The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is currently seeking an Associate Director to join our team.
NEHA’s mission is to advance the environmental health professional for the purpose of providing a healthful environment for all. Be part of an organization that supports thousands of members committed to ensuring that the air we breathe, food we eat, water we drink and play in, and the homes and buildings we live and work in are all safe to enjoy.
Since 1937 NEHA has been at the crossroads wherever human health and the environment intersect. As a 503 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, through grant and membership support, NEHA works with federal partners such as the EPA, CDC and FDA on critical and diverse issues such as climate change, food safety, water quality, preparedness and more.
About the Role
The Program and Partnership Development (PPD) Department secures funding and creates and disseminates educational and training resources to environmental health professionals. The department implements the National Environmental Health Internship Program; creates policy & position statements; leads member program committees; and creates, implements, and evaluates workforce development programs.
The Associate Director is a people and project leader who is highly organized with significant experience in environmental and/or public health. The position will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the PPD team, including entry-level through career professional employees. This position will also assist the Director of PPD with grant writing and award management including consistent reevaluation of the department and strong project and budgetary management, in addition to continuous staff evaluation as appropriate to support the goals of the PPD Department and meeting expectations.
This individual will be expected to work occasional evenings and weekends and travel will be required once COVID restrictions have been lifted. Applicants must reside in the Washington, D.C. or Denver, CO metro areas.
Main Responsibilities: (What You’ll Do)
PPD Team Oversight (50%)
Provide oversight and direction to the employees in the department
Primary responsibility for implementing team cohesion activities contributing to the team’s health and morale under challenging circumstances and hard deadlines
Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating, and process improvement
Takes responsibility for supervisees' activities
Develop staff’s capacity and skills by supporting their professional growth
Supervise staff by providing direction, input, and feedback
Provides regular and constructive performance feedback
Communicate with NEHA members and other stakeholders
Communicate with other NEHA staff to ensure effective and efficient program delivery
Coordinate the overlap with programs
Coordinate and manage internal interns and/or volunteers working with PPD staff
Makes self-available to staff
Continually works to improve his/her own skills in leadership and management
Aligns staff knowledge and skills with program activities.
Lead employees using the association’s performance management and development process
Participate in staff goal setting, performance recognition, performance evaluations, and corrective action
Foster a spirit of teamwork and unity among department members
Troubleshoot and coach department staff on projects
Communicate organization information through department meetings, one-on-one meetings, and other appropriate forms of communication
Department Management (50%)
Overseeing the implementation and evaluation of grants and cooperative agreements to ensure acceptable progress and compliance with requirements.
Assist the Director in organizing, planning, and implementing strategy for the department and planning for department staffing needs
Works with Programs and Operations Manager to create and follow standard methodologies and guidelines for developing grant applications, workplans, budgets and reports.
Assist with department budget and resources management, reviews all proposed project budgets
Identify process improvements and develop policies and procedures for department
Assist in expanding the department portfolio by securing partnerships and funding
Informs PPD Director of program activities and consults with PPD Director in key decision-making
Represent the association in external meetings, conferences, workgroups, etc.
Help approve invoices and reimbursement requests when PPD Director is unavailable
Provide high-level oversight of all programs and projects in department
In collaboration with the Evaluation Coordinator, develop a program evaluation framework for PPD
In collaboration with the PPD Director, develop funding proposals for the programs, write reports and, communicate with funders
Prepares quarterly program reports in consultation with the PPD Director
Ensure that the projects operate within the policies and procedures of PPD and NEHA
Ensure the projects operate within approved budget and approve all budgeted expenses
Monitors the program activities on a regular basis and conduct an annual evaluation according to the program evaluation framework
Provide a technical and appropriateness review of program reports and documents prepared for senior leadership and external partners
Ability to occasionally lift 25 lbs. or less
Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time
Manual dexterity required for operating office equipment
Ability to read required reports and computer screen
Hearing required to interact with management and associates
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Our Ideal Candidate
Skills and abilities:
Superior oral communication and presentation skills, with the ability to effectively work with internal teams and external funders, stakeholders, and members
Exceptional writing skills and the ability to draft and edit a wide variety of materials, including but not limited to proposals, presentations, fact sheets, and funder reports
Demonstrated skill managing and coaching talented, highly motivated staff as well as team-building capabilities
Excellent project management skills with demonstrated ability to collaborate across cross-functional teams, managing multiple projects simultaneously, prioritizing assignments, and working independently
Must possess creativity and problem-solving skills, a strong work ethic, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a sense of humor
Knowledge of public benefit programs strongly preferred
High level of proficiency in MS Office (including MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint); experience with Microsoft Teams for project management strongly preferred
What We Offer
The salary range for this position is dependent on experience and qualifications.
We offer a generous benefits package including paid time off and health, dental, and vision plans with employee premiums paid 100% by the association. Our benefits also include a five percent of base salary employer contribution to 403b retirement plan, paid short and long-term disability plans and paid term life insurance. We offer workplace flexibility and a wellness program led by an employee committee that strives to inspire, create, and maintain a workplace environment that supports employee physical, mental, and social well-being.
When Considering Applicants
When considering applicants, we look for integrity, a vision for what is possible and a proven performance record, along with the education, experience and skills that match the position requirements.
Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)
NEHA is an equal opportunity employer which is committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We believe diversity strengthens our organization, enriches its corporate culture, and favorably influences our member services. We believe in DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion).
Submit your resume and cover letter on the NEHA website at:
Master’s degree in public health, environmental health, or other hard or social science field.
Minimum of 7-10years’ direct experience in public and/or environmental health managing both people and projects/grants
Experience prioritizing multiple projects and meeting deadlines
Internal Number: 002
NEHA currently serves 6,000 members to advance the environmental health and protection professional for the purpose of providing a healthful environment for all. Professionals who earn a Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian credential from NEHA are recognized as having achieved an established standard of excellence. These environmental health professionals master a body of knowledge (which is verified by examination), and acquire sufficient experience to satisfactorily perform work responsibilities in the environmental health field.
In addition to maintaining high standards of practice and testing for its credentialing programs, NEHA provides training and resources for continuing education through online courses and an online bookstore; holds an annual conference; fosters networking and career growth; and publishes the widely-respected peer-reviewed Journal of Environmental Health.
NEHA is governed by a 14-member board of directors and benefits from various committees and technical advisors who serve as subject matter experts. NEHA employs approximately 30 paid professionals dedicated to providing quality programs to the NEHA Membership.