Children’s Home & Aid is a leading child and family service agency in Illinois. Our mission is to partner with children, youth and families whose potential is at risk to create hope, opportunity, and bright futures.
In 2013, Children’s Home & Aid launched the Ahlquist Center for Policy, Practice and Innovation to expand our mission impact by bringing together practice knowledge, innovation insight and policy and advocacy experience. The Ahlquist Center utilizes three powerful strategies:
Incubating innovative practices and models;
Improving outcomes within our the agency’s services and within the field;
Achieving effective state and federal policies.
Children’s Home & Aid is looking for a Strategy Manager who shares our commitment to doing whatever it takes to strengthen families. The Strategy Manager is responsible for coordinating strategy development for the agency, identifying and informing opportunities for Children’s Home & Aid to enhance, expand or develop programs. As part of the agency’s Ahlquist Center team, the Strategy Manager serves as the center of gravity for agency-wide efforts to implement and bring initiatives to scale.
Provides analytical support, funding information and analysis on the macro environment and trends as it relates to the public and non-profit sectors to agency leadership to advance the agency’s strategic planning, program development and mission impact, particularly in the areas of child welfare, family strengthening, early childhood education and violence prevention services.
Facilitates and supports discussions with agency leadership, including developing materials and presentations, which clearly identify, define and frame opportunities and challenges.
Initiates and staffs cross-sectional teams inside the agency to incubate and scale emerging initiatives. Works closely with program leadership to support and enable the implementation of new program strategies.
Assesses, with program leadership, community needs and funding opportunities in specific geographic regions to expand or enhance agency services.
Works closely with the Director of Public Grants to generate information and ideas to respond to new grant opportunities.
Tracks progress against the strategic goals set by agency leadership and coordinates and guides the internal planning process as appropriate.
Represents agency at external meetings and develops relationships with key representatives of the private, public and non-profit sectors to enhance the agency’s understanding of emerging opportunities and to generate awareness of the agency’s work and enhance the agency’s brand.
Cultivates strategic university partnerships and research opportunities and facilitates ongoing relationships to address the most pressing questions affecting the outcomes for agency clients.
Coordinates the implementation of regional and national initiatives, including opportunities with the Children’s Home Society of America
Bachelor’s degree with at least 7 years of experience in human services program administration, management consulting or business development is required.
MBA or Master’s degree is preferred.
Experience in service delivery and design in child welfare, children’s behavioral health, early childhood education or youth violence prevention is preferred.
Business development experience in the non-profit sector is a plus.
Knowledge of Medicaid billing and managed care plans is a plus.
Ability to identify problems, generate solutions, evaluate alternatives and facilitate conversations to make recommendations.
Skilled at converting objectives into concrete action plans and analytical tasks.
Strong communications skills with the ability of presenting complex information in an easy-to-understand format.
Ability to develop and execute a plan with a high degree of independence while working collaboratively and being open to guidance from agency leadership.
Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize work effectively and manage time to meet goals.
Demonstrated leadership in bringing people with different vantage points together to achieve results.
Enjoyment of building collaborative internal and external relationships to advance the agency’s goals.
Compensation includes paid time off, as well as medical, dental, vision and life insurance and a 401(k) Employee savings plan. Children’s Home & Aid is an equal opportunity employer: minority/female/disability/veteran.
About Children's Home & Aid
Children’s Home & Aid is a leading child and family service agency in Illinois. Each year, it protects, educates and counsels over 40,000 children, youth and families to improve their lives. For over 130 years, Children’s Home & Aid has been a compassionate advocate helping to shape public policy in child welfare, early childhood and juvenile justice. Children’s Home & Aid is recognized for establishing best practices and achieving outstanding results through its programs and services that focus on child abuse prevention, healthy child development and strengthening families. Children’s Home & Aid is an equal opportunity employer: minority/female/disability/veteran.
Compensation includes paid time off, as well as medical, dental, vision and life insurance and a 401(k) Employee savings plan.