Augusta, Maine

Program Officer, Maine Health Access Foundation

The Organization

The Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) seeks dynamic, innovative candidates to join our mission-driven team for a full-time (30-40 hours/week) Program Officer position.  MeHAF is Maine’s largest statewide, private health care foundation, with a mission to promote quality health care, especially for those who are uninsured and underserved, and improve the health of everyone in Maine.

MeHAF achieves this broad mission through a set of goals and strategies that are anchored in advancing equity.  Within this framework, the Program Officer will develop and manage program activities including grants, policy research, technical assistance, learning and information dissemination, partnership development, and community engagement.

Position Overview: 
This staff person will take a combination of lead and secondary roles in several of the program areas outlined in the MeHAF Strategic Framework.  The ideal candidate is a strategic, creative thinker who is adept at cultivating collaborative relationships with diverse groups, and who brings knowledge, capacity, and experiences that broaden those of the MeHAF team.  Program Officers must have strong networking, relational, and analytic talents to support community engagement, program design, implementation, monitoring, and improvement.  Such work relies on working closely with communities, partner organizations, applicants, and grantees, and requires exceptional interpersonal and cross-cultural skills.  We seek candidates with proven ability to navigate complex systems and structures and the power differential that may exist between organizations, including between a foundation and its collaborators, applicants, and grantees.  Specific program areas will be assigned based on expertise and interests of new and current team members.   Subject area expertise in behavioral health (including substance use disorder) and/or maternal and child health is desirable, but more important is the ability to plan, implement, and adapt programs while building relationships with diverse communities across the state, thus contributing to MeHAF’s ongoing organizational learning and development.

Nine years’ combined highly relevant paid or unpaid experience and/or education post high school.  Relevant fields include, but are not limited to:  public health or health, community organizing, public policy, or community development.   Experience with groups who face disproportionate barriers to health care and health is strongly desirable.  In addition, prior experience with nonprofit organizations, health care delivery and public health as well as philanthropy can be helpful.  See the position description for more details.

MeHAF is an equal opportunity employer and seeks applicants who will contribute to the diversity of its staff.  The MeHAF office, based in Augusta, serves as the primary work site, and we require that employees live in Maine. Staff lives in a variety of urban and rural communities in southern, central, and coastal Maine.   MeHAF has a telecommuting policy that allows some work from home.  With this recruitment, we may consider a new employee who could be based in Piscataquis, Aroostook, Washington, or Hancock Counties.

How To Apply:
For further details about the position and information on how to apply, please visit our website. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, describing their commitment to MeHAF’s goals and values, and a resume that highlights relevant paid and unpaid experience they would bring to advance achievement of MeHAF’s mission, to Dani Kalian by August 30, 2019.  The position will remain open until filled.



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