OPEN POSITION: Program Officer

Title: Program Officer

Type: Full-Time

Reports To: Director of Programs

Location: 19 Riverside Road, Suite 6; Riverside, IL 60546


Reporting to the Director of Programs, the Program Officer assists in developing, managing and evaluating a portfolio of grants and initiatives aligned with the core values and strategic vision of the Healthy Communities Foundation. The Foundation’s grantmaking framework is composed of four strategies that include: access to quality health care; addressing the social determinants of health; advocating for policies and systems change that impact health; and augmenting knowledge through capacity-building, learning and other health-related initiatives.


The Program Officer will serve as Foundation lead for initiatives, strategies and programs related to safety-net healthcare systems like Medicaid and/or mental health. This role serves as a primary liaison of the Healthy Communities Foundation and as such, the position is responsive to and visible in the community. The Program Officer interacts regularly with team members, grant-making colleagues, existing and potential grantees, and community and health stakeholders to collaborate and further the Foundation’s priorities. This position will focus on the southern portion of the HCF service area, in communities that include the southwest sides of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs of Burbank, Bridgeview, Hickory Hills, Justice, and Summit/Argo. The Program Officer is expected to develop and maintain a variety of relationships in the community, and a knowledge base of current trends, activities and changes within the community at-large that are relevant to the strategic goals of the Foundation.


  • Reply to inquiries from nonprofit organizations regarding the Foundations’ grant-making guidelines and alignment. Guide nonprofit organizations through the entire application process, from concept development through proposal submission to reporting impact.
  • Provide assistance to grant seekers and partner organizations, which may include presentations, webinars, info-sessions and blog posts.
  • Direct and connect organizations to alternative resources for funding and program development as needed.
  • Prospect potential partners in HCF’s communities through active listening, communication, research, information gathering, data analysis and relationship-building.


  • Review assigned letters of intent and proposals to determine eligibility and alignment with Foundation priorities.
  • Research issues, policies and best practices relevant to assigned proposals, special initiatives and geographic region.
  • As appropriate, conduct site visits and participate in interviews for proposals and requests.
  • Prepare proposal analysis including written summaries, critical assessment and recommendations for review and action by the Board’s Program Committee.


  • Identify key organizational “ecosystems” at the community level and across the issue of safety-net systems and mental health.
  • Leverage opportunities to work with actors across organizations and sectors to promote agendas that align with the goals of the Foundation.
  • As a representative of the Foundation, develop and maintain relationships with a broad cross-section of nonprofit organizations, local leaders, community stakeholders and other foundations locally and nationally.
  • Support initiatives and programs led by other team members by acting in an advisory or co-leadership capacity.
  • Keep abreast of emerging topics and best practices in safety-net healthcare systems, mental health, health equity and philanthropy.
  • Communicate the Foundation’s impact to broad audiences both locally and nationally.


  • Ensure that paper and electronic grant files are complete, accurate and current.
  • Maintain and analyze statistical information regarding grant-making activity and impact.
  • Develop and maintain reports to aggregate evaluation results.


  • Regular vehicular travel is necessary throughout the Foundation’s service areas. Valid driver’s license and a reliable vehicle are necessary. Maintaining appropriate insurance is required. The Foundation provides mileage reimbursement.
  • Periodic day and/or overnight travel to local and national conferences (less than 5%).
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree in Health Administration, Public Health, Social Work or related health field strongly preferred and a minimum of three-to-five years of post-college experience, some portion in the nonprofit sector required; or
  • Bachelor’s degree required and a minimum of eight years of post-college experience, some portion in the nonprofit sector required.
  • Grant-making experience strongly preferred; desire to work in and with community-based organizations and residents is essential.
  • Content expertise and in-depth experience working within and with safety-net healthcare systems like Medicaid and/or mental health is required.
  • Understanding of the demographic shifts and knowledge of systems and agencies that impact health outcomes in our service region is preferred.
  • Broad knowledge of health disparities and equity issues for vulnerable populations particularly those present within the HCF service region.
  • Demonstrated commitment to learning and professional growth.
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills; proven ability to be flexible in a team-oriented structure.
  • Ability to effectively communicate (verbal, written and presentation) and work well with diverse groups of people.
  • Able to be focused, set priorities and work in a self-directed fashion.
  • Willing and able to think outside the box and contribute new ideas and solutions.
  • Excel at managing time, multiple tasks and priorities.
  • Track record of being results oriented.
  • Must have sound judgment, integrity, and a sense of humor.
  • Capacity to synthesize data with strong analytical skills, particularly with financial data and budgets.
  • High-level proficiency in PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Outlook.
  • Proficiency with project management systems.
  • Experience working with grant databases and/or CRM systems strongly preferred.


The Program Officer must be a flexible and collaborative team player requiring minimal supervision and must approach their work from an assets- and solution-focused perspective. A strong commitment to the Foundation’s mission and those it serves is essential. The ability to maintain the highest level of trust and confidentiality with regards to Foundation, Board, grantmaking and those we serve are necessary to the role.


Please send via email a brief yet descriptive cover letter that provides an overview of your “fit” with the Program Officer position and Healthy Communities Foundation as well as a resume to