As one of the nation’s leading pediatric health care systems, Nemours is committed to providing all children with their best chance to grow up healthy. We offer integrated, family-centered care to more than 300,000 children each year in our pediatric hospitals, specialty clinics and primary care practices in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Nemours strives to ensure a healthier tomorrow for all children – even those who may never enter our doors – through our world-changing research, education and advocacy efforts. At Nemours, our Associates help us deliver on the promise we make to every family we have the privilege of serving: to treat their child as if they were our own.
The Policy and Program Analyst - State Systems Specialist will support a cooperative agreement (2018 - 2023) with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) focused on obesity prevention in early care and education (ECE) settings. The State Systems Specialist will provide capacity building assistance to staff in public and private organizations across multiple states and manage a caseload of state cross sector (health, early care and education, family support, parenting) teams to integrate childhood obesity prevention into ECE systems.
With cross sector teams, utilize existing framework and tools, referred to as Spectrum of Opportunities 2.0, to coach them through a process of needs assessment, partnership building, and action planning. Assist teams as they identify and implement provider level and system level approaches that align with obesity prevention best practices in ECE. Connect states with national experts, research institutions, and other states for technical assistance and to share experiences and understand effectiveness of approaches. Collaborate closely with CDC staff to help states make improvements on indicators that demonstrate effective integration of obesity prevention into ECE systems.
In assigned states, become familiar with state level ECE systems (QRIS, professional development, CACFP, licensing, CCDF, etc.) through research, informational interviews and site visits.
Directly support cross sector teams to utilize planning tools and make progress towards integration of best practice support into ECE systems. Partner with CDC staff to provide TA and monitor state team progress.
Provide proactive and reactive TA to state teams on childhood obesity prevention approaches (provider and system levels) and on QRIS, professional development, CACFP, licensing and CCDF.
Develop relationships with state cross sector team members to strengthen their participation and benefit from partnering.
Manage projects to include project design, proposal writing, budget development, evaluation design, ongoing monitoring and expenditure tracking and projection.
Assist states to develop tracking systems to monitor their progress in reaching ECE programs statewide with support for obesity prevention.
Identify the need for technical assistance materials and assist in/lead development (writing, editing, design, and testing) of materials.
Connect Nemours staff and state team members, and facilitate conversations, with state level ECE leaders in professional development, QRIS, licensing, CACFP and CCDF in order to facilitate conversations around system integration.
Provide leadership on national level committees and councils representing Nemours on topics related to child health, ECE and obesity prevention for children birth – five.
Network with national organizations to support state efforts via grants, technical assistance and resource sharing. Serve as Nemours point of contact for national partners and strategically manage partnerships to the benefit of state efforts.
Essential Job Functions
Manage and Implement – Manage the day to day operations of a diverse array of policy and prevention initiatives with a strategic and cooperative approach. Coordinate with other staff (as needed) to ensure the tasks and resources remain in the scope of the original plan. In addition, alert management to any issues or opportunities that could hinder or accelerate the work. Candidate may also initiate and manage contract(s) for services with targeted organizations and/or vendors. The incumbent will have project-level decision-making authority under general oversight of management with need for strong strategic thinking and action.
Research and Analysis – In consultation with other professionals, research and analyze initiatives focused on health promotion and disease prevention, population health, health care quality, enterprise transformation, and other topics of organizational priority both internal and external to Nemours. Help develop strategic recommendations for policy and practice initiatives, and for strategic partnership development. Research and analysis is completed under the general oversight of management.
Evaluation – Utilize project data, evaluation and outcome results to develop strategic recommendations for improvements to health promotion, population health and other topics to provide technical assistance. Evaluation is completed under the general oversight of management.
Collaboration and Communication - Utilize strong oral and written communication skills. Engage in and provide recommendations to support development, strategic partnerships and coalition-building efforts to enhance current and future initiatives. Serve as liaison to targeted partners in order to provide leadership, counseling, facilitation, and technical assistance to as appropriate. Represent Nemours at key planning forums with internal and external groups and partners. The associate may make presentations at strategic in-person or web-based forums to promote and accelerate the work. The associate will regularly attend events, activities, meetings or trainings – which may occur in the evenings and on weekends. Associate will work under the general oversight of management.
Continuous Improvement — Lead and assist in Continuous Improvement projects.
Writing –Contribute to or write reports or papers for the general public or professional publications under the direction of management. Prepare relevant materials and presentations under general supervision.
Our dedication to professionals who are dedicated to children frequently earns Nemours a spot on the list of top workplaces in the communities we serve. Our Associates enjoy comprehensive benefits, including our unique “Bridge to a Healthy Future” pediatric health plan, an integrated wellness program, opportunities for professional growth, and much more. As an equal opportunity employer, Nemours focuses on the best-qualified applicants for our openings.
Nemours is committed to improving the health of children. As a non-profit children’s health organization, we consider the health of every child to be a sacred trust. Through family-centered care in our children’s hospitals and clinics in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida, as well as world-changing research, education and advocacy, Nemours fulfills the promise of a healthier tomorrow for all children — even those who may never enter our doors. Nemours began more than 70 years ago with the vision of Alfred I. duPont to improve the lives of children and to do whatever it takes to prevent and treat even the most disabling childhood conditions. Today, through our children’s hospitals and health system, we directly care for 250,000 children annually in Delaware Valley and Florida, including families who travel from across the country and world to see our specialists — treating every child as we would our own. We also reach beyond the walls of our hospitals and clinics to be a voice for children on a national and international level, and to lead the way in prevention, intervention, education, and research. Nemours is growing to better serve the children and families in our ca...re. We have 1.1 million square feet of space currently devoted to providing children’s healthcare or under construction, all designed with significant input and advice from our patients and families.