Project Manager – Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH)


In 2014, the Cook County Department of Public Health was awarded a federal Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) grant by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to combat the high prevalence of obesity and heart disease in 33 underserved suburban Cook County communities. PICH is the newest generation in CDC’s long history of community health initiatives that aim to improve health and reduce the burden of chronic diseases. The program uses evidence- and practice-based strategies to create or strengthen healthy environments that make it easier for people to make healthy choices and take charge of their health.

Active Transportation Alliance has been contracted to provide training, transportation planning and other technical assistance services for this high profile, national project through September 2017, focusing on increasing opportunities for daily physical activity through walking, bicycling and transit use. Under the general supervision of the Deputy Executive Director, the Project Manager’s primary responsibility is to provide oversight and coordination for all project activities. This includes policy and planning research, development and customization; community engagement and education; and administrative duties.

This full-time, salaried position is available beginning April 1, 2015, and is 100% contractually supported. The project is expected to continue through September 30, 2015, and is contingent upon an annual funding renewal process.

Essential Duties and Accountabilities

    Project Administration

    • Organize internal project team meetings and activities.

    • Assist in delegation of roles and responsibilities among team members.

    • Maintain responsibility for project execution and progress.

    • Participate in frequent external coalition and sub-consultant meetings.

    • Track and report progress on all project deliverables.

    • Deliver presentations and speak publicly on behalf of the project.

    • Prepare educational and presentational materials, including flyers, fact sheets, and Power Point presentations.

    • Organize meetings, conferences and trainings.
    Complete Streets Research and Development

    • Research Complete Streets best practices in policy development, street design and project delivery processes.

    • Coordinate with partner agencies, local governments and community-based organizations on Complete Streets development and implementation.

    • Develop information briefs, presentations and other communication and marketing materials

    • Assist in identifying funding sources to support eventual installation of Complete Streets facilities.

    • Coordinate and facilitate trainings, resources and support for municipal staff and stakeholders.

    • Assist Active Trans’ Planning Department in developing pedestrian/bicycle/transit plans for participating communities.
    Community Engagement

    • Coordinate local public input activities.

    • Attend community meetings and networking opportunities.

    • Educate local officials and decision makers.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

    • Frequent travel throughout suburban Cook County (roughly 60%) via public transportation and/or car share.

    • Occasional evening and weekend work hours required for community meetings, etc.

    • Participation in obligatory Active Trans organizational events and activities as assigned.

Qualifying Experience

    • A passion for and understanding of the transformational nature of walking, bicycling and transit on health, community livability, and sustainability. A commitment to Active Transportation Alliance mission, vision and goals.

    • 1-3 years of demonstrated program management experience.

    • Experience in advocacy, community engagement and coalition building, particularly among diverse populations.

    • Superior communication skills, including written, presentational and media-related.

    • Fluency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point.

    • Bachelor’s degree required.

Preferred Experience

    • Sophisticated understanding of active transportation issues, advocacy and interventions.

    • Previous experience in a management position in a non-profit setting.

    • Master’s degree in urban planning, engineering, public health or related field.

    • Familiarity with suburban Cook County communities and units of government.

    • Proficiency in ArcGIS and Adobe Creative Suites.

Physical Requirements

    • Ability to lift and carry items up to 25 lbs.

For consideration:

Send a resume and cover letter to Cathy O’Reilly at You must include the words ‘PICH Project Manager’ in the subject line. Electronic submissions only; no mailed or faxed submissions will be accepted. No phone calls, please.

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