Illinois Public Health Institute: Policy Program Manager


The Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI) is seeking an experienced and well‐organized team member to develop and implement policy and systems change focused strategies, direct program operations, and design and coordinate partner activities and events for Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) and other programs of IPHI’s Center for Health Information and Technology. The position is full‐time exempt and reports to the Center Director. IPHI’s standard work week is 37.5 hours.


The Illinois Public Health Institute, the Center for Health and Information Technology and its programs. IPHI mobilizes stakeholders, catalyzes partnerships, and leads action to promote prevention and improve public health systems to maximize health, health equity and quality of life for the people of Illinois. IPHI leads initiatives through the Center for Community Capacity Development, the Center for Health Information Technology (CHIT), and the Center for Policy and Partnership Initiatives. IPHI’s CHIT works to ensure that public health data and information are used to strengthen policy, planning and program development by working for improved public and private data collection, integration and dissemination. More information is available on IPHI’s website at

IPHI works in partnership with the Michigan Public Health Institute to operate Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH), a national program supporting local health data initiatives across the country funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The DASH Program Office identifies barriers, opportunities, promising practices and indicators of progress for multi‐sector collaborations to connect information systems and share data for community health improvement, policy and systems change, equity, and alignment. DASH is the coordinating partner for All In: Data for Community Health, a dynamic and continually evolving partnership of national and regional programs that have joined forces to form a learning collaborative and coordinate technical assistance and peer‐to‐peer learning activities for those tackling common challenges. The CHIT runs additional programs, including a technology and engagement process for a health and housing project in Chicago.


Project Management

  • Provide and coordinate oversight of day‐to‐day program and project execution across various stakeholder groups to implement policy and systems goals for DASH
  • Monitor and manage program priorities and deliverables as outlined in workplans for multi‐sector stakeholder initiatives that may include staff, network partners, various national, state and local stakeholders, awardees and other community collaboration participants.
    • Contribute to the development and implementation of new strategies to advance DASH’s ability to support community collaborations in their efforts to partner with state government to enable multi‐sector data sharing.
    • Conduct research to identify barriers and opportunities for state government to enable and foster multi‐sector sharing data among local community collaborations.
    • Advance the DASH Policy Roadmap, including the development of supplemental resources that would make the tool actionable and usable to a wide variety of communities.
  • Work closely with the Center Director and Senior Manager to ensure progress on relevant program workplans, timelines and strategy implementation.
  • Develop working knowledge of grantees’ program proposals that guide the work include narrative, budget, workplan, deliverables, reporting requirements and associated timelines.
  • Develop content and lead learning activities for policy and systems change efforts. This may include online meetings, webinars, conference calls and in‐person events to accomplish project goals. Administrative tasks may be included as part of the execution of project activities.

Relationship Management and Communication

  • Foster and maintain relationships with various local and national groups (including government agencies, health care, policymakers, and grantee community‐based organizations. At the national level, these organizations may be All In partners, DASH awardees, or partners engaging with DASH on our Policy Roadmap.
  • Manage contracts, scopes of work and collaborative agendas with national partners, subject matter experts, Mentors, mentees, and other stakeholders
  • Lead, support and monitor calls with community collaboration leaders, including DASH grantees, to document project progress and impact, identify technical assistance needs, facilitate connections to other communities, identify opportunities to support and communicate their progress, lessons and spread/scale opportunities.
  • Participate in the All In online community by contributing to discussions, sharing resources, and maintaining vibrant engagement on the platform.
  • Represent IPHI, the DASH Program Office and/or All In at external events including regional and national meetings and conferences.
  • Draft, contribute to and review publications including reports, white papers, background documents, presentations, fact sheets, and content for newsletters.

Strategy, Planning and Program Development

  • Identify opportunities for DASH and IPHI to advance policy, systems and environmental change goals as they pertain to community collaborations and multi‐sector data sharing
  • Research and recommend program goals, policies, budget and funding modifications to advance strategic objectives.
  • Identify opportunities and implement strategies to partner with and advance collaborative initiatives with other IPHI programs and stakeholders.
  • Support and nurture relationships with program funders and lead proposal development for future/related programs.

Continuous Improvement and Evaluation

  • Identify and recommend program improvement opportunities to deepen program impact, increase programmatic capacity, promote operational efficiencies and/or improve budget management.
  • Support program analysis, dissemination of results, and prepare reports, including visual and narrative summaries of qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Identify and recommend opportunities to improve execution of tasks, including but not limited to improving administrative and operational systems related to the program.
  • Work with the Center Director to identify and solve problems, address barriers, advance a health equity approach, and conduct improvement activities.
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Education and/or experience equivalent to a master’s degree in a field related to public health, healthcare administration, public administration, public policy, social work, or information management with at least 3 years of work experience in project management. IPHI values multiple
    pathways towards attaining professional experience and education.
  • Understanding of and experience with one or more of the following is highly desired: multi‐sector collaboration and community‐based data‐sharing; policy development and systems change; or health and health care information technology, data analytics, and informatics.
  • Strong commitment to health equity, diversity, inclusion, and addressing the systemic factors that produce health inequities and health disparities.
  • Strong critical thinking skills, a systems perspective, and the ability to anticipate and solve problems in a timely and professional manner.
  • The successful candidate will be able to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously, be comfortable in a fast‐paced environment, and able to adapt to change and growth.
  • Candidates should have the ability to work independently and as part of project teams.
  • Excellent organizational, communications and interpersonal skills are required; the successful candidate will be thorough and detail‐oriented with strong and versatile writing skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google docs, project management tools, and ability to use CRM software.
  • Ability to assess and incorporate feedback.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Direct experience in policy development, research or advocacy, such as local, state or federal government employment, especially related to health and human services.
  • Experience in project management, program evaluation, community engagement, or budget and financial reporting.
  • Exposure to or knowledge of any of the following: social determinants of health indicators, health equity, community‐based social services, community collaboration, multi‐sector data sharing, and systems thinking.
  • Experience with GoToWebinar, Google Drive,, Salesforce, and other online content management systems.

Additional Information:

IPHI has a collegial, team‐oriented culture where a sense of humor and a passion for work is highly valued.

Compensation: $50,000 ‐ $60,000 annual salary depending on experience and qualifications; competitive

Location: The position is located in Chicago at IPHI’s West Loop office.

Starting Date: February 2020

To Apply:

Please submit a resume, cover letter and writing sample to be considered for this position; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The cover letter should compare your qualifications and experiences to the duties and responsibilities of the position. Please submit your application materials to; put the job title (“Policy Program Manager”) in the subject line of your email. No phone calls, please. Visit for more information about IPHI’s mission and work.

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