Health Project Coord

Rochester, NY


The Health Project Coordinator (HPC) will help lead the preparation, implementation and evaluation of the Joy of Literacy Initiative (JOLI), which aims to improve kindergarten readiness by promoting the use of early literacy tools in the preschool classroom and at home. Literacy is one of the most important social determinants of health, but currently only about 11% of Rochester children are proficient in reading in 3 th grade and only about 50% of children are ready for kindergarten after a year of preschool. In our preliminary work, when JOLI tools were integrated with classroom instruction, kindergarten readiness rose from around 45% to 65%. JOLI is based on the Science of Reading and we hope to demonstrate the effectiveness of this approach in a sample of several hundred children in a variety or preschool settings. The HPC will need to collaborate well with community-based partners, and assist the rest of the team at the Hoekelman Center ( ) on various projects, including the Rochester LARC (Long Acting Reversible Contraception) Initiative.


  1. Project Implementation : Independently and with latitude for judgment acting with accountability for overall success of the project:

  2. Develop tools to assess progress towards project milestones, to improve organization, to track quality improvement efforts.

  3. Manage the ordering and inventory of supplies for JOLI, to include logistics coordination; ordering the items to complete 450 JOLI kits and manage distribution to multiple locations.

  4. Schedule and maintain a calendar of Professional Development sessions for preschool teachers.

  5. Meet with preschool teachers monthly to discuss potential barriers, issues, concerns and ideas.

  6. Direct catering plans for professional development sessions.

  7. Act as the primary contact for the project and delegate inquiries about the project as needed.

  8. Independently draft quarterly reports of outcomes to funder.

  9. Facilitate working with Internal Review Board (IRB) for JOLI as needed.

  10. Assist with writing duties as needed.

  11. Independently collaborate with Hoekelman Center staff, meet weekly with Hoekelman Center Director providing pertinent project updates.

  12. Serve in a fiduciary role for JOLI by independently tracking budget expenses, and collaborating with partners to complete and submit paperwork for payments and reimbursements.

  13. LARC Initiative Duties :

  14. Coordinate with LARC partners and follow up on requests.

  15. Manage inventory of supplies for LARC talks and events.

  16. Serve in a fiduciary role for LARC Initiative by independently tracking budget expenses, and collaborating with partners to complete and submit paperwork for payments and reimbursements.

  17. Other Duties as Assigned :

  18. Collaborate with staff in the Hoekelman Center on other programs coordinated through this office (PLC, CARE, etc.) as appropriate.



  • Bachelor’s degree with major course work in an appropriate health, social or technical field required.

  • 2-3 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.

  • Detail-oriented, organized with the ability to work independently.

  • The candidate should possess and have demonstrated: excellent oral and/or written communication skills; an ability to interact with a wide range of diverse individuals including physicians, students, community members, and staff in a variety of settings.

  • The candidate must have the ability to adjust work plan and workflow to respond to deadlines, and to function independently. Expertise with MS Word, Excel and internet search technologies required.

  • Occasional local travel required; candidate must have personal transportation and a valid NYS driver’s license.

  • This position requires up to date certification in Human Subjects Research, HIPAA awareness and a Strong Commitment contract.


  • Master’s degree in Public Health, Public Administration, or similar field.

  • Experience with design, planning, evaluation or oversight of community health improvement projects. Experience with project coordination. Knowledge of IRB standards and procedures. Experience working with/in non- profit organizations. Experience with programs for children and adolescents.

  • Experience working with/in government agencies and/or foundations.

  • Experience with federal grants, grant writing and/or grant reviewing.

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How To Apply

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Pay Range

Pay Range: $41,746 - $56,347

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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