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 practices 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 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 create a sustainable 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 initiatives.
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 Foundation.
Issue and Content Expertise
Organizational Advocacy and Capacity
Grantmaking and Evaluation
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.
Location: 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 grantee partners).
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.
The search is being conducted with assistance from Chears & Associates. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications should include:
Submit the requested materials via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In order to streamline the sorting and review process, please include your name (Last, First) and “Program Manager” in the subject line of your email.
Note: Please refrain from any phone calls, emails, or direct communication with the HCF Board and Staff.
Application Period: 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.