Posted on September 27, 2012
Senior Program Officer
Connecticut Health Foundation
Connecticut Health Foundation - Senior Program Officer
The Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health) is the state's largest independent health philanthropy dedicated to improving lives by changing health systems. Since it was established in July 1999, the foundation has supported innovative grantmaking, public health policy research, technical assistance and convening to achieve its mission — to improve the health of the people of Connecticut. It has funded over $40 million in grants.
The foundation currently focuses its resources on three program areas:
CT Health is in the process of adopting a new strategic plan for 2013-17 that reflects a five-year transition to health equity in health care access and delivery for people of color. CT Health's overarching goals are to leverage health care reform to advance health equity and to ensure people of color will be continuously enrolled in a high quality health care system that:
- Improving access to children's mental health services
- Reducing racial and ethnic health disparities
- Expanding access to and utilization of children's oral health services
- Fully integrates oral, mental and physical health
- Promotes and measures quality
- Promotes patient-centered care
- Is affordable
Reporting to the vice president of program, the senior program officer will play a critical role in developing and implementing CT Health's health equity strategies and supporting other initiatives. S/he will work closely with the VP of program, the program and public policy teams, grantees, consultants and others. The senior program officer will be expected to demonstrate cultural competence in the performance of all aspects of the position.
The senior program officer will be responsible for the following on an ongoing basis:
- Provide analytical and strategic thinking, operational planning and implementation of the 2013-17 Strategic Plan, especially as it relates to health equity.
Identify and support strategies such as grantmaking, policy advocacy, capacity building, convening of stakeholders, leadership development, research and technical assistance to realize these goals.
- Work closely with the public policy team to coordinate strategies and activities to realize the foundation's goals and objectives.
- Screen and assess prospective project proposals, work with applicants to refine plans and project budgets, provide due diligence for proposal review as assigned, review all proposals, and make funding recommendations to staff and board.
- Monitor grantee progress through the grant period via ongoing communication and conducting site visits when appropriate.
- Manage the evaluation of program initiatives and utilize the findings to improve the effectiveness of initiatives in a timely manner.
- Develop and manage budgets, negotiate contracts and supervise consultants.
- Organize, facilitate, and represent CT Health in convenings and on committees with colleagues and stakeholders.
- Contribute to knowledge dissemination and foundation-wide communications/public relations efforts through social media, printed publications and conferences.
- Identify and leverage external resources to support specific program directions and projects.
- Remain abreast of current research, activities, and trends related to the health equity portfolio and draw attention to new developments in the discipline that may represent opportunities or necessitate midcourse adjustments.
The senior program officer should have the following experiences and qualifications:
- Advanced degree with a preference for a degree in public health, public policy or a related field.
- Strong systems-level analysis. Demonstrated ability to think critically, apply strong analytical and strategic analysis in order to set priorities.
- Knowledge of and/or experience in health, health equity (particularly racial and ethnic health disparities) and public policy required.
- Track record of working on initiatives from conception to implementation and through evaluation.
- Strong writing skills are essential. Ability to synthesize material and focus on the essence of an issue as well as see the big picture.
- Well developed public speaking skills. Ability to create excitement and energy around CT Health's initiatives.
- A strong relationship builder with a history of collaborating successfully with a broad and diverse range of individuals and communities. Culturally sensitive, open to different cultures and contexts, and able to relate to all contacts without judgment and preconceived notions.
- Ability to work well independently and in teams and to inspire others to work toward achieving common goals.
- Passionate about the mission of CT Health; dedicated to achieving health justice.
- Experience in problem solving and handling multiple priorities. Ability to organize, coordinate and negotiate.
- Creative, flexible, high tolerance for ambiguity.
Reports to: Vice President of Program
To learn more about the Connecticut Health Foundation, please visit: www.cthealth.org
To apply for the position, please submit a substantive cover letter, current resume, and salary history to:
Carol Kardas, KardasLarson: email@example.com
In the Subject line, please type: SPO Application - [your name]
Deadline for submissions is Friday, October 5, 2012 by 5:00p.m.
No phone inquiries please.
The Connecticut Health Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, height, weight, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation or any other legally protected status.