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This is a grant-funded position, with funding being secured from BMS (Bristol Myers Squibb) through December 31, 2024.
This is a remote position and can be based anywhere within the U.S.
Under the direction of the Managing Director, Healthy Communities, coordinates internal and external health equity activities to leverage the program assets and capabilities of ACS to address and integrate the social, economic, and environmental factors into our work by collaborating with national and community leaders to improve cancer treatment outcomes. Leads and applies knowledge, skills, and methodology in planning, implementing, evaluating, and monitoring mission initiatives for cancer patients and clinicians with an emphasis on addressing Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) in cancer treatment centers. Serves as expert resource to other ACS and ACS CAN departments and works to ensure appropriate integration of health equity information, practices, and resources into research, programs and services, and advocacy. Represents ACS externally through collaborative initiatives, at national, state, and local levels.
This position will:
Lead, coordinate, and implement the delivery of cancer treatment center leadership teams/projects charged with tackling health equity issues within their organizations and/or within their community. This includes the development and delivery of large in-person and/or virtual trainings and learning collaboratives, and provision of subject matter and technical expertise to these teams in support of the Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) Driving Equitable Cancer Patient Outcomes by Addressing Social Determinants of Health to:
- Support and capacity building to participating cancer care institutions through a competitive grants program to develop SDOH screening and referral best practices, improve processes, and develop metrics for success in addressing patient barriers to treatment and care among individuals with a cancer diagnosis.
- Strengthen cross-sector community health collaboration between participating cancer care institutions and local community resources to improve community-clinical linkages to better address social determinants of health-related needs.
- Create new SDOH screening tools and linkage strategies to aid hospitals and cancer centers with NCI designation and CoC accreditation and to address specific design elements of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service’s (CMS) Innovation Center’s new model for payment and service delivery, the Enhancing Oncology Model.
- Model and practice ACS’ health equity principles in the work this position carries out.
- Support evaluation activities related to the BSM projects.
- Assists Managing Director, Healthy Communities with management and maintenance of cross-functional teams to achieve health equity goals and objectives.
- Participates as an integrated member of the health equity program team.
- Manages programs/initiatives through discovery to evaluation, including developing processes and managing workflows to ensure timely and effective coordination and communication.
- Provides training and technical assistance to ACS staff and volunteers, and partners for purposes of planning and assessment and program and policy development and implementation.
- Monitors science and trends, emerging issues, best practices for advancing health equity strategies.
- Prepares briefing papers, presentations, and related activities for health equity issues for multiple stakeholders.
- Manages relationship with grantees to support patient/community projects to successfully achieve their goals and ensure the voices and perspectives from the community are driving efforts to reduce cancer disparities.
- Builds and sustains meaningful relationships throughout ACS and ACS CAN—especially with regional staff and volunteers—and with health equity experts to successfully accomplish health equity goals.
- Facilitate networking and collaboration between ACS departments and partners for fundraising and donor contributions to support community projects.
- Works collaboratively with evaluation staff to evaluate initiatives and monitor progress.
- Reviews and analyzes health equity data and information published in the cancer and broader health scientific literature.
- Monitors external landscape in health equity for purposes of informing strategy development and new opportunities in health equity initiatives.
- Develops periodic analyses and white papers on new and emerging issues relevant to health equity and communicates this information to relevant stakeholders.
- Writes and communicates monthly program reports/updates to keep stakeholders and funders informed of progress.
- Manages programmatic work of partners and ensures deliverables are met in a timely manner.
- Assists in monitoring programmatic and spending activities of participating projects and provides technical support when necessary.
- Conducts special projects and initiatives as needed.
- Masters required in areas such as in public health, health care administration, public policy, sociology, or anthropology, with emphasis in health equity and/or social determinants of health preferred.
- Minimum 7 years’ experience in planning/implementing public health, provider, or community initiatives—including some health equity/social determinants of health-related experience and experience at the community and working at or with cancer centers—and experience in working with internal leadership and external partners to accomplish deliverables.
- Knowledge of current and emerging scientific evidence related to health equity and social determinants of health.
- Knowledge of cancer and cancer control, chronic disease prevention and management, public health, health policy, health promotion, and/or communications.
- Knowledge in budget management and contract development and execution.
- Skills in meeting facilitation and technology platforms.
- Demonstrated skill in developing and implementing multi-level health care strategies.
- Demonstrated skill in coordinating and managing programs.
- Ability to manage internal and external collaborations.
- Ability to manage projects effectively, consistent with ACS mission and goals.
- Ability to work and collaborate effectively with multiple constituents.
- Outstanding interpersonal, relationship management and communication skills, including public speaking and written communication.
- Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple and sometimes competing priorities.
- Ability to effectively manage workgroups that include staff and volunteers.
SPECIAL MENTAL OR PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The starting rate is $89,000 - $100,000. The final candidate's relevant experience/skills will be considered before an offer is extended. Actual starting pay will vary based on non-discriminatory factors including, but not limited to, geographic location, experience, skills, specialty, and education.
The American Cancer Society has adopted a vaccination policy that requires all staff, regardless of position or work location, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (except where prohibited by state law).
ACS provides staff a generous paid time off policy; medical, dental, retirement benefits, wellness programs, and professional development programs to enhance staff skills. Further details on our benefits can be found on our careers site at: jobs.cancer.org/benefits. We are a proud equal opportunity employer.