Program Manger, Childhood Obesity, Health & Wellness

Vacancy Announcement – October 5, 2012

Position Location:              Baltimore, MD                                                 
Travel:                                    Frequent                                                           


Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

Summary of Duties:

Under the general supervision of the Director of Health Programs, the duties and responsibilities of the Program Manager, Childhood Obesity, Health & Wellness will include, but will not be limited to, the following:

  • Serve as principal staff person to manage childhood obesity advocacy and chronic disease prevention grants supported by Robert Wood Johnson foundation and others.
  • Coordinate outreach efforts to NAACP Units on childhood obesity advocacy and program development targeting the following policies:  Built Environment, Food Environment and School Policies.
  • Development of training modules for childhood obesity advocacy curriculum for participating communities primarily in southeast, southwest and Midwest NAACP regions.
  • Oversee and support community coalition building efforts in NAACP childhood obesity grantee sites.
  • Facilitate regional conference, state convention and program grantee trainings & workshops addressing childhood obesity Advocacy (based on the NAACP Childhood Obesity Advocacy Manual) and project HELP curriculum.
  • Provide technical assistance with units and college chapters as directed by the health department director to address policy change strategies.
  • Crate action oriented partnerships and provide Technical Assistance to influential community leaders and non-traditional stakeholders who wish to address the childhood obesity epidemic in their communities by implementing identified best practices.
  • Supervise health programs coordinator (Childhood Obesity, Health & Wellness)
  • Develop and support grant proposal for continued funding for childhood obesity and chronic disease prevention programs.
  • Serve as NAACP health department liaison for national chronic disease prevention partnerships to address health equity and minority health.
  • Develop health articles, op-eds and other written documents for publication to address NAACP’s best practices in childhood obesity advocacy and chronic disease prevention.
  • Complete with quarterly compiling of accomplishments health department and development of regular reports for childhood obesity and chronic disease prevention reports (monthly, quarterly) as directed by NAACP senior leadership and funding partners.
  • Coordinate communications with health partners and other partners associated with assigned projects.
  • Provide technical assistance to the board health committee as director by national health director and health committee chair.
  • Advocate for the elimination of social policies and practices that lead to racial and ethnic health disparities is preferred; and other general office duties.


The ideal candidate for this position will possess many, if not all, of the following professional qualifications, competencies and personal qualities:

  • A minimum of three years of relevant experience, preferably with an emphasis on foundation grants
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience in grant writing and grant management report writing.
  • Experience in health policy and advocacy issues, with a special focus on childhood obesity.
  • Excellent oral, written, and public speaking skills
  • Experience in facilitating trainings and workshops in community settings.
  • Experience working with community based coalitions
  • Flexibility to work beyond regular core business hours as needed.
  • Ability to travel upon request.


It is the continuing policy of the NAACP to take affirmative action to assure equal opportunity for all current and prospective employees without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, marital status, familial status, family responsibility, pregnancy or other pregnancy-related conditions, childbirth, disability, military/veteran status, citizenship status, religion or political affiliation, past convictions or incarceration, prior psychiatric treatment, or any other status protected by federal or state law, local ordinance or Executive Orders. The NAACP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To Apply:  Resume, cover letter, and salary requirements should be sent to NAACP:

Email: (preferred method)

Mail: NAACP – Human Resources, 4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215

Fax:  (410) 580-5735

Please note that this position is grant-funded and employment is contingent upon the continuation of such funds, as well as headcount approval in 2013.