Director of Programs

Position Title

Director of Programs

Reporting to

President and CEO


Manages a staff of two and volunteers


Hybrid (in-office/WFH until January 2022, then to be reassessed)

Organizational Overview

The Joe Andruzzi Foundation (JAF) serves New England cancer patients who are experiencing financial and emotional stress due to a cancer diagnosis. Cancer-driven income loss, and rising out-of-pocket costs, can leave families laboring to cover their everyday needs. Research links this economic strain – Financial Toxicity – with poorer health outcomes. Because bills cannot be left unpaid due to a diagnosis, the JAF Programs help alleviate financial stress to assist with rent/mortgage payments, utilities, food, and other essential household expenses, so that patients and families can focus on accessing cancer care and the fight to get well.

Position Summary

Reporting to the President and CEO, the Director of Programs is a member of the Foundation’s senior staff. S/he will provide leadership and direction on Foundation program content, implementation, and evaluation of programs, emphasizing measurable outcomes using data and best practice. Including prioritization of programmatic objectives, activities, and budget needs, continuation and development of team-based approaches, integration of programmatic activities, effective use of Foundation staff capacity, and promotion of shared accountability, effective management, and production of high-quality work products. In this newly established role, the Director of Programs will manage a growing staff of two team members.

The Director of Programs position requires a proven, forward-thinking, and dynamic individual to provide proactive leadership and vision in developing new, innovative programs. This includes having excellent analytical, interpersonal, organizational, and writing skills, strong public speaking and presentation skills, and discretion and sound judgment.

The Director of Programs will have a broad range of responsibilities, including but not limited to the following:

Strategy, Vision, and Leadership

  • Work closely with senior staff and external consultants during a strategic planning process while focusing on the Foundation’s goals, visions, and desired outcomes
  • Maintain continuous lines of communication, keeping the President and CEO informed of all critical issues
  • Work directly with the Board and committee members and senior staff on key strategic projects
  • Develop and implement strategies that will maximize the synergies among program(s) areas, including Customer Journeys (program(s) recipient communications)

Oversight, Fiscal Management, and Funds Development

  • Oversee management of programmatic budgets to ensure effective and compliant use of grant funds
  • Adhere to the Foundations’ administrative and recordkeeping guidelines to support accurate documentation of activities
  • Interact with project teams to maintain a consistent understanding of project status and deliverables and identify variances and errors to ensure sound fiscal management of programs
  • Direct budget development for existing and new programs
  • Develop new programs in collaboration with Foundation staff and funders
  • Ensure compliance for all program grants; work with grants team to implement and/or improve reporting tools; and ensure timely, accurate reports and communication to funders

Program Development, Direction, and Management

  • Develop and effectively direct programmatic activities to ensure financial resources and support is sound and they position the Foundation to be a leader regionally
  • Serves as a senior leader for financial toxicity content, program design, evaluation, and dissemination across all programs
  • Monitor scopes of work to ensure timeliness, quality, and accuracy of activities grant commitments
  • Ensure programmatic excellence through the development and implementation of innovative performance and outcomes measures
  • Facilitate small and large group meetings, internally and externally – this may also include facilitating on sit community meetings
  • Monitor regional and national initiatives in the field of financial toxicity as well as programmatic innovations and best practices from other sectors to ensure the Foundation program staff remain well-informed
  • Ensure that innovations and best practices are incorporated in the Foundations’ programmatic activities
  • Lead the collaborative development of surveys, monitoring, and evaluation tools

Team Management and Development

  • Direct continuous learning (focused on financial toxicity, the evidence base, and the lasts innovations) for the Foundation staff
  • Promote and foster an environment in which proactive thinking and creativity are encouraged
  • Identify capacities needed (skill sets and competencies) to achieve programmatic and organizational goals; work with senior staff to ensure those capacities are developed or acquired
  • Serve as resource advisor to program staff and support their work by managing resources, opportunities, time, and information
  • Participate in bi-annual and annual performance assessments of program staff, goal setting, and support professional development on an ongoing basis


  • Degree in social work, psychology, public health, or related field with three (3) years of applicable experience or five (5) years of relevant experience
  • Expertise in public health, determinants of health, health equity, and health disparities
  • High energy and passion for JAF’s mission is essential
  • Proven leadership skills and management experience, including the ability to develop team performance and a genuine desire to coach and mentor
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills, ability to engage, inspire, build credibility, and engender trust with diverse audiences, which includes the ability to build coalitions, negotiate, and resolve conflicts effectively while preserving important relationships with partners and funders
  • Experience working with community-based coalitions and organizations, community capacity-building efforts, and group facilitation
  • Self-motivated, able to balance multiple and competing priorities or deadlines, excellent organizations skills, and ability to track various projects/programs tasks as delegated to program staff
  • Demonstrated understanding of current and emerging public health issues
  • Strong budget management experience, detail-oriented, and able to work well in evolving circumstances
  • Ability to research and quickly disseminate relevant, emerging, and existing evidence-based practices and models
  • Willingness to share own ideas, even amongst Board and committee members and senior staff
  • Trustworthy, ethical, and authentic in all situations
  • Strong computer skills

Salary and Hours

  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Minimum Hours – Monday – Friday 9 AM to 5 PM with some weekend/evenings required (work schedule can be shifted to accommodate for evening hours)


The benefits package includes paid time off for vacation and health, as well as ten paid holidays. JAF offers group medical insurance, medical and dependent care spending accounts, and 100% employer-paid disability and life insurance. Upon eligibility, JAF also offers a 401k retirement plan with an employer matching contribution.

Physical Requirements

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to

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