Coalition Manager – Protect Our Care Illinois
The Coalition Manager is a key player in Heartland Alliance's efforts to advance policy solutions and strategies to eliminate poverty, realize human rights, and support individuals and families in their efforts to improve their quality of life. He/she works to achieve policy and systems change that ensures quality health coverage is affordable and available to all people, regardless of their background, health status or life circumstance. The Coalition Manager achieves these aims through the staffing of the Protect Our Care Illinois (POCIL) coalition and execution of the coalition's campaign strategy.
This position will focus primarily on defending and building upon the expansion of health coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid. The Coalition Manager will provide leadership and support to POCIL, a diverse statewide coalition invested in opposing the near-term threats to the ACA and Medicaid and in building a movement and a constituency who will champion these programs far into the future. Through the engagement of diverse stakeholders, policy research, public education, communications, and advocacy, POCIL will support the gains made in recent coverage expansions and promote the solutions needed to address continued inequity in health care. The Coalition Manager will be responsible for managing the collective work of the POCIL coalition and for developing substantive and strategic expertise on key policies and organizing tactics.
Heartland Alliance is a service-based, human rights organization whose direct service work in housing, health care, jobs, and justice serves hundreds of thousands of people annually, helping them build better lives. Through its Policy and Advocacy division, Heartland Alliance develops policy proposals, builds strategic alliances, and pursues collective action to achieve systemic change that improves the quality of life for poor and low-income individuals and families. We combine our unique service-based understanding of the administrative and policy barriers that plague public systems with our expertise in developing and advancing proven solutions to achieve meaningful, sustainable social change. Heartland Alliance's unique advocacy presence on the issues impacting vulnerable people helps ensure that macro-level decision making is indeed addressing inefficiencies, gaps and unmet needs at the local level.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develop and manage POCIL coalition activities to achieve campaign goals, coordinate advocacy activities among partner organizations, and provide staff support to the POCIL Steering Committee.
- Conduct outreach and develop strategic partnerships with individuals, coalitions, and organizations to develop and pursue POCIL campaign goals while fostering engagement with impacted populations.
- Communicate, both verbally and in writing, with coalition and agency leadership, policymakers, advocates, coalition members, the general public, and other stakeholders.
- Support the development of successful advocacy strategies for educating policymakers and other decision makers about the health care needs of Illinois individuals and families, particularly disadvantaged populations, as well as proven policy solutions.
- Provide support and training to POCIL coalition members in public education, field building, event planning, and grassroots advocacy.
- Represent the POCIL coalition and Heartland Alliance externally at events, speaking engagements, trainings and presentations, with policymakers, the media, and other key stakeholders.
- Contribute to the development and delivery of appropriate communications strategies, including fact sheets, policy briefs, action alerts, website and social media content, letters to the editor, and other written materials.
- Participate as a member of the Heartland Alliance Policy and Advocacy team and contribute to overall advocacy activities in support of Heartland Alliance priorities.
- Provide management support for POCIL coalition sub-contractors and/or graduate level interns, as appropriate.
- Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Education and/or Experience: A Bachelor's Degree and three years' relevant experience, or five years relevant experience is preferred. Experience includes
- Experience working with community-based organizations, social service agencies, community or public health organizations, community organizing and diverse coalitions;
- Experience with grassroots, administrative, and legislative advocacy.
- Experience in coalition work including coalition building/growth.
- Language/Communication Skills: Excellent written and oral communication skills. Experience and comfort with public speaking and facilitation.
- Computer Skills: Demonstrated proficiency with computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets and management of web content and social media. Familiarity with Microsoft Office package.
- Other Skills: Commitment to effective networking, collaboration and demonstrated ability to build productive working relationships with diverse staff and external stakeholders. Understanding of the importance of coalition-building activities and their impact on issue-based social change movements. Working knowledge of policies related to state and federal health care policy as well as administrative and legislative advocacy. Knowledge of Medicaid, the ACA, and the broader health care system's impact on vulnerable populations. Strong planning, facilitation, and organizational skills. Ability to work under tight timelines, think conceptually, and take a proactive role in executing and completing projects. Ability to work well in groups and within teams as well as individually.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear.
- The employee is frequently required to use hands to key, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.
- The employee is regularly required to sit, stand and walk.
- The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
- Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- The noise in the work environment is moderate.
- This position includes moderate travel throughout the state, including occasional overnight and weekend hours.
- A valid driver's license is required.
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