Program Associate


You will work with the Co-Executive Directors of CityHealth to increase the impact of the initiative, and to ensure the smooth functioning of the project. You will perform a crucial role on the CityHealth team, and are a bridge across the various workstreams of the project.


Your day-to-day work will include activities like:

  • Provide core research capability for the project: Work closely with members of the CityHealth team to draft and revise a series of policy briefs to inform the revision of our policy package.
  • Contribute to written publications: Author blog posts and other written collateral to be posted on the initiative’s website and elsewhere. Help write, edit, and produce major policy reports. Assist in the creation of tools and resources tailored toward policymakers and advocates.
  • Support digital communications: Work collaboratively with the Communications Director, vendors, and other team members to execute the project’s communications and outreach strategy. Such duties could include reviewing outreach emails and social media and preparing materials for the project’s website to ensure that they are timely, accurate, and relevant.
  • Play a key role in planning and organizing events and convenings: Draft agendas and lead the planning for major convenings. Identify opportunities where CityHealth should have a presence and lead the logistics for all events.
  • Attend and represent the project at conferences, convenings, and other events.
  • Assist in the day-to-day functioning of the initiative: Assist in the creation and processing of contracts, payments, and invoices for various contractors and grantees. Support CityHealth’s Co-Executive Directors in the creation and dissemination of Executive Governance Committee materials.


You are a generalist with a strong interest in municipal policy. You are curious, driven, flexible, and interested in working on issues that revolve around equity. You are able to think and work independently, while also collaborating as part of a team. You are committed to seeing the work through, even if that may mean working outside of routine business hours. The strongest candidate will also have policy, public health, city, and/or public health knowledge.

To be successful in this job, you will excel in these areas:

  • Mission-driven:You want to make a difference and have experience in advocacy-related, cause-driven communications.
  • Hands-on:You are strategic and enjoy contributing ideas, but are also eager to execute. You are ready and willing to participate in all-hands-on-deck projects, which arise frequently.
  • Detail-oriented: You are enthusiastic about grammar and spelling and take pride in being the final set of eyes for reports, newsletters, digital content, and other communications.
  • Ownership:You care deeply about doing what it takes to achieve results, and can manage your own projects (or pieces of larger ones). You drive work forward with a sense of urgency, anticipate problems, and course-correct when needed, with limited oversight.
  • Initiative:You are eager to use your role to advance CityHealth’s mission and look for ways to help beyond your own core responsibilities. That said, no job is too small for anyone on the team, and your attitude reflects that.
  • Local policy or advocacy experience: Experience working with cities or localities would be a plus. Advocacy experience is preferred.


  • Bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degree preferred.
  • At least one year of applicable experience focused on public policy, public health, or advocacy.
  • Exceptional writing skills. Ability to translate complex subject matter for a general audience.
  • Experience managing live and digital events.


CityHealth is an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente. Our mission is to advance a package of evidence-based policy solutions that will help millions of people live longer, better lives in vibrant, prosperous communities. CityHealth regularly evaluates cities on the number and strength of their policies. We work in the nation’s 40 largest cities, on specific policy issues, and believe strongly in building partnerships with city leaders, stakeholders, and advocacy organizations to help advance common goals. The work is aspirational and rigorous, given the breadth of issues and areas we work on, and combines government relations, technical assistance, and advocacy to drive policy change across the country. We are a small, highly driven team who value excellence, pushing boundaries, balance, strong communication, and a sense of humor. We are deeply committed to equity and believe strongly that local policy solutions have the potential to improve the lives of millions of Americans.

CityHealth is housed within the de Beaumont Foundation, and the CityHealth Co-Executive Directors have primary oversight of the project’s activities. The person hired for this position will be an employee of the de Beaumont Foundation and will report to the Co-Executive Directors of CityHealth.

The de Beaumont Foundation is a private charitable foundation that advances policy, builds partnerships, and strengthens public health to create communities where people can achieve their best possible health. Our work centers around three main priority areas:

  • Policy: We advance policies that improve community health, so that current and future generations can benefit from changes enacted by today’s leaders.
  • Partnerships: We build partnerships, often among unlikely allies, so that leaders can make decisions that achieve their shared goal of creating healthier communities.
  • People: We create practical solutions that strengthen the public health system and workforce, so that professionals are equipped to make their communities healthier.

We strongly believe that the spirit in which we do our work is as important as the work itself. We pride ourselves on excellence, innovation, fostering collaboration between groups that might not otherwise interact, and a willingness to have fun with our work.


The CityHealth team is small and is deeply committed to helping all city residents thrive and achieve their optimal health.

This position is full-time and based in Bethesda, MD, just outside of Washington, D.C. Currently, the Foundation’s offices are closed. New hires will not be expected to relocate or be present in the physical office until six months following the reopening of the office. The office is scheduled to reopen on January 4, 2021. However, this is the earliest possible reopening and is contingent upon many factors.

Some travel is required (a few days every few months) and is typically known well in advance.

We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and a collegial work environment. The salary range for this position is $60,000 to $70,000, commensurate with experience.

Candidates should send cover letter, resume, and writing samples to Catherine Patterson at with the subject “CityHealth Program Associate.”

CityHealth staff are employees of the de Beaumont Foundation, which is an equal opportunity employer. Employment opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic as established under law.


Publication date: October 19, 2020