Program Manager, Behavioral Health, Michigan Health Endowment Fund

The Health Fund's mission is to improve the health of Michigan residents, with special emphasis on the health and wellness of children and seniors, while reducing the cost of health care.

The program manager will collaborate with the Health Fund’s behavioral health team to support grant activity including proposal review; grant management; research and policy; education and technical assistance; communications; and other programmatic support.


Programmatic Support

  • Assist with the RFP development and subsequent collateral development. For example, develop an RFP webinar, one-pagers, etc., and support distribution to key partners.
  • Contribute to the proposal review process.
  • Draft grant recommendations for the grantmaking committee and board.
  • Review grant reports to ensure grant requirements are met and address any deficiencies. Analyze grant reports to identify trends, lessons learned, insights, and progress against goals. Prepare memos and share with appropriate program officers and other staff.
  • Assist with grantee convenings and other trainings and events.
  • Serve as first point of contact for programmatic inquiries.
  • Participate in cross-program activities with staff from other issue areas, including team meetings, Community Health Impact grant round, evaluation and policy discussions, etc.
  • Monitor and advise program officers on annual behavioral health budget.

​Technical Assistance

  • Proactively solve problems and overcome obstacles to help grantees succeed. 
  • Work with program and evaluation officers to identify grantees that need evaluation assistance and help manage the process between program and evaluation teams.
  • Help plan cross-grantee technical assistance, when appropriate.
  • Work together with the evaluation team to identify best practices and lessons learned (related to communications category below).
  • Support the work of the program team in identifying, retaining, and managing consultants. 

Program Communications

  • Support the development and implementation of a communications strategy and timeline specific to program area, in alignment with the communications team’s organizational strategy.
  • Review grantee reports to identify what’s newsworthy/noteworthy and articulate links across grantees. Liaison with the evaluation and communications team to communicate grantee success stories to key audiences.
  • Collaborate with the communications team to develop consistent messaging, provide content, and serve as a subject matter expert for Health Fund.
  • Develop written documents such as case studies, policy recommendations, and research findings.

Research & Policy Identification

  • Research current trends and best practices in program areas and potential new models of care.
  • Identify gaps or areas in need of reform within the current systems, and work with the program, evaluation, and policy teams to develop a strategy to address those gaps and/or issues.
  • Research current state policies and how they impact behavioral health services, which may include researching other states’ policies or contracting with outside experts.
  • Disseminate findings from policy work in partnership with policy and communications team.

Bachelor’s degree required

  • Minimum of five years of program experience in healthcare, nonprofit, or philanthropy
  • Knowledge of behavioral health landscape, including strategies to implement integrated care
  • Excellent organizational, administrative, and communication skills with strong attention to detail
  • Excellent writing skills, both technical and for a general audience
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, projects, and timelines
  • Ability to identify, collect, organize, and synthesize information from a variety of data sources
  • Self-motivated problem-solving abilities
  • Ability to efficiently use software including grants management and project management programs
  • Demonstrated ability to work well individually and as part of a team
How To Apply: 

Applications must include:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing Assignment - A strong candidate for this position will have both strong writing skills as well as a grasp of areas of focus within the Health Fund’s Behavioral Health Initiative, including integrated care. Please write a brief piece (fewer than 500 words) about two or three innovative integrated care projects. You might discuss common threads across multiple projects, how the work is advancing integrated care, or what makes the project stand out as innovative. We’re not looking for a research paper or a particular tone, but we are looking for a strong understanding of integration and how clearly you communicate ideas. 

Please send application materials to Julie Skubik at [email protected]. We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Hiring Organization: 
Michigan Health Endowment Fund
Program Manager, Behavioral Health
City and State: 
Lansing, MI
Hiring Deadline: 
July 31, 2019

The Health Fund encourages everyone to apply. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

This position will be based in Lansing, Michigan.