Project Manager

Posting Number: #1697

Position Title: Project Manager

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Sacramento, CA (Hybrid)

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The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being, and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, we are at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally, and internationally.


Position Summary

This position will work for the Center for Wellness and Nutrition (CWN), a program of PHI. CWN’s vision is for a healthy world where wellness is achievable for all individuals, communities, and nations. Its mission is to build capacity and leadership in communities and institutions to make optimal health accessible for everyone. PHI CWN’s work falls within the four primary areas of training, education, research and evaluation, and advocacy; All of which use a health equity framework and culturally tailored approach to variously address the priority areas of increasing access to and consumption of healthier foods, with a focus on fruits and vegetables; decreasing consumption of unhealthy foods and beverages, increasing consumption of water; increasing physical activity, and preventing obesity and chronic diet related illnesses.

The Project Manager works under the general direction and supervision of the Assistant Director, Global Nutrition & Partnerships. The primary purpose of this position is to provide project leadership and administration within a variety of food access, nutrition and wellness programs and initiatives. Integral to this position will be the development of potential interventions for pilots, drafting and monitoring scopes of work and budgets, overseeing project implementation and expenses, managing project staff and other staff supervisory responsibilities, provision of technical assistance and training, and liaising with funders. The Project Manager will also coordinate with other program staff and contribute to various projects as a subject matter expert. The Project Manager will be expected to effectively communicate and conduct work in Spanish, as needed.

Location: This full-time position is located in the Sacramento, CA region. It is a remote-hybrid position, meaning that the incumbent generally works remotely, but will occasional be required to visit the Sacramento office and client premises to meet business needs. Candidates who can work on a hybrid model of remote and in office are preferred, but consideration will be given to California based candidates who can only work remotely. Some travel in and out of the state will occasionally be required.

Employment Type : Full Time.

Starting Pay: Full salary range for this position: $73,813 to $107,089 per year. The typical hiring range for this position is from $73,813 (minimum) to $90,451 (midpoint), based on 100% FTE. The starting salary is determined based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, experience, as well as budget availability.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

60% Leadership, Management and Coordination

  • Lead the management and coordination of project/initiative teams and all aspects of projects and initiatives including planning, implementing, and evaluating the overall project to ensure goals and objectives are met.
  • Manage subcontracts, develop scopes of work and budget, maintain communication, track deliverables and quarterly reports, and write reports on progress. Continually monitor progress of projects and directly maintain communication with the funder. Report on program activities, updates, opportunities, and accomplishments on an ongoing basis.
  • Support local agencies in healthy food access and other nutrition and wellness interventions. This includes provision of technical assistance as well as developing and conducting training for local partners as needed.
  • Participate in internal project management meetings and rotating leadership of these calls.
  • Stay familiar with priority issues, evidence-based resources, and current events related to healthy food access, nutrition, the social determinants of health and community engagement.

20% Training, Technical Assistance, Translation and Content Development

  • Contribute to the development of program materials, resources and toolkits tailored to the needs of clients and diverse, low-resource priority populations. Provide content development and design support of communication and marketing tools, resources and materials including but not limited to toolkits, guides, one-pagers, success stories, recommendation reports, and other project deliverables and products as appropriate and client/funder-guided.
  • Provide English and Spanish translation-related services for work assignments and per other CWN needs that:
  1. Require a Spanish speaker and/or comprehension of Spanish language materials/documents.
  2. Require brief written notices, notes, or messaging, or other such communications in Spanish (example: texts; flyers; communications with Spanish speaking partners; meeting notes/reminders, etc.).
  3. Involve drafting personal talking points and presentations in Spanish; and/or,
  4. Require supporting development of culturally tailored materials and resources through review of such professionally translated documents for context, clarity and effectiveness, and appropriateness regarding characteristic language patterns and social references, practices and expectations, as well as literacy level.

5% Staff Supervision and Oversight

  • Supervise and guide 1-3 staff members, who will support a variety of projects and initiatives on a matrixed basis, to ensure responsibilities are met and activities are implemented successfully.
  • Support the hiring process for new project staff, in collaboration with PHI and CWN leadership.

5% Business Development

  • Help to identify public and private contract and/or grant opportunities at the state, national, and international levels, and support the development and submission of funding proposals.

5% Partnership Development and Maintenance

  • Develop and maintain relationships and partnerships with external public and private organizations, which may include nonprofit health agencies, associations, governmental agencies at the local, state, and national levels, advocacy organizations, potential funders, and other entities with goals that align with CWN and PHI. Travel to meetings/events/conferences that require occasional evenings and/or weekends as needed, or attend virtually, as appropriate.

5% Perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • 5 years of relevant professional experience in public health, health promotion/education, chronic disease prevention, community outreach, or a related field, and in planning, overseeing, and implementing projects and staff oversight.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in nutrition, dietetics, community health, physiology, behavioral science, or related field; or substitute with four additional years of relevant experience.

Other Required Qualifications

  • Ability to fluently read, write, and speak both English and Spanish.
  • Well-developed skills in organization/project management and budgeting.
  • Development and implementation of health, nutrition, chronic disease prevention, or related interventions or programming.
  • Strong collaboration, group facilitation, training and interpersonal skills and experience.
  • Ability to communicate and establish effective working relationships with diverse groups, and interact effectively with co-workers, clients, personnel in partner agencies, community members, and other external stakeholders.
  • Ability to effectively supervise program staff and manage project/ initiative teams.
  • Experience with SNAP-Ed principles, guidelines, and programming.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and plan work as well as multi-task effectively.
  • Experience working with diverse communities and vulnerable populations, including youth.
  • Knowledge and experience in applying community engagement and collaboration principles and practices.
  • Experience with grant and proposal writing and proposal processes.
  • Good diplomatic skills and ability to exercise discretion and judgment.
  • Good customer service skills and ability to provide technical assistance to customers.
  • Ability to think both strategically and operationally.
  • Strong ability to meet deadlines, and attention to detail.
  • Ability to be flexible in a rapidly changing and creative environment.
  • Ability to learn and apply social media platforms for project implementation.
  • Advanced computer skills, including MS Office applications; ability to stay current with emerging technology.
  • Ability to travel to meeting/events/conferences that require occasional evenings and/or weekends as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience using design applications; ability to create culturally relevant, visually appealing program materials and resources.
  • Advanced degree (MPH or related field).



This position is classified as exempt based on the job duties. However, based on the FTE, salary level of the employee, or federal/state/local laws, the employee may be classified as nonexempt.



Per the PHI Workforce Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is a condition of employment for all domestic based employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they are granted a reasonable accommodation under applicable law.

New hires need to provide proof of full vaccination prior to their start date or apply for an exemption/accommodation within three business days after their start date. Depending on the circumstances, new hires who do not comply with this Policy, or who cannot be reasonably accommodated, will either have their employment suspended or terminated. Candidates who are non-compliant will have their offers rescinded.


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