The Salem Health and Wellness Foundation


Salem, New Jersey

Date Posted

May 25, 2022

Job Category

The Salem Health and Wellness Foundation seeks a leader passionate about shaping and defining a new vision for impact for the only health-related grantmaker in this largely poor and rural area.  As the Foundation begins its third decade, the Board of Directors seeks an executive with public health and philanthropic experience, a commitment to community, and the cultural sensitivity and vision to ensure The Salem Health and Wellness Foundation continues to be a true force for progress for the region and its 65,000 residents. As the Foundation begins its third decade, it is steadfast in its commitment to improving the health and quality of life for people and communities within its footprint and prudent growth of the endowment back to $60 million. The new executive director has an opportunity to guide the Foundation in developing and implementing a new strategic vision.

Located in southwestern New Jersey and bordered by Gloucester and Cumberland Counties, Salem County also is separated by the Delaware River from New Castle and Kent counties in neighboring Delaware. Salem is 30 miles from the heart of Philadelphia, PA, and 11 miles from Wilmington, DE.

This position is full-time and does not require extensive travel except within the community. The compensation is salary and benefits. The range is $120,000 to $150,000 commensurate with experience.


The core imperatives for the next Director are to develop a strategic philanthropic vision for the Foundation and how it can partner with stakeholders to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Salem County. The Director sets the foundation’s overall approach to regional philanthropy, leading its strategy, people, and processes while modeling the visible, committed engagement at the heart of the Foundation’s values. Among the Foundation’s priorities are to leverage resources for community impact by attracting additional funds, programs, and champions to the region aligned with the Foundation’s vision. To do this, the Foundation will need to embrace a clear and measurable strategic direction,  be a strong advocate for access to quality healthcare and healthy lifestyles for its residents, and identify and attract nationally recognized subject-matter experts and consultants to advise the foundation and local nonprofits on investments in core strategic areas of interest.  Relationships and community engagement are core values for the Foundation.

Other considerations include the retirement of the Grants Manager / Administrator at the end of 2022. While the Foundation has been expertly managed, it will be a priority for the next Director to be familiar with grants management, grantmaking, and budgeting. The Director will have the opportunity to identify staffing needs and select the next generation of staff.


The ideal candidate to lead the Foundation will be an experienced professional and leader well versed in the social determinants of health, regional philanthropy, trust-based grantmaking, community engagement, nonprofit dynamics, and the intricacies of place-based rural philanthropy in a county that has a high poverty rate. The Foundation is open to health professionals with varied backgrounds. In addition, the search committee is seeking a leader who has a track record for collaborating and engaging multiple stakeholders around a single vision for a community.

The ideal candidate will possess…

  • 5 to 10 years of senior management or executive experience in health-related philanthropy, public health, rural health, health education, behavioral health, or other health-related industries.
  • Appreciation and respect for the dynamics and values of rural communities.
  • Respect and knowledge of best philanthropic practices, including trust-based philanthropy principles.
  • Knowledge of or experience in implementing grantmaking programs addressing social determinants of health.
  • Ability to bring resources to support major initiatives in the county, financial and otherwise – government, Foundation, and skills — by attracting external funders and thought leaders.
  • Interest and ability to participate in the community as evidenced by a track record of civic engagement, public service, advocacy, or volunteerism.
  • Some philanthropic financial management knowledge to be able to work alongside the Foundation’s investment firm.
  • Knowledge of nonprofit management, finance, leadership, evaluation, and capacity building to perform due diligence and provide support to nonprofit grantee partners.
  • Ability to work with people across diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds and listen to and build rapport with those with varying viewpoints and perceptions.
  • While the Board does not require that the Executive Director live in or relocate to the area, candidates should be culturally sensitive and comfortable with the values, work styles, and lifestyles attendant to the region.
  • Experience working with a board and/or being a board member.
  • Experience leading, facilitating, or actively participating in strategic planning.
  • Political astuteness, intellectual curiosity, natural optimism, analytical ability, good listening skills, humility, and a sense of humor.
  • Excellent communication skills in all settings, from interpersonal to large groups. Knowledge and familiarity with social media platforms appropriate to Foundation goals.
  • A life-long learner and respect for professional development for oneself and others.

Application Process

Please send a resume and cover letter describing how your skills and interest align with the position to

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About the Organization

The Salem Health and Wellness Foundation is a private foundation formed in 2002 upon the sale of the Memorial Hospital of Salem County. It is the only Foundation serving health-related nonprofit organizations in a largely rural community. Through its grantmaking, the Foundation supports programs addressing childhood obesity and teen risk behaviors, nonprofit capacity-building, access to Health Care, Preventive Care, and Health Care Career Opportunities. The Foundation recently made a multi-year commitment to the resurrection of a new community hospital. By year-end 2021, the Foundation’s support for the area’s programs and institutions had totaled over $56 million in grants and scholarships to 68 nonprofits in Salem County.


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