Program Associate, Impact Purchasing & Place-based Investing

  • Full Time
  • Remote
  • July 26, 2024

Website Healthcare Anchor Network

About the Position:

The program associate for impact purchasing and place-based investing (program associate) at the Healthcare Anchor Network (HAN) will provide organizational and programmatic support for HAN’s member network of healthcare systems across the United States. The program associate supports healthcare systems in developing equitable economic development and community wealth building strategies in the following areas:

Impact Purchasing:

Impact Purchasing strategies focus on increasing a health system’s spending with local, diverse, and other high-impact businesses who reflect the socio-demographic diversity of a health system’s community.

Place-based Investing:

Place-based Investing is a geographically-focused impact investment approach that allows health systems to increase the flow of affordable and flexible capital in historically disinvested communities.

This is a remote, full-time position intended to start September 2024 and includes a six month probationary period. This nonexempt, bargaining unit position, classification program associate II, III or IV, will support the senior manager for place-based investing & policy initiatives, and the senior manager for impact purchasing & advisory services.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

The program associate will have the following general duties and responsibilities, as well as other duties that may arise based on the demands of specific programs and project deliverables. The position will work directly with the senior manager for place-based investing & policy initiatives, and the senior manager for impact purchasing & advisory services.

Support the HAN Impact Purchasing and Place-based Investing initiative groups and  cohorts by drafting invitations and agendas, preparing speaker guides and presentations, documenting key takeaways from sessions, and maintaining records (e.g., Salesforce and Google Drive).

Partner with senior managers on project planning, including developing and/or monitoring project plans with timelines, tasks, responsibilities, and deliverables.

Communicate in a timely and effective manner with project teams and stakeholders, manage issues that arise, and monitor progress to ensure that projects stay on track.

Coordinate with internal team members and external partners on scheduling, planning, and execution of meetings, programs, and events (in person and virtual).

Build and maintain strong relationships with members and partners through emphasis on high-quality customer service and experience, including being responsive to requests for resources and other member needs.

Compile and maintain innovative examples of Impact Purchasing and Place-based Investing activities across HAN members.

Collaborate with senior managers on responding to internal and external requests for summaries, talking points, briefs about Impact Purchasing and Place-based Investing strategies, including overviews of and examples of each.

Collaborate with the HAN research team and other staff members to update case studies and other materials and resources.

Serve as a thought partner to senior managers on network strategy.

Assist on special projects and events as needed.

Ability to travel 4 – 6 times per year in support of project- and organizational-related events.

Required Qualifications:

Strong project management skills, including the ability to balance multiple deadlines across several projects.
Self-directed, proactive problem solver with an ability to balance competing priorities.

Detail-oriented with an ability to ensure quality and accuracy of work in a fast-paced environment.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to distill complex topics and adapt communication style for different audiences, modalities, and technologies.

Demonstrated ability to work on high-functioning teams, including respectful collaboration and communication with teammates, leadership and external stakeholders.

A passion for racial and social justice and an interest in anchor institution-led equitable economic development and community wealth building strategies.

Prior experience with programs and policies affecting people with lower incomes and/or coursework related to these issues is not required but a plus.

Familiarity with supply chain or impact investing is not required but a plus.

Must be available to travel October 7-11, 2024 for our annual convening.

Ability to lift 25 pounds.

Education and Experience Requirements:

Requires a bachelor’s degree and 4+ years of post-college work experience or relevant specialist skills/experience. An advanced degree in public policy, social sciences, economics, or any field that requires strong qualitative skills is a plus.

Employment and Compensation:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The job includes a generous benefits package including health care, three weeks of paid vacation per year, and an employer contribution of 7% to a 403(b) retirement plan. The starting salary for a program associate II is $62,225.98, and the maximum salary for a program associate IV is $81,459.45.

HAN offers a flexible work schedule.

The first six months of employment are considered a probationary period for new employees. New employees will be given a review before the initial probationary period expires.

To Apply:

Send résumé/CV and a detailed cover letter regarding your interest in and desire to make a contribution to the mission and work of the Healthcare Anchor Network in one PDF attachment to Include “Program Associate, Impact Purchasing and Place-based Investing” in the subject line. Please note that given the volume of applications we receive, we cannot respond to every applicant. No emails or phone calls, please. We will contact all candidates who qualify for first-round interviews.


The Healthcare Anchor Network is committed to building a diverse workforce. We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Location: Remote

Application Deadline: We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis until July 26th. Apply by July 18th for priority consideration.

Start Date: September 2024

About the Healthcare Anchor Network (HAN):
The Healthcare Anchor Network (HAN) catalyzes health systems to leverage their hiring, purchasing, investing, and other key assets to build inclusive local economies to address economic and racial inequities in community conditions that create poor health. HAN supports health systems in implementing the anchor mission by raising the bar for best-in-class practices, accelerating adoption among individual organizations through an action-oriented framework, and fostering unique sector collaborations to scale social impact. HAN members are leading a health systems movement to universally adopt the anchor mission framework and partner collaboratively and authentically with other anchor institutions and with their communities to create economically, socially, and racially equitable outcomes in place.

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