Program Manager- Des Moines, IA (hybrid)


The Iowa Primary Care Association’s (Iowa PCA’s) vision is health equity for all.  Our mission is enhancing community health centers’ capacity to care. All employees of the Iowa PCA are expected to represent the company vision and mission.


The Program Manager will be responsible for management of assigned grants and programs, including day-to-day contract management and oversight, overseeing budget expenditures and financials, workplan development and tracking, collecting and reporting data, and ensuring strong communication about the status of grants and programs. The Program Manager may need to develop subject matter expertise for some projects.


The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Serve as staff lead and provide day-to-day management and oversight of grants and programs as assigned.
    • Grant/program management activities include working with PCA staff, participating health centers, and other stakeholders to establish work plans, monitor performance throughout the year, coordinate and track applications, ensure timelines and deliverables are met, and complete and submit reports as needed.
  • Work with the Director of Healthcare Programs to develop and implement standard procedures and tools for project management and offer these as a resource to other staff managing smaller grants and programs.
  • Participate in and support internal continuous improvement projects.
  • Assist with coordinating, providing content, and facilitating in-person Transformation Collaborative events, which occur quarterly.
  • Provide content, support, and guidance to IowaHealth+ and Iowa PCA committees and working groups as needed, taking the lead on select committees and work groups as assigned.
  • Assist with preparing and presenting progress against goals to Boards, Members, Committees, or health center executive teams as directed by the Director of Healthcare Programs.
  • Perform other duties and projects as assigned.

Expected Values and Behaviors:

The person in this position will be expected to model our workplace values which are:

  • Collaborative – We are one team. Celebrate success together. Learn from failure together. Willing to embrace change and responsive to each other. We can and should depend on each other. Share your work and ask questions. Offer to help, offer to learn, and offer solutions to problems.
  • Accountable – We work for health centers and we work with each other. Tell the truth, keep your word, listen, and make it better. Expect excellence from yourself and others.
  • Respectful – Approach every interaction with thoughts of equity, inclusion, and humility. We are one organization, and we are many people. We understand our differences and are better for it. Welcome feedback of all kinds. We are all learning something.
  • Deliberate – Always understand the problem before trying to solve it. Nothing should be done without a purpose. Unite around common goals, visions, and strategies.
  • Proactive – We seek opportunities to learn and prepare for future challenges. Everyone is responsible, expected and empowered to prepare us for the future. Train and plan for what comes next and who comes after us.
  • Transformative – We empower systems change with a lens of excellent healthcare, health equity and compassion. Or health centers lead the way; we will clear the way. Adapt to changing circumstances and improve through adversity.

Telecommuting and Travel:

This position is required to be on-site at least two days per work week.

Some travel may be required to community health centers via vehicle or conferences via air travel.


This position may require some supervisory responsibilities as needed.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:

  • This position is supporting a health center network, so the ideal candidate will have experience with value-based contracting.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • 5+ years of experience managing projects or grants for an organization, preferably in healthcare.
  • Experience achieving objectives through close collaboration with subject matter experts, external stakeholders, organizational leaders, and peers
  • Excellent administrative skills and attention to detail required to manage work simultaneously on a variety of programs with varying deadlines and program responsibilities
  • Excellent oral & written communication skills; able to communicate effectively with organization leadership, health center staff, clinicians, community leaders, and government officials
  • Experience planning and facilitating meetings and group work in a highly collaborative, interdependent environment
  • Experience using data analysis to drive initiatives and/or process redesign in either a consulting role or a supporting role, preferably in healthcare
  • Must be flexible, self-motivated and a team-player
  • Preference given to candidates with experience in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and/or Rural Health Centers (RHCs) or direct experience with Medicaid population.

Language Skills:

Ability to read and interpret documents and operating and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups.

Mathematical Skills:

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Computer Skills:

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, including spreadsheets, word processing, and databases.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit and use hands to handle or feel. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Professional business office work setting.

Additional Info

  • Specialty: Iowa Primary Care Association
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Location: Des Moines

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