July 27, 2021
Health Program Officer Position Announcement
The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
The Foundation awards $7 million in grants each year across four main program areas: Arts Learning, Education, Employment and Health. Across all of our funding areas, our focus is on helping organizations: Build capacity to enhance the quality of services and better assess the impact of programs; Develop successful program innovations that other organizations in the field can learn from or adopt; and Share knowledge so that information which can help low-income communities and individuals is widely and readily available. The Foundation is based in Chicago, Illinois.
The Foundation seeks a Program Officer to develop and lead the Foundation’s Health Program grantmaking. Based in Chicago, our Health Program is committed to increasing access to high quality primary care and reducing health care disparities for Chicago’s low-income residents. To accomplish these goals, we are interested in supporting:
- Efforts to implement medical-home models of care which provide comprehensive integrated primary care services across multi-disciplinary team members in single or multiple settings.
- High quality primary care services that are not widely available to low-income populations (especially dental, vision, and mental health). In support of mental health services, we give priority to high quality family-based mental health treatment services for children who suffer from the effects of traumas stemming from abuse, neglect, or violence.
- Community-based activities that connect hard-to-reach individuals to high-quality primary care, particularly through strategic partnerships with health care providers
- Policy advocacy for effective policies to increase access to care and reduce healthcare disparities for low-income Chicagoans and in Illinois.
The Foundation seeks to support innovative approaches and knowledge which can help advance practice in the field. To achieve this, we seek a candidate who is able to: identify trends and common challenges across organizations; investigate new topics quickly; synthesize a wide range of information; and adapt and apply ideas across new contexts.
Program Officer Responsibilities:
- Oversee the health grant portfolio, work with colleagues and the board of directors to develop and implement programmatic goals and strategies, and manage and plan the program grant budget;
- Actively identify challenges amongst grantees that can be addressed through the Foundation’s grantmaking and opportunities that have the potential to advance program goals;
- Solicit and review proposals and letters of inquiry, arrange and manage site visits, prepare proposals for board review, and present written and verbal recommendations to the board of directors. Prepare decline letters and work to communicate clearly with grantees as well as with organizations that do not receive support from the Fry Foundation;
- Work with grantees to support collaborative work; help organizations advance knowledge and practice in the field; and provide guidance and assistance on program strategy, assessments, and other aspects of building capacity and program development.
Program Officer Qualifications:
- Five or more years work experience in the health field;
- Bachelor’s degree is required; Advanced degree is preferred;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills along with strong analytic and research abilities;
- Welcomes and actively contributes to intellectual give and take -- asks thoughtful questions, is open-minded, is comfortable challenging ideas and benefits from being challenged;
- Experience in the nonprofit sector is preferred.
The Program Officer will be a full-time employee of the Foundation with competitive compensation and benefits. The Program Officer will report to the President. The Foundation seeks to fill this position as soon as possible and will work actively to build a highly diverse pool of candidates.
SAL Consulting, Inc has been hired to manage the search and inquiries can be directed to Sheila Leahy at . Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter which clearly articulates how their skills and experience meet the responsibilities and requirements noted above and send via email to with only your name in the subject line.