Program Specialist, Senior, Health and Wellness
National League of Cities3.4
Washington, DC
Job description

Consistent with the mission, vision and values of National League of Cities, support the successful design, outreach, and administration of health and housing-related programs and initiatives. Serve as a key liaison, content resource and navigator to member cities on issues specific to healthy housing. Lead city engagement in the healthy housing Local Action Challenge and Framework as well as the healthy housing Community of Practice. Work collaboratively with city leaders, partner organizations, and philanthropic stakeholders to ensure improved outcomes in housing and health related efforts at the local level.


NLC cares about everyone’s safety and is often in public events. For this reason, we do require employees to be both vaccinated and receive updated booster in accordance with CDC guidance. Providing associated documentation will be a part of the onboarding process.

  • Program Administration
    • Lead city technical assistance and engagement associated with the healthy housing Local Action Challenge and Framework to ensure robust uptake to improve individual and community health.
    • Plan, organize, and lead meetings, convenings, conference calls, webinars, and site visits designed to engage NLC member cities on specific topics related to housing and health with an emphasis on the healthy housing Community of Practice and cities engaged in the Local Action Challenge.
    • Develop reports, tools, and resources to support the implementation of the Local Action Challenge and Community of Practice.
    • Develop and maintain partnerships with a variety of national organizations working in the housing and health field. Identify opportunities to draw upon these partnerships in order to broaden the array of resources available to municipal leaders in NLC member cities.
    • Oversee web resources and content related to the healthy housing Local Action Challenge and Framework.
    • Provide excellent member service and build relationships with local elected officials active in the organization.
  • Grant Fulfillment (when applicable)
    • Coordinate and drive the fulfillment of grant requirements according to established deadlines in collaboration with Health and Wellness Team members, other departments, and outside stakeholders as required.
    • Develop timelines in consultation with the Director for program team members to prepare and submit documentation, results, and other deliverables to meet grant requirements and deadlines.
  • Program Outreach
    • Plan and implement program-specific meetings, events, and other activities under the direction of the Health and Wellness Team leadership. Design and develop content; select and secure speakers; create agendas; and provide input on logistics to senior NLC conference and meeting planners.
    • Represent NLC at national, regional, and state conferences and meetings in order to build new partnerships, raise the visibility of NLC’s work, and stay abreast of the latest developments in the field.
    • Make presentations and lead group discussions in meetings and workshops at NLC’s major conferences, at partner meetings and conferences, and in local communities.
    • Contribute to the development of Health and Wellness Team proposals, outreach strategies, and long-term work plans under the direction of the Director.
  • Program Research and Analysis
    • Compile information on best practices and promising initiatives within cities to support the development of research, communications, and city engagement initiatives for Health and Wellness Team efforts, with a focus on improving health through housing.
    • Analyze city-focused datasets and other research to develop tools and resources for city leaders, enhance NLC publications, and inform NLC staff and other stakeholders.
    • Conceptualize and serve as the primary author of reports, strategy guides, and briefs for assigned programs. Prepare articles for blogs, newsletters, and other publications, and develop and update materials for inclusion on NLC’s website.
    • Identify and utilize relevant research and program information available through a variety of sources. Contribute to efforts to build partnerships with source organizations when appropriate.
    • Maintain thorough, up-to-date knowledge of assigned programs.
  • Program Evaluation
    • Review program data and analyze the impact of ongoing programs. Recommend changes that improve the effectiveness of programs to support member city needs.

Perform other duties and complete special projects as assigned.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field and 4 years of practical experience in program area, or Master’s degree in a related field and 2 years of practical experience in program area
  • Possesses required technical knowledge within assigned program area (refer to specific qualifications below)
  • MS Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of computer databases and contact management systems (CRMs)
  • Experience working with city officials and/or city governments preferred
  • Commitment to advancing health and racial equity

Work Environment:

Work is typically performed in a standard office setting working at a desk or table on a level surface. Regular travel is expected. May be required to work more hours than normal during a regular workweek depending on workload and deadline requirements. This position is eligible for full-time telework. Candidates must be located in the continental United States (Lower 48), and may be subject to a local cost of labor adjustment that impacts the hiring salary.

About NLC

The National League of Cities is the voice of America’s cities, towns and villages, representing more than 200 million people across the country. NLC’s mission is to relentlessly advocate for the interests of cities by strengthening local leadership, influencing federal policy and driving innovative solutions.

We abide by 8 pillars of excellence to provide quality service and resources to our members and their constituents.

  • NLC is Inclusive. We are a nonpartisan organization, and we embrace diversity of thought, perspectives and experiences.

  • NLC is Focused. We focus on what matters most to our member cities, towns and villages and municipalities nationwide.

  • NLC is Valuable. As a resource and advocate for our members, and a key partner to the state municipal leagues.

  • NLC is Influential. We are recognized as powerful and reliable partners and respected by federal policymakers.

  • NLC is Visible. We have a strong impact on our members, in Washington, D.C., and in the news.

  • NLC is Relationship Driven. We are dedicated to building personal connections between local leaders and between local governments and NLC staff.

  • NLC is Forward Leaning. With compelling engagement opportunities and cutting-edge technology, we are innovative at every turn.

  • NLC is Financially Solid. With a diversified revenue model that reflects the nation’s modern economy.

NLC is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons and to prohibiting discrimination because of race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, status as a veteran, or any other protected status and/or conditions specified in federal and local civil rights laws. If a candidate needs reasonable accommodation to continue their application process, please reach out to

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