School-Based Health Alliance | Washington, DC


The School-Based Health Alliance (The Alliance) is the national leader of the school-based health movement across the United States. The Alliance builds support and delivers resources for the delivery and expansion of school-based health care. The work of the Alliance and its members improves health and education outcomes for children and adolescents across the country.

The position of President is an exciting opportunity for a strong advocate and coalition-builder who wants to achieve national impact towards health, equity and education for our nation’s diverse schoolchildren.

About the Alliance

We are a national, not-for-profit membership and advocacy organization dedicated to helping communities create the conditions for all children to grow up healthy, succeed academically, and flourish as adults.  Our primary mission is to support cross-sector, multi-disciplinary community partnerships that organize school-based health services and supports to ensure the optimal physical, mental, behavioral, emotional and social development of children and adolescents.

Our operational strategies (below) are organized around twin goals: helping school-based health care delivery models provide the highest quality of care, and advocating for the expansion of the model so that greater numbers of young people have access to it.

  • Learning communities:  we convene intensive, high-engagement learning networks to foster improvement, leadership, and innovation.
  • Consultation: we provide in-depth technical assistance to communities wanting to start, expand, and improve school-based health care models.
  • Training: we organize multi-disciplinary continuing education trainings (virtual and in-person) on a broad range of topics.
  • Documentation: we conduct data collection and offer reporting tools to document the scope, breadth and impact of school-based health care.
  • Evaluation: we design and implement thorough evaluations of our initiatives and create reports that summarize their impact and reach.
  • Resources and tools: we catalog tools, learning modules, and resources that span developmental needs of school-based health care professionals.
  • Communications and advocacy: we engage in strategies to raise the profile of school-based health care and the Alliance with the public, policymakers, and children’s stakeholders.

The Alliance has a staff of 16; two-thirds of the staff work out of the Washington, D.C. office, and the other third work remotely from other parts of the country. The Alliance is governed by a national Board of Directors, a group of 13 dedicated professionals whose membership reflects diversity across gender, race and ethnicity, age, geography, discipline, and lived experience.  

Job Summary

The Alliance seeks an experienced and passionate leader to serve as President of the School-Based Health Alliance. The President will lead the national school-based health movement, and direct and support a staff and field which have achieved important successes in improving outcomes for children and adolescents.


Key Responsibilities of the next President of the Alliance:

  1. Leading the movement: Serves as the primary spokesperson for the Alliance.  Creates and capitalizes on opportunities to raise the visibility of school-based health care and the Alliance.  With the staff, develops and stewards relationships with national, state and local members, affiliates, stakeholders and policymakers.
  2. Developing Strategy: Partners with Board of Directors on development of a sustainable operational strategy in service to the Alliance vision, mission, and long-term goals. Strategies include constituency programs, communications and marketing, evaluation, membership engagement, consulting, and policy advocacy.
  3. Managing the Alliance’s staff: Develops and maintains national office, staffing/personnel, governance policies and operational procedures.
  4. Oversight of the Alliance’s financial health and outlook: In partnership with Board of Directors and staff, and working with the Director of Administration, ensures long-term fiscal health of the organization, including developing annual operating budget, managing and reporting revenue and expenses within nationally accepted accounting practices, maintaining safeguards to protect organization’s positive financial position, and cultivating diverse array of funding partners from representative of (but not limited to) government, philanthropy and corporate sectors.
  5. Ensuring strong partnerships: Develops and maintains positive, productive relationships with national, state and local health and education stakeholders and supporters who are crucial to the success of the School-Based Health Alliance, and supporting the staff’s engagement in these partnerships.


Selection Criteria:

  • Significant leadership experience and success
  • Passion for improving the lives of children and youth
  • Demonstrated deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Strong strategic thinking
  • Excellent communication and advocacy skills (including public speaking)
  • Team building skills
  • Ability to commit energetically and deeply to the work, and simultaneously valuing work-life balance for everyone involved in the work.
  • Experience with issues impacting the health, education and well-being of children and adolescents, especially in the intersection of health and education
  • Experience with federal, state and local policy advocacy
  • Entrepreneurial thinking and skills
  • Non-profit operational and financial management experience
  • Knowledge of the field of school-based health
  • Connections to key networks and stakeholders which are or could be invested in school-based health
  • Revenue development experience (grants, fundraising, contracts).



  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Excellent benefits.


  • The position is based in the Alliance’s Washington, D.C. office.

How to Apply

To apply: send detailed cover letter and resume to .


  • Position open until filled
  • Review of resumes will begin by May 3.

The School-Based Health Alliance is an equal-opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for our workplace and community.

School-Based Health Alliance


Organization: Nonprofit Organizations