Senior Program Associate

Who We Are

The de Beaumont Foundation 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.

de Beaumont strongly believes 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.

Position Overview – What You’ll Do

Reporting to the Program Officer, you will have an unparalleled opportunity to contribute to a fast paced, big-thinking, mission-driven organization. This unique role directly supports and influences the work of one of the nation’s leading health philanthropies.

You will have the opportunity to support projects and key Foundation initiatives with high importance and visibility. Specifically, you will be supporting the foundation’s efforts to advance: governmental public health system transformation strategies and investments; public health workforce strategies; the development of local, health-focused data ecosystems centered around anti-racism, equity, and justice; and many other projects. Your responsibilities will vary and require you to prioritize effectively, act quickly and strategically, and maintain confidentiality. This position will significantly contribute to the Foundation’s impact by ensuring maximum value for all Foundation activities.


  • Support and manage the day-to-day operations of multiple high-priority Foundation projects that involve complex external communications plans, aggressive timelines, and high stakes constituents
  • Contribute to strategic planning and problem-solving by providing timely and relevant information, input, and recommendations
  • Coordinate with other Foundation staff, including Communications and Evaluation Teams, to ensure programs have strong marketing and communications plans, evaluation plans, and impact measures
  • Support and manage (as needed) external stakeholder relationships with partners and grantees to ensure that programs meet both the Foundation’s strategic goals and grantees’ needs
  • Support the development and implementation of project workplans, while maintaining a holistic understanding of various projects, timelines, deliverables, and due dates to ensure the timely completion of all tasks
  • Coordinate internal and external meetings, including developing meeting agendas and managing follow up on meeting outcomes and next steps. Contribute to blogs, commentaries, reports, book chapters, and peer-reviewed articles
  • Conceive and plan Foundation-led convenings and special events
  • Conduct research, create presentations, and draft speeches and talking points for external and internal speaking engagements
  • Analyze systems and programs from an equity lens to ensure that program goals, activities, processes, and outcomes prioritize and center equity

Who You Are

You are a pragmatic, results-oriented, hands-on public health professional with a successful track record in developing equitable policy and/or practice impacting the public health workforce. You are optimistic, thoughtful, curious, and personable. You have experience, deep exposure, and/or subject matter expertise in public health systems efforts. You are excited about enacting systems-level public health change, and have the patience and experience required to navigate the complex politics of advancing a more equitable public health system. You will be able to demonstrate each of the following:

  • Mission-driven: You want to make a difference and have experience in successfully leading health equity work. You are a thought leader in creating and promoting policy and program solutions to end inequities across the social determinants of health.
  • Passion: You have a strong commitment to public health, racial equity, and the work of de Beaumont Foundation. You are particularly passionate about enacting systems-level change in public health systems, and have the energy, patience, and tenacity required to move that work forward.
  • Ownership: You care deeply about doing what it takes to facilitate results, including paying attention to even small details, managing your own projects (or pieces of bigger ones), driving work forward with a sense of urgency, anticipating problems, and course-correcting when needed
  • Adaptable: You are comfortable in a work environment that pivots quickly to respond to the needs of the organization and the field.
  • Team player: You are eager to use your role to advance de Beaumont’s mission and look for ways to help beyond your own core responsibilities. You are ready and willing to participate in all-hands-on-deck projects, which frequently come up. No job is too small for anyone on our team and your attitude reflects that.
  • Critical thinking skills: You examine programs and activities with a critical eye, striving to constantly improve effectiveness and equity. You know how to quickly process information and draw out the key points of various publications/documents to summarize and share with the leadership team on a host of public health related issues.
  • Relationship management: You have a good sense of how to manage internal relationships and grow external ones. You know how to handle confidential information, use discretion around what information you share both internally and externally, and routinely apply good judgment as to when to involve the Senior Program Officer and others in decision-making.
  • Attention to detail: You consistently ensure materials and communications are accurate (both content and grammar), precise, and completed on time.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Master’s degree required. MPH, MPP, MSW, or MPA preferred and three to five years of relevant work experience, particularly within the public health field
  • Ability to research and synthesize information related to promising and innovative policies that promote community health and social justice
  • Excellent diplomatic, motivational, and communication skills (written, verbal and presentation) including the ability to manage up and take on informal leadership roles
  • Strong organization and project management skills—ability to see the big picture, manage small details, and create and maintain systems that enhance organizational efficiency
  • Strong knowledge of and belief in the principles of equity, justice, community power, and systems-level change
  • Strong knowledge of the social determinants and structural drivers of health (and health inequity)
  • Self-motivated, decisive, with the ability to adapt to change and competing demands
  • Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization
  • Able to move quickly and nimbly from one project to another, marshal resources, and manage expectations and timelines to achieve results
  • Proven ability to adapt and thrive in a dynamic work environment that is responsive to evolving public health needs
  • Strong understanding of confidentiality and the ability to handle sensitive information appropriately
  • Proven ability to work in a team-oriented, collaborative environment
  • Demonstrated ability to be creative, innovative, and to take initiative when appropriate
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with multiple stakeholders
  • Strong work ethic and commitment to high standards of excellence coupled with an enthusiastic approach to work
  • Proficiency with using Microsoft Office platforms (Excel, Word and PowerPoint)

Application Information

The de Beaumont team is collaborative, passionate, and deeply committed to creating bold solutions for healthier communities.

This position is full-time and based in downtown Bethesda, MD, just outside of Washington, DC. The de Beaumont Foundation follows a hybrid work model with employees working in the office on some days and from home on others (individual schedules are set with supervisors). While a hybrid schedule is preferred, full-time telework can be negotiated for the right candidate. All de Beaumont employees are required to attend in-person quarterly all-staff meetings at the office in Bethesda.

Compensation is commensurate with experience. The salary range is $70,000 to $80,000. The Foundation also offers excellent benefits and a collegial work environment.

To apply, upload your resume and cover letter that includes your salary expectations as a single attachment to by April 19, 2022. 

The de Beaumont Foundation 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: April 4, 2022

Application deadline: April 19, 2022