Community Program Manager - VA

Reports to: Senior Director, Community Engagement
Position Status: Contract, 30 hours a week
Location: Telecommute-Richmond, VA


The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience and passion of our global Parkinson's community.

The Community Engagement department is charged with ensuring that the Foundation is continually identifying, listening, and responding to the needs of the Parkinson’s community as collaborators and partners. The role of the Program Manager is to oversee the development and delivery of community-based education and empowerment programs for the Foundation to defined populations throughout the Mid-Atlantic Chapter.

It is essential that the Community Program Manager demonstrates and upholds the Foundation values of collaboration, dedication, excellence, integrity, positivity, responsiveness, and teamwork.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Manage the development and implementation of community-based education and empowerment programs, including but not limited to nationally developed patient and family focused educational events and PD Health @ Home virtual programs.
  • Manage and implement program evaluation and develop strategies to gather feedback from community both to ensure programs are valuable and to increase community engagement.
  • Build, develop and maintain relationships among Parkinson’s constituency including people living with Parkinson’s disease, health care professionals and other stakeholder groups to advance community engagement goals.
  • Identify new opportunities for partnership and collaboration with outside entities (e.g., senior centers, other nonprofit/healthcare organizations, Parkinson’s Foundation Centers of Excellence) to maximize impact and engagement.
  • Serve as liaison between the Foundation and local communities maintaining a presence through community outreach, community presentations, health/wellness fairs, public policy events, etc.
  • Manage the budget and calendar for Chapter community-based education programs.
  • Work collaboratively with the Development team within the Chapters to build strategic partnerships and mutually support outreach efforts. This may include participation in Moving Day or Fundraising events to highlight mission related programs and providing mission reports at Chapter Advisory Board meetings.
  • Develop and implement strategies to grow and maintain a network of volunteers within the region to support local programs and events. This includes developing and facilitating a Chapter Mission and Outreach Committee to support local program and outreach efforts and advance the Foundation’s national initiatives at the local level.
  • Foster mutually supportive relationships with national volunteers (Advisory Council, Research Advocates, and Aware in Care Ambassadors) and Community Grant recipients within the Chapter.
  • Manage Chapter communication channels including Chapter webpage, e-newsletter, social media and phone or email inquiries.
  • This position requires travel within Chapter/s as necessary.
  • Perform related work as required.

Experience/Skills Required

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree (MSW or MPH) with an emphasis in health education or health promotion a plus.
  • Minimum of 4-6 years healthcare experience. Disease specific non-profit experience helpful.
  • Proven track-record of effective leadership and ability to deliver patient-focused high-quality health education programs, navigate complex issues, manage multiple stakeholders, make decisions, and drive strong results.
  • Experience with community outreach, relationship building, resource mining, and an ability to form collaborative relationships.
  • Strong proficiency in project management with the ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.
  • Highly collaborative; ability to work independently and as part of a larger geographically dispersed team.
  • Solution focused and flexible with emotional maturity and empathy.
  • Commitment and interest to learn about, understand and effectively communicate about Parkinson’s disease and a desire to serve the needs of the Parkinson’s community.
  • Excellent presentation and written communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills, proficient with MS Office suite. Proficiency in Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Raiser’s Edge and Luminate a plus.
  • Ability to work a variety of hours including days, nights, and weekends. Ability to travel throughout the Chapter/s on Foundation business.


Compensation for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience.

How to Apply

Please email resume and cover letter to Applicant review will continue until the position is filled. Please indicate the job title in the subject line. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. No phone calls please.

The Parkinson’s Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our culture and in our work on behalf of people with Parkinson's disease.

All new hires are required to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, subject to any legally required accommodations.

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