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The Commission on the Public's Health System

The Commission on the Public's Health System (CPHS), founded in 1991, is a citywide, community-based membership health advocacy organization in New York City. CPHS is an independent voice for the public health and hospital system, a champion of robust public health funding in state and city budgets, and a strong supporter of community organizing. It is deeply committed to the health care safety net and to ensuring access to health care services for everyone, particularly in low-income communities, home to many who are medically underserved, immigrants and people of color. CPHS is committed to ensuring that the voices of medically underserved communities are heard, especially their need for safety net health care services. CPHS accomplishes this work through research, policy analysis, advocacy, and organizing. As a membership organization with an active board of directors, CPHS has many routes to understanding the important issues confronting communities and it places a high priority on extensive community involvement in its numerous projects. CPHS works in coalitions with community organizations, unions, and others to protect safety net providers, to fight for children's health, to mobilize communities when needed services are threatened, and to achieve the goals of the organization. When there are budget battles over issues of public health, CPHS is always in the front lines. The organization is currently led by one of the original coalition members who founded CPHS, Judy Wessler. Because Ms. Wessler will be stepping down as Director in 2013, the Board of Directors of CPHS is recruiting for a new Director who can lead the organization in its continuing campaign of health advocacy. The Director will work with the Board of Directors to define goals, manage the organization, develop and implement the program, coordinate fundraising and grant-seeking, serve as spokesperson, and spearhead collaborative efforts with community organizations, unions, and government agencies. The Director must be adaptable to changing conditions and be able and willing to work flexible hours.

Duties and Essential Job Functions The Director should be dedicated to the mission of the organization, have relevant professional experience, have worked with many different constituencies, and be comfortable with diverse populations. The person chosen should have the following:
• Experience in community health advocacy and organizing
• Ability to provide strategic direction for short and long term campaigns on local and state issues
• Knowledge of New York City communities, and some experience working in low- income, immigrant, and communities of color
• Proven ability to work with many diverse communities
• Commitment to ensuring the growth and development of a strong base of member- leaders
• Capacity to develop training materials for staff and membership on policy and organizing topics
• Ability to work with and coordinate coalition efforts
• Experience in fund- raising, including grant seeking and writing grant proposals, and organizing fundraising events
• Excellent writing skills
• Solid background in the preparation of written reports, meeting summaries, and related materials as required
• Ability to develop and supervise staff
• Ability to work independently, yet collaboratively, according to the goals of the organization
• Some administrative experience

This is a full time position. The Director is not required to travel outside the city.

• Minimum of a Bachelors of Arts; advanced degree in public health or related field preferred
• Minimum 5 years professional experience, preferably in the areas of: public health, policy development, administration, advocacy
• Must demonstrate an ability to write well
• New York City residence preferred

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume and three references to Deadline for cover letters, resumes, and references is December 15, 2012. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Position will be open until filled. Persons of color and individuals with bilingual skills in major languages spoken in New York City are encouraged to apply. The ideal start date is in February 2013.

Salary / Benefits: Salary depends on experience (DOE). Excellent benefits including, personal & sick days, flexible hours, vacation leave, and holiday time off



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