Georgia Health Initiative
October 27, 2023
The Vice President of Community Engagement provides leadership for Georgia Health Initiative’s partnerships with community-based organizations, serving as a critical link between the Initiative and the communities it supports. The Vice President oversees efforts to understand communities’ perspectives and uses those perspectives to design, develop, and implement a portfolio of programs that inspire and promote collective action that advances health equity for Georgians. The Vice President also works across the Initiative to ensure communities’ perspectives are infused into activities that fall outside their direct purview. As a senior leader in the organization, the Vice President of Community Engagement consistently demonstrates and creates a culture that reflects the Initiative’s values while effectively managing risk, change, and internal and external relationships.
Reports to: President and CEO
Department: Community Engagement
- Develop and appropriately apply a deep understanding of communities’ perspectives about the issues that affect health equity for Georgians, the factors that promote or distract from health equity, and relevant national and regional trends.
- Lead and engage community partners and Initiative staff in the creation and implementation of multi-faceted, multi-year programs designed to affect systems-level change that advances health equity.
- Work collaboratively with colleagues across the Initiative, ensuring communities’ perspectives are informing and amplifying all Initiative work.
- Enhance the reputation of the Initiative through commitment to its mission and values, positive relationships with community partners, and the cultivation of a high performing team that demonstrates responsiveness, innovation, and collaboration.
Qualities of a successful candidate:
- Commitment to the mission, vision, values of the Initiative
- Understanding of the variety of health disparities and needs across the state, informed by continual outreach, connecting, and relationship-building
- Respectful curiosity about others’ lived experiences and inclination to genuinely make space for different perspectives
- Ability to think in systems, identifying the patterns, power, and relationships holding current systems in place as well as opportunities to effectively disrupt those systems
- Strategic communicator, able to tailor messages and delivery to resonate with diverse audiences and in diverse scenarios
- Bias toward optimism manifesting especially in problem-solving approaches and expectations of team members
Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in public health, social work, health administration or related field
- Minimum of ten years relevant work experience including progressive responsibility in program design and execution, team coordination and supervision, and senior leadership within an organization
- A broad base of knowledge about systems-change strategies and demonstrated interest in the fields of philanthropy and social change
Our mission is to inspire and promote collective action that advances health equity for all Georgians. Likewise, we wish to inspire and promote collective action within our staff team so that we each evolve and reach our fullest potential-both as a team and individually. We demonstrate our commitment to this aspiration through who we hire, how we value their contributions, and how we work together toward common goals. We value people over process, we encourage decision-making by team members, we share information openly and communicate candidly, and we value both flexibility and accountability.
In complex environments answers emerge when diverse groups work together to create the change Georgians deserve. At the Initiative we believe that cultivating deep and meaningful relationships requires a desire and willingness to be physically present. Georgia Health Initiative expects employees to commit to working from our Atlanta office or in the field with partners the majority of the time, being present for collaboration both planned and impromptu. We also recognize the need for work-life balance, and therefore allow employees flexibility in their daily schedule, including the opportunity to work from home one day per week.
Some workplaces think of their staff as family, we think of our staff as a team. Being part of a high-performing team means caring intensely about your team, stepping up when needed, and cheering on your teammates even when you are not on the field. The Georgia Health Initiative team is equally committee to our work and to each other. We know that when our team wins, Georgians win as well.
With shared values of courageous leadership, trust, equity, and partnership, the Initiative is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and constantly working toward inclusion. We encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply, especially members of traditionally underrepresented communities, including women, people of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and people who are differently-abled. If you are a solution-seeker, motivated to take an active role in making positive change in Georgia, we want to hear from you.
Georgia Health Initiative
Georgia Health Initiative is working toward a Georgia in which all people have the opportunity to attain their fullest potential for health. Formerly Healthcare Georgia Foundation, Georgia Health Initiative is building on a solid foundation of two decades of community partnership. We are an Initiative and our new strategic framework sets forth an exciting opportunity to bring energy, movement, and drive to the great work already happening around health equity in our state, as well as to new ideas and approaches that we can co-create with our partners.