Position Title: Program Manager, Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative (KCHSI)

Position Summary: The Program Manager will be responsible for overseeing the day to day activities of the KCHSI and works closely with key staff as a team for the implementation of the goals and objectives of the Healthy Start program. The Program Manager works closely with sub-contract site administrators and Community Health Workers (CHWs). The Program Manager is involved with grant management and assisting with the completion of timely and accurate reports to the Project Director, grantor and others as required.  The Program Manager works closely with the KCHSI Project Director and Project Evaluator.

The Program Manager reports to the MCHC Executive Director/KCHSI Project Director.

 Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with key staff as a team to coordinate implementation of KCHSI’s goals and strategies.
  • Provide direct supervision of the Healthy Start Outreach Worker (OW) and ensure that OW completes bi-weekly timesheets.
  • Serve as the point of contact for the clinical portion of the Healthy Start supplemental grant.
  • Assure provision of training for all direct line program staff to ensure ongoing professional
  • Ensure that CHWs and OW comply with KCHSI policies and procedures.
  • Monitor and make recommendations to KCHSI Project Director to address front-line program personnel issues with sub-contract site administrators.
  • Coordinate and make recommendations for collaborative partnerships with potential Community Action Network (CAN), Memo of Understanding (MOU), and other community partners to promote the goals and objectives of the KCHSI, including identification and recruitment and participation of program participants within the target
  • Represent KCHSI with community partnerships, state leaders, and elected
  • Participate in bi-monthly meetings of the key KCHSI leadership staff, including the Project Director, Education & Health Promotion Coordinator, and the Financial Manager.
  • Assist with the grant activities including collection of data, preparation and dissemination of program reports as necessary to meet specified requirements of program funding sources.
  • Prepare monthly grantee template report with input from KCHSI Project Director, Financial Manager, Education and Health Promotion Coordinator and KCHSI Evaluator, to submit to the grant program officer and participate in periodic calls with grant program officer.
  • Participate in quarterly meetings of the subcontract site administrators, KCHSI evaluator, and key KCHSI staff.
  • Assist with the coordination, preparation and timely submission of the Healthy Start Competitive Grant Application and annual Non-Competing Continuation Application.
  • Provide input for the KCHSI program
  • Work with KCHSI Project Evaluator, subcontractors, and Project Director, to evaluate program effectiveness and to recognize and make recommendations for solving potential problems.
  • Participate on the Kansas City Missouri and Wyandotte County Kansas Fetal Infant Mortality Review Community Action Teams.
  • Provide input for KCHSI public relations materials including monthly MCHC updates; press releases, brochures, pamphlets, posters, success stories, fact sheets and web site content.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the MCHC Executive Director/KCHSI Project Director or as needed by the


  • Masters or advanced degree in education, nursing, early childhood development, public health, social work, business or health administration.
  • Experience in perinatal health, early education, public health systems, and coalition organizing.
  • Proven leadership and ability to think and plan strategically.
  • Excellent organizational skills showing demonstrated capability to manage multiple short- and long-term priorities.
  • Experience with federal grant contract management, including budgeting and reporting.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience in managing personnel.
  • Experience in identifying and obtaining grants and funding.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to present effectively in person and in writing.

MCHC offers a competitive benefits package including flexible schedule, PTO, life, vision, dental and health insurance, and Simple IRA match.
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