Health Forward Foundation is an independent public charity foundation whose mission is to use leadership, advocacy, and resources to eliminate barriers to health and promote quality health for the uninsured and underserved. Health Forward’s service area encompasses Kansas City, Missouri, and Jackson, Cass, and Lafayette counties in Missouri, and Johnson, Wyandotte, and Allen counties in Kansas. The foundation is exempt from federal income tax under the provisions of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is classified as a supporting organization under section 509(a)(3).
Health Forward was created in 2003 with an original endowment of $440 million from the sale of Health Midwest, a nonprofit hospital system, to Hospital Corporation of America, a for-profit hospital management company. The foundation is governed by a 23-member board of directors and is managed by a professional staff of 25 employees. As of December 2020, the approximate net market value of the foundation’s investment portfolio was $840 million. With nearly two decades of history the foundation has invested over $317 million to improve health throughout its service area.
Health Forward is committed to promoting and practicing diversity, equity, and inclusion in its programming, policy agenda, employment practices, personnel management, investments, vendor selection, and governance. Health Forward views equity as a fundamental element of social justice and integral to its mission of eliminating barriers to health and promoting quality health in our service area.
The Director of Community Investment and Impact will join the foundation during a period of transformation. Under the leadership of Qiana Thomason, President and CEO since January 2020, the foundation and its board seek to become a national model for health equity through economic inclusion. This bold aspiration to affect the underlying conditions that pose barriers to health with the demographic the foundation serves and the health injustices they historically and currently experience makes clear the need to center racial equity – the condition in which one’s racial identity has no influence on one’s ability to thrive. Learn more about the organization’s future direction here. With a central focus on the intersections of health, economic wellbeing, and racial equity the foundation is evolving its community investments to move further upstream.
During the first year and in partnership with the leadership team, the new Director will help lead the organization in crystallizing its purpose – the reason why it exists – and align its culture, community investments, partnerships, operations, and structure under a new purpose-filled and impact driven strategy. Together, the leadership team share accountability for delivering the three pillars of the foundation’s mission: leadership, advocacy, and resources. As one of six members of the leadership team, the Director will cultivate and own the promotion of a high-trust, adaptive, community centric, innovative, and high-performing culture.
Leading a team of eight professionals, the Director of Community Investment’s core responsibility is to ensure the foundation’s community investments (grantmaking), program staff and resources are allocated equitably and optimally to reduce barriers to health and promote quality health for those we serve. The foundational opportunity will be to implement new strategies for creating better health through powerful social change in the community while also adopting new internal practices to achieve organizational effectiveness. Such internal practices include realigning the program staffing philosophy, staffing structure and design, grantmaking philosophy and approach, and culture curation. Long term, the opportunity and charge are positioning the foundation’s community investments for impact and its associates as consultative thought leaders and partners throughout our region.
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A competitive compensation package, commensurate with the experience level, credentials and personal characteristics of the candidate will be offered. Health Forward Foundation also offers a best-in-class benefit package.
Health Forward Foundation firmly supports the principle and philosophy of equal opportunity for all individuals, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other protected category pursuant to applicable federal, state, or local law.
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