The Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI) seeks an energetic and well-organized team member to manage and lead the implementation of our portfolio of planning, training, and capacity building projects within the Center for Community Capacity Development (CCCD). The manager will develop proposals, support program operations, coordinate with partners and customers on implementation, facilitate collaborative planning and work with the center director to implement strategic support to build public health system capacity to improve health and increase health equity. The position is full-time exempt and reports to the Director of the CCCD. IPHI’s standard work-week is 37.5 hours.
Please submit a 1) resume, 2) cover letter and 3) writing sample to [email protected]with “Program Manager - Planning and Capacity” in the subject line. The cover letter should compare your qualifications and experiences to the requirements in the position description. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the best candidate is identified for the role. Applications will be reviewed in the order that they are received. The position will close as soon as the best candidate is identified.
The Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI) mobilizes stakeholders, catalyzes partnerships, and leads action to improve public health systems to maximize health, health equity, and quality of life for people and communities. IPHI has a nearly $9 million budget and 29 staff working in three program centers: the Center for Community Capacity Development (CCCD), the Center for Health Information Technology (CHIT), and the Center for Policy and Partnership Initiatives (CPPI). More information is available on IPHI’s website at www.iphionline.org.
About IPHI’s Planning, Training and Capacity Building Initiatives
For the last 15 years, CCCD has implemented a multi-faceted portfolio of client-centered capacity-building, strategic planning, and technical assistance projects in collaboration with public health system partners throughout Illinois and across the country. IPHI helps state and local health departments, hospitals and other non-profit organizations with state/community health assessments, health improvement plans, strategic planning, PHAB readiness, quality improvement projects through learning collaboratives, Project ECHO series, conferences and meetings, and technical assistance.
In the last quarter of 2020, IPHI will launch new projects that will assist state and local health departments with the development of health equity-focused strategic plans. In addition to the strategic planning processes, IPHI will assist with the departments’ health assessments and health improvement plans. The planning and assessment processes will include extensive community input and engagement activities, such as focus groups, identification of strengths and weaknesses, and facilitation of multi-sectoral planning teams. The program manager will drive the day-to-day implementation of these initiatives in conjunction with the Center Director and consultants with topical expertise and specialized skills.
Duties and Responsibilities
Create and manage work plans, provide leadership and oversight of day-to-day program execution of various planning, training, and capacity building initiatives.
Coordinate the work and foster collaboration among staff, partners, subject matter experts, and consultants to achieve program goals including:
Facilitate the development of goals, approaches, and project plans in collaboration with health department leaders and other partners
Collaborate with consultants, subject matter experts and collaborating partners to design assessment and qualitative and quantitative data collection processes, facilitate data collection, analyze data, and present data to support planning team decision-making.
Work with health department leaders/clients to ensure internal and external partners are informed and supported to participate and effectively provide input to planning processes.
Work with advisory committees and other groups to develop and implement learning activities such as learning collaboratives, conferences, and training sessions, including agenda development, presenter/subject matter expert recruitment, marketing, and other event logistics.
Coordinate strategies and program goals with other IPHI programs to ensure mutual support for program goals across IPHI.
Monitor and report on project goals
Manage and report on budgets, as appropriate
Relationship Management and Communication
Create and manage communications to further program work, such as assessment reports, environmental scans and planning documents, community engagement and outreach materials, and promoting and marketing program events and activities. Collaborate with IPHI’s communications staff to develop and update web page content
Initiate, manage, and deepen relationships with program partners, key stakeholders, and collaborators to leverage expertise, advance program goals, and negotiate solutions to identified problems. Represent IPHI at external venues to support cross-sharing of information among organizations
Engage community members affected by health inequities and people with lived experience throughout various phases of the initiative such as co-design and implementation of strategies
Strategy, Planning and Program Development
With subject matter experts, identify, research, and report on relevant evidence-based state, local and national public policies, systems, interventions, and environmental changes related to the partners’ identified priorities and action areas
Contribute to policy analysis and background research to support policy development. Background research may include literature review, synthesis of emerging best practices and models, key informant interviews with policy experts, and synthesis of key takeaways at public meetings and committees,
Identify opportunities for program development and recommend program goals, including working across partners and stakeholders to identify and implement cross-cutting strategies and activities. Identify policies, budget and funding modifications that could further develop the program
Set priorities for program operations and contribute to the development, design, and execution of program deliverables
Apply health equity and racial equity frameworks and tools to program planning, implementation, and
Promote and support capacity development among partners by providing insights, information, and solutions
Support and nurture relationships with potential funders and organizational clients, recommend funding opportunities and lead proposal development for revenue and resource development initiatives.
Identify and recommend program improvement opportunities to deepen program impact, create program capacity, promote operational efficiencies, and improve budget management
Work with evaluators to develop evaluation reporting templates, timelines, and guidelines for projects, monitor partner activity and achievement of milestones and outcomes
Monitor and report on IPHI and partner activities and achievements to evaluators, and participate in program reporting to funders
Work with the center director and program director to identify and solve problems, address barriers, ensure health equity, make connections between programs and conduct quality assurance and quality improvement activities
Other duties as assigned.
Master’s degree or equivalent experience in a field related to public health, planning, public administration, health policy or similar field, with a minimum of three years of work experience in project management and strategic planning. IPHI values multiple pathways towards attaining professional experience and education, and candidates are encouraged to describe equivalent experiences in lieu of educational attainment, including demonstrated leadership successes, progressive leadership roles, content expertise, and thought leadership, as well as relevant experiential learning.
Experience and evidence of exceptional group facilitation skills are required for the position.
Knowledge of and experience working with a range of stakeholders across public health system sectors, and experience working with community members and people with lived experience is desired.
Additional knowledge and experience that is desirable for this position:
Knowledge of strategic planning and community health assessment and improvement planning approaches and models
Knowledge of training, adult learning modalities, and instructional design
Knowledge or experience in applying quality improvement
Strong understanding of the role and importance of a multi-sectoral public health system in achieving health equity and health improvement
Strong commitment to health equity, diversity, inclusion, and addressing the systemic factors that produce health inequities and health
Strong professional/technical writing
Strong data collection and analysis
Proficiency in Microsoft Office, email, Google docs and Drive, and the ability to use Salesforce or other CRM software. Also desired is experience with GoToWebinar or other webinar software, Zoom, and web page and social media
Ability to anticipate and solve problems in a timely and professional manner and have strong critical thinking
Ability to assess and incorporate feedback.
IPHI is a collegial workplace whose mission is to partner to improve health more effectively. Staff must be able to work well in a team and collaboratively with external partners.
Must have a driver’s license and ability to access a car or be qualified to rent a
Must be able to sit at and operate a computer and other office equipment for a significant portion of the
Must be able to move about the office and at off-site events to access files, supplies, and assist with event set
The position requires occasional work on evenings or weekends and must be able to travel for one or more nights from time to
The position requires frequent communication with internal and external customers about program activities. Must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is dependent upon experience and qualifications. IPHI offers competitive benefits that include health, dental and disability insurance; sick and vacation time; and a retirement plan with employer matching contributions.
About Illinois Public Health Institute
The Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI) mobilizes stakeholders, catalyzes partnerships, and leads action to promote prevention and improve public health systems in order to maximize health, health equity and quality of life for the people of Illinois. IPHI unites and leads partners to transform health by influencing policy, catalyzing innovations, and building community capacity. Our unique community-driven, multi-sectoral approach is a key strategy for achieving better health at lower cost in today’s highly fluid health and healthcare environment.