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CUNY Community Outreach Program Director in New York, New York

Job Title: Community Outreach Program Director

Job ID: 21072

Location: CUNY School of Public Health

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


Formed in 2015 and located in Central Harlem, the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (“CUNY SPH”) is New York City's only ranked and accredited public school of public health. CUNY SPH is committed to excellence in teaching, research and service that creates a healthier New York City and helps promote equitable, efficient and evidence-based solutions to pressing health problems facing cities around the world. Our vision of promoting health and social justice in New York City and across the globe through innovation and leadership is carried out through a collaborative and accessible environment. We seek to promote and sustain healthier populations in New York City and around the world, and to shape policy and practice in public health for all.

As the founding Program Director of the Harlem Health Initiative (“Director”), you will be joining CUNY SPH at an exciting moment in the school’s history with the launch of its inaugural community partnership activity. The position calls for a committed individual with a record of accomplishment of community organizing and program development. This individual is capable of managing multiple large-scale projects in a fast-paced environment. S/he has the ability to speak publicly and is not afraid to roll her/his sleeves up to get the work done.

The Director will work collaboratively with and report directly to the Dean to execute the Initiative. At the outset, the Director’s work will include introducing the school and initiative to community leaders and organizations, engaging with CUNY SPH professors, departments and institutes, analyzing data to understand needs, designing the program to have maximum impact and developing print and electronic materials to disseminate the initiative. A special emphasis will be placed on participating in the fundraising process in partnership with the Executive Director of the CUNY SPH Foundation.


CUNY SPH is launching the Harlem Health Initiative (“HHI”) to address neighborhood service priorities and to improve health and reduce health disparities throughout Harlem. HHI is a multi-year initiative that will facilitate partnerships between CUNY SPH and health-focused nonprofit and for-profit organizations and entrepreneurial individuals. The Initiative will seek to develop and support existing programs that promote health in Harlem. Through the coordination of organizations and resources, HHI will bolster, upgrade and modernize the technical capabilities of existing community-based health services, evaluate interventions and create new evidence-based models. Participating organizations will be empowered to make quality improvements and develop more effective programing that reduces the disproportionate health burden born by residents of Harlem.

This position is grant-funded and is currently limited to two years. There is potential for an extension should funding become available.



  • Develop and implement an initial multi-pronged study to establish a partner network of organizations and individuals with ideas that can be nurtured and developed through incubation and partnership.

  • Operate a guided intelligence and data gathering to discover commonalities of services and needs by hosting and facilitating a series of conversations and focus groups with community leaders.

  • Partners with faculty to create a curriculum of trainings and activities.

  • Qualify organizations, businesses and individuals seeking to improve health through a comprehensive data coordinating exercise that examines services offered and outcomes, and health data of the broader population.

  • Analyze CUNY SPH’s intersections with the community by inventorying current and past programs, initiatives, community connections and research, teaching, and service projects.

Program Development and Implementation:

  • Establish a committee to determine metric goals, strategies and partnership evaluation including CUNY SPH faculty, CUNY SPH institutes and centers and key stakeholders in public health and Harlem.

  • Identify viable partnerships based on common areas of need within existing community-based organizations, and geographic and topical service gaps.

  • Gather data from service users including information on the quality of services and suggestions for improved responsiveness to client needs.

  • Select organizations, businesses and/or individuals to enter into an incubation process to design and implement programmatic interventions and enhance coordination among service providers.

  • Work collaboratively with the Dean’s Advisory Council and the CUNY SPH Foundation to forge relationships and achieve goals.

  • In partnership with the Executive Director of the CUNY SPH Foundation, be an active participant in the fundraising and partnership development process including cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities; draft an annual progress report for dissemination to funders.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • This position will have the opportunity to grow the Harlem Health Initiative team as needed and will recruit, supervisor and mentor CUNY SPH students to fulfill their 180-hour fieldwork requirement by supporting HHI projects and initiatives.


Bachelor’s degree and eight years’ related experience required.

  • Master’s degree in public health, policy, public administration or related field preferred.

  • Demonstrated success in the fundraising process and willingness to participate required.

  • Proven success in developing, implementing and managing community-based campaigns or coalitions preferred.

  • Background in human services program development or community organizing preferred.

  • Experience in business development, marketing and data analysis, preferred.

  • Demonstrated media and communications skills preferred.

  • Deep commitment to health equity and social justice with an understanding of the needs of communities facing health disparities.

  • Collaborates with faculty, administrators, and external partners to design, implement, evaluate and enhance partnerships.

  • Skilled in project management with a proactive and analytical approach to facilitating and leading teamwork; flexible and adaptive to changes in plans.

  • Expert in facilitating meetings and public workshops with a strong ability to develop effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.

  • High degree of commitment to the mission of the school, work and team, sound judgement, collaborative spirit, flexible, creative, hardworking, self-motivated and unafraid of challenges.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint and relevant software and applications.

  • Ability to work evening hours, as needed.


Directs a program or service providing community outreach and services.

-Independently defines program goals, objectives, risks, and roles and responsibilities

-Collaborates with external organizations and community stakeholders to plan and execute program activities

-Represents the college or university to external organizations

-Develops and delivers direct service to external clientele

-Collects data on outcomes, and analyzes and reports results while planning new and improved services

-May manage an office staff of employees and/or volunteers

-Oversees operating budgets and performs financial analysis to support decision-making

-May identify and secure program funding

-Performs related duties as assigned.


Higher Education Officer




Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


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September 26, 2019


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