State Policy and Program Manager

State Policy and Program Manager

Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC) is a national nonprofit organization based in Chicago that works to make schools healthier places for all children. 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’s key strategies are to empower school stakeholders to be agents of change at the school and district levels, advocate for district, state and federal policies and build the capacity of schools, school districts and educational agencies to better support student 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. This work takes place at the intersection of health, education, equity, community and sustainability.

HSC advocates for policies that support all schools in creating the conditions that ensure students have the opportunity to learn and thrive. HSC’s policy work focuses on integrating health and equity into education policy and practice, and building cross sector support and collaboration that supports student health and school wellness. HSC’s policy work currently focuses on expanding school health services, expanding access to healthy school food, promoting healthy and sustainable school campuses and equitable school funding. HSC has a $2 million budget and a staff team of 16.

Position Opportunity and Description

HSC is seeking a full-time State Policy and Program Manager. A primary focus of this work will be to advance HSC’s agenda to expand Medicaid-funded school health services in states including Illinois. This work includes providing support to key stakeholders in leveraging policy opportunities as well as advocating for a supportive policy environment. The successful candidate will have demonstrated commitment to HSC’s mission, vision and values.

This position reports to the Senior National Program Director. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Program support for learning collaborative meetings (national and state) and other policy development meetings. This includes assisting with agenda development, speaker outreach and coordination, meeting materials preparation, technical support, participation evaluation and event logistics. (60% of the job.)
  • Research and writing to support the development of resources and tools, including fact sheets, position papers, briefing materials, newsletters, website content and presentations.
  • Monitoring legislative and administrative policies and initiatives relating to HSC’s school health services work.
  • Assisting the Senior National Program Director in developing strategies and workplans, and supporting the coordination and implementation of the workplans.
  • Representing HSC by participating in advocacy coalitions and other allied efforts, particularly in Illinois.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred, with a minimum of 3+ years of relevant post-college work experience.
  • Very strong writing skills.
  • Ability to research and analyze policy proposals and regulations and make recommendations based on that analysis.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills. Ability to prioritize tasks and manage concurrent assignments under tight deadlines.
  • Effective communication skills, and the ability to engage with a variety of audiences, including technical experts, policymakers, and the general public.
  • Strong technology skills and experience using Google products and the Microsoft Suite in a collaborative work setting.
  • A commitment to HSC’s mission and values.

Additional Requirements

The State Policy and Program Manager must be based in or near Chicago where the HSC office is located. Applicants must have a functioning home office space for effective virtual work.

  • 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 $55,000 to $65,000 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 respond to this opportunity by September 15, 2021 with the following documents and send to Please put your full name in the subject line.

  • Resume and cover letter that includes how you have centered racial equality in your policy and advocacy work
  • Provide a sample how you engaged stakeholders around a school health policy or implementation effort that you directed or were a key player that you feel is relevant to the work you would be doing at HSC
  • Three references

No phone calls please. The application deadline is 11:59 pm on September 15, 2021.