Coalition Manager
at Heartland Alliance

Date Posted: 10/21/2019

Job Description

Coalition Manager – Protect Our Care Illinois                                                                                                                                                                                                   Location: Chicago, IL

The Coalition Manager is a key player in Heartland Alliance's efforts to advance policy solutions and strategies to eliminate poverty, foster economic security, and realize human rights. They work to achieve policy and system change that affirms the dignity of impacted people, creates new opportunities, and supports individuals and families in their efforts to improve their quality of life.

This position will focus primarily on defending and building upon the expansions of health coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid. In order to do that, the Coalition Manager will provide leadership and support to the work of Protect Our Care Illinois (POCIL), a diverse statewide coalition of health care advocates, providers, consumers, and workers. The Coalition Manager will be responsible for managing the collective work of POCIL and for leveraging its substantive and strategic expertise to achieve the coalition’s goals. The Coalition Manager will assist the coalition with coordinating public education, advocacy, policy analysis, and campaign strategy efforts, all with the goal of ensuring health coverage is affordable and available to all people, regardless of their background, health status or life circumstance.

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:

  • Manage POCIL coalition activities to achieve coalition goals, including coordinating advocacy activities among partner organizations and providing staff support to POCIL Steering Committee and Field and Communications sub-committees.

  • Coordinate the coalition’s strategic planning process, monitor coalition-wide deliverables, and assist in grant reporting.

  • Provide information and analyses, both verbally and in writing, to coalition and agency leadership, policymakers, advocates, coalition members, the general public and other stakeholders.

  • Help execute successful advocacy strategies for educating policymakers and other decision makers about the needs of impacted populations.

  • Assist the coalition in developing strategic partnerships with other individuals, coalitions, and organizations to develop and pursue specific program and policy changes while fostering engagement from impacted populations.

  • Manage the coalition’s communications strategy by coordinating with coalition members and by contributing to content creation and dissemination, such as fact sheets, action alerts, website and social media content, and letters to the editor.

  • Provide support to the coalition in its in public education, field building, event planning, and grassroots advocacy efforts.

  • Represent the coalition and Heartland Alliance externally at events, speaking engagements, trainings and presentations.

  • Participate in Heartland Policy and Advocacy team and collaborate with Heartland program staff.

  • Supervise work of sub-contractors and/or interns.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Wondering whether you have the right credentials or background to apply? The truth is, we don’t care where you went to school or what your connections are. We value lived experience. We are looking for people who care about addressing poverty and fighting for equity, and who have shown the potential to do great coalition or campaign work. If we’re not looking for a specific educational or professional background, what are we looking for? Some of the specifics depend on the position (see the above descriptions), but there are traits and standards we value across the board:

  • Commitment to social justice and equity: We are looking for people who are passionate about social justice, ending poverty, and advancing racial and gender equity. We are looking for these values to be exhibited in your life (personal and professional) and experiences.

  • Curiosity: The best advocates ask good questions, dig deep to understand the details of complex issues, and are always learning and growing.
  • Collaborative: While the amount of independent work varies from team to team, the work to end poverty ultimately cannot be done alone. We are looking for people who will contribute to the team, and are open to feedback and working with others.

We are also looking for evidence of the following types of skills. These may be acquired through lived experience, education, and/or employment.

  • Language/Communication Skills: Excellent written and oral communication skills. Comfort with facilitation and public speaking. Experience and comfort developing content and executing communications strategies, such as social media campaigns.
  • Computer Skills: Proficiency with email, word processing, spreadsheets, and web-based applications and social media sites.

  • Other Skills: Commitment to effective collaboration and productive working relationships with diverse staff and external stakeholders. 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 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 a moderate amount of travel, including some overnight and occasional weekend hours.

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type: Full-Time
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Job Type: Management
  • Experience: Not Specified
  • Date Posted: 10/21/2019

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Heartland Alliance—the leading anti-poverty organization in the Midwest— believes that all of us deserve the opportunity to improve our lives. Each year, we help ensure this opportunity for nearly one million people around the world who are homeless, living in poverty, or seeking safety. Our multicultural staff are passionate about our mission and make Heartland Alliance a dynamic and exciting place to develop your career.

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