Connecticut Health Foundation
January 22, 2021
Guided by a vision for achieving health equity for Connecticut, the Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health) believes everyone deserves the opportunity to be as healthy as possible, regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. CT Health focuses on advancing health equity by eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities through strategic grantmaking to create systems change through multiple channels, including identifying new ways to deliver care, developing policy research that finds solutions to the most pressing problems, and investing in community leadership to create more equitable systems.
At this critical juncture for both public health and racial equity, CT Health is seeking an experienced leader to serve as Vice President (VP) of Program. The VP of Program, in coordination with the President and CEO and VP of Finance and Operations, sets the foundation’s programmatic strategy, which includes grantmaking, communications, policy, leadership, and evaluation. Additionally, the VP of Program will manage a talented staff to support the continued evolution of the Foundation’s approach that balances a community-centric and community-driven strategy with more traditional policy work. This is an exciting opportunity to lead and shape ongoing and future programmatic strategy to advance health equity.
The targeted compensation range for the Vice President of Program role is $160,000-175,000. CT Health also offers a competitive benefits package that includes robust health/medical coverage, life insurance, disability, 401(k) match after one year and professional development allocation, generous vacation, sick and personal time-off.
Opportunities and Challenges for the new VICE PRESIDENT of Program
The new Vice President of Program will work collaboratively across the Foundation to help create a unified vision for the Foundation’s programmatic work. S/he/they will work closely with grantees to strengthen existing collaborations and develop new partnerships, working at both the grassroots and grasstops levels. S/he/they will help develop strategies to promote and drive change within the foundation and the field. The new Vice President of Program can expect to engage in the following activities:
Vision and Program Leadership
- Collaborate with the CEO to build synergy and alignment between grantmaking, policy and advocacy, communications, leadership development, and evaluation strategies and support planning for the next arc of the Foundation’s programmatic strategy.
- Collaborate with the board to ensure strategic alignment and engagement across programmatic initiatives.
- Support the continued evolution of the Foundation’s transition toward an approach that balances community-centric and community-driven strategy with more traditional policy work.
- Partner with the board, staff, grantees, and key stakeholders to continue to build a collective and shared understanding of health equity and apply this shared understanding to CT Health’s internal and external practices.
- Provide thought leadership, perspectives, and lived experiences to the work of the Foundation.
External Relationships and Partnerships
- Lead the policy and advocacy strategy for the Foundation by working with partners, staff, and the board to craft the Foundation’s policy agenda.
- Direct and manage the grantmaking strategy, including cultivating grantees and working with partners to ensure that the Foundation’s grantmaking approach is aligned with its mission and values.
- Advance health equity in the state by representing the Foundation with external constituencies, assuring that the mission and the programs of the Foundation are accurately understood and carried out.
- Maintain a current knowledge base and ensure exposure to new ideas and best practices by participating in relevant educational opportunities, reviewing key literature and other publications; interpret and apply, where appropriate, the findings of public and solicited special research and reports.
Organizational Management and Team Building
- Develop, implement, and oversee processes and protocols that promote effective coordination and a spirit of collaboration between program team staff and colleagues in finance, operations, and grants management.
- Collaborate with the leadership team to develop the Foundation’s annual operating plan and budget and manage against these objectives.
- Lead and participate in continuous organizational learning processes for improving diversity, inclusion, cultural humility, and equity.
- Provide supervision, guidance, and mentorship to the Director of Grantmaking and Policy Director; actively guide program staff in their growth, providing opportunities for professional development as needed.
- Provide direction for Foundation-wide communications efforts and knowledge dissemination (e.g., newsletters, annual report, grantee conference).
- Oversee Program Committee meeting schedules and agendas that advance the needs of the organization in collaboration with the President and CEO and Committee Chair.
Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will bring a combination of philanthropic expertise and knowledge of public and population health, health systems, health policy and health equity as well as a deep commitment to advancing racial justice and equity. While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:
Content Knowledge, Field Leadership and Commitment to Equity
- Demonstrated experience in the health field with specific focus on health equity. An advanced degree in a health-related or non-profit management field and a minimum of ten or more years of experience in philanthropy, health or human services, public health, and/or policy development.
- General knowledge of philanthropy, pressing public health issues, effective communications, and policy and advocacy landscape, especially in Connecticut.
- Passionate about the mission of CT Health; dedicated to achieving health equity for people of color paired with the ability to build energy around CT Health’s programs and encourage others to support its goals.
Organizational Leadership & Management
- An outstanding relationship builder with a track record of successfully collaborating with a broad and diverse range of communities and individuals.
- A team-builder who can capitalize on the diverse strengths and perspectives of board and staff; ability to prioritize and delegate multiple activities and responsibilities with flexibility and diplomacy.
- Proven ability to lead and engage in strategic planning processes grounded in an ability to think critically, objectively, analytically, and strategically, to set priorities; vision, innovation, and dexterity to conceptualize programs, originate ideas, and anticipate and act on events that may create opportunities for CT Health.
- Proven managerial, operations, financial, problem solving, networking, and organizational development experience; seasoned team leader who is committed to developing and nurturing talent.
Values Alignment and Interpersonal Qualities
- Strong communication skills, including well-developed public speaking skills for both formal and extemporaneous presentations; ability to represent CT Health to a diversity of audiences.
- Deep commitment to equity and the historical context that has led to health disparities and racial injustice; sophistication to work in partnership with different cultures and contexts.
- Confident, trustworthy, and straightforward; an active listener. Emotionally mature and grounded, with a sense of humor to maintain balance and perspective.
Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s candidate portal.
The Connecticut Health Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity.
Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
About the Organization
Founded in 1999, CT Health was established after the conversion of ConnectiCare (the Connecticut-based health insurance company) to a for-profit company (the Foundation is independent of ConnectiCare).
CT Health’s mission is to improve the health of people in Connecticut and the organization’s vision is that Connecticut’s next generation will be free from racial and ethnic health disparities. The Foundation takes a systems-change approach and uses three main strategies for its work: grantmaking, policy advocacy, and strategic communications. Hallmarks of the foundation’s work include:
- Grants to support demonstration projects, policy and advocacy, and other work that can produce lasting change.
- Policy analysis and research to inform policymakers and health system leaders.
- Support for advocacy coalitions and participation in state policy panels and advisory committees.
- Leadership development to ensure that people of color are represented at decision-making tables.
CT Health’s data-driven research has informed health equity thinking in the state in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Innovative grantmaking has allowed organizations to pilot new ideas and identify ways for organizations or initiatives to function sustainably. The Foundation’s policy work has enabled it to serve as a trusted voice and resource for policymakers.
With a corpus of just over $100M, CT Health awards approximately $3 million per year in grants, technical assistance and strategic communications. While the foundation typically funds projects through a systems-change lens, CT Health pivoted during the COVID-19 pandemic to meet immediate needs through a multi-pronged approach. The Foundation awarded 57 COVID-19 grants totaling $2.8 million, including funds for emergency relief in communities of color, support for messaging by trusted community organizations, and funding for local health departments to hire community health workers.
More information about the Connecticut Health Foundation may be found at: cthealth.org.