Asthma – Boston

December 3, 2008 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

the medical foundation
95 Berkeley Street    
Boston, MA 02116    

Position Title: Director, Boston Urban Asthma Coalition (BUAC) and
Massachusetts Asthma Advocacy Partnership (MAAP)  

Program Area:           Community Health Division

Location:        TMF's Codman Square Office, Boston, MA

Supervisors:   TMF's Director of Environmental Health 

Be part of a vibrant and growing organization that works directly with a
diverse group of residents, community-based organizations, government
agencies, medical professionals, and other individuals who are concerned
with the factors that contribute to the rising prevalence of asthma
vulnerable populations of Boston and other Massachusetts communities.
Founded in 1997, the Boston Urban Asthma Coalition's (BUAC) mission is
build a comprehensive and coordinated approach to asthma control and
prevention in Boston. BUAC, a parent driven, grassroots level coalition
over 300 community partners, accomplishes this by promoting
and community leadership to reduce racial, ethnic, and economic health
disparities in asthma prevalence, asthma management, and asthma hazards
the home, school, and other environments. 

In 2007, BUAC received funding to create the Massachusetts Asthma
Partnership (MAAP). MAAP, a statewide coalition of partners, is
committed to
reducing asthma health disparities in the Commonwealth by coordinating
statewide advocacy efforts. MAAP links to local efforts across the state
bringing together community organizations and other partners to achieve
sustainable statewide changes in the environment, education, and the
of health care. MAAP's comprehensive approach includes, supporting
reimbursement for asthma education and home visitation, supporting local
health departments to take on healthy and green housing issues,
awareness of occupational asthma among the general public, supporting
schools to reduce toxins in the school environment and supporting
environmental justice issues through legislation.

In order to be effective in these roles, the new Director will need to:

* Mobilize and engage a diverse group of staff, parents, and other
members at the local level to actively participate in and set the agenda
* Develop a coordinated, statewide response to asthma by mobilizing and
engaging a diverse group of community and statewide partners to develop,
adopt, and promote an advocacy agenda that cuts across geographic
and addresses the rising prevalence of asthma in Massachusetts.   
* Work with the Steering Committees, Working Groups, and TMF's
Office to create and maintain a diverse funding base to sustain

Duties & Responsibilities: 

* Provide leadership, program development, and program management for
BUAC/MAAP projects and initiatives. 
* Work with the BUAC/MAAP Steering Committees and Working Groups to
programmatic and policy directions to reduce asthma rates across the
* Implement program initiatives and projects, including, but not limited
communication, education and outreach strategies, research projects,
and advocacy efforts, coordinating local and statewide meetings, and
activities as needed. 
* Lead program administration efforts, including strategic planning,
managing grants, building and maintaining strong communication with
stakeholders, and meeting all reporting requirements for funders. 
* Work with Steering Committees and Working Groups to assess and
program and policy efforts. 

Management & Supervision:

* Recruit, supervise, and manage BUAC/MAAP staff, interns, and any other
personnel hired to assist with projects and events. 
* Conduct staff performance reviews annually. 
* Develop and support staff in attaining professional development goals.

Budget & Finance:

* Work with TMF's Finance Department to develop, manage, and track
BUAC/MAAP's diverse funding base. 
* Identify opportunities for maintaining and/or expanding BUAC/MAAP
base through grants, donations, and other funding sources. 
* Work with TMF Director of Development to research and write grant
proposals for projects and activities approved by the BUAC/MAAP Steering

Internal & External Relations:

* Develop, engage, and maintain strong relationships with key
including, but not limited to: BUAC/MAAP Steering Committees and Working
Groups, The Medical Foundation, parents and other community residents,
community-based organizations, medical community, faith community,
government and elected officials (local, state and federal), academia,
housing, school, local residents, and other critical partners. 
* Work with staff to develop and implement plans for engaging key
leaders including parents and other community and statewide agencies. 
* Work with TMF to develop and maintain the BUAC/MAAP website and manage
media relations including BUAC/MAAP publicity and promotion. 
* All other tasks and duties as needed. 


* Bachelors degree (Master's degree a plus) and a minimum of 7 years
experience in a leadership role in public health, environmental health,
public policy, or other relevant field. Senior management experience, a
* Demonstrated experience, skill, and track record in community
outreach, community and parent organizing, coalition development and
collaboration, and project implementation. 
* Effective leadership skills with the ability to motivate individuals
develop priorities and effectively implement strategies to address
* Experience in effectively managing and supervising full and part time
staff and volunteers. 
* Strong organizational development, fundraising, fiscal management,
problem-solving, and facilitation skills. 
* Experience in effective advocacy and policy development leading to
* Experience in working in a multicultural environment. 
* A personal commitment and experience with promoting social justice and
addressing health disparities and effecting change in low income and
* Excellent written and oral communication skills. 
* Strong analytic and computer skills. 
* Demonstrated networking and partnership-building skills including
experience working with the media. 
* Must be highly organized, motivated, and able to work well
and in a team setting. 
* Knowledge base of Boston and its neighborhoods and Massachusetts is
* Ability to speak and/or write in more than one language is a plus. 
* Ability to work as needed in the evening and on weekends. 

Diversity in organizational practice is a core value of The Medical
Foundation resulting in culturally competent services, materials,
and programs. Our hiring and business practices are informed by an
appreciation of the strengths offered by differing cultures, races,
religions, ethnicities, classes, sexual orientation, physical
and age groups.  The Medical Foundation offers an attractive benefits
package, including medical, dental and life insurance, retirement plan,
tax-deferred annuity and generous vacation. This job description is
to indicate the kinds of work duties that will be required in this
It is not intended to limit, or in any way modify, the rights of any
supervisor to assign, direct, and contract work of staff under his/her
supervision. The use of a particular illustration describing duties
not be held to exclude other duties, not mentioned, that are of a
level or difficulty.

Qualified candidates should submit by email a resume with cover letter
salary requirements to Kerry St. Pierre at  Please
write BUAC/MAAP in the subject line of your email.  No phone calls

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