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Job Detail: Program Manager

About Case Western Reserve University:

Case Western Reserve University improves and enriches people's lives through research that capitalizes on the power of collaboration, and education that dramatically engages our students.

Position Summary:

Working with a high degree of independence, the program manager will be responsible for coordinating major activities of the Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health. Specifically, the program manager position will lead project management and strategic direction to the Modeling the Future of Food in Your Neighborhood Study (foodNEST 2.0), a multifaceted community-engaged study designed to develop, disseminate, and evaluate decision-making tools that offer a system lens within an equity framework to guide future community-driven food systems change. Additionally, the program manager will lead Center-wide external communications to advance the Swetland Center’s mission and strategic vision focused on the complex interplay between the environment and human health with a focus on translating these findings to advance environmental health equity. The program manager will provide input and recommendations to the Center Director regarding significant developments in research projects and Center-wide initiatives.


Position Responsibilities:

  1. Provide input and recommendation to the Center Director regarding significant developments in the foodNEST 2.0 research project. Coordinate grant reporting for existing grants and support grant writing activities to extend study goals. Monitor complex project budgets that require documentation of matching funds and expenses, as well as provide fiscal reports and ensure compliance with the key funders of the study. Advise Director on strategies to advance study goals through innovative partnerships and implementation approaches. (25%)
  2. Lead execution of study’s organizational structure including management of the internal team, cross-institution investigative team, and the study’s 20+ member multi-sector partnership. Develop and apply project management, team science, and strategic planning skills to support coordination and collaboration of the multifaceted study team and timely execution of study deliverables. Develop and execute 6-month study timelines and create and implement contingency plans, when needed. Supervise staff employees and student interns involved with the research in various capacities. Manage the study’s steering committee using a collaborative, well-coordinated, trust-building, and agile approach and support coordination of other working groups including supplemental research focused on COVID-19 and food systems. Manage all sub-contracts related to the study. (35%)
  3. Lead translation and dissemination of foodNEST 2.0 study findings to reach diverse audiences including residents, food retailers, and leaders from community organizations, coalitions, and local governments. Execute communications plan to translate the study’s findings into user-friendly decision support tools. Working collaboratively with community partners, design, execute, and evaluate webinar series to share study findings with diverse audiences. Support dissemination of foodNEST 2.0 study findings to scientific audiences through coordination of writing teams. (25%)
  4. Consult with study teams to provide technical assistant to support effective translation of study findings using diverse approaches including toolkits, data briefs, white papers, and manuscripts. Development of the design and aggregation of content for Center’s annual report. Maintain contact with key communication partners to advance Center visibility. Facilitate and execute Center-wide communications strategy including website and social media within the CWRU framework. (15%)

Nonessential Responsibilities:

  1. Engage in staff-wide activities of the Mary Ann Swetland Center and the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences. (<1%)
  2. Perform other duties as assigned. (<1%)


Position Qualifications:

  • Experience: 5 to 8 years of experience required.
  • Education/Licensing: Bachelor’s degree required; a Master’s degree in public health, non-profit management, business, or related field is strongly preferred.
  1. Experience in environmental health and/or food systems.
  2. Experience with community-engaged quantitative and qualitative research.
  3. Strong organization skills; ability to multi-task, prioritize, and meet deadlines.  Must demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy, time management skills, and proven ability to help teams successfully follow-through on assigned projects.  
  4. Ability to manage budgets and apply agile program management skills.
  5. Self-motivated, self-directed, and independent.
  6. Ability to work collaboratively in cross-function teams comprised of individuals from various academic departments and community sectors.
  7. Strong, professional, and effective verbal and written communication skills.
  8. Proven experience creating and executing communication and marketing plans.
  9. Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work and communicate with various individuals from a broad spectrum of disciplines, technical and educational backgrounds within the department, school and university, and with individuals outside the university.
  10. Basic analytical skills.
  11. Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Excel, Box, Canva, and cloud-based task management systems preferred.
  12. Must demonstrate willingness to learn new techniques, procedures, processes, and computer programs as needed.
  13. Ability to meet consistent attendance.


Wage, Timing, and Additional Information:

There are no special health or safety hazards, environmental conditions or hazardous equipment or supplies. Must have personal, reliable transportation in order to travel to community sites in Cleveland throughout the project, documented mileage will be reimbursed.  Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends. The position will be remote while CWRU is following stay at home policies until at least spring 2021.

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In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity.  Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 to request a reasonable accommodation.  Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

About the job

Location Cleveland, Ohio
Field Administrative
Time Full-time
Date 03 November 2020

About the company

Company name Case Western Reserve University
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Phone 216.368.6964


Street 10900 Euclid Ave.
City Cleveland
District Ohio
Zip 44106
Country United States