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ICH Executive Director

Category: Professional and Management
Commerce Place, Malden, MA

Department: Institute for Community Health
Job Type: Full Time
Job Class: Non-Union
Work Shift: Days
Work Days: 8.5/day
Hours/Week: 40
Date Posted: 08/20/2019
Requisition Number: hrq-90961

Job Details

  • Executive Director Description

    Institute for Community Health

    Organizational Overview

    The Institute for Community Health (ICH) is a highly regarded non-profit consulting organization that provides planning and assessment, participatory evaluation, applied research and data services to help local communities create sustainable health. The cornerstone of our mission is a commitment to stakeholder engagement in all aspects of the planning, evaluation and research processes, and a deep appreciation for the diverse experiences and values that communities contribute to health improvement.

    ICH has extensive experience and an excellent reputation for working across sectors and with a broad array of organizations and institutions, including community-based organizations, city and state governments, hospitals and community health centers, and academic institutions. Our work spans a wide variety of topic areas, including chronic disease, health systems, youth development, health disparities, substance use disorders, and mental health, among others.

    The office is located just north of Boston in Malden, MA across the street from the Orange Line T stop.

    Position Scope

    The Executive Director is accountable for the leadership, financial health, and overall performance of the Institute. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, finances, strategic plan, and the overall health of the organization. Other key duties include revenue generation, fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.

    The Executive Director, is responsible for operationalizing the organizational vision and mission. The Executive Director will refine the vision, develop short- and long-term goals, set direction, shape policy, recruit and retain a staff of skilled and committed professionals, and oversee the agenda of each of ICH's four service areas. S/he is responsible for structuring all key business development activities and engaging the board and ICH staff members in executing these activities. S/he is also responsible for identifying and fostering a diverse range of partnerships and relationships that will enable the Institute to move forward and realize its goals. S/he sets very high standards for quality of ICH's products as well as a commitment to continual improvement of our product. This position presents the possibility of an academic appointment to a Boston area university.

    Major Responsibilities

    Board Interface

    Work effectively with the Board of Directors to keep them informed about the performance of the Institute, enabling the board to make decisions that best support ICH and its mission, and leverage the board members' skill sets to advance the organization and grow its business.

    Work with the Board Governance/Nominations Committee to identify new board members when necessary, recruit those members, and support full board approval.

    Business Development, Revenue Generation and Partnership Development

    Develop networks and relationships that strengthen ICH's ability to obtain new revenue, including with government agencies, professional and academic networks, healthcare institutions, community agencies and other key stakeholders.

    Obtain new revenue for ICH through grants, contracts, and other creative approaches.

    Engage in external activities to increase ICH's visibility - e.g., presenting at conferences and other local/regional/national events, authoring articles, writing op-eds, blogging, etc.

    Strategic Planning

    Lead the Board and ICH staff in a periodic strategic planning effort to establish common priorities and a road map for the realization of short- and long-term goals.

    Oversee the execution of the strategic plan, including developing a plan to ensure annual goals are met.

    Institute Operations and Infrastructure

    Establish a viable financial model for ICH and oversee efforts to manage operational costs and generate revenue necessary to support operations.

    Develop the best model for leadership and management of the organization.

    Hire and supervise a qualified senior staff.

    Oversee the engagement and development of the full ICH team.

    Establish policies, programs, and reporting procedures to meet all legal and regulatory requirements.

    Oversee financial, business development and other organizational functions, and establish clear lines of authority and accountability for all staff.

    Service Area Implementation

    Work with staff, the Board and stakeholders to develop evaluation and research agendas.

    Oversee methods and standards to ensure service delivery excellence.

    Lead projects as Principal Investigator or Senior Advisor 10-15% of time.


    Inspirational leader who has both vision and the ability to articulate and translate that vision into action. Proven track record of building organizations.

    Experience leading evaluation and/or applied research projects, including experience with small to midsize projects, in public health/healthcare at the Principal Investigator level.

    Strong understanding of consulting business development approaches; success obtaining revenue and in finding grant opportunities and other sources of funds. Ability to raise funds on a regional and local level.

    A passion and dedication to communities and the improvement of community health; experience working with community agencies.

    Excellent administrative and organizational skills, including experience with non-profit management; able to articulate goals clearly and to give staff both the responsibility and the authority to achieve them.

    Ability to engage at senior levels of client and partner organizations in order to forge and strengthen business relationships.

    Ability to understand stakeholder needs and transform them into opportunities for ICH.

    Deep understanding of program evaluation and research, participatory and utilization-focused approaches, and the concepts of public and community health.

    Instinct to inspire, mentor, and engage staff members.

    Ability to maintain ICH's supportive, collaborative work environment.

    Exceptional interpersonal skills, with ability to interact with all levels of staff, clients and potential clients, community members, board members, and other public health and academic stakeholders.

    Excellent fiscal management skills.

    Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to speak persuasively in public forums.

    At least 10 years of progressively more responsible positions in public health/non-profit management.

    Advanced degree in public health, social sciences, medicine, or a related field.

    Please forward your cover letter and resume to Joan Bennett at Bennett Consulting, LLC

    We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.


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