Careers at PHA

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) is a dynamic, fast-growing organization serving pulmonary hypertension (PH) patients, their family members and the medical community. Pulmonary hypertension, a life-threatening illness described as high blood pressure in the lungs, affects people of all ethnic backgrounds and ages. PHA provides high level medical and patient education, raises awareness of PH in the general public and medical community, advocates for legislation, supports research, and helps patients connect with others to end their isolation.

We believe that anyone whose life has been touched by this difficult illness has the right to fight back as much as they are willing and able. We also believe that PHA has an obligation to create the environment that makes such involvement possible.


Senior Director, Human Resources and Training

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA), a dynamic, highly respected organization serving pulmonary hypertension (PH) patients, their family members and the medical community, is seeking a Senior Director, Human Resources and Training. This position is newly created to meet the demands of a growing organization.

Pulmonary hypertension, a life-threatening illness described as high blood pressure in the lungs, affects people of all ethnic backgrounds and ages. Without proper diagnosis and treatment, a patient’s average lifespan is 2.8 years.

PHA provides high level medical and patient education, raises awareness of PH in the general public and medical community, advocates for legislation, supports research, and helps patients connect with others to end their isolation.

PHA is headquartered in Silver Spring, Md., with a staff of 40. In addition, the organization currently has four fund-raising field offices in major metropolitan areas whose work is supported by headquarters staff. Current staffing of the chapters is approximately 16 and new chapters will be forming in 2015 and beyond. PHA has experienced exceptionally rapid growth over the past five years, and particularly in the past two with the addition of our field offices. While these are positive changes, they have altered the dynamics of the organization and our new Senior Director will be involved with addressing the effects of these transitions.  

GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY

Provide leadership and coordination for all organizational Human Resource functions. Develop and implement an organizational human resource strategy and programs with a special emphasis on training at the management and line staff levels.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

HR Management
  1. Create and implement a strategic recruitment and hiring plan for headquarters and field staffs.
  2. Develop and manage annual budgets for the department and perform periodic cost and productivity analyses.
  3. Recommend and establish HR policies and procedures.
  4. Develop and oversee a comprehensive grievance policy and mediate workplace disputes.
  5. Evaluate procedures and technology solutions to improve human resources data management.
  6. Recommend and maintain an organizational structure and staffing levels to accomplish organizational goals and objectives.
  7. Understand the organizational culture and provide recommendations on further strengthening it to meet PHA goals and objectives.
  8. Evaluate and recommend human resource outsourcing opportunities and identify potential vendors.
  9. Establish and implement short- and long-range departmental goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures.
Compensation & Benefits
  1. Oversee the design and implementation of our compensation strategy and programs.
  2. Direct the administration of benefit programs including health, retirement, death, disability, and unemployment.
  3. Evaluate and recommend improvements to benefit programs.
Training
  1. Create an organizational strategic training and development plan to meet personal, professional, and organizational needs of PHA employees.
  2. Develop and deliver a training program to strengthen supervisors’ management expertise.
  3. Work with supervisors to establish and implement training for their line staff.
  4. Evaluate effectiveness of training provided for and by managers and of line staff.
Compliance
  1. Coordinate organizational equal opportunity programs to ensure understanding and compliance.
  2. Oversee compensation programs to ensure regulatory compliance and competitive salary levels.              

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

  1. Knowledge of change management.
  2. Knowledge of federal, state, and local employment, wage and salary laws, and regulations.
  3. Ability to interpret and provide sound advice on the application of EEO/AA laws.
  4. Ability to assess training needs and develop responsive solutions.
  5. Knowledge of organizational development theory and practices.
  6. Experience in design, development and implementation of salary administration plans and benefit programs.
  7. Experience examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  8. Knowledge of computerized information systems used in human resources applications.
  9. Strong professional ethics which includes dealing with confidential staff and patient information.
  10. Minimum education level:
    1. BA in HR or related degree plus at least five years HR experience
  11. Preferred education/certification level:
    1. Master’s Degree in Human Resources and at least five years experience in a senior-level non-profit Human Resource position.
    2. SHRM-CP™ certification

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS

Reports to: President and CEO.

Supervises: Associate Director, Finance & Benefits, in a dotted line relationship shared with the Vice President, Finance

WORKING CONDITIONS

Working conditions are normal for an office environment. This position requires occasional weekend and evening work, and limited domestic travel.

WHAT WE OFFER

A competitive salary; generous benefits, including employer-paid individual health insurance premiums and a transportation subsidy; location in downtown Silver Spring (bus and Metro accessible); and, a collegial work environment. We also provide quality training opportunities to enhance the skills of our staff.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a responsive cover letter, résumé, and your salary expectations to Chris Forberg, VP of Finance, at ChrisF@PHAssociation.org. Your subject line should read “Senior Director Human Resources.” Applications without salary information will not be considered. We look forward to hearing from you, but no phone calls, please.


National Support Group Senior Associate

GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY

Train new leaders and provide orientations for support group co-leaders. Outreach to underserved or previously served areas to expand the support group network. Coordinate monthly telephone/webinar trainings of leaders.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND REPSONSIBILITIES

  • Outreach to geographically underserved regions to generate new support group leaders and new support groups.
  • Outreach to previously active areas with now-defunct support groups to reinvigorate these groups, find new leaders and starte these groups back up again.
  • Use existing results from the 2014 Support Group Leader Census to ascertain why some groups are no longer active and work to resolve these issues in order to bring meetings back to these areas.
  • Utilize results from the 2014 Support Group Leader Census to identify trends in support group turnover, and develop new resources to keep support groups active and to prevent leader burnout.
  • Utilizing the newly accredited PH Care Centers, outreach to areas that have centers that do not have support groups to end isolation and provide support to PH patients across the country.
  • Identify and train prospective support group leaders through the development and implementation of a strategic orientation process which will involve key staff and reputable community members. Input progress of each leader in Raiser's Edge for tracking and reporting.
  • Establish relationships with existing and potential support group leaders in order to ensure and enhance their success as leaders.
  • Develop and maintain a robust Support Group Coaching Program by building relationships with existing and potential support group leaders in order to ensure and enhance their success as leaders.
  • Develop programming and coordinate the Second Tuesday monthly training webinar series for support group leaders, including scheduling speakers, marketing, preparing webinar content and facilitating calls.
  • Assist with the coordination of the Support Group Central Fund program, including: inventorying grant applications; accurately tracking and managing each application as it moves through the review process; developing and implementing a marketing plan; and analyzing grant use for reports to corporate stakeholders.
  • Develop leadership resources for both web and print distribution.
  • Participate in other activities of the Volunteer Services department as needed.
  • Additional tasks as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

PHA seeks to hire dynamic individuals who bring enthusiasm and creativity to our work. This position is ideal for a professional who is interested in working and growing at a passionate, cause-drive nonprofit organization.

  1. Previous experience in leadership development, volunteer coordination, staff management, public speaking and grassroots organizing
  2. Excellent organizational skills paried with a commitment to excellence
  3. Past experience coordinating programs in chronic and rare-disease communities.
  4. Work requires professional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to participate in and facilitate group meetings.
  5. Strong professional ethics, which include approaching patient and caregiver constituents in a tactful manner; reacting well under pressure; treating others with respect and consideration; dealing with confidential patient and caregiver information; and, following through on commitments.
  6. Work requires willingness to work a flexible schedule and willingness to travel to meetings across the country.
  7. Minimum requirements to apply:
    -BA/BS in health or related degree
    -Demonstrated training experience
    -Preferred skills: proficiency in Microsoft Office and Raiser's Edge

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP

Reports to: Senior Director, Volunteer Services

Supervises: N/A

WORKING CONDITIONS

Working conditions are normal for an office environment. Work may require occasionaly travel to meetings on evenings and/or weekends.

WHAT WE OFFER

A competitive salary; generous benefits, including employer-paid individual health insurance premiums and a transportation subsidy; location in downtown Silver Spring, Md., (a suburb of Washington, D.C., bus and Metro accessible); and, a collegial work environment. We also provide high quality training to enhance the skills of our staff.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a cover letter with salary expectations, résumé, and writing sample to Debbie Drell, Senior Director of Volunteer Services, at DebbieD@PHAssociation.org. Applications without salary information will not be considered. We look forward to hearing from you, but no phone calls, please.


Program Assistant, PH Care Centers

GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY

Provide daily program support and assistance; help guide PHCC Review Committee operations through collection of reviewer availability, organization of site reviews and scheduling of travel (including flight, hotel and ground transportation).

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Receive and review communications with PHCC applicants in order to process applications.
  2. Compile all relevant documents to guide PHCC Reviewers conducting site visits.
  3. Coordinate site visits for PH Care Center accreditation, including ensuring all required meetings are scheduled with the relevant professionals at the applicant sites and providing all documentation and travel services to the site reviewers.
  4. Create and distribute (through email and mailing services) site visit packets to predetermined Site Reviewers.
  5. Management of the PH Care Centers governance structure, including management of three committees (Oversight, Site Review, and Patient Registry) including teleconference scheduling, planning, and coordination of action items. Liaison to the PHA Board of Trustees, who ultimately oversees the program.
  6. Provide assistance during teleconferences and webinars.
  7. Aid the design revisions and updates of the PHCC website.
  8. Collaborate with PHA staff to deliver timely responses to external (including email and telephone) inquires about the PHCC program.
  9. Other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

  1. Experience in assisting multiple projects with varying deadlines.
  2. Knowledge of basic computerized information systems used in typical work environments (Word, PowerPoint, etc.).
  3. Work requires professional written and verbal communication in addition to interpersonal skills.
  4. Ability to collaborate and interact with physicians and non physician clinicians on a daily basis.
  5. Willingness to participate in group meetings.
  6. Strong professional ethics which include approaching others in a tactful manner; reacting well under pressure; treating others with respect and consideration; dealing with confidential staff and patient information.
  7. Work requires willingness to work a flexible schedule.
  8. Minimum requirement to apply: BA at a recognized four year undergraduate institution. Demonstrated training experience applicable to the essential duties and responsibilities
  9. Preferred: BA in Health related studies at a recognized four year undergraduate institution. At least one year of experience in a health organizational setting.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS

Reports to: PHCC Program Manager and the Director of Medical Services

Supervises: N/A

WORKING CONDITIONS

Working conditions are normal for an office environment. Work may require more frequent than normal weekend and/or evening work.

WHAT WE OFFER

A competitive salary; generous benefits, including employer-paid individual health insurance premiums and a transportation subsidy; location in downtown Silver Spring (bus and Metro accessible); and, a collegial work environment. We also provide quality training opportunities to enhance the skills of our staff.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a cover letter with salary expectations, résumé, and writing sample to Michael Gray, Director of Medical Services & Education, at MichaelG@PHAssociation.org. Applications without salary information will not be considered. We look forward to hearing from you, but no phone calls, please.


The Pulmonary Hypertension Association is an equal-opportunity employer.

Questions or concerns? Please contact HR@PHAssociation.org.

Updated 4/15/2015

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