Michael Reese Health Trust



Date Posted

April 16, 2024

Job Category

Michael Reese will be filling two Program Directors positions, both are senior-level peer positions whose work redefines philanthropy through the creation of new approaches centered on community needs, ideas, and input. The Program Directors develop partnerships with public and private entities to resource and implement strategies that address the critical health needs of our region. These positions will report to the Chief Program Officer and be supported by a strong, collaborative internal team. Candidates will be considered for both positions unless interest in only one position is specified in the cover letter.


The Program Director, Strategic Initiatives will manage current Michael Reese strategic initiatives and support the development of new and emerging health projects that support community-led innovation and power-building. This Director will manage the Health First Collaborative (HFC), a collaboration of funding partners, community organizations, health workers, residents, and others working together through grant-making, advocacy, and learning.

Responsibilities specific to the PROGRAM DIRECTOR, STRATEGIC INITIATIVES

  • Provide strategic direction on and lead development of HFC’s programs and projects and other Michael Reese strategic initiatives.
  • Convene and facilitate HFC participants, including the Community Advisory Council, taking the lead role in setting the agenda, facilitating discussions, and ensuring that decisions are made in a timely manner.
  • Manage the administrative tasks of the HFC Steering Committee, Grants Committee, and ad hoc committees including setting agendas, scheduling meetings, facilitating discussion, preparing and sharing meeting materials, and ensuring that decisions are made in a timely manner and documented.
  • Foster mutual respect, trust, and collaboration with the HFC leadership and grantee partners.
  • Support the creation and maintenance of an inclusive and representative environment for Michael Reese strategic initiatives.


The ideal applicants for the positions will possess:

  • Knowledge of Chicago’s public health, healthcare, and non-profit sectors, with an understanding of the key issues and stakeholders.
  • The Program Director, Health Workforce will also possess an understanding of the issues facing healthcare workers, ideally with direct experience working in public
  • An understanding of the political, economic, and social contexts of communities and interest areas supported by Michael Reese.
  • At least ten years of previous work experience in the nonprofit sector, with progressive responsibility, including developing, evaluating, and evolving programs.
  • A strong background in strategy development and implementation.
  • The ability to handle essential program responsibilities while driving transformation.
  • A demonstrated ability to manage complex projects and initiatives from conception to completion.
  • An entrepreneurial and/or start-up mindset and skills in private-public partnerships.
  • Comfortable with fundraising, including grant writing and funder/donor cultivation.
  • Excellent communication skills and can convey their ideas clearly in writing and verbally.
  • Strong active listening skills to understand the needs and concerns of stakeholders.
  • Experience with budget development, oversight, and financial reporting.
  • An ability to craft and deliver compelling messages tailored to diverse audiences, ensuring clear communication of the organization’s message, values, and objectives.
  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as public administration, business administration, social work, nonprofit management, or a related field is usually required.
  • Proficiency in virtual meeting platforms, MS Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • The ability and willingness to quickly learn and utilize new technologies.
  • Bilingual Spanish abilities are a plus

Application Process

We’ve retained Torkelson Consulting, Inc. to coordinate these searches. Interested applicants should email:

  • A cover letter that explains why you are well-suited for the position(s). You will be considered for both positions unless you specify your interest in only one position
  • Your resume
  • How you learned of the position to
    • Please type your first and last name in the subject line. No phone calls, please.
    • Applicants may request accommodation for any stage of the hiring process.

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About the Organization

Michael Reese Health Trust (Michael Reese) is a public foundation focused on improving public health and ensuring all Chicagoans have equal access to health solutions. We prioritize the areas of domestic violence, homelessness, and health workforce to address root causes that prevent communities from reaching and maintaining health. We honor our
Jewish Legacy by investing in capacity building of Jewish-led organizations. Michael Reese uses our tools of advocacy, grantmaking, and incubation to advance our priority areas to create real, lasting change. For over 30 years, Michael Reese has focused on improving public health. Our core principle – that all Chicagoans should have equal access to health solutions – has never wavered. Learn more by visiting


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