Vice President of Programs

Group Health Foundation

Posted: 8/19/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Programs

Primary domain: Healthcare

City: Seattle

Postal code: 98104

State: Washington

Country: United States

Organization Information:


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Mission statement:

Group Health Foundation will shape and accelerate efforts to improve health equity and advance community aspirations for a vibrant, healthy future in Washington. 

Position Details:

Job Description:

Group Health Foundation (GHF) has an audacious goal: health equity in Washington state. The Foundation seeks to create and support conditions where people of all communities—especially those experiencing racial and economic injustice—can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. Uniquely positioned as a 501(c)(4) philanthropic organization, GHF is committed to partnering with communities across Washington State to advance a shared vision for a vibrant, healthy future. With more than $2 billion in assets, the Foundation’s approach to philanthropy recognizes the expertise and wisdom that communities bring and the importance of social determinants of health in identifying solutions that will foster healthy communities throughout the politically and culturally diverse landscape of Washington state.

Following the hire of Nichole Maher, Group Health Foundation’s President and Chief Executive Officer, in 2018, the Foundation began an intentional effort to focus its earliest relationship-building with communities most impacted by health inequities, as well as those communities that have been historically left out of philanthropic funding—particularly rural communities and smaller cities across the state. With those initial learnings, GHF significantly accelerated their grantmaking and team building this past year and is poised for significant additional growth in the coming years.

The Foundation is now looking to expand its executive team and welcome a new Vice President of Programs (VPP). The new VPP will be drawn to this rare opportunity to join GHF during the Foundation’s inaugural years and will have the unique opportunity to shape strategy, build a dynamic team, and foster team culture in close partnership with the CEO, executive team, and other program team members. The VPP will be responsible for the visioning, development, and implementation of ambitious and community-centered program, policy, power-building, and systems change strategies designed to advance the mission. The VPP will be someone who is an experienced grantmaker having managed a portfolio of $20M+, is deeply committed to centering community in strategy development, and brings a familiarity of the broad landscape of movements for equity and justice. They will be a creative and innovative thinker with the flexibility and entrepreneurial nature required for early stage growth and organizational development. They will be a wise and strategic thinker who authentically embodies GHF’s core values and approach to working with communities across Washington state.

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The VPP will possess a deep and demonstrated commitment to health equity and addressing the social determinants of health. They will be a creative and adaptive thinker who is attracted to the opportunity to help grow a new foundation and develop a strong team to support the mission. While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications outlined below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

Connection to the Mission

  • Ability to authentically connect one’s own personal lived and professional experiences with the Foundation’s mission and aspirations.

Leadership and Vision

  • Vision for and commitment to the way philanthropy can build deeper relationships and accountability to communities they serve.
  • At least ten years of executive leadership experience in the nonprofit sector, or equivalent leadership roles in government or corporate environments.
  • At least ten years of experience supporting, managing, or reporting to boards of directors.
  • Demonstrated experience envisioning, developing, and implementing grantmaking, convening, and grantee-support strategies to achieve defined outcomes, including at least ten years actively managing grants and contributions from the donor/funder perspective.
  • Reputation among peers as an expert advisor on topics of direct relevance to this role and the Foundation’s various grantmaking portfolios.
  • Experience with various equity, justice, and power-building strategies, including a demonstrated ability to connect with these issues on a personal and organizational level.

Organizational Leadership

  • Experience overseeing multiple, connected, and simultaneous grantmaking and program portfolios totaling $20M+ per year.
  • Demonstrated success hiring exceptional people, cultivating talent, leading teams, and managing managers.
  • Ability to develop a strong partnership and synergy with peers, across teams, and across portfolios.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to build systems and processes with an eye toward equity and growth.

External Relationships

  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate relationships and work effectively and respectfully with politically, ideologically, culturally, and geographically diverse people and communities.
  • Knowledge of the needs of communities across the state who are most impacted by structural inequities, and the ability build trusting relationships with those communities and follow their lead in strategy development.

Values and Style

  • An understanding of the foundational role that racism, ableism, sexism, and other forms of bias and oppression play in perpetuating inequity.
  • Humility and curiosity, and an understanding of how these qualities are connected to success in this role.
  • Demonstrated capacity for self-reflection and deep commitment to life-long learning.
  • Strong verbal, non-verbal, and written communication skills combined with the ability to listen deeply and authentically.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and SharePoint) and Adobe (Acrobat DC) and ability to adapt to new technologies.

The Essentials

  • A healthy sense of humor and appreciation for the creativity, fun, and inspiration that can accompany work in a mission-focused and entrepreneurial environment.
  • Ability to take part in meetings and events outside of core business hours.
  • Enthusiasm for traveling throughout Washington and being present across the state, as well as the flexibility and sensitivity to work effectively in a wide variety of geographic, political, and cultural settings (travel is estimated at 15-25% for this position).


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Commensurate with Experience

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How to Apply:

The Foundation is partnering with Carolyn Ho, Cara Pearsall, and Catherine Seneviratne of NPAG on this search. Please submit your resume and a cover letter expressing your specific interests to: [email protected]. We are committed to creating conditions where all candidates are able to fully express their talents and potential and invite you to let us know if there are any accommodations that we can provide to support you in your pursuit of this role.


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