Senior Program Manager

Brief Overview:

We are seeking a Senior Program Manager who is passionate about racial equity and youth tobacco prevention.

Position Description:

The 84 Movement focuses on racial justice and is striving to become an actively anti-racist movement that centers BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) in its programming. The SPM will be expected to have a strong foundational knowledge of structural racism and health equity and will ideally have experience facilitating on the topic of race.

Seventy percent (70%) of the SPM’s responsibilities fall within The 84 Movement, a statewide youth leadership and tobacco prevention program in Massachusetts, funded by the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. This role develops and facilitates ~30 workshops per year for The 84’s statewide “Chapters” (middle, high school and community-based organization groups). Workshops focus on topics including racial justice; tobacco industry targeting; youth development; and advocacy. The SPM will also be responsible for supervising and overseeing the work of at least two other team members.

The SPM oversees small grants given to community organizations annually. This involves helping with developing ideas for the grants; determining the workplan and process for grant rollout; recruiting grantees; providing yearlong technical assistance for the grantees; and creating reports on grantee progress.

The SPM, along with the Director, is responsible for big-picture thinking about the overall program. This entails bringing a racial equity lens to developing workshops according to racial equity frameworks used by HRiA; evaluating areas of the program and making suggestions for systems improvements that align with racial equity.

Along with the rest of the team, the SPM plans two events per year that may draw 250 youth and require strong attention to detail; an ability to work with and give power to young people; communication with multiple stakeholders; reports on deliverables; and overall oversight and execution of event logistics.

The other thirty percent (30%) of the SPM’s role is to manage both the FDA and Framingham Tobacco Compliance Check Projects. HRiA is responsible for recruiting, employing, and onboarding youth across the state to conduct checks ensuring that retailers do not sell tobacco to underage purchasers. The SPM will manage the budget; lead youth recruitment; provide oversight of the project and of a database of all trained youth; recruit adult inspectors when necessary; and be responsible for communication and reporting with clients at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Framingham Department of Health. This requires strong attention to detail, meeting tight client deadlines, and frequent follow-up with adult and youth inspectors for five years after their participation in the program. This position also requires becoming commissioned by the FDA and maintaining confidentiality with sensitive youth information.

This is an opportunity for someone who is passionate about racial equity and youth tobacco prevention. This managerial position oversees major aspects of two statewide programs, The 84 Movement and the FDA Tobacco Compliance Check Program, in addition to others. Within this role, the candidate will develop and facilitate topics related to racial justice, tobacco, leadership skills, etc, oversee a grants management and distribution process, and provide consulting to several community partners statewide. Finally, the position manages programs that hires young people to complete compliance checks to ensure that tobacco retailers statewide are not selling to underaged purchasers.

The Senior Program Manager (SPM) will report to Carly Caminiti, Program Director.

Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Manage various program elements such as Chapter engagement, recruitment, and event planning for statewide events.
  • Manage the mini-grant process for The 84 Movement, from developing the grants to recruiting grantees, to providing technical assistance to writing reports.
  • Supervise up to three staff and interns. Supervise staff who work with the Statewide Leadership Team and tobacco compliance check programs. Participate in group calls, in-person meetings, and trainings by working directly with middle and high school students.
  • Supervise the Program Coordinator’s work (paperwork processing, database maintenance, etc.) on the tobacco compliance check programs.
  • Manage project budgets including line-item amendments, client communication, monitoring budget and expenses, and serving as a liaison with the finance department at HRiA.

Project Work

  • Attend client meetings with state contract managers when necessary.
  • Oversee the recruitment of new 84 Chapters by partnering with community organizations and schools when needed.
  • Recruit youth ages 16-20 to conduct FDA tobacco compliance checks with adult inspectors.
  • Communicate with clients and community partners and report on project milestones.

Thought Leadership

  • Serve as a subject matter expert on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and collaborate with team and funders to ensure the program meets equity goals.
  • Lead workshop development, outreach strategy, and coaching other staff members on facilitation and training development.
  • Big-picture thinking on overall strategy of The 84, including strong racial equity focus. Evaluate aspects of the program quarterly and make recommendations for improvement.

Business Development

  • Assist with responding to RFPs from the Department of Public Health and other funding entities as needed
  • Collaborate with HRiA staff on business development ideas for the organization

Other Duties within the Department and Organization

  • Develop and facilitate workshops on a variety of public health topics for various clients of the TCB department as assigned (which may require infrequent travel when it is safe to do so*)
  • Assist with hiring, professional development, and onboarding of other staff in the TCB department
  • Other duties as assigned within the project and department.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Solid experience in training development and facilitation on racism and other equity topics
  • Demonstrated experience in working with diverse populations or bringing relevant lived experience.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in education, communication, policy, public health or a related field and 5-7 years of professional experience or a commensurate combination of education and experience.
  • A strong passion for working with young people and an interest in substance use prevention.
  • Willingness to work occasional evening hours and at least 2 weekend days per year.
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in database management and Excel.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and coordinate multiple projects simultaneously and take personal initiative.
  • Expertise in youth development and cultural competence, a plus
  • Ability to be creative and engaging, especially with young people.
  • Strong presence and public speaking skills when presenting to a group.
  • Excellent attention to detail, especially with editing.
  • Microsoft Office skills.
  • A valid driver’s license and willingness to drive since travel throughout the Massachusetts is a necessary function of this position when it is safe to do so.*
  • A sense of humor.

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 his/her 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.

This is a full-time, exempt position with a salary range of low-to-mid $70,000s based on skills and experience. The SPM will initially work remotely (due to HRiA’s COVID-19 policies) and will eventually be based in HRiA’s Boston office when it reopens in late 2021 or early 2022, with the option of working remotely for a portion of the workweek.

Health Resources in Action offers an attractive benefits package including medical, dental and life insurance, retirement plan, tax-deferred annuity, and generous annual vacation that starts at 4 weeks in addition to 3 weeks of annual sick time. We would like someone to start as soon as reasonably possible.

How to Apply:

HRiA is actively seeking 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 different 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.

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