Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (Health & Medicine) is looking for a self-directed, passionate teammate to be our next Director of Strategic Workforce Initiatives (Director). In this role, you will lead and manage key workforce development initiatives, including the Public Health Workforce Collaborative (PHWC), provide support to the organization in its implementation of Good Jobs Chicago grant goals, and support Health & Medicine’s community health worker initiatives. The Director reports to our Deputy Director and supervises the Workforce Policy Analyst and Workforce Research Analyst.

The PHWC works to build a unified, sustainable, and equitable public health workforce in the Chicagoland region and is comprised of more than 20 organizations that include the region’s largest local health departments, public health research institutions, FQHCs, and community-based organizations. Under the umbrella of the PHWC, the Director convenes two sector partnership groups that coordinate workforce related research and support among stakeholders.

Good Jobs Chicago is an employer-led, community driven initiative to promote economic resiliency and growth for Chicago and Cook County. The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (CHWC) serves as the system lead entity for Good Jobs Chicago. As a current strategic partner of the CHWC, the current convener of the PHWC, and the administrator of the Chicago Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Health & Medicine is well positioned to contribute to the Good Jobs Chicago grant goals. The Director will support implementation of the grant and serve as the liaison to the Healthcare Workforce Partnership (HCWP).

Who we are: our mission and our team

Health & Medicine is an independent non-profit health policy and advocacy center in Chicago working to improve the health of all people in Illinois by promoting health equity. Health & Medicine has a four-decade history of promoting health justice in Chicago and Illinois through research, education, policy development, and collaboration.

Work environment

Health & Medicine’s offices are located in downtown Chicago and operates using a hybrid model. Currently, most of our 16-person staff work remotely, and we conduct meetings via Zoom and Microsoft Teams. Some individuals choose to work in the office 1-2 days per week. This is subject to change, and staff may be required to work in the office up to two days per week. Ongoing COVID safety protocols are in place.

Health & Medicine’s standard work week is 38 hours per week. Our work hours are generally 9am-5pm, and 9am-3pm on Fridays; some evening and weekend work will be required to support organization-wide events for specific programs. Sitting for extended periods is required. Local travel to off-site locations throughout Chicago, suburbs, and across Illinois occasionally required.

Your responsibilities

As Director, you will contribute to Health & Medicine’s workforce development portfolio by:

Good Jobs Chicago grant management and implementation

Coordinate two existing sector partnerships, Chicago Healthcare Workforce Collaborative (CHWC) and the Public Health Workforce Collaborative (PHWC). While CHWC and PHWC are both functional sector partnerships, coordination is needed before they can achieve the ambitious goals of the Good Jobs Chicago initiative.

  • Work with the CHWC Strategy and Development Consultant to oversee all aspects of CHWC and PHWC operations
  • Lead the Public Health Workforce Collaborative (PHWC)

Partnership communication and engagement

The Director will promote active participation in the partnership among members (i.e., employers) and other critical stakeholders.

  • Conduct quarterly meetings of the full collaborative to maintain an understanding of how employer needs are evolving over time
  • Build relationships with partnership members and others (e.g., policymakers, foundations, IHEs, advocates, educators, and leaders from other sectors) whose support is critical to the success of the partnership
  • Collaborate with the Funder Alliance’s Communications Director, provide periodic updates to major stakeholders, including partnership members, funders, other external stakeholders, and occasionally media, as well as develop a marketing and communications plan (CWFA supports communications for all its employer partnerships)

Partnership facilitation

The Director will facilitate partnership members and additional stakeholders to build connections and define shared goals.

  • Conduct regularly scheduled meetings with partners to maintain an understanding of how employer needs are evolving over time
  • Provide all needed project management and administrative support to the public health partnership including agenda setting meeting scheduling, note taking, reporting, and follow-up
  • Facilitate providers to come to a consensus decision on partnership priorities and impact measures

Project management

The Director will actively manage defined projects/activities that align to partnership priorities and impact measures.

  • Provide project management leadership as providers define and execute activities
  • Collect and analyze data to assess progress toward partnership goals
  • Maintain communications with PHWC members through monthly newsletters and email updates

Policy analysis & advocacy

  • Provide leadership and expertise on policy reforms that can help advance the public health workforce and develop strategy to move recommendations forward
  • Analyze local, regional, state, and national health policies and initiatives for the development of policy and program framing and implementation recommendations
  • Research, analyze, and visualize data relevant to policy development and advocacy
  • Develop research papers, policy briefs, factsheets, and presentations

Coordination of workforce-related research

  • Develop, disseminate, and analyze periodic surveys to PHWC members to understand evolving employer needs and priorities
  • Develop, disseminate, and analyze periodic surveys to private and public sector funders
  • Support coordination of workforce-related research between PHWC members
  • Oversee sector analysis of labor demand in Chicagoland region

Community Health Worker (CHW) Initiative

  • Facilitate the sub-group of employers who are initiating CHW innovations
  • Identify resources, and analysis to support this sub-group of employers
  • Collaborate with the Illinois Association of Community Health Workers to identify common goals and strategies to achieve them
  • Conduct research as needed to support this group, including managing consultant or staff research
  • Regularly communicate with members to identify common issues and collaboration opportunities

Who we’re looking for

Applicants with these qualifications or transferable experience will be best experience prepared for this position:

  • Bachelor’s degree with 6 years relevant work experience or Master’s degree in a relevant field with 4 years work experience
  • Knowledge of public health and health care workforce development needs, assets, and resources
  • Foundational or advanced understanding of assessment and evaluation practices, especially in a public health or health care setting
  • Comfort with networking and interpersonal skills to develop to develop and steward relationships with diverse partners
  • Expertise with facilitating consensus-focused meetings of stakeholders representing diverse backgrounds and professional interests
  • Experience developing and delivering professional trainings and informational materials
  • Excellent research, synthesis, and writing skills to support policy analysis and policy development
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, efficiently manage time, and effectively prioritize tasks to meet deadlines
  • Experience and comfort with creating goals, structures, and processes to support implementation of brand-new projects
  • Ability to discern how to problem-solve independently and when to draw on additional resources to help with challenges
  • Advanced competency in Microsoft Office; ability to adapt and learn new technology, software and equipment quickly

Our benefits

Health & Medicine encourages staff to balance their professional and personal lives. To that end, the following are some of the benefits we offer:

  • 100% Employer-paid health, dental and vision insurance
  • Life insurance ($10,000 in coverage paid for by HMPRG, additional coverage available)
  • 401K retirement plan with HMPRG discretionary contribution after 1 year
  • Short and Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Paid Vacation Days accrued at a rate of 1.25 per month
  • 5 paid personal days per year
  • Paid Sick Days accrued at a rate of 1 day per month
  • 11 paid holidays, plus two floating holidays
  • Annual paid wellness week December 24-January 1
  • Compensatory time for hours worked above 38 per week
  • $75 monthly internet/phone reimbursement subsidy
  • Pre-tax withholding for CTA passes
  • Potential for flexible schedule

What to expect: the application process and timeline

To apply, e-mail your resume and cover letter to jobs@hmprg.org. Please write your name (Last, First) then “Workforce Initiatives Director” in the subject line of your e-mail. Our priority deadline is October 11, 2022, but applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

Starting date: Immediate (likely early November 2022)

Selected candidates will be emailed to schedule a 10-15 minute introductory phone interview with our Director of Finance and Operations.

Candidates selected to move forward will then be contacted via e-mail to schedule a one-hour Zoom interview with 2-3 HMPRG staff members.

Finalists will be asked to submit contact information for three professional references.

An offer letter will be emailed to the final selected candidate.

Note: Research shows us that some candidates, particularly those from historically marginalized communities, apply for positions only when they feel like they meet 100% of the desired qualifications. At Health & Medicine, we know that very few people truly meet every single qualification for open positions. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization, and to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse work experiences and backgrounds. If you feel like you have valuable skills and experience to be successful in this position, we encourage you to apply and mention your strengths and plans for professional growth in a role like this.

Health & Medicine is dedicated to the principals of equal opportunity. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other personal characteristic not relevant to the posted position.

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