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Health Systems Manager, State & Primary Care Systems

Job ID 13536130 Location Chicago, Illinois Position Type Full-Time


Position Description

Save lives. Fulfill yours.

At the American Cancer Society, we're leading the fight for a world without cancer. Our employees and 1.5 million volunteers are raising the bar every single day. The people who work at the American Cancer Society focus their diverse talents on our singular mission: to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. We achieve our mission by drawing on our core values of integrity, compassion, courage, determination, and diversity.

It is a calling. And the people who answer it are fulfilled.

This position develops partnerships and strategies to increase colorectal, breast, and cervical cancer screening, increase HPV awareness and vaccination, and reduce tobacco use. Delivers on mission and revenue objectives within an established national non-profit organization.

Major Responsibilities

  • Develop high-impact partnerships with state agencies, public health departments, public and private health insurers, quality improvement organizations, related associations and health organizations.
  • Promote an aggressive cancer prevention agenda, including policy, systems, and practice change with state partners. 
  • Collaborate with counterparts in the North Central region (IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN and WV) and with other cancer control colleagues (e.g. Primary Care, Hospital Systems, and Mission Delivery teams) to develop shared mission and revenue opportunities.  
  • Support and promote the Illinois Cancer Partnership (ICP), a multi-organizational partnership which is a part of the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP) with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Convene and facilitate mission-focused roundtables and learning collaboratives to inform and support partners and activate cancer prevention agenda.
  • Engage partners in quality improvement initiatives to help them improve their screening and vaccination rates.
  • Cultivate clinical champions (volunteers) to help advance cancer control priorities.
  • Engage partners in support of Society’s policy agenda and ACS-CAN activities.
  • Assure compliance with all governmental regulations and organizational policies which impact health initiatives and constituent privacy (e.g. HIPPA).

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to elevate awareness of cancer as a major health problem across a range of partners and influence partners to adopt cancer control priorities and implement evidence-based strategies.
  • Ability to represent the Society effectively and professionally to population health partners, community leaders, and diverse constituencies.
  • Is an experienced, strategic project manager; can develop plans, budgets and timelines. Is responsive to changing circumstances and priorities; delivers on commitments.
  • Knowledgeable about FQHCs and other safety net healthcare providers, social determinates of health, and health equity.
  • Experience developing grant applications and funding proposals.
  • Maintains general knowledge of science and best practices by monitoring current research and practices, attending trainings and conferences.   
  • Data savvy. Can source data and use to enhance practice; can integrate information from relevant sources and communicate findings to lay audiences.
  • Understands health insurers, health departments, and state agencies and can work within these and other similarly complex organizations.
  • Able to identify potential partners and cultivate relationships and maintain strong market, community, and constituent perspectives. 
  • Willingness to support colleagues’ events, activities, and initiatives.
  • Excellent oral and written communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrates integrity, creativity, collaboration, and stewardship.
  • Broad knowledge of American Cancer Society, including cancer prevention strategies a plus.
  • Proficient in all Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Requires overnight and workday travel---30% 


Bachelor’s degree in public health, health administration, healthcare, nonprofit management or equivalent preferred; graduate degree a plus. Preferred minimum of three years of experience in public health or population health with a proven record in partner stewardship, revenue development, and effective account management.

This position is a grade 13 role in the American Cancer Society’s compensation structure.


Position Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in public health, health administration, healthcare, nonprofit management or equivalent preferred; graduate or doctorate degree a plus. Preferred minimum of three years of experience in health care related sales or account management, with a proven background in fundraising and executive relationship development, preferably with a multi-million-dollar organization.

Demonstrates Health Systems Competencies: Action oriented, Balances stakeholders, Builds networks, Collaborates, Ensures accountability, Plans and aligns, Situational adaptability, Strategic mindset.

Other skills:
• Able to cultivate relationships with targeted health systems to create a sense of urgency related to awareness of cancer as a major health problem, motivate to action in prevention and early detection, and influence strategies and techniques.
• Ability to represent the Society effectively and professionally to health systems and community leaders, including working with disparate populations and diverse constituents.
• Demonstrated success managing a team of diverse relationship/account managers with mission, fundraising, and health industry experience.
• Knowledge of health insurance and coverage issues, advocacy, and government policy.
• Ability to understand and work within a complex organizational structure.
• Strong experience with community-based program planning and implementation.
• Knowledge of product marketing/sales concepts.
• Outcome driven with ability to respond to changing circumstances and priorities.
• Able to manage and motivate diverse groups and individuals, and work successfully as a leader in a team environment.
• Excellent oral and written communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
• Demonstrated success collaborating with staff account teams to develop appropriate plans for constituents.
• Strong market, community and constituent perspective.
• Broad knowledge of the overall structure, programs, and services of the American Cancer Society including policies and procedures.
• Remains composed under stress, handles responses to criticism tactfully and delivers on organizational commitments.
• Ability to analyze and integrate information from relevant sources.
• Strong strategic planning skills.
• Extensive knowledge of health care markets, insurance structurers, Medicaid and Medicare practices and policies, managed care organizations, and primary care infrastructure.
• Knowledge of program development, outcome-based interventions, educational processes and evaluations.
• Strong knowledge of health status data statistics and analysis, chronic disease tracking, and reading and interpreting cancer statistics.
• Maintains general knowledge of science and evidenced based best practices through monitoring current research and practices, attending trainings, and participating in enterprise and regional meetings. Travel, including evening and weekend work required. We are committed to providing staff with fulfilling opportunities to learn, grow and make an impact in their local communities. We offer staff a generous paid time off policy; medical, dental and retirement benefits, and professional development programs to enhance staff skills.

Equal Opportunity Employer.

See our commitment to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity to continually ensure equal opportunity to our employees and to our applicants.

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