American Heart Association (AHA)

National Executive Lead (Food Systems)

American Heart Association (AHA)

Job Description

This job opportunity is located in 

Dallas, Texas


Now is the time to join us and make a difference. Be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Here at the American Heart Association, you matter and so does your career.

We have an exciting opportunity for a National Executive Lead, Food Systems . The location for this position is flexible and home-based.

This role is responsible for providing leadership in strategic planning and execution of AHA’s Food System portfolio. Devise and implement solutions to upstream issues, based on a solid understanding of downstream impact in the food supply. This includes experience in Agriculture, food industry, public policy, behavior change, public health or marketing. Responsible for ensuring the development and implementation of a comprehensive, enterprise-wide strategic plan and for delivering measurable increases in AHA’s impact in the assigned portfolio of products and/or programs. Responsible for designing and applying metrics to demonstrate success as measured by health impact, awareness, engagement, recruitment and retention as appropriate. Also, responsible for owning and integrating a collaborative matrix team that functions among departments and across the enterprise to meet portfolio objectives as well as organization goals.

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  • Develops and implements organization-wide strategic plan and goals for Food Systems portfolio of products and/or programs, including the evolution of Heart-Check business. Oversees research and trend Analysis to identify and apply real-time market data. Develops, designs and tracks performance metrics for critical portfolio operational plans to measure achievement and success.

  • Convenes cross-Association working groups to plan, review progress, identify issues and ensure coordinated work to accomplish strategic portfolio goals. Guides and directs a matrix team in plan execution to assure integrated and cohesive results.

  • Acts as key point of contact for national partners and represents the organization externally on issues related to the assigned portfolio audience at the national level.

  • Provides Senior Leadership with recommendations for resource/revenue development and project priorities. Facilitates Portfolio Projects with Development (National Corporate Relations, Field Corporate Relations and Mission Advancement) to secure resources to execute portfolio strategies.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Public Health, Food Systems, Food Policy, Healthcare Professions serving community and public health, or related area

  • Twelve (12) years of the following experience:

  • Experience developing business models and operational plans

  • Experience managing subject matter experts and operations managers

  • Experience in program development, planning and management

  • Experience in Food Systems and Public Health


  • Masters in Food Policy or Food Systems or Masters in Public Health or Masters in Business Administration

Compensation & Benefits

The American Heart Association invests in its people. Here are the main components of our total rewards package. Visit Rewards & Benefits to see more details.

  • Compensation – Our goal is to ensure you have a competitive base salary. That’s why we regularly review the market value of jobs and make adjustments, as needed.

  • Performance and Recognition – You are rewarded for achieving success by merit increases and incentive programs, based on the type of position.

  • Benefits – We offer a wide array of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance, along with a robust retirement program that includes an employer match and automatic contribution. As a mark of our commitment to employee well-being, we also offer an employee assistance program, employee wellness program and telemedicine, and medical consultation.

  • Professional Development – You can join one of our many Employee Resource Groups (ERG) or be a mentor/mentee in our professional mentoring program. HeartU is the Association’s national online university, with more than 100,000 resources designed to meet your needs and busy schedule.

  • Work-Life Harmonization – The Association offers Paid Time Off (PTO) at a minimum of 16 days per year for new employees. The number of days will increase based on seniority level. You will also have a total of 12 paid holidays off each year, which includes several days off at the end of the year.

  • Tuition Assistance - We support the Career Development of all employees. This program provides financial assistance to employees who wish to further their education and career in relation to their current duties and responsibilities, or for potential future positions in the organization.

The American Heart Association’s 2024 Goal: Every person deserves the opportunity for a full, healthy life. As champions for health equity, by 2024, the American Heart Association will advance cardiovascular health for all, including identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality.

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to heart health and stroke prevention.

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Location US-TX-Dallas

Posted Date 42 minutes ago (5/15/2023 10:11 AM)

Requisition ID 2018-3303

Job Category Health Strategies

Position Type Full Time

Location: TX-Dallas

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