The newly incorporated Nantahala Health Foundationwas created to make grants to nonprofits serving their communities in addressing inequities in selected social determinants of health. This important new Foundationis seeking an innovative and strategic leader to be their inaugural Executive Director. The successful candidate is an advocate for improving healthcare inequities, has a passion for rural communities, and has a successful track record of raising money and creatively implementing programs in a nonprofit setting.
About the Nantahala Health Foundation:
The Nantahala Health Foundation, based in Franklin, NC, was created to serve the six most Western counties of NC, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon and Swain Counties, and theQualla Boundary serving nearly 140,000 citizens. The core mission is to guarantee the continued efforts of improving the health, wellness and lives of people in the region by partnering with nonprofits and communities who are working hard to reduce and eliminate health disparities.
Nantahala Health Foundation has the key start-up goals: 1) understanding and identifying the issues that challenge the seven represented communities that create health disparities and 2) creating a better understanding of the inner workings of existing nonprofits in the region, 3) investing in the nonprofits’ strategies through capacity building, and 4) supporting the initiatives that address the root causes of the health inequalities in the western region of NC. Examples of social determinants that could be addressed through grants include poverty, education, housing, health care access, and transportation.
Nantahala Health Foundation will receive start-up support from the Dogwood Health Trust which was created out of the merger of Mission Hospital Systems with HCA. Annual grants of $5M in three installments over the next two years will be given with the expectation that Nantahala Health Foundation both makes substantial grants in the communities they serve AND raises funds for sustainability of their mission. In addition to the grant, Dogwood Health Trust has five dedicated staff who will provide operational support in the form of strategic plan development, finance and accounting management, technology support in terms of various platforms (e.g. Razor’s Edge, Blackbaud), and fundraising support. Success in meeting funding and program goals will create eligibility for additional multi-year funding and support from Dogwood Health Trust.
Reporting to a Board of Directors, and working cooperatively, the Executive Director of Nantahala Health Foundation will be responsible for providing leadership in the overall operation and development of the Foundation, including strategic direction, program development, operations, financial management, personnel management and community relations. Specifically, the new Director will work with the Board to create a program that solicits and vets proposals from nonprofits who offer services that match the Foundation’s strategic priorities. Simultaneously, the new Director will be the driver for resource development that is required by the initial grant and as a charitable organization 501(c) 3 organization. Networking and collaboration through extensive community relations, education and public relations implemented by effective communication management and measurement of outcomes by objective program evaluation will be essential responsibilities of the Director.
Qualifications:To be considered, candidates must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and 3 years of progressive nonprofit or healthcare management experience. The Board has a preference for 5 years of progressive senior level nonprofit healthcare management experience with a demonstrated successful fundraising track record and program management experience. The hiring rangeis $75,000-95,000.
To confidentially apply for this position, please go to http://www.developmentalassociates.comand click on the Executive Director, Nantahala Health Foundation link on the left side of the home page. All applications must be submitted online through the Developmental Associates application portal, not the Foundation’s website. Please note that it is not sufficient to submit only a resume, only fully completed applications will be considered but resumes and cover letters can be uploaded. All inquiries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The application review begins May 14, 2019and onsite skill evaluations and interviews will be held in Franklinfor selected finalists June 4-5, 2019.