State Policy and Program Director

State Policy and Program Director

Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to making schools healthier places for all students, is seeking a State Policy and Program Director to lead its policy and program work in Illinois and its school health policy work in Chicago. 

HSC believes that every child should have a chance to learn and thrive, and advocates for policies and practices that support health and learning, including nutritious food, physical activity, health services and clean air at school. HSC focuses on issues affecting students of color and those from under-invested communities, and strives to make equity part of the public dialogue about education and health. HSC works with parents, teachers and principals in Chicago Public Schools, and uses the lessons learned from that work to advocate for key policy and practice changes at the local, state and national levels. 

The State Policy and Program Director will work from the HSC office in Chicago and will report to HSC’s President + CEO.

General Responsibilities:

  • Work with HSC’s leadership and partners to develop and implement a statewide plan to expand Medicaid-funded school health services. This will include managing multi-stakeholder taskforces and managing a learning collaborative to support school districts as they develop and implement plans for expanding Medicaid-funded school health services.
  • Work with HSC’s leadership and partners to develop and implement an Illinois education policy agenda with health and equity at the center. This agenda will focus on issues including investment in healthy and green school campuses, expanding health services, healthy food and increased and equitable school funding.
  • Represent HSC by participating in advocacy coalitions and other allied efforts, particularly in Illinois.
  • Work with the HSC national and Chicago teams to ensure integration of strategies and activities across the organization. 
  • Provide programming support to HSC’s Healthy Students, Promising Futures Learning Collaborative
  • Assist in developing and implementing strategies to effectively communicate the work of the organization and raise HSC’s profile and policy agenda in the media.
  • Contribute to the implementation of fundraising strategies to support and expand this work.

Skills and Characteristics

  • A commitment to HSC’s mission, vision and values.
  • Successful experience with coalition building at a statewide or city-wide level, preferably in Illinois and/or Chicago. Experience working with school stakeholders and school-based health providers is a plus.  
  • Ability to build relationships with public officials and their staff. Existing working relationships in Illinois and/or Chicago are a plus.  
  • Ability to research and analyze policy proposals and regulations and make recommendations based on analysis. 
  • An understanding of school-based healthcare delivery systems is a plus.
  • Ability to effectively represent HSC to external organizations and individuals, including leading meetings, delivering presentations and speeches, and organizing and leading coalitions.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects of varying types and longevity.
  • Very strong writing skills and demonstrated experience articulating complex policy concepts or plans to a variety of audiences. 
  • Excellent communications skills, with strong ability to effectively build consensus among multiple stakeholders.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in a field relevant to the work is a plus.
  • A minimum of eight years of relevant post-college experience. 
  • Strong technology skills and experience using Google products and the Microsoft Suite in a collaborative work setting.

Additional Requirements

The State Policy and Program Director must be based in or near Chicago where the HSC office is located; the HSC office is currently closed, so applicants must have a functioning home office space for effective virtual work through at least the summer of 2021.

  • This position will require frequent travel throughout Illinois. Must be a licensed driver.
  • This position will require working some nights and weekends.
  • This position requires some meeting and event setup and support.
  • Applicants must be willing to register as a lobbyist and comply with all requirements as required by law.


The salary range for this position is $60,000 to $70,000 depending on experience. Generous benefit package includes employer-paid medical, dental and disability insurance, 6% employer matching contribution to a retirement plan after one year of employment and paid vacation and sick leave.

To Apply

HSC is committed to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability or veteran status. HSC strongly encourages Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), women, LGBTQIA+ people and members of other marginalized communities to apply.

Please send your resume, cover letter, a writing sample, three references and your answers to the two application questions below to 

No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Application Questions

  1. Describe a project you directed or were a key player in that you feel is relevant to the work you would be doing with HSC. What were some lessons you learned from the experience? (300 words max.)
  2. What are your top priorities in thinking about your ideal job? (300 words max.)

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