• Associate Director SCHR

    Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(10/2/2018 11:42 AM)
    Requisition ID
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Provides operational, financial, strategic and human resource leadership to the early childhood and home visiting initiatives within the Smith Child Health Research, Outreach and Advocacy Center. Plans, coordinates, communicates and evaluates systems and processes that support these initiatives. Supports the Director, Smith Child Health Research, Outreach and Advocacy Center in all aspects related to early childhood and home visiting initiatives including, but not limited to, strategic planning, project development, grant management, project management, reporting, and manuscript development. Builds and maintains strong, collaborative working relationships within Lurie Children’s and with external parties. Facilitates, promotes and models a leadership philosophy and style consistent with Lurie Children’s Hospital leadership statement.



    1. Plan, develop, organize, implement, coordinate and evaluate early childhood and home visiting initiatives within Smith Child Health Research, Outreach and Advocacy Center. Develop standard timelines for all projects.
    2. Establish and maintain quality control standards for materials produced. Review outgoing materials for content, presentation, and consistency with departmental standards.
    3. Works to strategically grow the early childhood and home visiting initiatives through identifying, vetting, and developing new projects, partnerships and funding opportunities. Ensures that projects are innovative and contribute to the early childhood landscape in a meaningful way. Acts as a thought partner to help plan new projects, including working with the Director to create scopes of work and budgets that provide adequate staffing and budgetary support for projects.
    4. Identify additional local organizations for possible partnership and collaborate with existing partners to assist in early childhood and home visiting policy initiatives, advocacy efforts and intervention work.
    5. Serves as a relationship manager for key partnerships and select projects, particularly those that have high potential for impact or represent new growth opportunities.
    6. Coordinate communication on early childhood and home visiting issues and priorities with Smith Child Health Research, Outreach and Advocacy Center directors, managers, staff and external partners through meetings, memos and presentations.
    7. Represents the early childhood and home visiting initiatives within SCHROA at local, regional, and national meetings with community groups, policy makers, and donors, including interaction with local and national media.
    8. Oversees HR processes, including recruitment, onboarding and tracking of new staff and interns. Ensures timely and effective administration of volunteer and student-assisted projects.
    9. The authority to hire, separate, promote, demote, write and administer performance evaluations.
    10. Serves as a liaison to other Lurie Children’s administrative departments (e.g. Lurie Children’s Hospital Foundation, Institutional Review Board, Accounting, Office of Sponsored Programs, Human Relations).
    11. Identifies funders, initiates exploratory meetings with potential funders and prepares grant proposals and grant stewardship reports, in collaboration with Lurie Children’s Foundation.
    12. Writes philanthropic, government, and research grants and proposals in collaboration with partners within and outside of Lurie Children’s; ensure goals, objectives and reporting requirements are met; support ongoing communication with funders and potential funders.
    13. Provides strategic support to programmatic staff, project vendors and consultants.
    14. Attends all appropriate SCHROA, Research Institute, and Lurie Children’s business meetings.
    15. Participates in continuing education events including Hospital required education.
    16. Other job functions as assigned.


    1. Master’s degree in developmental psychology or public health field.
    2. Minimum 5 years of relevant early childhood and home visiting-focused experience.
    3. Proven ability in complex program management, including supervision of staff.
    4. Experience with education and training curriculum development and delivery.
    5. Familiarity with Illinois early childhood and home visiting landscape and programming specifically related to home visiting models and programs.
    6. Ability to prioritize multiple tasks in coordination with a multi-disciplinary team in a fast-paced environment with rigorous timelines and goals.
    7. Capable of building local capacity, cultivate and manage key relationships and identify new opportunities as they arise.
    8. Strong organizational, problem-solving, interpersonal, writing, innovation, and public speaking skills.
    9. Excellent skills in reflective listening, group facilitation and conflict resolution.
    10. Strong analytical, interpersonal, oral and written communication, and organizational skills.
    11. Demonstrated commitment to health equity and social justice.
    12. Ability to interact in a culturally competent manner in varied settings.
    13. Ability and willingness to travel throughout Chicago and the State of Illinois by car or public transit.
    14. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.


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