practices, supporting community mobilization to advance policies and systems that create the opportunity for leading a healthy life. This position may also work on similar projects designed to advance community engaged practices to influence funding decisions and municipal and state policies such as through HRiA’s Digital POWER initiative and HRiA’s work to support the MADPH’s Mass in Motion program. Massachusetts residency is required, given the focus on community engagement and coaching activities in Massachusetts. Driver’s license and regular access to a car is strongly preferred. 

This is an exempt, full-time position. The salary range is in the mid-$70’s to low-$80’s and is based on skills and experience. HRiA requires that staff be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations and must show proof of vaccination upon hire. HRiA has adopted a ‘hybrid’ work environment, enabling staff to work remotely and/or in the Boston office. 

HRiA offers strong benefits to its employees, including competitive salaries, health insurance, retirement plan, flexible summer hours, vacation starting at 4 weeks, 13 paid holidays, plus office closure time during the last week of December. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

Project Work 

Support overall project design and implementation of the Root Cause Solutions Exchange with a focus on: 

  • Leading capacity building efforts and provide training, technical assistance, and coaching to community partners in the Central and Northeast regions of Massachusetts, organizations who receive seed funding, and other partners and clients for the Root Cause Solutions Exchange.  
  • Identifying creative opportunities to more intentionally center community and make space for and amplify community voice, including designing and leading appropriate and community-specific engagement strategies that are reflective of the lived experiences and identities of those participating (e.g., community conversations, 1:1 meetings, trust building activities, community-led/ community-partnered solution development, focus groups, etc.). 
  • Leveraging existing networks and building relationships and connections in community. 

Work on other assigned projects may include:  

  • Developing workplans and/or capacity building plans in collaboration with organizational leads to guide activities and ensure progress. 
  • Assisting with data collection, reporting, and documentation of programmatic activities. 
  • Contributing to developing, leading, and/or supporting training and other group-level technical assistance; health communications strategies and campaigns; and policy development efforts. 
  • Soliciting organizational and community-level input, feedback, and challenges to share with the team and funders (as appropriate) to guide ongoing and future program implementation. 
  • Contributing technical skills and/or content expertise to other related HRiA projects and the organization, as appropriate or needed. 
  • Supporting the work of the Health and Racial Equity Cluster by contributing to the development and implementation of projects and programs, developing, and conducting training, and performing other supportive functions. 


  • Communicate effectively, efficiently, and appropriately with team members and team leads, and the HRiA supervisor. 
  • Coordinate and participate in team meetings, in collaboration with project leads. 
  • Assist in planning, budgeting, decision-making, implementation, or evaluation at the discretion of the project director. 

Thought Leadership 

  • Articulate, exemplify, and share innovative and best practices to advance the core public health practice of community engagement to improve community and population health. 
  • Increase the field of public health’s understanding of and commitment to health equity, including racial equity, and addressing social determinants of health.  
  • Ability to provide leadership to change policies and practices to address health inequities and racial justice through community engagement practice. 
  • Maintain and advance skills in project management, supervision, training and facilitation, health communication, health and racial equity, and related content areas. 
  • Contribute to blogs, website content, and other communications efforts to share and promote organizational approaches, expertise, and learning, as appropriate or needed. 
  • Present at conferences and events with senior staff, as appropriate or needed. 
  • Suggest ideas/improvements in project and/or organizational processes and systems through participation in teams and committees. 

New Business Development 

  • Contribute to proposal writing and other new business development activities, such as developing scopes of work, content, and budgets, as appropriate or needed. 

Typical work hours for HRiA staff are Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm EST, though we offer flexible work schedules to accommodate the needs of staff. For this position, evening and weekend hours may be common and will be required. This description is intended to indicate the kinds of work duties that will be required in this position. It is not intended to limit, or in any way modify, the rights of any supervisor to assign, direct, and contract work of staff under their supervision. The use of a particular illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties, not mentioned, that are of a similar level or difficulty. 

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least eight years of professional experience working with community- or faith-based organizations or other public health or health care organizations or, for candidates without a bachelor’s degree, ten or more years of similar professional experience. 
  • Fluency or proficiency in a language other than English (e.g., Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Kreyol, Mandarin, Cantonese, among others) strongly preferred.                                                                
  • Commitment to and understanding of health and racial equity and strong understanding of the root causes of inequities and how racism is a public health crisis.                                                 
  • Demonstrated experience in community engagement, relationship building, and connection to community-based networks. 
  • Demonstrated experience supporting/designing/implementing policy and systems change to address social determinants (e.g., transportation, housing, education, etc.); 
  • Ability to encourage, inspire, and mobilize others toward collective and strategic actions.         
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, and ability to juggle multiple tasks at once. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication, interpersonal, and facilitation skills, including communicating in person, and/or by video conference or phone, and ability to adjust style and messaging depending on the audience and medium. 
  • Ability to cast a vision and think conceptually, balanced with the ability to be detail-oriented to support program and logistics.  
  • Demonstrated maturity of judgement and integrity. 
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, and ability to juggle many projects and tasks at once. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication, interpersonal, and facilitation skills, including communicating by video conference, phone, and/or in person and ability to adjust style and messaging depending on the audience and medium. 
  • Ability to engage clients, and multisector and community-level stakeholders from diverse backgrounds and hold partners accountable. 
  • Ability to work with people across a diversity of thought, backgrounds, and perspectives. 
  • Ability to work as part of a team, but also to work independently and take personal initiative to complete tasks.  
  • Keen attention to detail and a strong commitment to high-quality products, customer/client service, and team interactions. 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (e.g., Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, OneNote, Teams). 
  • Proficiency in or capability of learning new software (e.g., Zoom, Google Suite). 
  • Flexibility and a sense of humor. 

How to Apply:

To apply, submit your cover letter and resume online.

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.  

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