Health Care Without Harm seeks to transform the health sector worldwide, without compromising patient safety or care, so that it becomes ecologically sustainable and a leading advocate for environmental health and justice. With offices on four continents and partners around the world, Health Care Without Harm is leveraging the health sector’s expertise, purchasing power, political clout, workforce development, and moral authority to create the conditions for healthy people, communities, and the environment.
Working closely with Health Care Without Harm,Practice Greenhealth , is the leading nonprofit membership and network organization for sustainable health care, delivering environmental solutions to more than 1,100 members throughout the United States.
Together with several leading U.S. health systems, Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth launched Greenhealth Exchange , the first green purchasing cooperative that facilitates the procurement of products and services that are good for people and the planet.
HCWH’s Healthy Food in Health Care (HFHC) Program, launched in 2005, catalyzes the purchasing power and clinical authority of the health care sector utilizing an environmental nutrition framework, to support the development of a healthier food system. As places of healing, hospitals have a mission-driven incentive to purchase and serve food that’s healthy for people and the environment as well as invest in and support public policy for an equitable and sustainable food system. The health care sector spends over $14 billion annually on food purchased for patient, staff, and visitor meals. HFHC works nationally and through regional programs with hospitals and health professionals to shape a food system that supports prevention-based health care.
HCWH is seeking an experienced and committed individual to join the HFHC team to build out and lead the work in the Southeast region (defined as KY, NC, SC and GA) focused on health care regional facility engagement, procurement, and education activities by working with key institutional leaders (administration, clinicians, community relations/ benefits, and food service management) and relevant community and public health partners. The new Southeast Program will organize and engage a group of diverse healthcare institutions and allied organizations in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area, and other hubs in North Carolina such as Charlotte and Asheville. The Coordinator will also provide virtual support to hospitals and hospital cohorts in KY, SC, and GA based on opportunity, available resources and capacity. In addition to coordination of the regional program, the organizer will work as part of the National HFHC Team on a set of projects that connect the regional work with the national program and network. A successful candidate will have a proven track record of:
- Strategic thinking for the development of partnerships to implement a collective impact approach;
- Managing multiple projects and deliverables simultaneously;
- Having the ability to transition ideas to action and institute creative problem solving.
This position reports to the HFHC Eastern US Regional Director and aims to implement the following:
- Direct communication and support for participating health care facilities in the Southeast region ensuring new and continued engagement in procurement activities, educational opportunities, community building and collective action.
- Intersect with the region’s food value chain including but not limited to food service management companies, group purchasing organizations, distributors, processors, aggregators, and producers to shift the institutional procurement system in favor of local and sustainable food sourcing.
- Coordinate regional community food systems activities as they relate to the HFHC Resilient Communities Initiative and associated national research study including: engaging community food system partners and hospital community benefits officers to pilot opportunities to invest in food system programs.
Develop and Maintain Relationships (40%)
- Partnerships: Develop and maintain strategic partnerships with facility representatives, clinicians, city and state agencies, and community and professional organizations to advance regional program goals and further establish the HFHC program in the Southeast region.
Technical Assistance and Resource Development (40%)
- Strategic Engagement: Coordinate program activities related to procurement pilots and policy action partnerships with health care facility representatives and relevant partners from the governmental, private, and non-profit sector and supply chain.
- Educational Events: Plan, convene and/or attend educational meetings, forums, webinars, and conferences for facility staff, supply chain, and key partner organizations related to project objectives.
- Educational Resources: Develop and disseminate resources, tools, and materials to support project implementation.
- Communications: Support maintenance of regional program content on HCWH website. Deploy regular e-newsletters , blogs, and action opportunities to the regional network. Engage in national program quarterly calls and meetings representing the interests of the Southeast Regional Program.
Oversight of Regional Project: Planning, Evaluation, and Funding (20%)
- Development: With assistance from the Regional Director, lead the development of a funding portfolio for the sustainability and growth of the regional project.
- Work planning: Participate in the development of regional program objectives, work-plans, and timelines and ensure regional activities connect with national priorities.
- Evaluation: Establish baselines and measure progress in procurement,facility engagement indicators and program impact indicators.
- Administrative: Assist in maintenance of regional contact database.
- Bachelor’s degree in related field (public health, nutrition, sustainability, planning), Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education.
- 3+ years of experience developing and facilitating educational and advocacy programs in not-for-profit settings. (graduate degree can compensate for some work experience).
- 3+ years of experience in community based organizing with diverse stakeholders and interest groups.
- Experience with sustainable food systems education and/or environmental justice .
- Understanding of public and environmental health threats posed by conventional industrial agriculture practices.
- Strong organizational and interpersonal communication skills.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills to carry out deliverables.
- Proficiency in computer and communications technologies including Microsoft Office Suite, relational database software, social media.
- Proven ability to work well independently as part of a remote team.
- Ability and willingness to travel throughout the region and nationally (up to 20%).
- Flexibility, humor, and optimism a must.
- Understanding of institutional food procurement. A preference is given to candidates with prior purchasing experience in the healthcare sector, but experience with procurement in other sectors may substitute.
- Experience working in food systems and food systems advocacy within North Carolina and/ or the broader southeast.
- Advanced degree in public health, food systems, nutrition or other related field.
- Knowledge of health care sector regulation specifically IRS non-profit hospital community benefit designation and process.
- Knowledge of, or interest in, social determinants of health.
- Experience in funding development and grant writing.
What’s in it for you?
- Work for an organization where the mission is inspiring and your colleagues are passionate.
- Work for a President and staff that care deeply for the mission and the network of people carrying out that mission.
- In-depth program orientation and introductory meetings with key partners and contacts.
- Quarterly learning calls with regional leads from around the country.
- Be part of an inspirational network.
- Fantastic benefits!
Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth are committed to seeking and sustaining culturally and ethnically diverse organizations, and to the principles that promote inclusive practices. We are dedicated to building a diverse staff and working with employees with expertise and interest in serving the mission of the organizations in respectful ways. HCWH is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
In addition, Health Care Without Harm believes that our food system can only be transformed when a diversity of voices, perspectives, and lived experiences are a part of the movement for change. The US food system has a track record of marginalizing communities of color, native people, and low-income communities. HCWH believes that people from these communities have unique and essential expertise that need to be a part of our work. We encourage candidates that represent these and other marginalized communities to apply. Unconventional candidates with deep community roots and organizing experience will be given full consideration.
This position is funded through August 31, 2018; extension of this position is dependent on new or extended funding. To apply for this full time exempt staff position, send cover letter and resume to Jen Obadia, Eastern US Regional Director for HFHC, HCWH via this portal. Only competitive candidates will be invited to participate further in the recruitment process. Position closes September 20, 2017.