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Senior Program Officer, Child Health and Early Childhood - CHCS in NJ


The Center for Health Care Strategies is seeking a dynamic and highly-organized individual to serve as a Senior Program Officer on child health focused policy and programs including a strong focus on early childhood. The position will work in a team-based structure to design and carry out initiatives that improve outcomes for children from early childhood through transition age. The senior program officer will have responsibility for the day-to-day operation of projects that focus on children receiving publicly-financed health, early childhood services and other human services. The ideal candidate will have a strong knowledge of and experience with childhood policy and practice, some understanding of the related Medicaid financing and knowledge of the systems related to early childhood. This is not a clinical position; individuals with policy experience are sought. This full-time position is based in the CHCS office, near Princeton, NJ, with occasional local and national travel required.


  • Work within a team to develop and/or execute initiatives in the area of children’s health and wellbeing, inclusive of early childhood and child health services;
  • Provide technical assistance to state and local agencies, health plans, health systems, and other key stakeholders in these programmatic areas;
  • Manage assigned projects including developing project work plans and tracking project/contract deliverables, and budget development and management;
  • Author policy briefs and develop presentations on topics relevant to these programmatic areas;
  • Plan, facilitate, and present at face-to-face meetings, teleconferences, and webinars for project participants; and
  • Produce funder reports and other dissemination vehicles highlighting project activities and their impact.


  • Master’s degree in public administration, public health, child development, or child health and/or social service-related field;
  • 5-7 years of relevant work experience in local, state, or federal health/human service agencies or delivery systems related to the provision and/or integration of services to children and youth;
  • Strong interest in children’s health and development, and social policy and practice issues;
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work both independently and in teams;
  • Ability to manage numerous project activities and interface with multiple partners, including states, federal agencies, consultants, funders, and technical assistance providers; and
  • Ability to write clear and effective materials for a wide range of audiences.

Salary and Compensation
Salary is commensurate with experience; the benefit package is highly competitive.

To Apply
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter with salary requirements, resume, and at least two writing samples to demonstrate content knowledge and project-management skills via CHCS’ Career Center. No telephone inquiries please.