The Healthy Lakewood Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit community foundation. The Healthy Lakewood Foundation (HLF) was created to ensure assets remaining from the conversion of the Lakewood Hospital will continue to benefit the health and wellness of residents in the City of Lakewood.
We carry the heritage of caring of Lakewood Hospital and are committed to a path forward that ensures everyone in Lakewood can achieve their fullest health potential. It is with this spirit that we work to build trust and responsibly steward funds that will support health and wellness for the benefit of the Lakewood community and its residents for generations to come. Our mission is to advance programs, policies, and practices that inspire a Lakewood community in which health and wellness are reflected in all aspects of life.
As the inaugural Executive Director of HLF, the successful candidate will be uniquely positioned to build upon the progress achieved by the Board of Directors to date. In addition to ensuring efficient, effective, impactful grantmaking, the Executive Director will broaden and deepen the Foundation’s relationship with and presence within the community to ultimately support health and wellness priorities for the benefit of the residents of Lakewood.
Community Engagement, Collaboration, Communication & Outreach
The Executive Director assures the Foundation and its mission is represented in strong, consistent, positive interactions with all stakeholders. The Executive Director will:
- Engage with new and existing stakeholders to develop relationships across the Lakewood community.
- Maintain a high professional profile in the field of philanthropy by participating in events, seminars and conferences that are designed to strengthen and promote the field and the Foundation.
- Represent the Foundation at community events, grantee events, various engagements in Lakewood and on external committees as appropriate.
- Participate in and explore partnerships and collaborative opportunities with other grant-makers and nonprofit organizations that elevate HLF’s work.
In addition, this individual will lead work to:
- Raise awareness about HLF activities and funding opportunities;
- Amplify resources, programs, and policies in Lakewood that align with our mission, vision, and values;
- Provide opportunities for community contributions and participation;
- Elicit help from the community for nomination of board members to achieve diversity of talent/demographics; and
- Ensure transparency and accountability to the community in our planning and decision making.
Community Health & Wellness Champion
- To ensure our continued focus on health and wellness, particularly for vulnerable populations (single-parent heads of household of minor children, children/youth, seniors, and refugees/immigrants), the Executive Director is charged with:
- Developing and updating strategies, identifying benchmarks and monitoring milestones to assess HLF’s progress, impact and adherence to our mission.
- Staying abreast of trends in theory and practice related to health and wellness, evidence-informed policy making related to the social determinants of health, and the related needs and demographics of the Lakewood community.
- Understanding, and ability to communicate, key indicators and outcome measurement related to community health and wellness issues and assessments.
In addition to responsive grant making to meet the needs of Lakewood residents, our strategies include opportunity, community, and systems change grants. The Executive Director will:
- Lead the review, decision making, administration, operations and oversight processes for all grant activity.
- Effectively develop and maintain strong and trusted relationships with the Board of Directors, grantees, community members, funders, and other stakeholders, fostering collaboration and collective action among them as needed to ensure grantmaking is equity focused and transparent.
- Work with grantees in collaborative, mutually respectful ways, identifying and supporting innovative solutions to ensure grantee success in addition to traditional grant proposal review and assessment.
Operations, Fiscal & Compliance Oversight
In partnership with the appropriate Board committees, the Executive Director leads all operational, staffing, fiscal and compliance functions for the Foundation. This may include, but is not limited to:
- Communicates actions/decisions made with the investment manager, accountant, and legal counsel regarding the investment portfolio, regulatory compliance and governance of the Foundation to ensure compliance under applicable laws and regulations.
- Prepares and reports on the Foundation’s annual budget and ensures that it and the accounting practices are adequate and cost effective. Maintains financial records and reports according to generally accepted accounting standards. Engages in the annual audit process with the Finance Committee of the Board.
- Supervises day-to-day operations of the Foundation, managing staff according to personnel policies and procedures that conform to current laws and regulations.
- Ensures third party resources and costs are evaluated and managed for effective delivery of services.
- Leverages media contacts when appropriate. Manages all communications, including but not limited to public relations, social media, website and annual meetings.
- Responsible for ensuring that the Foundation has adequate office space and equipment.
- Seeks advice on and promotes compliance with local, state, and federal laws.
To ensure smooth operations and decision making within the HLF governance structure, the Executive Director:
- Leads the Board in its strategic planning and establishes objectives based on goals and budget considerations. Provides guidance to the Board in selection of new areas of interest.
- Designs, reviews and maintains operational policies, practices and guidelines of the Foundation, periodically presenting to the Board for input and approval.
- Supports Board continuity and development of leadership capacity with the Board and its committees, including management of professional development and communication vehicles.
- Provides guidance to the Foundation’s governing body; advises the Board chair as required to keep Board activities within the bounds of our bylaws.
Required Experience, Skills, Values & Competencies
HLF seeks a strategic and operational thinker and resourceful self-starter, passionate about community health, organizational transparency and accountability, responsive decision making, impact, and fostering collaborative and accountable relationships.
Experience & Skills
Success in this position typically requires:
- At least 5 years grantmaking experience (strongly preferred) or other non-profit leadership experience. Experience working to improve the social determinants of health, and community health and wellness preferred.
- Bachelor’s degree in non-profit management, operations, communications, public health, public administration or other relevant discipline required. Master’s degree preferred.
- Demonstrated leadership and managerial capacity, including Board and staff engagement. Strong interpersonal, written, and presentation communication skills.
- Strong and demonstrated track record of pursuing a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) agenda in prior work environments.
- External relations and community building experience.
- Fiscal oversight and management experience, as demonstrated by past, direct budget responsibility.
- Technical savvy including database management, Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint, on-line meeting and project management tools.
Values & Competencies
The successful candidate will possess a strong commitment to our organizational values: Equity, Community, Compassion and Integrity. A deep connection to the Lakewood community and its history and evolution is strongly desired. Our work, coupled with this commitment and connection, will be reinforced by the following attributes and competencies:
- Approachable – Relates well to all people, internally and externally; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can diffuse tense situations and communicate difficult decisions comfortably.
- Discerning – Makes good decisions based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; seeks solutions and suggestions to make and communicate appropriate decisions; perceptive and insightful. Able to translate ideas into practical actions.
- Collaborative – Fosters partnerships and productive working relationships in all circumstances; serves as a bridge between people and ideas, ensuring connection and understanding to achieve shared objectives.
- Equity Advocate – Passionate about promoting equity and inclusion at personal, organizational and systems levels; understands the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities.
- Effective & Efficient – Understands how to build the processes necessary to get things done; ability to organize people and activities; understands how to ensure efficient tasks and work flow; understands and utilizes key metrics to assess outcomes; identifies opportunities for synergy and integration; can simplify complex processes; gets the most out of limited resources.
- Transparent & Accountable – Values forthright communication and information sharing; obligated and willing to be responsible for decisions, outcomes and relationships.
Other Expectations & Considerations
At this time, the Executive Director will have the opportunity to work remotely. When public health conditions allow, identification and selection of office space will be led by the Executive Director in partnership with the Board of Directors. Engagement in evening and weekend events, as well as site visits and meetings in the community will be required as necessary when safe to do so, likewise, HLF is committed to helping employees face the demands of juggling work, family and personal obligations. To this end, mutual flexibility and open communication is expected.
The annual salary range for this position will be $90,000 - $100,000.
Physical Demands/Work Environment
While performing the duties of this position, the Executive Director is regularly required to sit for extended periods of time and to travel via various modes of transportation; operates office equipment (computers, printers, etc.) and communicates in person or via telephone with partners, grantees, coworkers and other members of the community. Must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Submission Details & Anticipated Timeline
For consideration, please submit your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions will be reviewed through March 19, 2021; candidates selected for an interview will be contacted directly throughout the month of March. The Board of Directors intends to onboard the selected candidate by July 1, 2021.
HLF embraces the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion both internally, in our hiring process and organizational culture, and externally, in our grantmaking and related practices. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, cultures, and experiences.