Program Director- Chicago CARES to Prevent Diabetes

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $75,000
Maximum: $85,000
Details: depending on experience and qualifications



Application Deadline



310 South Peoria Street
Suite 404
United States


The Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI) is seeking an energetic and well-organized team member to lead program operations, coordinate with partners, and implement strategies for the new Chicago CARES to Prevent Diabetes initiative in IPHI’s Center for Policy & Partnership Initiatives. The Program Director reports to IPHI’s CEO. The position is full-time exempt; IPHI’s standard workweek is 37.5 hours.

About IPHI

The Illinois Public Health Institute (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, and the Center for Policy and Partnership Initiatives. More information is available on IPHI’s website at

Chicago CARES and Statewide Diabetes Prevention Systems Development

The Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI), in close collaboration with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), is joining forces with nearly two dozen community partners to launch the Chicago Collaboration to Advance Reach, Equity, and Systems (Chicago CARES) to Prevent Diabetes. Funded through a new five-year Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Cooperative Agreement, Chicago CARES is a multi-sector effort to expand access to the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and telehealth-enabled diabetic retinopathy screening in Chicago community areas that have a disproportionate diabetes burden and lack sufficient preventive services. In addition, IPHI is partnering with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to advance engagement of Medicaid and Medicaid managed care to expand access to the DPP. The program seeks to:

• Implement systems to facilitate bi-directional e-referral between health care systems and DPP programs.

• Support organizations to increase enrollment in existing DPP programs, expand DPP to underserved areas and increase program quality through advanced training.

• Conduct robust, culturally-tailored grassroots messaging and communications to increase awareness of prediabetes and diabetes prevention programs.

• Provide advanced training for DPP lifestyle coaches.

• Eliminate barriers to participation in DPP by expanding community health worker models and working with partners to provide wrap around resources.

• Develop policies and systems to facilitate Medicaid managed care coverage of DPP.

• Support health care practices in establishing or expanding use of telehealth technology to increase access to diabetic retinopathy screening.

Position Duties and Responsibilities:

Project Management

• Direct all program activities, and support and manage the Chicago CARES Program Manager and Program Associate to achieve program goals

• Set program priorities, establish program direction, develop program timelines and milestones, and monitor program execution by staff, consultants and partners

• Work closely with the CEO and CDPH to supervise progress on program workplan and strategy implementation

• Manage and execute on program budget and recommend necessary changes to support project implementation

Relationship Management and Communication

• Sustain and manage relationships with both contracted and in-kind Chicago CARES partners to implement grant strategies through individual relationships and Chicago CARES Steering Committee

• Support and develop a close collaboration with the Chicago Department of Public Health

• Build collaborative relationship with the CDC program and administrative staff and the IDPH program staff

• Develop and execute strategic communications to educate stakeholders (patients, partners, funders, policy makers, community members) on the Chicago CARES initiative vision, goals and strategies

• Support engagement of patients and program recipients through a patient advisory panel.

• Develop relationships of influence and serve as a “go-to” resource on Chicago CARES related issues and strategies for decision makers, health care executives, funders, policy experts and other partners

• Negotiate strategic, win-win solutions to move initiative work forward

• Represent IPHI and Chicago CARES at external venues to advance IPHI agenda, influence policy and create systems change

Strategy, Planning and Program Development

• Lead Chicago CARES strategy development to maximize program impact

• Synthesize Chicago CARES trends and identify opportunities for program enhancements

• Develop and recommend scenarios for program development and sustainability

• Establish priorities across funding partners to ensure strategic deployment of resources

• Create and deploy plans to deepen program impact on policy and practice

• Promote capacity development among partners by providing leadership insights, information and solutions

• Identify opportunities and implement strategies to secure resources for program enhancement and expansion

• Identify opportunities and implement strategies to partner with and advance collaborative initiatives with other IPHI programs and stakeholders

• Cultivate and nurture relationships with potential funders, seek opportunities to grow program scope and activities, and lead proposal development for new revenue

Continuous Improvement and Evaluation

• Work with Chicago CARES staff and Co-PI’s to deepen program impact by identifying and solving problems, addressing barriers, making connections between programs, conducting quality assurance and creating systems to support continuous improvement by program staff

• Work with external program evaluator to develop evaluation reporting templates, timelines, and guidelines for Chicago CARES partners

• Oversee staff team to monitor partner activity and achievement of milestones and outcomes

• Work with Co-Principal Investigators (IPHI CEO, CDPH Chronic Disease Medical Director, and Executive Director of Northwestern University’s Institute on Public Health and Medicine) and evaluator to review and interpret evaluation findings

• Identify improvement opportunities across initiatives to create capacity, promote health equity, promote operational efficiencies and/or improve budget management

Other duties as assigned


The ideal candidate will have:

• 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 of 5 to 7 years of work experience in project management. IPHI values multiple pathways towards attaining professional experience and education.

• Strong commitment to health equity, diversity, inclusion, and addressing the systemic factors that produce health inequities and health disparities.

• Knowledge of or experience working in communities disproportionately impacted by type 2 diabetes, especially on Chicago’s south and west sides is preferred.

• Understanding of and experience with one or more of the following is highly desired: Medicaid health plans, safety-net health care providers, health system transformation and/or delivering community prevention programs in partnership with health care providers.

• Demonstrated progressive leadership experience designing, leading and supervising programs and staff.

• Strong professional/technical writing skills.

• Proficiency in Microsoft Office, electronic mail, project management tools, and ability to use CRM software.

• Strong critical thinking skills, a systems perspective, and the ability to anticipate and solve problems in a timely and professional manner.

• Ability to assess and incorporate feedback.

IPHI is a collegial workplace whose mission is to partner to more effectively improve health. Staff must be able to work well in a team and collaboratively with external partners.

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 and must be able to travel for one or more nights from time to time.

• The position requires frequent communication with internal and external customers about program activities. Must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations.

Travel: Travel is primarily around the City of Chicago. Occasional multi-day trips out of state trips will be required.

Starting Date: Immediate.

IPHI is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and is actively seeking and encouraging applications from women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, and/or people who are LGBTQIA.

No phone calls, please.

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The Illinois Public Health Institute is dedicated to the principals 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, veteran status, genetic information or any other personal characteristic not relevant to the posted position.


IPHI offers competitive benefits including health, dental and disability insurance, sick and vacation time, and a retirement plan with employer matching contributions.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please submit a resume, cover letter and writing sample by November 23, 2018 to be considered for this position. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and the position filled when the ideal candidate is identified so applying early is advantageous. The cover letter should compare your qualifications and experiences to the duties and responsibilities and qualifications for the position. Please submit application materials electronically to with “Program Director- Chicago CARES” in the subject line.