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Foundation, Public Affairs Manager

Req #:  110546
Facility:  Support Centers
Department:  Management/Supervisory
City:  Downers Grove
Posting Budget Status:  Day
Shift Type:  Full Time - Permanent
Posting FTE:  1

Advocate Health Care, the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Our Corporate Support & Operations Services are equally committed to advancing Advocate's goal of building lifelong relationships with patients by delivering the best health outcomes and highest level of service through an integrated approach to care and wellness.


This role will be responsible for directing public affairs strategy, communications plans and donor relations for Advocate Aurora Health’s charitable foundations. Focus is on providing creative, strategic and comprehensive communication that will further elevate Advocate Aurora Health and its philanthrophic contributions. Leader will be accountable for leading communications strategy for the foundation internally and externally, and ensuring that the philanthrophic message is leveraged across all platforms. This position will also provide executive communications support for foundation leadership and other system executives. Position is based at Advocate Aurora Health’s Corporate Office in Downers Grove, Illinois.


  • Contributes to the development and execution of Advocate Aurora Health’s charitable foundations communications strategy to ensure effective communication with both internal and external stakeholders in support of business goals and objectives.
  • Manages the strategic communications needs of executives by providing appropriate counsel and comprehensive communications solutions to meet Advocate Aurora Health’s business priorities.
  • Plans, directs and organizes content for Foundation publications and communications in support of the organization’s multi-faceted content strategy.
  • Produces press materials and proactive media pitches, in collaboration with the Advocate Aurora Health PR team, to help elevate the Foundation internally and externally. 
  • Oversees the design, production and distribution of Foundation communication through various vehicles and platforms.
  • Drives collaboration with the foundation, communications and government relations teams to produce strategies and materials to enhance donor relations.


Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Marketing, Public Relations, or related field.
  • 5-8  years of experience in in supporting public affairs, public relations, internal communications, foundation or non-profit
  • Strong written and oral communications
  • Deadline-oriented, the ability to handle multiple tasks and complete work accurately and within a short timeframe
  • Self-starter, ability to advance key projects independently
  • Strategic thinking
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Executive sensibility
  • Proven ability to navigate complex and time-sensitive matters
  • Results-oriented
  • Flexibility is necessary and long hours are often required
  • This position requires travel, therefore, will be exposed to weather and road conditions.



About Advocate Health Care


Advocate Health Care, named among the nation’s Top 5 large health systems based on quality by Truven Analytics, is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 12 hospitals that encompass 11 acute care hospitals, the state’s largest integrated children’s network, the state’s largest emergency and Level I trauma network, one of the area’s largest home health care companies, and the region’s largest medical group. Advocate Health Care has 4 teaching hospitals and is a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago