Job Opening – Director of Health Planning

If you are familiar with local, state and federal health systems, if you have administrative and planning experience, and if you want to be part of a collaborative, community-wide approach to improving access to quality health care and healthy lifestyles, this could be the right job for you.          

Responsible to:            

Executive Director, Human Services Coalition

Job Summary:      

The Health Planning Program Director works with the Health Planning Advisory Board, committees, community-based organizations, government agencies and the Coalition staff to improve the health of Tompkins County residents by increasing access to quality health care services, promoting the efficiency of health services, and creating an environment to support healthy lifestyles.  The Director and staff proactively and collaboratively plan and coordinate activities and projects involving local health care providers, payers, community leaders, residents and other stakeholders.

Salary & Benefits:

Exempt Salaried position; Compensation: salary – low 60’s, 37.5 hours per week; benefits – cafeteria plan and PTO.

How to Apply:

Cover Letter and Resume Required for Application.

To apply email (preferred) your cover letter and resume to or send your materials via postal mail to:

Tamara S. Beardsley
Human Services Coalition
118 N. Tioga Street, Suite 304
Ithaca, NY 14850

Duties and Responsibilities:
Health System Planning and Development
    • Oversee HPC Advisory Board and Committees. Provide staff support including convening meetings, sharing of  information and data, preparation of meeting notices, agenda, minutes, and Board orientation materials.
    • Gather, analyze, and utilize data to provide professional input, technical assistance, and consultation on health and health-related matters that support the activities of the Advisory Board, its committees, county governments, agencies and community groups concerning health-related needs and planning for the development of a healthy community
    • Promote understanding of health care issues and public involvement to improve health status and/or the health system.
    • Plan educational workshops on topics of need and interest in health services community.
    • Coordinate collaborations between health care providers and community-based organizations to identify possible areas of collaboration to improve cost effectiveness and health outcomes in Tompkins County and the region.
    • Organize task forces as needed to address emerging needs and/or opportunities. Design and coordinate stakeholder engagement that include consumers, providers, county and municipal government leaders, and other interest group’s participation in planning and development.
    • Research and pursue sources of funding in support of identified community needs.
    • Maintain knowledge of developments and trends in the fields of population health, provision of health care services, Medicaid/Medicare reform, chronic disease, long-term health care and related topics.
    • Participate in regional coalitions to identify and develop common health-related goals for which regional strategies might best apply and to assist in developing and implementing these strategies. Assess for potential impact on Tompkins County residents, health care providers and other stakeholders. Participate in statewide meetings, conference calls and trainings.
    • Serve on health-related committees, advisory boards, etc. as appropriate and time permits to provide information, planning, and coordination.
    • Hire and provide overall supervision and direction to direct service health planning staff.
    • In coordination with Administration and HPC staff, develop and implement an annual work plan and yearly budget. monitor work plan and budget throughout the year, revise budget as necessary and approve expenditures as appropriate.
    • Prepare periodic status reports, manage any contracts or sub contracts as to ensure achievement of all deliverables. In conjunction with the Finance, ensure timely submission of vouchers and financial reports.
    • In conjunction with IT staff, assure the safety and security of all client health care information
    • Provide input and assistance to the Executive Director on operations and policy matters.
    • Assist in special projects and other duties as assigned to further the goals of the HPC and HSC.
Other Responsibilities
  • Assist in special projects and other duties as assigned to further the goals of the HPC and HSC.

Master’s Degree in Public or Health Administration, Health Planning or related field preferred, and a minimum of four years of experience in health services planning, coordination and management or equivalent education and experience. The successful candidate will show an understanding of health care systems and their impact on the community. They will have supervisory experience, demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with individuals and groups, demonstrated ability to facilitate small and large group meetings, excellent presentation and writing skills, a demonstrated ability to take initiative, provide leadership, and present a balanced perspective toward concerns of funders, providers, and consumers of health care services.

Must have own car, and a current driver’s license.  May require some occasional out of town travel and weekend work.

The Human Services Coalition is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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