Program Specialist (WV #1718-95) | American Lung Association

Program Specialist (WV #1718-95)

City: Charleston

State: West Virginia

The American Lung Association has a great opportunity for a Program Specialist to join our incredible team in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  Working as a member Program / Mission Team, you will join an outstanding group of professionals dedicated to our mission:  to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. 

In this role, you will be responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating tobacco prevention and cessation programs throughout West Virginia.


  • Maintain a database of all Raze Adult Advisors (AA) contacts, training and agreements / stipend information.
  • Assist in the planning and marketing of a Tobacco 21 campaign
  • Work with West Virginia universities and colleges to provide American Lung Association adult cessation program, Freedom from Smoking Plus, targeting adults 18-24.
  • Help disseminate Tobacco Free Kids’ taking Down Tobacco throughout West Virginia to reach target enrollment goals
  • Recruit new school/community crews by conducting community outreach activities in schools and communities that current lack Raze crews. Identify schools/communities that do not currently have Raze crews; Create target list of schools/communities to visit/set up meetings; Conduct face-to-face meetings and recruitment activities in targeted schools and communities.
  • Develop Raze AA mini-grant agreements to include: The formation of a Raze crew consisting of at least five members; AA’s initial training; The submission of reports showing the completion of at least 30 general commotions as well as participation in the statewide commotions. Commotion kits will be provided; Participation in surveys to collect information to aid in program refinement; Completion of mini-grant applications for state fiscal year 2019
  • Assist in the recruitment of (132) Raze crews throughout West Virginia and provide each $1050 in mini-grant after all requirements have been met. Complete the background checks on AAs as needed.
  • Conduct individual service calls, as needed, with all AAs to provide technical assistance, disseminate information and, address issues that may arise.
  • Determine commotions and supplies to be distributed to the crews in the form of Commotion kits.
  • Provide program support and become trained in American Lung Association programs: Not On Tobacco, Teens Against Tobacco Use, Better Breathers Club, Asthma Basics, and Freedom from Smoking.
  • External Communications: Increase ALA presence in territory.  Develop and maintain relationships with individuals, other organizations and coalitions. Attend at least 4 networking events, health fairs, etc. to promote our program.  Make at least 25 community contacts/visits to promote/market ALA programs. Recruit at least 5 community lung force heroes.
  • Internal Communications: Meet with supervisor at least once a month.  Submit a weekly report of activities completed.  Enter all information into program database (Metric documents) and submit quarterly. Provide support to Advocacy, Environmental, and Communications staff as requested.
  • Marketing/External Communications: Adhere to American Lung Association branding guidelines for all external and internal communications. Collaborate with development staff to develop relationships with key corporations. Submit minutes of development/program meetings to supervisor.  Attend at least one fundraising event to help and promote programs. 
  • Youth Team Member: Support youth team staff and projects. Interact with staff and ensure that all shared deliverables are being completed, budgets adhered to, and reports submitted. Attend and participate in monthly team meetings and monthly one-on-one calls with team members. Report on team activities during all-program-staff calls and other meetings as required. Ensure that all individual POW goals are met and addressed within the region.


    • Bachelor's Degree in public health or related field or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
    • Prior experience in public health, community relations, public policy, and/or advocacy. 
    • Must be a self-starter with excellent communication skills both written and oral.
    • Minimum 1 year of experience developing and implementing community awareness, education, and programs specifically related to areas of public health.
    • Positive attitude with the ability to work independently and in a team environment.
    • Required to travel for meetings and conferences as required by the grant.
    • Ability to lift approximately 25 lbs. when assisting with local events.
    • Able to work with minimum direct supervision, make decisions, and take initiative.
    • Proven ability to cultivate and steward relationships across a diverse population.
    • Flexibility to work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends with some overnights required.  Must have a valid Driver’s license.
    • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office.
    • Consistent with its mission, the American Lung Association maintains a smoke-free work place; all employees must abstain from tobacco use in any form.


Please send or e-mail letter of application and resume with salary requirements to (include job title in subject of email):

Human Resources Department
American Lung Association


The American Lung Association is dedicated to a diverse workforce.
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