IPHI is Hiring a Program Associate for DASH

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The Illinois Public Health Institute is seeking an energetic and well-organized team member to support program operations, coordination of evaluation activities, and other administration duties for virtual and in-person meetings and events for Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH), a national program supporting local health data initiatives across the country. This position is ideal for a professional who is interested in gaining a national perspective on health, equity, and well-being, and the ways that community-based, multi-sector data sharing can advance this work. IPHI has a collegial, team‐oriented culture where a sense of humor and a passion for work is highly valued.

Description of Organization

IPHI mobilizes stakeholders, catalyzes partnerships, and leads action to promote prevention and improve public health systems to maximize health, health equity and quality of life for the people of Illinois. IPHI leads initiatives through the Center for Community Capacity Development, the Center for Health Information Technology (CHIT), and the Center for Policy and Partnership Initiatives. IPHI’s CHIT works to ensure that public health data and information are used to strengthen policy, planning and program development by working for improved public and private data collection, integration and dissemination. More information is available on IPHI’s website at www.iphionline.org.

IPHI’s CHIT works in partnership with the Michigan Public Health Institute to operate the Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) National Program Office, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The DASH NPO identifies barriers, opportunities, promising practices and indicators of progress for multi‐sector collaborations to connect information systems and share data for community health improvement. DASH is the coordinating partner for All In: Data for Community Health (All In), a dynamic and continually evolving partnership of national and regional programs that have joined forces to form a learning collaborative and coordinate technical assistance and peer-to-peer learning activities for those tackling common challenges. Other active projects led by IPHI’s CHIT include: 1) facilitation of a stakeholder engagement process for representatives from health care, housing, public health and other sectors to develop a technical solution for matching data across sectors, 2) a learning collaborative on behalf of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, whereby 10 CBOs and AAAS from across the country are working to build their data systems infrastructure.

The Illinois Public Health Institute is dedicated to the principles of equal opportunity. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or any other personal characteristic not relevant to the posted position. IPHI is committed to diversity and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, and veterans to apply. 

Position Summary

The Program Associate will work with staff and partners to provide planning and administration support for projects led by community collaborations across the country which are addressing the social determinants of health. The position is full-time exempt and reports to the Center Director. IPHI’s standard work week is 37.5 hours.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Project Management

  • Support and contribute to program activities such as online meetings, webinars, conference calls and in-person engagement events to accomplish project goals. This includes scheduling meetings, organizing and managing logistics, communicating with participants, and producing pre‐meeting agenda and related materials, and documenting meeting content, results, and action steps.
  • Support program priorities, timelines and deliverables for multi-sector initiatives that may include: staff; national, state and local partners and stakeholders; teams of awardees; and other community collaboration participants.
  • Maintain current program records and files through multiple project-specific databases and project management systems.
  • Compile information related to project domains, and tag and enter information into the program knowledgebase to track projects, resources and publications relevant to the work of DASH and All In.
  • Support staff and partners to attend conferences and site visits, including arranging travel/travel reimbursement and other logistics.

Relationship Management and Communication

  • Build and foster relationships with awardees, network members, national partner and advisers, etc. At the national level, these organizations may be partners, awardees, or engage with DASH/All In in various capacities.
  • Participate in check-in calls with community collaborations, including DASH awardees, to document project progress, identify technical assistance needs, and facilitate connections to other communities, and identify opportunities to support and advance their initiatives.
  • Participate in the All In online community and contribute to the discussions, share resources, and work to maintain vibrant engagement on the platform.
  • Represent IPHI and the DASH National Program at external events (the Program Associate may also have opportunities to travel nationally to visit awardees and attend conferences).
  • Contribute to and support dissemination of publications including reports, white papers, background documents, presentations, fact sheets, and content for newsletters.

Continuous Improvement and Evaluation

  • Assist in data collection and analysis for administration of online surveys and assessments to a national audience; coordinate communications, collection, and storage of survey results.
  • Gather information from key informants and other experts through both formal (interviews, focus groups, etc.) and informal strategies.
  • Identify and recommend opportunities to improve execution of tasks, including but not limited to improving administrative and operational systems related to the program.
  • Work with the Center Director to identify and solve problems, address barriers, and conduct improvement activities.


  • Education and/or experience equivalent to a master’s degree in a field related to public health, healthcare administration, public administration, public policy, or social work with a minimum one year of professional experience. IPHI values multiple pathways towards attaining professional experience and education.
  • The successful candidate will be able to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously, be comfortable in a fast‐paced environment, and able to adapt to change and growth.
  • Excellent organizational, communications and interpersonal skills are required; the successful candidate will be thorough and detail‐oriented with strong and versatile writing skills.
  • Strong commitment to health equity, diversity, inclusion, and addressing the systemic factors that produce health inequities and health disparities.
  • Candidates should have experience working with diverse populations in a variety of community and organizational settings.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google docs, project management tools, and ability to use CRM software.
  • Ability to assess and incorporate feedback.


  • Experience in project management, program evaluation, events management, or budget and financial reporting.
  • Exposure to the social determinants of health, health metrics and measurements, health equity, community collaboration, multi‐sector data sharing.
  • Experience with GoToWebinar, Google Drive, Monday.com, Salesforce, Trello and other online content management systems.

IPHI has a collegial, team‐oriented culture where a sense of humor and a passion for work is highly valued.

Job Requirements:

    • Must be able to sit at and operate a computer and other office equipment for a significant portion of the workday.
    • Must be able to move about the office and at offsite events to access files, supplies, and assist with event set up.
    • The position requires occasional work on evenings or weekends. The associate must be able to travel for one or more nights from time to time.

Compensation: $40,000 – $50,000 annual salary depending on experience and qualifications; competitive benefits

Location: The position is located in Chicago at IPHI’s West Loop office.

Starting Date: June 2019

Application Instructions: Please submit a resume, cover letter and writing sample by Tuesday, June 2, 2019 to be considered for this position; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  The cover letter should compare your qualifications and experiences to the duties and responsibilities of the position.  Electronic submission required to jobsearch@iphionline.org.  No phone calls, please. Visit www.iphionline.org for more information about IPHI’s mission and work.