Los Angeles, Oakland or Sacramento, CA

Program Director, Prevention in Health Systems, The California Endowment
The Organization

The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, The Endowment has regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state. The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people’s health. The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. For more information, visit The Endowment’s Web site at www.calendow.org

Position Overview

The Program Director, Prevention in Health Systems, has principal responsibility for leading, advising and guiding staff, Executive Management and the Board on the policy and practice opportunities for advancing The Endowment’s efforts to catalyze a prevention based and equity focused health system that is accountable to the consumers it serves.  This is a system that provides access to affordable and quality preventive care for all, develops and expands partnerships to address the social determinants of health, supports a pipeline of culturally competent health workers and addresses equity at all levels.  The Program Director, Prevention in Health Systems is responsible for state and federal program and policy assessment, advocacy, program research, analysis, planning and development, and grant recommendations to advance comprehensive health systems transformation. The Program Director, Prevention in Health Systems is the primary staff contact and spokesperson for TCE’s health systems work, is a key member of The Endowment’s Director’s team and works closely with the Chief Learning Officer and Senior Vice President of Healthy California/Enterprise to strengthen the overall impact of The Endowment’s Prevention in Health Systems work. The Program Director, also manages a team of Senior Program Managers, Program Managers, Program Associates and Administrative Assistants to implement and manage all aspects of grantmaking in addition to collaborating with other Endowment Directors to maximize impact at all levels of the organization. The Program Director reports to the Senior Vice President.

Provide strategic leadership, planning and management for the Prevention Team and The California Endowment.

·         Support overall management of Healthy California, Prevention Team, to include supervision of staff and management of the budget.

·         Work with other Directors to coordinate the development and implementation of policies and procedures for The Endowment.

·         Lead strategic planning efforts and advise the foundation on opportunities to advance health system goals in conjunction with other Endowment Directors.

·         Establish goals, objectives, and performance measures for staff, in coordination with other Directors.

·         Monitor and analyze organizational and operational problems and develop solutions including organizational or process changes.

·         Initiate and oversee specific projects for The Endowment, as determined by the CEO and Senior VP.

·         Supervise a team of 6 staff, with up to 3 direct reports.

Maintain collaborative relationships and strategic partnerships

·         Work closely with The Endowment staff to create an integrated internal and external and well understood TCE approach to health systems change as well as to mutually support goals and needs across the organization.

·         Lead and participate in collaborative efforts with external partners on broad-based policy issues aligned with The Endowment goals.

·         Manage a portfolio of policy and advocacy grants.

·         Advise the Board and TCE leadership of developments in the health policy environment.

·         Speak and participate in external meetings and conferences as a representative of The Endowment.

·         Establish and maintain excellent working relationships with community and policy organizations and state and federal policymakers to enhance the presence of The Endowment in the public policy arena.

Develop and implement a health systems policy and practice agenda for The Endowment

·         Maintain and expand relationships with external partners to inform and advise the development and implementation of The Endowment programs and strategies.

·         Serve as the lead for state-wide policy development.

·         Conceive, develop and support research and analysis on health policy issues, develop background papers and briefs to inform and support program goals and strategies.

·         Monitor trends in health policy, review literature and news articles, and track local, state and federal legislative and policy activity related to health systems.

·         Manage knowledge and information flow for easy access, transparency and usability by internal and external partners.

·         Work with Endowment staff and partners to ensure that community health issues and concerns inform policy directions.

·         Work with Communications staff to develop programs and materials to improve the health policy knowledge and skills of TCE staff and grantees through user-friendly briefings, trainings, and written materials.


·      Commitment to the mission of The California Endowment, genuine interest in and sensitivity to diversity, and pride in California’s multicultural communities. Experience and background that demonstrates deep support of the values and principles that underlie the grant-making and strategies of the foundation.

·      A strong appreciation of diversity as an asset, the importance of partnership strategies to improve health in underserved populations, and building and strengthening the capacity of community-based organizations and coalitions to drive policy, systems and narrative change.

·      Strong background and experience in the development and/or oversight of health and/or public health programs, as well as a keen understanding of the relationship between programs and public policy.

·      Strong interpersonal communication and leadership skills. Enjoys both learning and teaching. Is able to fluidly cross the boundaries of the foundation, community, academic, public health and health care delivery sectors to engage a variety of audiences critical to the foundation’s mission.

·      Excellent oral communication skills. The ability to convey key messages to various audiences and speak effectively in public forums.

·      Excellent leadership, management and supervisory skills. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as a team player.

·      Excellent conceptual and analytic abilities including clear judgment and creative thinking.

·      Excellent writing skills and ability to summarize complex information clearly, concisely and accurately.

·      Knowledge and expertise in health care and health policy, community organizing, as well as the policymaking process and environment at the local, state and federal levels.

·      Self-organization and discipline, with a demonstrated ability to listen and respond with flexibility, as appropriate.

·      Demonstrated initiative and strong ability to work independently.

Minimum Education:

·      Master’s degree in health policy, public health, public administration or related discipline preferred.

Minimum Experience:

·         10-15 years of experience in health policy, advocacy, community organizing or strategic communications.

·         Experience which demonstrates the ability to conceptualize, think critically and strategically, and communicate in written and verbal form.

·         Experience working with policymakers, advocates, researchers, community organizations, and private sector leaders.

How To Apply

Please submit your resume to HRresumes@calendow.org and reference “Program Director, Prevention in Health Systems.  To be considered, your application must include a cover letter detailing how you helped advance health and social change through your work experience.

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