Program Manager of Policy and Advocacy
19 Riverside Road
Riverside, IL 60546
Director of Programs
The Healthy Communities Foundation (HCF) is a community-informed
grantmaking foundation that seeks to measurably improve the health
and well-being of individuals, families and communities in our
service region. We accomplish this by supporting programs, services
and policies that promote health equity, quality and access. As a
health conversion foundation established in 2000 by the sale of
MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Illinois, we make grants to
organizations working within 27 zip codes in both Chicago and the
surrounding western suburbs. We believe that all residents of our
service region, particularly those who live with the greatest
health inequities, should have access to resources and
opportunities that improve their well-being and quality of life.
The foundation’s grantmaking framework is composed of four
strategies: accessing quality health care; addressing the social
determinants of health; advocating for policies and systems change
that impact health; and augmenting knowledge and improved practice
through capacity-building, learning and aligned
For well over a year, the Healthy Communities Foundation has
leveraged deep partnerships and relationships to build a long-term
strategic response to the COVID-19 pandemic that was exacerbated by
the underlying crisis of racism and white supremacy practices. We
believe that achieving health equity in our region requires us to
examine our own philanthropic practices, their systemic impact on
BILPOC communities in our region, and pivot to better align with
effective racial/health justice practices. As such, we have
discontinued using the “officer” title as an intentional way of
recognizing potential triggers of harm in order to provide
transformational support of our grantee partners towards health
equity and justice.
Reporting to the Director of Programs, the Program Manager of
Policy and Advocacy assists in developing, engaging and evaluating
a portfolio of grants and initiatives aligned with our strategic
vision of promoting health equity, quality and access. This role
will lead health equity policy activities for the foundation,
including but not limited to monitoring, researching and developing
recommendations for strategic support of advocacy efforts aligned
to the Foundation’s mission and values.
The Program Manager of Policy and Advocacy is a primary liaison
of the Healthy Communities Foundation and as such, is responsive to
and visible in the community. This role supports the individual,
organizational and community leadership of grantee partners in ways
that build movement and power towards greater health equity in the
HCF region. The Program Manager interacts regularly with team
members, peer funders, existing and potential grantees, and
community and health stakeholders to further the priorities of the
foundation. This role is expected to develop and maintain a variety
of relationships in the community, and an up-to-date knowledge base
of current health equity policies, legislation and advocacy
activities that are relevant to the strategic goals of the
Issue and Content Expertise
- Maintain and share current knowledge of state and federal
agencies engaged in health and health disparity-related issues,
policy and advocacy.
- Build strategic alliances with key public officials, foundation
stakeholders and community partners to advance the Foundation’s
goals and initiatives.
- Lead foundation-wide health equity policy/advocacy programs and
activities. This includes preparing partner and board briefings as
well as designing informational events and materials to share
resources and leverage efforts of grantee partners.
- Monitor, research, analyze and synthesize relevant health
equity legislation, issues, policies and data relevant to the HCF
region. This includes an intersectional understanding of the social
determinants of health as well as updates to health equity policies
and a nuanced understanding of the demographics of the 27 zip codes
in which HCF funds.
- Maintain a working knowledge of racial equity and racial
justice dynamics related to the work.
Organizational Advocacy and Capacity
- Work closely with grantee partners to identify collaborative
and policy opportunities to advance health equity.
- Organize stakeholder convenings with philanthropy, government
and nonprofit ecosystems in support of grantee partners and
- Identify, leverage and provide resources to build capacity of
grantee partners. This includes sourcing and sharing opportunities
for leadership training and organizational infrastructure
- Ability to identify, understand and articulate how
sophisticated nonprofit and community ecosystems are essential to
the goals of the foundation.
- Convene, participate and lead innovative partnerships relevant
to HCF values and grantmaking strategies.
- Produce and participate in communications that share the work
of HCF partners, its alignment to HCF values and overall
contributions to the field. This may include writing blogposts
and/or op-eds, preparing external reports and representing the
foundation on local and national conferences and panels.
- Support initiatives led by other team members by acting in an
advisory or co-leadership capacity.
- Meet regularly with multi-year partners towards identified
- Develop and communicate nuanced understanding of each grantee
partners’ overall work e.g., mission, structure, services,
community collaborations, improvement needs, and desired
- Develop transparent process for identifying and considering new
organizations and leaders that align with HCF values and
- Develop, build and cultivate relationships with cross-section
of nonprofit organizations, stakeholders and other foundations both
locally and nationally.
Grantmaking and Evaluation
- Regularly assess organizational plans and outcomes to embed
into the HCF evaluation framework.
- As a Program Team member - assist with due diligence, site
visits and recommendations.
- Prepare proposal analysis including written summaries and
recommendations for review and action by the Board’s Program
- Support the Foundation in the fulfillment of its strategic
- Ability to work collaboratively (in-person and virtually),
contribute productively to collective decisions, and execute in
alignment with them.
- Able to set priorities and work in a self-directed fashion.
Must approach the work from an asset and solution-focused
- Demonstrated experience as a connector and convener across
relevant sectors and parties, including grantees, practitioners,
government officials, scholars, and civil society players.
- Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication
- Solid research and analytical skills, and the ability to cull
and synthesize information from large bodies of knowledge and
complex concepts, and draft brief summaries, analyses, and
- Proficient in MS Office including Teams, Word, PowerPoint,
Excel, SharePoint; cloud-based project management and communication
platforms (i.e.Dropbox, Asana); and grant management systems (i.e.,
- Master’s degree in Health Administration, Public Health, Social
Work or related health field preferred, and/or comparable work and
- Minimum five years of relevant experience and/or extensive
nonprofit sector experience required.
- Grantmaking experience strongly preferred.
- Experience in supporting leaders of organizations meet their
strategic goals. Preference for those who have had leadership roles
with power-building organizations focusing on policy/advocacy,
strategy, organizing and/or fundraising.
- Knowledge of systems and agencies that impact health outcomes
in the HCF service region.
- Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, justice, and
- Clear track record of delivering results.
Alignment to Values
- Strong commitment to and practice of addressing racial equity,
racial justice and systemic racism including dismantling white
supremacy and anti-Blackness practices.
- Ability to apply a broad knowledge of the concepts, practice,
principles, and procedures of grantmaking.
- Demonstrate a trustworthiness in maintaining a high level of
confidentiality with regards to Foundation, Board, Staff and
grantmaking processes are necessary to the role.
- Broad knowledge of health disparities and equity issues within
the HCF service region.
This role is currently 100% remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Expenses related to remote work including equipment, software and
internet access are provided by HCF. Commuting by car to partner
organizations will be expected when it is safe. A valid driver’s
license is preferred – mileage is reimbursed for personal vehicles.
Some travel to attend conferences, retreats and meetings sometimes
during non-regular business hours. The Healthy Communities
Foundation is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and
reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in
employment, its programs, and operations. If a reasonable
accommodation is needed to participate in the job application
process, please express those concerns in the cover letter.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all staff members are working
remotely during normal business hours and operating on Central
Standard Time. We expect to resume in-person gatherings in the Fall
of 2021. When it is safe, HCF staff are expected to attend meetings
and work collaboratively in our headquarters in Riverside, IL,
shared space in Chicago, IL and/or with community partners (aka
A competitive salary is based on experience and on the
Foundation’s commitment to internal parity and equity. A generous
benefits package is provided. Equal employment opportunity and
having a diverse staff are fundamental principles. Employment and
promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities
and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender,
pregnancy, sexual orientation/affectional preference, age, national
origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or
any other protected characteristic as established under law.
- Medical and dental benefits for employee and immediate
- Retirement savings account with matching company
- Generous paid time off.
- Professional development initiatives for growth.
- Parental leave (maternal and paternal) during new child’s first
year (born into family or adopted).
The search is being conducted with assistance from Chears &
Associates. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
Applications should include:
- A cover letter describing your interest, knowledge of the HCF
service region, an articulated understanding of the position, and
description of how your experience aligns with the position.
- A resume that includes a chronological description of
experience and education.
Submit the requested materials via email to: email@example.com
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your name (Last, First) and position applying for (Program Manager)
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Note: Please refrain from phone calls,
emails or direct communication with HCF Board and Staff.
Interviews with qualified candidates will occur on a rolling
basis until the position is filled. Therefore, candidates are
encouraged to apply as soon as possible.