Program Director, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IHF)

About the Foundation

The Irving Harris Foundation (IHF) enhances the quality of life for children, families, and communities by advancing human potential, social justice and equity, and creative experience and expression. IHF is a strategic grantmaker, investing approximately $14 million annually in the fields of early childhood development, reproductive health and justice, arts and culture, and Jewish values in the U.S. and Israel. IHF’s grants aim to address root causes, leverage public and private resources, provide technical assistance, and foster collaboration through public-private and funder partnerships.

About the Position

IHF is seeking an experienced collaborator to serve as Program Director, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) to contribute to the leadership and deepen the Foundation’s expertise. The Program Director will be responsible for leading strategy development and implementation of IHF’s work to influence services, systems, and policies in Illinois and at the national and federal levels related to infant and early childhood mental health and child trauma in collaboration with the Executive Director, Board, and other team members. This is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned professional with expertise in the field of infant and early childhood mental health to further develop IHF’s grantmaking portfolio and shape the future of the field.

IECMH and its intersection with early childhood development, maternal child health, and reproductive health and justice is one of IHF’s primary giving areas. In this area, IHF focuses on cultivating a diverse workforce and the creation of programs, policies, and systems that address the complex and comprehensive needs of children and their families. In addition to grantmaking, IHF plays a critical role in advancing the field of IECMH through two initiatives: the Harris Professional Development Network and the Tenets initiative. Bringing a wealth of expertise in the area and a vision for the future of the infant and early childhood mental health field, the new Program Director will advance and manage the IECMH grantmaking program areas, advance and grow the Foundation’s two IECMH initiatives (PDN and the Tenets), and contribute to the development of a revised grantmaking strategy aimed at having a long-lasting impact on the field of IECMH.


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IHF is partnering with Carolyn Ho, Cara Pearsall, and Andres Marcuse-Gonzalez of NPAG on this search. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to: [email protected]. In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.


The Irving Harris Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity.

Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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  • Reed Young
    published this page in Job Board 2020-10-16 16:05:38 -0400