Director of Programs


     Full -Time. Benefits, $65,000 – $80,000

Reports to

     Executive Director


     Team of 8-10 Program Managers, Coordinators and Community Health Workers


Position Summary

Join a dynamic team building a new way of community health programming and social change work to address the impact of systemic racism in people’s ability to live healthy lives. Lead WellShare International’s programs team in a rapidly evolving environment, working closely with many internal and external partners. Effective relationship management is key to success in meeting client and community needs.


WellShare International is a non-profit organization headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with a forty-year history of partnering with communities, health care systems, government and social service providers to promote health equity and wellbeing. Using a community health worker model, we work with immigrant communities in Minnesota and with rural communities in Africa. Our programs serve people across the lifespan – including pregnant women, infants, children, youth, adults, and the elderly.


  • Master’s Degree in Public Health or a related field, or equivalent education and work experience

  • Lived experience working with and living in diverse cultural communities

  • Familiarity with clinical service provision and/or public health programs reaching underserved populations

  • Demonstrated success in increasing administrative, program planning, and supervisory responsibility

  • 7 years minimum public health program experience in a non-profit or government setting (ideally 10+ yrs.)

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • International experience preferred

  • Knowledge of clinical systems and medical billing a plus




  1. Program Leadership
    1. Lead the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of a range of community health programs in collaboration with other WellShare staff, community constituents, donors and implementing partners.

    2. Oversee financial management of programs developing and monitoring program budgets; ensuring effective use of funds, timely and accurate invoicing and reporting, including medical billing.

    3. Oversee and at times directly administer programs, including accurate and organized program records, business relationship tools (e.g. MOUs, contracts, scopes of work, etc.) and ensuring team members have the tools and supplies necessary to safely achieve their programmatic responsibilities.

    4. Lead new program service strategy and organizational capability development.

    5. Lead program fundraising strategies cultivating donor relationships and writing grant proposals.

    6. Serve on the Management Team to support achievement of our mission and ongoing organizational culture transformation.

    7. Play a leadership role on the WellShare Board of Directors Program Committee.

    8. Ensure efficacy of operational systems and tools in partnership with other staff.


  1. People and Talent Management

    1. Hire, supervise and support diverse program staff, consultants, and volunteers.

    2. Develop and maintain a positive, healthy and safe work environment for all team members.

    3. Regularly assess and determine staff and volunteer needs for program excellence in a rapidly changing environment.


  1. Community Engagement and Communication

    1. Maintain collaborative working relationships with partner agencies, community leaders and other relevant stakeholders working toward shared program goals.

    2. Ensure program responsiveness to community needs and strengths.

    3. Be a WellShare ambassador via social and mass media, as well as in-person events.

    4. Provide a voice of leadership and example setting on the WellShare communication and fundraising inter-departmental team.


  • Effective leadership and strategic management skills

  • Excellent interpersonal communication and relationship skills for effective collaboration with a diverse group of agencies and people inside and outside of the organization

  • Effective organizational, multi-tasking, and time management skills

  • Self-motivated and detail-oriented, able to work independently

  • Sit at a desk for extended periods with efficient computer keyboarding

  • Ability to visually review detailed information; hear and speak by telephone and online meeting platforms

  • Current valid driver’s license and reliable, insured vehicle as required by State law



Please send a cover letter and resume to info@wellshareinternational.org (no phone calls)