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Community Programs Coordinator

The Oregon Community Health Worker Association (ORCHWA) is seeking a dynamic, experienced and highly organized Community Programs Coordinator to join our team. This position supports ORCHWA’s collaboratives of community health workers (CHWs) and community education workers (CEWs) working throughout the state.


The Community Programs Coordinator supports ORCHWA’s Community Health Worker (CHW) programs and Community Education Worker (CEW) programs by providing one-on-one support to CHWs/CEWs and CHW/CEW Supervisors in creating and implementing health promotion strategies that reduce health and educational inequities experienced by marginalized communities, including communities of color and immigrant and refugee communities. This role assists with creating strategies that meet programs’ unique needs while simultaneously leveraging collective knowledge and resources to support underserved communities and educate stakeholders through evaluation outcomes and educational efforts on role and impact of CHWs and CEWs.


The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Collaborate with the Community Programs Director to build upon and expand on ORCHWA’s CHW and CEW collaborative models in which health/education/housing, and other systems partner with community-based CHW programs to improve health equity and redress health disparities.
  • Plan and lead the Steering Team meetings of the CHW and CEW Programs in order to support the development of the programs’ direction, increase collaboration and communication across stakeholders, track attend share resources, identify and address programmatic issues, and develop best practices.
  • Support the professional development of all CEWs and CHWs in the CEW Program and the Warriors of Wellness including planning and facilitating training sessions for the CEWs and CHWs.
  • Maintain relationships and trust with all Steering Team members via one-on-one meetings, regular email, and phone communication.
  •  Oversee the implementation of CHWs and CEWs work plans, including supporting each Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to conduct appropriate documentation.
  •  Track collaborative attendance, data collection.
  •    Manage program operational expenses, including purchasing and record keeping of meeting supplies, educational materials, and other program expenses.
  • Attend program meetings and systems meetings to further enhance collaboration and expansion of the ORCHWA CHW and CEW models.
  • Prepare and disseminate evaluation and reports to stakeholders.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Previous experience as a CHW/CHW supervisor or CEW/CEW Supervisor
  • Strong existing relationships and practical knowledge with CHWs and or CEWs and CHW/CEW programs
  • Experience developing and maintaining steering committees
  • Familiarity with best practices in CHW interventions, and an understanding of the need to balance evidence-based practice with practice-based evidence
  • Practical knowledge and experience with methods and techniques of program design, implementation, and monitoring
  • Experience using popular education to share information, build leadership, create consensus, empower participants, and facilitate broad participation in group settings
  • Ability to lesson plan and develop curriculum using popular education and/or decolonizing methodology
  • Ability to support CHWs/CEWs, provide technical assistance to community-based organizations, and further the CHW/CEW profession in Oregon
  • Flexibility and the ability to adapt to others’ schedules, priorities, and ways of communicating
  • Ability to effectively plan and facilitate ad hoc and formal meetings, including preparation of agendas and coordination of speakers and participants
  • Strong conflict resolution skills and ability to organize and motivate teams
  • Experience working in multicultural teams and cross-cultural communication, program coordination, and facilitation
  • Ability to effectively administer programs through contracts, grants, and/or cooperative agreements
  • Ability to work within program budgets, track program expenses, and building basic program budgets
  • Basic proficiency in Microsoft Office professional, use of visual mapping tools, distance technology applications, and other common support technology
  • Must have reliable transportation to attend periodic out of office meetings
  • Proficiency or fluency in multiple languages a plus


Starting range: $45 – $50k annually

Health, Dental and Vision insurance for the employee with option to add dependents at cost

Generous PTO

Ten (or more) paid holidays

Cell phone, Trimet, and mileage reimbursement


ORCHWA is equity and social justice focused, with an emphasis on teamwork, self-direction, flexibility, being open to new learning experiences, and accepting and respecting diversity without judgement. Bilingual/Bicultural candidates are encouraged to apply. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and comply with ADA regulations as applicable.


General working hours are 8am-5pm; flexible work schedule available upon approval; work from home days available upon approval; evenings and occasional weekends, as assigned.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee regularly is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. ORCHWA is a scent-free environment and employees must be comfortable refraining from using perfumed products in the workplace.


Since 2011, ORCHWA has worked to provide a unified voice for Community Health Workers (CHW) across the state of Oregon, to ensure that CHWs are valued and supported as members of their profession and leaders in their community. ORCHWA engages in advocacy, technical assistance, project management, and other programming to support CHWs working across sectors in Oregon.


Please send a cover letter and resume to Shanaquewa Finney, Community Programs Director, at shanaquewa@orchwa.org

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