Vice President of Programs

Group Health Foundation | Seattle, Washington

Job Summary

Group Health Foundation (GHF) has an audacious goal: health equity in Washington state. The Foundation seeks to create and support conditions where people of all communities—especially those experiencing racial and economic injustice—can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. Uniquely positioned as a 501(c)(4) philanthropic organization, GHF is committed to partnering with communities across Washington State to advance a shared vision for a vibrant, healthy future. With more than $2 billion in assets, the Foundation’s approach to philanthropy recognizes the expertise and wisdom that communities bring and the importance of social determinants of health in identifying solutions that will foster healthy communities throughout the politically and culturally diverse landscape of Washington state.

Following the hire of Nichole Maher, Group Health Foundation’s President and Chief Executive Officer, in 2018, the Foundation began an intentional effort to focus its earliest relationship-building with communities most impacted by health inequities, as well as those communities that have been historically left out of philanthropic funding—particularly rural communities and smaller cities across the state. With those initial learnings, GHF significantly accelerated their grantmaking and team building this past year and is poised for significant additional growth in the coming years.

The Foundation is now looking to expand its executive team and welcome a new Vice President of Programs (VPP). The new VPP will be drawn to this rare opportunity to join GHF during the Foundation’s inaugural years and will have the unique opportunity to shape strategy, build a dynamic team, and foster team culture in close partnership with the CEO, executive team, and other program team members. The VPP will be responsible for the visioning, development, and implementation of ambitious and community-centered program, policy, power-building, and systems change strategies designed to advance the mission. The VPP will be someone who is an experienced grantmaker having managed a portfolio of $20M+, is deeply committed to centering community in strategy development, and brings a familiarity of the broad landscape of movements for equity and justice. They will be a creative and innovative thinker with the flexibility and entrepreneurial nature required for early stage growth and organizational development. They will be a wise and strategic thinker who authentically embodies GHF’s core values and approach to working with communities across Washington state.

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In close partnership with the CEO, the current VPP, and other program team members, the incoming VPP is responsible for the visioning, development, and implementation of ambitious program strategies designed to advance the Foundation’s audacious goal: health equity in Washington state. The VPP works in creative partnership with a wide array of foundation stakeholders: the executive team, board members, staff throughout the organization, allied funders, and—most importantly—Foundation grantees and other civic leaders from Washington’s diverse communities. The VPP develops and leads multiple grantmaking portfolios; each portfolio includes tailored, strategy-specific grants, grantee services and technical support, communications, learning and evaluation, and convening. The VPP ensures that each program area advances the Foundation’s aspirations as a systems-focused, equity-rooted, statewide, 501(c)(4) grantmaker.

The VPP reports to the CEO and serves on the Foundation’s executive team with the CEO, Executive Vice President, Chief Investment Officer, and one other VPP. The VPP supervises a team that includes program directors, program officers, program associates, and consultants. Currently, GHF has a team of 22 people and anticipates growing to 50-60 staff members across Washington state in the next several years.

Vision and Program Leadership

  • Collaborate with the CEO, board of directors, and executive team on the development and execution of Foundation-wide strategies to advance health equity and systems change alongside communities and leaders in Washington.
  • Staff one or more board committees and ensure meaningful and productive board engagement with Foundation strategies and programs.
  • Oversee various grantmaking and program portfolios at the leading edge of movement building, narrative change, policy change, and power-building.
  • Provide thought leadership, perspectives, and lived experiences to the work of the Foundation.
  • Assume other responsibilities and explore new opportunities that arise with the evolving needs and aspirations of the Foundation.

Organizational Management and Team Building

  • Develop, implement, and oversee processes and protocols that promote effective coordination and a spirit of collaboration between program staff and colleagues in communications, finance, operations, and grants management.
  • In partnership with the executive team and human resources staff, help to shape and solidify the emerging culture of the Foundation.
  • Develop, mentor, and manage a growing team of staff and external consultants.
  • Contribute one’s own ideas, perspectives, and lived experiences to the work of the Foundation.

External Relationships and Partnerships

  • Oversee the design and implementation of technical assistance, leadership development, convening, and advocacy efforts in partnership with grantees and allied funders.
  • Represent the Foundation to a broad range of decision-makers and partners including grantees, community leaders, business leaders, government officials, affinity groups, and other collaborators in the region and across the country.
  • Educate community and statewide leaders about the Foundation’s mission, values, programs, and goals, and build support for the Foundation’s advocacy and policy priorities.
  • Prepare strategy memos, briefs, reports, and presentations in a variety of formats to engage a broad range of constituents (e.g., board members, community leaders, grantees, allied funders), and mentor staff to do the same.

How to Apply

The Foundation is partnering with Carolyn Ho, Cara Pearsall, and Catherine Seneviratne of NPAG on this search. Please submit your resume and a cover letter expressing your specific interests to:

We are committed to creating conditions where all candidates are able to fully express their talents and potential and invite you to let us know if there are any accommodations that we can provide to support you in your pursuit of this role.

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