Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Illinois Education and Communications Manager

Job Description
Supervisor:  ISPB Executive Director/Illinois Director

A. Provide day‐to‐day program outreach and education throughout Illinois.   
1. Promote vision and eye health awareness to medical professionals and the general public through
clinics, community centers, and educational institutions using the Healthy Eyes Series.  
2. Participate in health and corporate fairs to promote vision health awareness.
3. Coordinate adult vision education events with various partners in and around the Chicagoland area as well as with optometry schools in IL.  
4. Manage the ISPB Eye Glass Replacement and Low Vision Aids reimbursement program.
5. Enhance and/or develop systems to improve the overall operation and effectiveness of the programs.
6. Continuously expand personal knowledge of vision and eye health to better implement programs.  
7. Provide timely, accurate and complete reports on outreach activities.
8. Keep current on findings and recommendations of the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health.
9. Train and certify in the Prevent Blindness children’s vision screening program, and promote children’s vision and eye health across the state (potential target audiences could include pediatric office staff, private preschool and daycare staff, etc.).
10. Recruit and train medical and outreach staff to incorporate adult vision and eye health into their
practices (i.e. Healthy Eyes, Diabetic Educator, Glaucoma programs).
11. Train and manage MPH interns from IL universities to conduct “Healthy Eyes” presentations and
research projects.
12. Promote vision screening certification to university medical and outreach staff.  

B. Communication
1. Keep in contact with legislators and update PB Illinois and ISPB followers regarding laws/bills related to eye health in IL.  
2. Update and maintain ISPB social media with timely and educational information.
3. Create and distribute a quarterly newsletter to ISPB/PB IL followers.
C. ISPB Administration  
1. Assist Executive Director with administrative duties associated with ISPB including:  
a. Preparation for board meetings.  
b. Annual fundraising activities (e.g., mail merges, mass mailings, events).  
D. Other duties as assigned

Education:  Bachelor’s degree in public health, health education, public relations or an allied field. Master’s degree preferred.  

Proven history of outreach or public health program implementation. Background in vision or medical
field helpful.
MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.) experience required.
Work with Raiser’s Edge beneficial.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Must have a vehicle, a clean, valid driver’s license, insurance and able to travel throughout the state.
Demonstrate high ethical standards and an appropriate professional image.
Possess the strong ability to self‐motivate, initiate project activities and manage multiple tasks.
Inspire others to share in a common vision.
Distinguish what is significant and set priorities.
Simultaneously carry on a variety of programs and activities.
Speak comfortably and persuasively in public settings.
Educate effectively by adapting materials to appropriate audiences.
Write clearly and convincingly.
Project imagination, initiative and enthusiasm.
Work independently with ease.
Have an interest in eye health.  

Ability to sit and/or stand for long periods of time
Ability to use a keyboard
Ability to use a phone
 Ability to lift objects up to 40 pounds.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment is in the office and out in the community.

Please send resume and cover letter to the Prevent Blindness Director,  Elyse Fineman, MPH, MHA - (312) 363-6029


West Chicago, located in northeastern Illinois, approximately 30 miles west of Chicago, is a diverse, family-oriented community with a rich cultural mix and a proud heritage. It is the first Illinois community established by the railroads and continues to be a convenient transportation hub served by three major rail lines, Illinois' third-busiest airport and three State highways. The population of 27,086 has nearly tripled since the 1970s based upon the results of the census conducted in 2010.

This Job Posting for a Contractual Program Administrator is initiated at the request of the Healthy West Chicago Advisory Board, a group of key community leaders who have joined together to promote a healthier West Chicago under the fiscal agent of People Made Visible, Inc., a West Chicago 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The primary and initial focus of the Program Administrator is to successfully implement and measure the Healthy West Chicago Community Project (HWC) Action Plan to motivate children and families to adopt healthier lifestyles through healthier choices. In addition, the Program Administrator will grow HWC by the integration of existing community health programs under the HWC umbrella to organize and ensure sustainability. A concurrent focus of the Program Administrator is to generate support for HWC’s mission through comprehensive fundraising and advocacy efforts, with primary responsibility for grant acquisition, reporting and financial management.

You can find more information about Healthy West Chicago here.

The Program Administrator directs HWC programs, measures impact, and assures strong relationships with residents and other key stakeholders on behalf of HWC. This position will apply rigor to the growth of West Chicago’s community health initiatives, engage internal and external partners in collaborative interventions and programming and ensure compliance with relevant law and policy. The Program Administrator will report to the Advisory Board and work directly with its Executive Committee to ensure alignment of community health initiatives with identified community health needs and provide support for health activities at local schools, health systems and by community organizations.

Program Administrator will be contracted to create a budget proposal that is dictated by the West Chicago Community Action Plan incorporating goals, outcomes and proposed expenditure alignment.

Program Administrator will be responsible for creating a work plan directly aligned to the proposed budget. Areas of responsibility will include fundraising and development, advocacy and outreach, program management and operations, and marketing and communications.

Program Administrator will have the choice to subcontract for resources and services necessary to carry out the work plan.

As a contractor, Program Administrator will be required to carry appropriate liability insurance.

A bilingual (English/Spanish) applicant is preferred.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, references and evidence of prior experience in facilitating community coalition, nonprofit grant driven work and nonprofit operations management. Questions and application materials can be submitted to the Healthy West Chicago Executive Committee at

Monday, April 17, 2017

Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (IAPO) Internship/Practicum

Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (IAPO) Intern

1. Description of the project/placement/practicum
Through this unique training opportunity, interns will gain hands-on experience in several possible areas including: government relations/public policy development, communications/media relations, and/or health and policy research, and, all the while, you will be making a significant difference in the effort to curb Illinois’ obesity epidemic!

2. Description of Illinois Public Health Institute
The Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI) mobilizes stakeholders, catalyzes partnerships, and leads action to promote prevention and improve public health systems in order to maximize health, health equity and quality of life for the people of Illinois. IPHI administers a number of partnership-driven projects addressing specific program areas, including the Center for Community Capacity Development (CCCD), the Center for Health and Information Technology (CHIT), and the Center for Policy and Partnership Initiatives (CPPI).

The Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (IAPO) is a statewide coalition launched and coordinated by the Illinois Public Health Institute. The primary goal of IAPO is to ensure that trends in obesity in Illinois are stable in 2015 and moving downward by 2018. Through public education and direct-action organizing, the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity seeks to:
-Propose new and bold solutions to the obesity epidemic through coordinated and comprehensive policy, systems, and environmental changes (PSE).
-Build a visible statewide movement to reduce obesity.
-Raise obesity reduction and prevention to the top of the policy and public health agendas.
-Disseminate and promote best practices and current information.

3. Expected project outcome or product
Our interns are expected to become part of our team by working on various projects such as:
-Helping to collect and analyze data for policy studies related to public health and obesity policy
-Writing or co-authoring articles for print, fact sheets, press releases, newsletters, briefing materials, website posts, social media posts, and letters to Legislators and the Executive branch
-Assisting with current policy and education campaigns
-Assisting with IAPO workgroup meetings, including conducting background research on topics of interest, developing workgroup resource materials, and/or reaching out to potential new workgroup members to participate
-Listening to, taking notes for, and participating in meetings with coalition partners to address current obesity PSE initiatives
-Drafting surveys, focus group outlines or other tools to collect input from coalition partners and priority communities on IAPO initiatives

4. Skills that would be desirable to accomplish this project
Qualified applicants will possess the following: excellent verbal and written communication skills; strong organizational skills; ability to take initiative on projects; comfort working independently and in a team; an interest in addressing the obesity epidemic through policy and systems change. Prior experience as a research assistant, community organizer, policy intern, or writer is highly desirable, though not required.

5. Location where the intern would be housed
The intern will have a designated space, with a desk and a computer at Illinois Public Health Institute, 954 West Washington, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60607.

6. Compensation and duration of the internship
This is an unpaid position. The selected candidate will be expected to work at least 15 hours per week. The work hours will be somewhat flexible to accommodate the intern’s academic schedule and planned time off, if requested in advance. IPHI will be happy to work with the student’s institution to support course credit or practicum requirements.

7. How to apply
No phone calls, please. To apply, send the following three items
-a personalized cover letter referencing the candidate’s relevant experience and training and how they fit the internship opportunity
-a resume or curriculum vitae
-one writing sample, no longer than five pages to

Applications without all three requirements will not be considered.

8. Equal Opportunity Employer
The Illinois Public Health Institute is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We commit to our coworkers, applicants and community to have internships and job opportunities open to everyone equally. It is the policy and practice of IPHI not to discriminate against any coworker or applicant on hiring decisions or career advancement because of race, color, religion national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, status as a disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam Era, or any other personal characteristic which is not a relevant qualification to the specific position

For more information visit the IPHI website at

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

YMCA Program Evaluation Internship PAID Internship

YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) is the national resource center for YMCAs. Y-USA strengthens its member associations’ ability to effectively carry out the YMCA mission in their communities and partners with all YMCAs to achieve the movement’s collective goals and priorities.

Y-USA is focused on programs that address the achievement gap in holistic, youth development, out-of-school time (OST) settings. Through the Achievement Gap Initiative, Y-USA works in collaboration with Ys across the country to improve the school readiness, engagement and success of children. Y-USA believes that all children and youth have potential and should have the opportunity to discover who they are, express themselves, and be nurtured to help them achieve their possibility.

The achievement gap evaluation team within the Research, Evaluation, and Data Sciences (REDS) department at Y-USA supports program development and improvement by evaluating program implementation, assessing program quality, and measuring academic and non-cognitive outcomes for children and youth.

Program Evaluation Intern
The Program Evaluation Intern will support the evaluation of YMCA of the USA’s youth development programs. Specifically, the intern will gain knowledge and provide support in the following key areas: analyzing program participation and survey data gathered from YMCA programs and preparing evaluation reports. Under the direct supervision of Program Evaluation staff, the intern will help coordinate the data collection efforts from Y-USA-funded programs.

The internship will be 20 hours/week during summer 2017 with the possibility of beginning in spring 2017 and/or extending the work into the school year.

• Assist with data collection, cleaning, analysis, and reporting
• Assist with writing report text and creating graphs, tables, and other data displays
• Troubleshoot issues related to data collection
• Track completion of external assessments by sites (STAR, DESSA, PQA)
• Track completion of surveys and other evaluation requirements
• Conduct literature reviews to collect research to support the efficacy of the program models

Education, Knowledge, and Skills:
• Undergraduate senior or graduate student (preferred) in social sciences, education, public policy, or research methods
• Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills required
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills and customer service skills required
• Ability to work and reason independently, work within a team, and take direction from others required
• Commitment to the YMCA character development values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility required
• Previous coursework or experience in working with program or research data preferred
• Academic experience with quantitative and/or qualitative research and analysis preferred
• Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Excel preferred
• Basic to intermediate proficiency in SPSS or similar statistical software preferred
• Technical knowledge of and experience with Business Intelligence tools (Tableau, Cognos, Qlickview) preferred
• Experience with qualitative data analysis software (nVivo, Dedoose) preferred
• Proficiency in locating relevant journal articles in academic indexes such as PsycInfo, ERIC, and ProQuest preferred
• Knowledge of informal education or youth development programs preferred

Please submit a cover letter and resume with your application to Program Evaluation Specialist, Suzanne Robinson, at

Paid Chicago-Area Summer Mosquito Positions from the Midwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Disease.

The Midwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Disease (MCE-VBD) is currently recruiting for paid summer 2017 positions to work on field research projects related to mosquito control work in the Chicago Area. We can offer one full-time experience for the duration of the summer (3 months) and two part-time positions. Please note – this research will require some strenuous activities (ie. removal of 100 lb manhole covers).

To be considered for one of these positions, please send the following items to the Justin Harbison ( Direct all questions related to the positions to Justin as well.

1) A cover letter to detail:
a. Your interest in vector-borne diseases
b. Your availability to work during the time frame listed above (part-time or full-time and any          anticipated time away)

2) A short resume to detail your educational and work experience.