San Diego – CA California
TITLE: Manager – Lemon Grove Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Zone

SUPERVISES: HEAL Zone Project Assistant

REPORTS TO: Vice President, Community Health and Engagement

FTE: 1.0

Facilitated by Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP), the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Zone project is a place-based collective impact project located in Lemon Grove. The HEAL Zone is part of a regional Southern California effort to reduce obesity and its related chronic conditions in specific geographies. The mission is to improve local communities’ access to healthy food and physical activity opportunities as well as improve policies and practices to create environments where the healthy choice is the easy choice by creating healthy environments for all through advocacy, education, policy development, and environmental change. The HEAL Zone achieves this mission by creating, supporting, and mobilizing partnerships in the several sectors of the community with the greatest potential impact on obesity and its related chronic conditions (i.e., diabetes). These sectors include local government, healthcare, schools, early childhood, community, media, faith, service organizations, and business. Partners work in coordination with the HEAL Zone to implement strategies detailed in the Lemon Grove HEAL Zone Community Action Plan (CAP). The project is funded by Kaiser Permanente and is facilitated by CHIP, a San Diego non-profit organization with the mission of advancing long-term solutions to priority health needs through collaboration and community engagement.

The Manager will manage all aspects of the HEAL Zone Initiative project located in Lemon Grove including project strategy implementation; maintenance and facilitation of a community-wide overarching leadership structure comprised of Systems and Resident Leadership Teams; implementation and management of strategic activities across diverse sectors of the community; contract management; partner and resident relations; coordination of evaluation activities; management of the HEAL Zone Project Assistant; management of subcontractors; and capacity building. As a member of the CHIP team, the Manager will participate in the development and implementation of tactical plans and actively support the core values, vision and mission of Community Health Improvement Partners.

Mange overall HEAL Zone initiative in Lemon Grove. Recruit, orient, and facilitate Systems Leader Team (SLT) partners and provide overall HEAL Zone framework and goal setting with all HEAL Zone staff (i.e., Community Engagement Lead, Collective Impact Advisor, Project Assistant, Staff Community Organizer, and Resident Community Organizer) and Leadership Teams (i.e., Systems and Resident). Ensure Resident Leadership Team (RLT) action plans are aligned with overall HEAL Zone initiative framework; prepare Community Liaison team to interact with both Leadership Teams (i.e., SLT and RLT); align budget needs with Leadership Team work plans.
1. PROJECT & STAFF MANAGEMENT: Provide initiative strategic direction and grant management to all staff and partners.

  • Provide management for and convene HEAL Staff (Community Engagement Lead, HEAL Zone Project Assistant, Staff Community Organizer, and Resident Community Organizer) bi-monthly to assess and strategize next steps for facilitating and supporting partner and resident cohesion and strategy implementation.

2. COALITION MANAGEMENT & PARTNER COMMUNICATION: Facilitate, manage, foster HEAL Zone initiative partnerships and ensure all staff and partners are informed and working in alignment with HEAL initiative goals and objectives.

  • LG HEAL Zone Systems Leadership Team (SLT)
    i. Facilitate SLT convenings and frame group purpose, roles, and responsibilities.
    ii. Encourage partner involvement and attendance at regular regional HEAL efforts in Los Angeles area.
    iii. Develop SLT agenda based on project needs and partner input.
  • LG HEAL Zone Resident Leadership Team (RLT)
    i. Provide overall initiative framework and objective perspective to resident team through agenda development with Community Engagement Lead.
    ii. Align funding with RLT advocacy and Community Improvement Plan (CIP) implementation needs.
  • LG HEAL Zone Liaison Team
    i. Develop Liaison Team member roles and responsibilities, facilitate meetings, and ensure due process and community needs are aligned with overall HEAL Zone initiative goals and budget.
  • Represent the LG HEAL Zone at local and countywide community partner meetings and events (e.g., East Region Live Well, San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, and other CHIP programs).
    i. Participate in monthly CHIP Collective Impact Department meetings.
    ii. Patriciate in monthly East Region Live Well meetings.
    iii. Report monthly Live Well partnership engagement related to HEAL work to the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative.
    iv. Provide regular updates to the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative at monthly Leadership Council meetings.


  • Financial management
    i. Manage initiative 3-year budget and track all expenses for reporting and maintaining fiduciary integrity.
    ii. Maintain all initiative subcontracts with local partners.
  • Lead writing of biannual progress reporting with partner input
    i. Track and report on project opportunities, challenges, changes, evaluation activities, technical assistance needs, and financial status including any anticipated plan changes.
  • Serve as primary local evaluation liaison for regional initiative
    i. Lead all local evaluation data collection and partner engagement efforts to report to regional evaluation team monthly.
    ii. Provide local input to ensure Lemon Grove HEAL Zone evaluation plans meet local and regional needs
    iii. Liaison between regional and local partners to complete evaluation needs.
    iv. Present all evaluation planning, process, and outcomes to partners.


  • Work in collaboration with Community Engagement Lead and Collective Impact Advisor to ensure strategies are aligned with countywide and the full base of CHIP partnerships and programs.
  • Maintain updated work plans for Systems and Resident Leadership Teams including timeline, budgetary, and course corrections as needed.


  • 90% time spent in Lemon Grove
  • 10% time spent at CHIP office, Kearny Mesa
  • Full-day travel to Southern California required quarterly; overnight travel to Southern California required biannually. Additional travel including overnight travel may be required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, nutrition, urban planning or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Experience working with a wide range of diverse partners, sectors, and organizations representing a community-wide approach
  • Experience in systems-based approaches to public health or chronic disease prevention.
  • Knowledge of policies related to food access and built environment that inhibit or provide greater opportunities for healthy eating, active living, food security, and community safety.
  • Experience in coalition building and facilitating consensus among diverse stakeholder groups.
  • Experience in managing projects and staff, particularly in an environment with rapidly changing priorities.
  • Experience managing grants, budgets, and subcontracts.
  • Experience in proposal writing, grant-making, fundraising research, and sustainability planning.
  • Self-directed, motivated, creative and organized.
  • Proven leadership, interpersonal skills, and oral / written skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.


  • With or without reasonable accommodations, must have the ability to: sit, stand, walk, bend, stoop, push, pull, lift up to 25 pounds, type, write (in English), read English, speak English, see, hear, drive, conduct basic mathematical calculations, problem solve, reason, compose, and make decisions.

$50,000 – $60,000/based on experience. 40 hours per week. Full benefits package.

Please submit a resume and cover letter to The deadline to apply for this position is April 13, 2016.

Community Health Improvement Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.