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Now Hiring: Director of Workforce Programs

October 13, 2020

Job Title: Director, Workforce Programs

Supervised by: Executive Director

Supervises: Chicago AHEC Program Coordinator and Workforce Policy Analyst

Classification: Exempt, Full-time, Salaried

Organization Summary

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (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 thirty-nine year history of promoting health justice in Chicago and Illinois through research, education, policy development, and collaboration.

Position Scope

Health & Medicine is currently seeking a full-time Director of Workforce Programs to join our ten-person staff.  This position will lead the Chicago Area Health Education Center (AHEC), which is part of a network throughout Illinois that will provide educational ‘pipeline’ programs to address the development and retention of the state’s health workforce.  The intent is to improve health care for the underserved through health professions education, health careers development, and community and public health promotion activities. The IL AHEC Network will concentrate its workforce development activities on: 1) improving distribution through recruitment/retention programs; 2) increasing diversity through educational outreach to youth in underrepresented communities; 3) improving quality through regionally-based educational offerings; and, 4) increasing access through developing a diverse and culturally competent workforce. The Network has received funding from the US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) through August 31, 2012.

In addition to leading the Chicago AHEC, the Director will provide mission oriented and executive leadership to other Health & Medicine workforce initiatives  including supporting the Rush Medical Center Geriatric Workforce Education Program, City and County career pathway plans for contact tracers and workforce partnerships, advancement of Community Health Worker policy in Illinois, and other essential functions of Health & Medicine’s workforce policy and program.

Primary Responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for the developing a work plan in collaboration with the ED, and ensure all grant deliverables are completed within time and scope
  • Manage program budget in collaboration with Finance Director
  • Serves as the center’s primary liaison and external representative with multiple organizations, agencies and public officials including the UIC College of Medicine –Rockford and Chicago, the federal AHEC office, the National AHEC Organization, and local, state and federal health and education organizations.
  • Partner with and continue to establish working relationships with academic and community-based organizations and providers that provide care to the underserved
  • Monitor and collaborate with existing health workforce development programs, including the UIC UMED program and the IL Primary Health Care Association’s SEARCH program, to further the center’s mission
  • Coordinate and plan events related to the mission of the Center
  • Monitor, track, and evaluate program processes, impacts, and long-term outcomes
  • May advise on complex training or curriculum design projects; may lead design projects or supervise multiple events
  • Support the development and implementation of the contact tracing earn and Learn program, by providing consultation services to the Recovery Corps Fund and its public sector partners in Chicago and Cook County.
  • Identify policy and systems change needed to support and grow the CHW workforce in Illinois


  • Bachelor’s degree with 5 years work experience or Master’s degree with 4 years work experience
  • Passion for health justice and/or health workforce development
  • Experience in planning, coordinating and promoting events
  • Excellent facilitation and training skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to develop and sustain relationships with diverse partners
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and workstreams simultaneously; efficiently manage time, effectively prioritizing tasks and meeting deadlines
  • Experience in qualitative and quantitative program evaluation
  • Capacity for, and comfort with, teamwork including working with volunteers
  • Advanced competency in Microsoft Office; Ability to adapt and learn new technology, software and equipment quickly

Work Environment

  • Work is normally performed in a typical office work environment
  • Sitting for extended periods is required
  • Local travel to off-site locations throughout Chicago, suburbs and across Illinois occasionally required
  • Work week is generally 9am – 5pm, some evening and weekend work required.

Note on Modified Work Environment During COVID-19 Pandemic

To protect the health of staff and to align with public health guidance, Health & Medicine staff have been working remotely since March 2020.  Employees are required to have access to a working internet connection and phoneline that enable them to conduct their work. Health & Medicine’s modified work environment in response to COVID-19 are considered to be temporary and subject to change. We anticipate the work from home policy to be in place at least until the end of 2020 and will continue to monitor and be responsive to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Starting salary range $65,000-$72,000 annually depending on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits package including:

  • 100% employer-paid health, vision and dental insurance
  • 3 weeks (15 days) paid vacation per year in addition to paid sick time and 10 paid holidays
  • 401K retirement plan, with employer contribution after one year
  • 3 months fully paid maternity/paternity leave policy


  • Email a cover letter and resume to Please write your name (Last, First) then “Workforce” in the subject line of your e-mail.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Deadline to apply is December 10th, 2020.
  • No phone calls. Recruiters please do not contact this job poster.
  • Health & Medicine is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome diversity among our board and staff and volunteers. We recruit, hire, train and promote without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or any other protected status.