Program Manager

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 020103 - Gulf Coast Community Design Center
Location: Biloxi, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Department Profile:

The Gulf Coast Community Design Studio (GCCDS) was established on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2005 to work in communities impacted by Hurricane Katrina and has evolved from disaster recovery to addressing long-term issues of community resilience. Located in Biloxi, the GCCDS is a professional outreach arm of Mississippi State University College of Architecture, Art and Design and operates with a full-time staff of architects, landscape architects and planners, always working in close collaboration with multiple non-profit, municipal and professional partners.

Area of Specialization:

Coalition Coordinator

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. As a key partner of MSPHI for implementation of the Gulf Coast Healthy Families Mothers and Babies initiative, implement a scope of work designed to achieve community-based and stakeholder engaging objectives consistent with the strategies, objectives and activities of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program. Facilitate long-range initiative planning and day-to-day operations of the Gulf Coast Healthy Communities Collaborative.
  2. Manage a coalition of representative, multi-sector stakeholders to enable active participation of the community in planning, implementation and evaluation of activities aimed at improving health status of individuals residing along the Mississippi Gulf Coast especially African American families, mothers and babies. Identify new multi-sector partnerships and build relationships with both new and existing key community stakeholders.
  3. Engage community members and partners in program planning, implementation and health impact evaluation. Community representation will target priority populations and include, as appropriate, minority, rural, non-English speaking, LGBT populations and people with limited health literacy across multiple sectors including housing, economic and workforce development, transportation and land use, food systems, education, environment, and health and wellness.
  4. Coordinate with project partners including MSPHI and those responsible for developing the programming, communications campaign and program evaluation for the REACH FY 2019-2023 Award.
  5. Utilize and engage others in utilizing the Community ExCHANGE, the digital platform of the Gulf Coast Healthy Community Collaborative, as a hub for local resources, where reliable community health data for the three coastal counties is curated, illustrated and shared, and as a means to track priority health initiatives.
  6. Assist with Implementation and management of creative community health communication campaigns that appeal to the target population in accordance with the activities connected to nutrition, tobacco and community-clinical linkages supported through the REACH FY 2019-2023 - the Gulf Coast Healthy Families Mother and Babies initiative, and as related to the multiple sectors represented by Gulf Coast Healthy Communities Collaborative.
  7. Integrate with the planning and public interest design functions of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio.
  8. Conduct health impact analyses for various built projects, programs and community health initiatives, as these opportunities become available.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master's Degree in Public Health, Community Health, Health Promotion, Health Sciences, Public Policy, Sociology, Planning or related field. Must have at least 3 - 5 years experience plus education.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Ability to facilitate group process, such as committees or community coalition.
  2. Ability to track project/program management.
  3. Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  4. Experience in marketing and communications.
  5. Excellent interpersonal skills.
  6. Strong analytical and decision-making skills.
  7. Experience working in underserved communities and an understanding of how to apply an equity framework.
  8. Demonstrated experience in engaging limited resource audiences.
  9. Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  10. Ability to be flexible, and handle changing workload with multiple projects and changing priorities.
  11. Strong understanding of and interest in public health as related to the built environment, community planning, and public policy.
  12. Experience with community health need assessments, and health improvement planning, and health impact analysis.
  13. Demonstrated professional and political aptitude.
  14. Ability to provide own transportation on a regular basis and travel locally for job-related meetings as needed.
  15. Experience in fundraising and/or grant writing.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  1. Work in normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
  2. No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  3. No or very limited physical effort required.

Instructions for Applying:

All applicants must apply online at and attach a cover letter, current resume or curriculum vitae, and the complete contact information for at least three professional references.

Restricted Clause:

This position is contingent upon the availability of funding.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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