Program Manager, Behavioral Health and Wellness

Program Manager, Behavioral Health and Wellness

This position contingent upon funding

Organization Summary

The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI), founded in 1997, is a statewide community focused 501(c)(3) nonprofit and public health institute committed to ensuring all Louisianans have fair and just opportunities to be healthy and well.  Our work applies a wholistic approach to the promotion of public health and includes areas of focus like tobacco prevention and control, building healthier communities, community needs assessment, behavioral health, disaster response and more. To support this work, we build and nurture authentic partnerships with both community members and partners to align action for health.

We are a highly experienced team of professionals who are dedicated to making a positive, lasting impact on the lives of Louisiana residents. Our partners represent a broad range of stakeholders including government, academia, healthcare systems and providers, mental health and social services, community-based organizations, policy makers, business leaders and community advocates. We work collaborative to build community capacity to address social constructs (i.e., racism, income inequality, built environment, etc.) that impact health outcomes.

Our Values

We take responsibility and ownership of our work and our impact on one another, our partners, and our communities.

We model the mantra “Nothing about us without us” in our work that is anchored in communities. 

We approach our work with imagination, ingenuity, and calculated risk-taking as a commitment to progressive transformation.

We are deeply committed to centering diversity, inclusion, justice, and fairness in all that we do.

We are dedicated to exceeding expectations and are committed to continual improvement through listening, learning, and leadership.

Partnership & Trust
We build strong, long-lasting, and committed relationships through collaboration and teamwork, the cornerstones of our efforts to advance health and wellness.

Position Summary 

LPHI’s Behavioral Health and Wellness Team works to ensure equitable access to integrated health and wellness by transforming our health ecosystem into one that equally prioritizes primary care, behavioral health, social services, and wellness & prevention through building capacity, informing policy, and promoting best practices. The Behavioral Health and Wellness (BHW) Program Manager will primarily be responsible for aligning implementation of behavioral health and wellness programs, inform and contribute to business development, and assist with team development and partnerships to achieve LPHI’s goals pertaining to addressing the mental health and substance use/misuse needs of Louisianans. This position will support systems of health, promote and facilitate cross-organizational collaboration and build capacity among LPHI program staff, external partners and clients.

The Program Manager will report to a LPHI Director.

LPHI is headquartered in New Orleans, with employees based throughout the state. This position can be either New Orleans-based (office/remote hybrid) or fully remote from anywhere in Louisiana.

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree with 4-6 years of project management experience, OR Masters’ degree with 2-4 years of project management experience. Background in public health, mental health and substance use services or related fields.
  • Three years of experience in behavioral health, public health or closely related content area
  • Demonstrated experience cultivating and sustaining cross-sector partnerships to improve health outcomes, strong understanding of health systems and policy

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Thought Partnership

  • Commit to continued learning to serve as resource in mental health and substance use/misuse and its interconnection with public health and healthcare.
  • Conduct analysis of emerging trends in mental health and substance use/misuse, providing presentations and/or official papers to special groups regarding assigned projects or programs.
  • Facilitate trainings that translate evidence and emerging practice into skilled capacity.
  • Contribute to a cohesive strategy that leverages LPHI’s assets to improve health and well-being using holistic and trauma-informed approaches, including aligning with portfolios and shared services to deliver comprehensive programming.
  • Aligns current resources to implement strategy and business case to bring in additional resources.
  • Support CEO and other leaders serving on coalitions and committees, such as the Behavioral Health Council, with programmatic updates and linkages relevant to coalition priorities. 

Program Implementation

  • Understand and practice effective collaboration with organization and community partners to promote interprofessional teams that promote health and wellness grounded in trauma-informed approaches.
  • In partnership with external stakeholders, implement behavioral health and wellness initiatives including Mental Health First Aid, the Delta Center project: Equitable access to telehealth for primary and behavioral health in Louisiana and Mississippi, Strategy development for the statewide behavioral health association, the MHFA Collective of New Orleans, tobacco and behavioral health projects, and more.
  • Optimize and increase trainings, coalitions, and group learning opportunities through:
    • Event design and management
    • Curriculum development
    • Vendor relations
    • Partner management
    • Meeting management
    • Reporting
  • Manage project data and evaluation activities in partnership with Monitoring, Evaluation and Organizational Learning team liaison.
  • Manage relationships and collaborate with LPHI staff, sub-contractors, grantees, funders, and other stakeholders.
  • Interact with other team members, including task oversight and delegation, to develop and execute work plans
  • Monitor performance and communicate areas of risk and opportunity to LPHI senior leadership team, where appropriate.
  • Develop and/or curate technical assistance and education resources that benefit LPHI partners and the state of health in Louisiana; including conducting research, synthesizing information and developing materials tailored to specific audiences.
  • Assist with technical writing/material development including but not limited to literature reviews, environmental scans, toolkit and resource development.
  • Support grants or contracts oversight, including budget, resource, task and timeline management
  • Provide project mentorship to coordinators, assistants, and interns.
  • Present during webinars and meetings as needed.
  • Draft progress reports and other materials that describe project milestones and results.
  • Develop project plans and supporting tracking tools that monitor the alignment of program activities across success measures, partnerships, curriculum, and more.
  • Conduct research and recommendations for advancing Louisiana’s Behavioral Health Association, including landscape analysis of stakeholders, resources, and gaps.
  • Create new tools and processes, where needed, to support successful project management

 Business Development

  • Support development leaders in national, regional and community partnerships between public health entities and community interest groups to further LPHI’s behavioral health strategy.
  • Identify, assess and win funding opportunities. Inspire successful proposal teams
  • Contribute to innovative ways to sustain and grow behavioral health and wellness initiatives through new programs, revenue streams, partnerships and collaboration. 

Perform other duties as assigned. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • PMP certification is desirable.
  • Subject matter expertise in Racial Justice and Health Equity and Employee Wellness Initiatives preferred
  • Strong project management and organizational skills
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues and partners
  • Demonstrated emotional intelligence and empathy including interpersonal skills and experience working with individuals and groups of diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to manage challenges successfully and adapt to change; ability to generate solutions and new approaches
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver high quality and impactful work and understanding of its impact on other staff, partners, and communities
  • Commitment to centering diversity, equity, and inclusion in executing primary responsibilities
  • Demonstrated commitment and work experience related to LPHI’s mission and vision
  • Ability to assess the environment while strategically seeking and generating new opportunities to advance the organization’s mission
  • Ability to expand partnerships and proactively create sustainable business
  • Demonstrated learning orientation with ability to receive feedback and coaching; commitment to learning, improvement, and innovation
  • Ability to lead and guide team members, work approaches, and responsibilities in an equitable manner while monitoring and ensuring accountability
  • Demonstrated experience driving individual success and team performance by providing ongoing, consistent feedback and coaching; ability to promote a culture of excellence and inspire and develop others to achieve excellent results and continually grow
  • Ability to promote openness and adhere to an ethical foundation
  • Ability to maintain a highly detail-oriented approach while maintaining an appreciation of the long-term goals and objectives of the project
  • Proven written and oral communication skills
  • Technical writing experience is preferred
  • Proficiency in virtual meeting/collaboration, project management, and survey software (e.g., Zoom, Teams, Asana, SurveyMonkey, etc.)
  • Ability to travel in post-COVID environment
  • Ability to learn new software platforms and programs
  • Process-oriented ability to identify areas for continuous quality improvement and manage solutions implementation
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite


  • Minimum starting salary of $55,000.00 dependent on education and experience.
  • A competitive benefits package is offered to all LPHI full-time staff.


Equal Opportunity Employer