Senior Director of Community Initiatives and Program Development

Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/12/2020 12:15 PM)
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Position Type
Regular Full-Time


The Senior Director of Community Initiatives and Program Development is responsible for providing leadership, strategic and operational guidance, oversight and support to all community health programs housed within the Patrick M. Magoon Institute for Healthy Communities. This individual will work with the team to ensure these programs are impactful, aligned with one another and responsive to community need. This individual will also provide leadership in the Magoon Institute’s development of new community health initiatives and provide support to ensure success of Magoon Institute’s annual goals and Lurie Children’s community health strategy and organizational mission.


 The Patrick M. Magoon Institute for Healthy Communities serves as the hub for all community-focused initiatives at Lurie Children’s. The Magoon Institute is responsible for aligning the Medical Center’s clinical, research, education and advocacy expertise with community engagement, supporting people, programs and partnerships that advance community health. This team provides engagement opportunities for employees, physicians and trainees and leads the development and execution of Lurie Children’s Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Strategy. The Magoon Institute partners with clinical, public health and community outreach leaders and experts across the Medical Center to work towards the goal of advancing health equity and racial justice, and improving health and wellness for children, adolescents and their families across Chicago.


We are committed to promoting diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism. Our mission to advance health equity starts with our commitment to build a diverse team representative of the communities we serve. We recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, disability status, age, socioeconomic status and all the other facets of our humanity.




  1. Provides strategic leadership, oversight and support to community health programs housed within Magoon Institute, including those addressing obesity, food access, violence and injury, workforce development and pregnant and parenting adolescents. Leaders of each program will directly report to this individual.
  2. Increases alignment between community health program leaders and staff to maximize (1) effectiveness, collaboration and communication, (2) opportunities for philanthropy and government funding, and (3) program evaluation and collective impact.
  3. Provides leadership to evolve existing programs and develop new community initiatives in response to community needs, priorities and strategies identified through Lurie Children’s Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Strategy.
  4. Cultivates collaborative internal and external relationships to enhance the presence, growth and impact of the Magoon Institute.
  5. Collaborates with Magoon Institute leadership and other key stakeholders in the development and implementation of strategic plans, annual goals, key objectives and related monitoring and reporting to advance the mission and strategic vision of Lurie Children’s.
  6. In partnership with Lurie Children’s Foundation, identifies and engages potential donors interested in investing in community health programs and initiatives.
  7. The authority to hire, separate, promote, demote, write and administer performance evaluations.
  8. Other job functions as assigned.


  1. Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree in public health or related degree preferred. An equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be considered in lieu of the degree when the experience has been directly related to the duties of the job.
  2. Minimum 10 years of leadership experience in community program development, strategic planning and management with progressive experience required; experience and expertise in addressing root causes of health disparities preferred over programmatic content area expertise.
  3. Demonstrated knowledge of/experience with project management, public health program development, program evaluation, and/or quality improvement highly desirable.
  4. Demonstrated strong leadership skills; ability to lead in a collaborative and facilitative style to build consensus and collective impact.
  5. Demonstrated experience securing philanthropic and/or grant funding, donor engagement and stewardship.
  6. Knowledge of Chicago community organizations and ability to build and sustain strong relationships with external partners.
  7. Public health, healthcare and/or hospital experience preferred.
  8. Excellent analytical, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to collaborate with individuals from different backgrounds and disciplines.
  9. Self-directed, with in-depth understanding of the organizational goals.
  10. Commitment to health equity, racial justice, evidence-informed policy, data-driven advocacy and community-driven processes.


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