Jobs: Nonprofit Jobs

Senior/Project Officer, Active Living By Design

Chapel Hill, N.C.
Mar / 27 / 2018


A fiscally sponsored program of TSNE MissionWorks, Active Living By Design (ALBD) advances community-led action and proven, place-based strategies to ensure health and well-being for all. We envision a nation of healthy, equitable communities where everyone reaches their full potential. For more than 15 years, ALBD has partnered with foundations and communities across the country to help shift the national conversation toward one that recognizes how the places we live affect our health. Our reach spans more than 200 local partnerships across 35 states and includes dozens of national collaborators and a variety of philanthropic organizations. Together, we have demonstrated that by reshaping policies, systems, and environments, multi-sector community partnerships can help everyone achieve their full health potential.

ALBD values equity, community, integrity and collaboration. We recognize that community members’ experiences often reveal which policy, environment, or systems changes will have the most impact and be the most sustainable. We have championed authentic community engagement as an essential practice for lifting up and learning from local realities. And equity has formed the foundation of our approach from the start: we focus on populations at highest risk for poor health outcomes based on factors such as race, income, and geographic location. Learn more at our website.


This position will be hired as a Project Officer or a Senior Project Officer depending on the person’s level of experience and qualifications.  The Officer provides timely and high-quality technical assistance, consultation, and collaborative learning services to a portfolio of community leaders and funding partners. Their national or multi-regional perspective and expertise strengthens ALBD’s position as a trusted thought leader in and advances the field of healthy communities. They embody ALBD’s core values and integrate the key components and essential practices of ALBDs Community Action Model into their work. The Officers work closely with other members of the ALBD staff as a critical member of this tightly integrated and interdisciplinary team. 


ALBD has office space in Chapel Hill, NC. Staff combine a mix of remote and in-office time, with many primarily working from home or other office space unless on business travel or needed for in-person team meetings (typically monthly, to quarterly). Preferred candidates will live in the Southeast. The starting salary will be between $60,000 to $90,000, depending on the hire as either a Project Officer, or a Senior Project Officer (DOE).


The Project Officer or Senior Project Officer hired for this position will:

Project Leadership and Consultation

  • Provide timely and high-quality technical assistance, consultation, collaborative learning services, and support to a portfolio of clients, including community partnerships, local and national coalition leaders, mission partners and funders;
  • Work with clients to ensure effective program implementation and fulfillment of project goals;
  • Support other team leads on projects as needed;
  • Lead special projects as needed (e.g., facilitate strategic planning efforts, develop and implement new training programs, etc.).

Research and Development

  • Advance the field by maintaining content expertise and currency on emerging issues; developing new resources, toolkits and publications; assessing, documenting and sharing best practices and key lessons learned; and fostering innovation in ALBD initiatives;
  • Collaborate on the development of new products and services, especially as they add value to current clients.

Business Development

  • Build external awareness of ALBD by identifying and stewarding new business development opportunities;
  • Help spearhead new program development, including writing proposals to acquire the work;
  • Represent ALBD at various conferences and meetings;
  • Work with staff to leverage opportunities across projects, within various meetings and among other networking opportunities in order to market ALBD for the development of expanded relationships that feed business development.

Partnerships/External Relations

  • Serve on task forces and advisory committees to build the field;
  • Network, coordinate, and promote program activities with other organizations/constituents.


  • Master’s degree required for Senior Project Officer. Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred for Project Officer. Degree must be in sectors that advance community health (e.g. public health, city and regional planning, housing, transportation, community or economic development and/or other disciplines relevant to ALBD’s work);
  • At least 5 years (for Project Officer) or at least 10 years (for Senior Project Officer) of progressive work experience providing consultation and technical assistance to and/or working with diverse healthy communities coalitions;
  • A deep understanding of the principles of equity at multiple levels (e.g. racial, health, gender). Life and/or professional experience working across various differences such as race, ethnicity, gender, income and power;
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience in some (and a general understanding of other) disciplines related to the broad definition of health (e.g. public health, transportation, housing, community/clinic integration, education, and community or economic development);
  • Familiarity with a community-centered and systems approach to population health;
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of organizations relevant to the program, including public health organizations, local governments, non-profit organizations, advocacy groups, and funding agencies;
  • Experience delivering high-level technical assistance and consultation in collaboration with diverse populations and staff, and the ability to interact with a wide range of constituents, ranging from policy makers to practitioners to community members;
  • A high degree of skill and experience in managing large projects with distributed teams and external partners;
  • Proficiency in community program planning, design, evaluation and dissemination;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills; expertise delivering training and presentations, writing for publications, developing technical assistance tools and resources;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including problem solving and resolving conflicts effectively.
  • Ability to think creatively and multi-task in a fast-paced work environment;
  • Passion for healthy living principles (including active living and healthy eating) and a demonstrated commitment to these principles;
  • The ability to travel within and outside of the state of North Carolina;
  • People of color, people with disabilities and people of diverse cultures, sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities are encouraged to apply;
  •  Commitment to social justice and anti-racism is required.


We strongly encourage online applications.

Please read these instructions carefully and submit the following documents as stated:

  1. One document containing your resume, cover letter and the contact information for three professional references that are knowledgeable about your work experience and qualifications. Please upload this in the section that requests “Resume.”
  2. A document containing one work sample (i.e., research brief, training materials or other) along with a brief explanation of how this sample represents your experience and/or skills. Please upload this in the section that requests “Cover Letter.”
  3. A one-page (or less) response to this question: “How would you define a healthy community, and what are some of the most significant barriers to and opportunities for achieving it?” Please upload this in the section that requests “Writing Sample.”

Apply online here.

We also accept applications by mail or fax. Send to:

TSNE MissionWorks
Attn: Employment Manager
NonProfit Center
89 South Street, Suite 700
Boston, MA  02111

Or fax to: 617.896.9393.

As an EOE/AA employer, Active Living By Design/TSNE MissionWorks will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification, and veteran or disability status.