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Sierra Health Foundation


Fresno, California

Date Posted

November 1, 2019

Job Category

The San Joaquin Valley Health Fund Program Officer will be based out of The Center at Sierra Health Foundation’s office in Fresno and will be responsible for the day-to-day implementation and management of the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund program. The Program Officer will support San Joaquin Valley Health Fund community partners to build their capacity for policy and systems change and advance policy priorities. The Program Officer will coordinate hub functions, monitor community partners’ grant activities, facilitate learning, communications and networking opportunities among community partners, and leverage and strengthen relationships with community-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, public sector institutions and agencies, community leaders, and other funders to advance health, well-being and equity in the San Joaquin Valley region consistent with San Joaquin Valley Health Fund goals.


Planning, sharing and supporting learning and capacity building opportunities for the community partners.

Planning, sharing and supporting advocacy opportunities with the community partners intended to advance the SJVHF policy platform.

Facilitating and supporting the work of the SJVHF policy committees, including 1) supporting the policy sub-committees, the governance sub-committee and the Equity on the Mall planning committee; 2) supporting the policy platform annual update by the community partners, 3) supporting regional policy forums and Equity on the Mall (in coordination with logistics/communications consultants), and 4) supporting the San Joaquin Valley Leadership Executive Committee.

Developing with community partners the SJVHF initiative strategies and engaging organizations within the funding region for strategic opportunities to implement the initiatives. In addition, the Program Officer will work with the program team and other departments to develop, strengthen and implement the program’s internal processes to better serve the community partners and the goals of the SJVHF.

Participating in the grantmaking aspects of the SJVHF grants program. This includes working with the Program and Admin/Finance Teams to review and assess proposals, monitor grant work, and conduct due diligence, i.e. site visits of pending and active projects.

Managing grants/contracts from funders and consultants under the direction of the Director of Regional Programs. This includes, as assigned, acting as the liaison with the funders, monitoring and ensuring funder contract/award obligations are met, meeting funder reporting requirements and interfacing with other Foundation departments on related issues.

Under the direction of the Director of Regional Programs, assisting in the funder partner cultivation for SJVHF. Where assigned, work with other Foundation and Center staff to prepare grant applications for additional funding.

Assisting community applicants in improving proposal quality and providing constructive critical analysis of strengths and weaknesses of funding proposals, workplans and reports related to SJVHF supported work.

Providing coordination and direction with technical assistance providers and grantees to ensure maximum impact and value where SJVHF resources have been provided.

Working with the Director of Regional Programs, Evaluation Director and other members of senior management to develop and implement an evaluation plan for San Joaquin Valley initiatives.

Working with the Director of Regional Programs, Communication Officers and management to develop and implement a communication strategy for SJVHF.

Providing and coordinating technical assistance to community partners and grantees that is responsive to demonstrated needs. This includes convening, coordinating and leading workshops and roundtable discussions informed by community partner input.

Building and strengthening relationships with community partner grantees to better understand the challenges and opportunities they face in their respective areas of focus in advancing SJVHF goals.

Building strategic alliances with key public officials, Foundation stakeholders and community partners to advance the Foundation’s goals and initiatives.

Representing the Foundation and The Center at public forums, committees and other venues.

Actively participating in capturing, developing, sharing and effectively using knowledge.

Acting as a subject matter expert and resource for SJVHF, especially as it relates to systems-level changes that result in promoting health equity and reducing health disparities in the San Joaquin Valley. This requires attending meetings and conferences, as well as reviewing articles and research.

Preparing briefings and background papers on selected topics. This includes coordinating external partnerships and consultants, research, preparing the content and overseeing final production.

Initiating and overseeing specific projects for the Foundation or The Center as assigned by the Director of Regional Programs.

Coordinating the planning and management of all SJVHF grants program virtual and in-person statewide, regional and general meetings, informed by community partner input.

Maintaining an understanding of project implementation challenges and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.

Enabling ongoing communication about program partners by organizing and managing regular conference calls and coordinating regular electronic updates.

Working collaboratively with other Center staff in quality assurance processes.

Serving as staff lead for Equity on the Mall and SJVHF regional policy convenings, working closely with Director of Regional Programs, other Center and Foundation staff, event coordination and communications consultants, and community partners.

Performing other duties as required.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Review the full job description on the web site for requirements regarding education, experience, language skills, computer skills, licenses, registrations, and other skills and abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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About the Organization

Sierra Health Foundation is a private philanthropy with a mission to invest in and serve as a catalyst for ideas, partnerships and programs that improve health and quality of life in Northern California. The foundation is committed to improving health outcomes and reducing health disparities in the region through convening, educating and strategic grant making.

Sierra Health Foundation established the Center for Health Program Management (The Center) in 2012 in recognition of a statewide need for increased community capacity to engage in the planning, implementation and assessment of efforts that seek to address the health needs of California’s underserved. The Center’s vision is for all people in California to live healthy lives. With commitment, creativity and collaboration, the Center works to promote efforts to eradicate health inequities across the state, with a special focus on the San Joaquin Valley.

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