MERIT is changing the face of health care one scholar at a time by educating and empowering students from underrepresented backgrounds to become health professionals and change agents who advance equity. Serving over 300 MERIT Scholars and Alumni annually, the MERIT Health Leadership Academy is a comprehensive academic and career mentorship program currently supporting Baltimore City high school students who aspire to careers in health care. In 2022, MERIT will expand its programming to other markets, beginning with Washington, DC. By providing long-term mentorship, rigorous academic support, and professional opportunities to students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine, MERIT is increasing diversity among the next generation of doctors, nurses, and researchers in Baltimore and beyond.
Established in 2011, MERIT is built on strong, lasting relationships and united by the goal of improving the health of others and our communities. Surrounding each MERIT Scholar is a family of mentors and caring adults who serve as role models, career advisors, and lifelong supporters. MERIT builds a bridge between the medical community and its promising youth, connecting students to hundreds of health professionals across the city. MERIT has partnerships with leading institutions like Johns Hopkins and Howard University to operate its programing. While building such important and meaningful connections, MERIT raises the bar for education, pushing its scholars to the highest levels of achievement and academic excellence. MERIT's goal is to prepare scholars with the academic and professional tools needed to succeed in STEM and health careers. The organization's approach has led to strong outcomes, as 99% of graduating MERIT Scholars have been accepted to four-year universities over the last eight years. For the latest information on MERIT, including its recent "Excellence in Summer Learning Award", please visit their website.
The Executive Director has responsibility for oversight and management of all elements of MERIT's program, operations, and fiscal stability. The Executive Director partners with and leverages senior leadership to ensure that programming and scholar support is implemented effectively and meets goals, as well as ensures that MERIT's administrative and fundraising operations are run efficiently and responsibly. This role is responsible for representing MERIT to external stakeholders, fostering a strong relationship with the Board of Directors, and engaging staff, the Board, and others in MERIT's plans for growth.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will oversee a team of 8. In addition to operating MERIT's core programming in Baltimore, the organization seeks to expand its reach to a new market, Washington, DC. Launching a pilot in 2022, the Executive Director will be responsible for developing and growing the program and team in the DC market. The Executive Director role is an ideal opportunity for an experienced social sector leader to deepen and grow the impact of a highly successful organization in Baltimore while expanding its reach to young people in new markets, beginning with Washington, DC.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Strategic Leadership and Management
Fundraising and External Affairs
Administration and Organizational Leadership
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.
MERIT is committed to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds. MERIT recognizes and appreciates the value of building a diverse workforce and creating an inclusive work environment. MERIT takes pride in being an equal opportunity employer regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental ability, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
MERIT is changing the face of health care one scholar at a time by educating and empowering students from underrepresented backgrounds to become health professionals and change agents who advance equity. Serving…