“Every day, we work to support and build inclusive, powerful, and healthy communities characterized by racial equity and economically just systems.” With this as our purpose and reason for being, Health Forward Foundation is building the future of our region by grasping the issues that cause disparate health outcomes at their roots. Health Forward Foundation’s mission is to achieve health equity and secure a fair and just region through leadership, advocacy, and resources. We support direct services and drive systems change for healthy people, community power, and equitable and just places. We support and partner with community-based and cross-sector organizations to improve health on all fronts, from providing vital health services, to working to advance safe and affordable housing, to amplifying the power that exists in our communities through civic engagement on matters that influence heath.
The Health Forward Foundation 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 (HCA), a for-profit hospital management company. 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. Our history in these communities predates the foundation, as these were the places served by Health Midwest, which after the hospital’s sale evolved to form Health Forward. The foundation is governed by a 21-member board of directors and is managed by a professional staff of 26 employees. As of December 2021, the approximate net market value of the foundation’s investment portfolio was $950 million. With nearly two decades of history, Health Forward has invested more than $332 million to improve health throughout its service area.
Health Forward is committed to the process and the outcome of equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in its investments in services and systems change, employment practices, talent management, investments, vendor selection, and governance. Health Forward views equity as a fundamental element of social justice and integral in our purpose and to our mission.
Health Forward Foundation seeks a senior executive agent of change to lead our efforts to develop and assess highly impactful strategies, deepen our learning from our work, and sharpen our influence in the broader systems in which we work. The Vice President will lead adaptive challenges that involves:
The Vice President will provide leadership to the foundation’s cross-cutting functions which include strategy, learning, and communications, and partners in leadership accountability for embedding equity, inclusion, and anti-racism as a process and an outcome throughout the organization.
Through the success of this executive leader, Health Forward will employ diverse strategies, including narrative change and communications-based methods, that create positive sustainable and measurable impact on health. The Vice President will be responsible for institutionalizing learning infrastructure and a learning culture, which demonstrates that concurrent learning and action are imperatives when operating in rapidly evolving and dynamic systems, thereby increasing comfort for risk, and learning from setbacks and successes.
The Vice President will be a strong leader of people and adaptive processes with a focus on facilitating sound decision making in support of Health Forward’s purpose and mission. At Health Forward, evaluation must be in service of equity. The Vice President must possess an expanded notion of evaluative practice which embraces Equitable Evaluation - a mindset and practice which repositions evaluation to advance equity and expand ideas of objectivity, validity, rigor, and embraces complexity. The successful leader will generate an understanding of and build capacity for centering racial and economic equity using mixed methods (qualitative, quantitative, etc.) to conceptualize and implement a longitudinal strategic learning plan designed to improve internal practices and measure systems level impact in the Kansas City region.
Reporting to the President and CEO, the Vice President will play a prominent role guiding strategic conversations among leadership and facilitating learning and purpose led governance with the Board of Directors. They will also be responsible for collaborating throughout the organization and learning from cross-sector partners, the field, and philanthropy serving organizations with respect to strategy, learning, and communications. The leader will be expected to lead internally and externally on these topics and provide regional and national thought leadership in relation to the foundation’s purpose.
The VP is one of seven members of the leadership team which includes the:
Reporting to the VP is the:
The VP stewards’ critical relationships with:
Servant-leader who embodies Health Forward values of Trust, Partnership, Learning, Stewardship, Equity, Inclusion and Antiracism.
The starting salary range for this position is $160,000-225,000. The package will be determined by the experience level, credentials and personal characteristics of the candidate offered. Health Forward Foundation offers its employees a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental and vision insurance, a retirement plan, group life insurance, paid time off and a hybrid work environment.
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