Program Director


American College of Preventive Medicine
Program Director – Lifestyle Medicine

The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) is the national medical specialty society of physicians dedicated to disease prevention, health promotion and systems-based health care improvement.  Established in 1954, ACPM is the leading U.S.-based physician organization focused on practice, research, publication, and teaching of evidence-based preventive medicine.  ACPM’s members are leaders in a variety of health settings, including state and local health departments, federal agencies, hospitals, health plans, community and migrant health centers, industrial sites, occupational health centers, academic centers, private practice, and the military.  They have the skills needed to understand and reduce the risks of disease, disability and death in individuals and in population groups.


ACPM is a dynamic, growing professional society seizing on opportunities emerging from health care reform and its increasing emphasis on prevention, population health, and accountable care. ACPM is seeking a seasoned association professional to oversee its strategic objectives in the areas of Lifestyle Medicine, program development, and operations. The successful candidate will report to the Associate Executive Director and will be responsible for assuring the quality of deliverables under existing federal grants, leading the development of successful grant proposals, contributing to program development initiatives, and assuring organizational effectiveness through strong operations. The successful candidate will have a track record of leading high-level organizational initiatives in associations, be a strategic thinker, be well-versed in the prevention, public health, or health care field, possess exceptional communication skills, including grant writing experience, and experienced in leading teams to successful outcomes.


ACPM is seeking a highly organized, detail-oriented, and motivated Program Director to manage ACPM’s grant work funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to the Diabetes Prevention Program, and assist with ACPM’s Lifestyle Medicine programs.  The successful candidate will be responsible for meeting all project deliverables, and acting as the primary contact for all CDC activities related to Lifestyle Medicine grant. Successful candidates will have excellent project management, communication, and organizational skills.


Reporting to the Associate Executive Director for Programs, specific responsibilities include:


Program Management:


  • Provide oversight and assuring the quality of deliverables over lifestyle medicine / public health capacity building grants and programs
  • Assist in the development, management, and scaling of the Lifestyle Medicine Curriculum and related Lifestyle Medicine programs






Federal & Private Sector Grants:


  • Manage all aspects of specific grant/cooperative agreement projects and activities, including work plan development, project reports and budgets (please see 2nd page for more information).
  • Assist in preparing federal grant reports and proposals.
  • Interface with CDC officials and act as a point of contact on specific projects.
  • Assure continued funding for existing programs through continuation applications
  • Assist in applying for new or re-compete awards through effective grant proposal submissions in both the federal and private sector.



  • Develop and staff the ACPM Lifestyle Medicine and Business Development Committees
  • Update and maintain portions of the ACPM website.
  • Manage other projects / duties as assigned.


Minimum/Desired Qualifications:


  • Minimum 10 years management experience in an association, other non-profit,

government agency, research firm, or foundation, with at least five years in senior management

position overseeing work teams or program staff.

Master’s degree in public health or related field highly desirable, and/or commensurate

  • Experience working at or with a Federal Agency or under a federal grant, preferably through HHS or one of their related agencies, CDC experience preferred.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills and can quickly integrate into a high performing team.
  • Experience in managing public health projects or initiatives, with a preference for work in a local, state or federal public health agency.
  • Ability to work closely and build effective relationships with association members and medical and public health colleagues.
  • Demonstrated success in all aspects of project management with executive level budget skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and experience managing multiple tasks and projects (public health projects/experience required).
  • Experience in developing proposals and submitting grant requests through an on-line process, strongly preferred.
  • General understanding of post-graduate physician education training programs, strongly preferred.
  • General understanding of health systems transformation activities, strongly preferred.
  • Experience working on public health or prevention-oriented initiatives.
  • Proven leadership skills, with track record of working closely and building effective relationships

with association members, medical and public health colleagues, industry partners, and federal

  • Proven, high-level writer with demonstrated track record of independently producing winning

grant proposals and other high-level written documents that promote the organization and its

capacity, articulates project concepts, or report on organizational/project successes.

  • Demonstrated success in all aspects of project management and development. 
  • Keen understanding of the non-profit/association world, particularly the governance structures, operations, and finances of these organizations.
  • Business development acumen, particularly in non-profit organizations/associations.


For immediate consideration, email resume and thoughtfully written cover letter to Shira Harrington at This is a retained search. All candidates must apply through Purposeful Hire.