Location: Remote

Built Environment Program Manager

Blue Zones, LLC employs evidence-informed approaches to help people live better, longer. Our work is rooted in The New York Times best-selling books The Blue Zones, Thrive, and The Blue Zones Solution — published by National Geographic books. We apply the tenets of the Blue Zones in more than 70 communities throughout the United States, significantly improving health and lowering healthcare costs. We take a systematic, environmental approach to well-being that focuses on ensuring that the built environment encourages routine physical activity, healthy choices, and social connectedness, creating real and lasting change on the ground. The Blue Zones Project is based on this innovative approach and our work has been featured in media from Oprah to NPR. For more information, please visit

Blue Zones seeks a full time Built Environment Program Manager to manage the deployment and activities of our built environment teams in Blue Zones communities. Our built and natural environment has a direct impact on our health and — for most people — the amount of daily physical activity they get. The built environment encompasses the human-made spaces where we live, work, shop, learn, and play, which includes our streets, intersections, buildings, homes, and sidewalks as well as our natural environment, such as open spaces, parks, trails, plazas, and playgrounds. How well the built and natural environment are integrated is an essential predictor of natural movement and downshifting in any community.

Like an orchestra conductor, the successful candidate enables experts to excel in their roles and to work effectively as part of a team. As Blue Zones expands into additional regions, well-planned program delivery is essential to our continued success.

Roles and Responsibilities
The Program Manager is a built environment professional and understands well the drivers of current development patterns as well as emerging strategies to create more walkable, liveable, and healthier places. The person is also affable, highly organized, motivated, and able to build and strengthen relationships with numerous individuals and teams across the country. A proven program manager, the successful candidate will oversee projects from planning to completion, delivering services on-time, on-budget, and ensuring milestones are met. This individual is confident in delivering planned work programs, while also able to creatively and appropriately address unexpected deviations which may occur from time to time. Focused on day-to-day operations, the BE Program Manager will also coordinate upcoming activities, months in advance, to minimize scheduling disruptions and ensure technical experts are coordinated within and across projects. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Manage the Built Environment portfolio of projects, which includes deployment of teams on small- to larger-scale efforts that span multiple years. Coordinate numerous projects at once, including work plan development, scheduling, teaming, budgeting and implementation.
  • Deploy built environment technical experts into Blue Zones Project communities, ensuring the appropriate teaming configurations to meet project goals.
  • Negotiate scopes of work and create task orders for built environment experts, based on master project plans and technical assistance required.
  • Onboard technical experts and ensure teams are prepped for success.
  • Support teams with on-site assessments and be willing to travel 2 - 4 days per month.
  • Provide quality assurance so that deliverables are on-time, on-budget and meet the client’s expectations.
  • Provide weekly status reports for senior management, escalating issues as required.
  • Review monthly invoicing and billing for Built Environment services.
  • Support the Blue Zones executive team in responding to business development opportunities.
  • Support leadership in achieving quarterly and annual financial targets.

Required Qualifications

  • Emerging leader with good and growing knowledge of the built environment planning structures, regulations, policies, and approaches required to achieve Blue Zones Project goals.
  • 3+ years of experience (post degree) with an emphasis on creating more walkable, livable, healthier places.
  • Demonstrated experience managing program initiatives.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Comfortable facilitating discussions and presenting to individuals or groups, either in person or via Zoom.
  • Exercises good judgment, tact, and diplomacy in all public interactions.
  • Skilled at managing multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Creative, collaborative problem-solver.
  • Strong written and oral communications.
  • Fluent in Microsoft Suite, Google Drive, and Zoom.
  • Bachelor's degree in relevant built environment or urban design field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in planning, urban design, public policy, or related fields.
  • Experience working in a community role or possesses a strong ethos for community work.
  • Experience in change management, conflict resolution and/or team-building.

How to Apply
Please send the following items with the job title in the subject line to

  • Cover letter, which explains why you are a strong candidate for consideration.
  • Resume, which identifies the details of relevant projects or portfolios you have managed.
  • Application materials will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled.