Director of Partnerships and Replication, Practitioners Institute

Job Type

Full Time




35 West 125th Street
New York
New York
United States


In 2003, Harlem Children’s Zone created the Practitioners Institute, a program designed to share information about our work, teach best practices, and provide pivotal guidance to groups from across the U.S. and around the world invested in replicating our education models. Since then, the Practitioners Institute has hosted workshops for 459 U.S. communities, from Baltimore to the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma, and 147 international delegations from countries such as Indonesia, Romania, and Singapore.


We are seeking a Director of Partnerships and Replication to manage the replication of HCZ’s Healthy Harlem model across communities. Healthy Harlem is a strategic program structure designed to instill a culture of healthy living consisting of best practices in physical activity, nutrition education, and community support. The Director of Partnerships and Replication will be responsible for providing and instructing best methods in the fields of health education to new and aspiring community leaders. The ideal candidate will be able to educate and familiarize communities on HCZ’s Healthy Harlem programming and ensure that communities strategically use and apply our Healthy Harlem model to capitalize in building a pipeline to serve local children and families. The Director of Partnerships and Replication will supervise a staff of two and will directly report to the Managing Director for Practitioners Institute, Quality Assurance & Training.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Run day-to-day operations of a newly created department dedicated to supporting other communities seeking to replicate the Healthy Harlem model
  • Launch and manage a strategic planning process during the 18-month planning period, working with internal leaders and external consultants to determine replication strategies; partner communities; and the systems, tools, and trainings needed to replicate
  • Based on the results of the strategic plan, support communities by sharing best practices from Healthy Harlem and offering tools, trainings, and processes to these partner communities
  • Develop a communications plan to spread HCZ and Healthy Harlem beyond New York by speaking at conferences or other events, building and using a network of practitioners and experts, etc
  • Forge partnerships with key stakeholders in other communities (e.g., health departments, multi-service organizations, collective impact backbones) by understanding current healthy living efforts nationwide, building interest in how Healthy Harlem practices could improve those efforts and identifying a high-level path forward to support implementation and funding
  • Work closely with HCZ’s existing Healthy Harlem department, Evaluation department, and others to understand best practices and advise others seeking to replicate the model
  • Plan and conduct evaluation trainings with standardized metrics
  • Oversee progress against key metrics (e.g., community partnerships, impact goals, etc.), manage the department for continuous improvement, and lead ongoing innovation (consistent with current HCZ practices)
  • Codify learnings related to replication to support internal and external efforts to implement a range of programs with fidelity, regardless of area of focus
  • Perform other duties as assigned 


Qualification, Skills and Knowledge Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent practical experience; Master’s degree in a relevant field preferred
  • 10+ years of experience in project management, youth development, youth-centered program design, and/or public health programming
  • Experience building partnerships with external organizations, evaluating and/or replicating programs
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain processes and systems
  • Experience managing a team
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Commitment to HCZ’s values of Children First, Excellence, Strategic Relentlessness, Respect, Army of Love, and Best Selves to Best Serve
  • Demonstrated passion for improving health and wellness for children and families



We offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package. 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To be considered, interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume. To apply, CLICK HERE. No telephone inquiries or recruiters please.  Replies will only be sent to qualified applicants. HCZ is an EOE.