Austin, TX

Vice President, Community Investments, St. David's Foundation

The Organization

WittKieffer is honored to partner with St. David’s Foundation in the recruitment of the organization’s newly created position of Vice President of Community Investments (VPCI). This is a career-defining opportunity to generate measurable, sustainable change in both increasing access to critical services in order to address the well-being of Central Texans, and drive change to unleash community potential for tomorrow.

Based in Austin, TX, St. David’s Foundation is one of the largest health foundations in the United States, providing over $70 million of direct funding to the community with an $80 million total community benefit impact annually in the five-county Central Texas area. The Foundation is anticipating growth of up to $100 million over the next few years. Through a unique partnership with St. David’s Healthcare, the foundation reinvests proceeds for the hospital back into the community. St. David’s Healthcare itself is a partnership between the hospital management company HCA, St. David’s Foundation, and Georgetown Health Foundation. Since the inception of this visionary partnership in 1996, more than 400 million dollars have been given back to the community.

The Foundation makes grants to innovative organizations ready to solve problems and bring good health into reach for all of Central Texas. Along with grant making, St. David’s Foundation focuses on learning and evaluation, and community engagement strategies that include programs such as mobile dental services, healthcare scholarships, and AgingWell, a program for aging adults and their caretakers.

Reporting to the Foundation’s President and CEO, the VPCI is responsible for strategic grant making, community collaborations, and strategic partnerships. As a member of the Foundation’s Executive Team, this individual will work collaboratively with their team, across the organization, and with the Board of Trustees to translate the Foundation’s vision and strategic priorities into investment strategies that will make measurable and impactful change in order to benefit the residents of Central Texas. More specifically, the Vice President will lead the overall vision and plan to design the Foundation’s impact areas including, identifying emerging opportunities and strategic leverage points based upon the region’s social determinants of health and disparity data along with Foundation research; building partnerships with other key partners and foundations to ensure that that the programs/solutions are informed by and responsive to the needs of Central Texans; and ensuring results and accountability.

Position Overview

The VPCI will need to demonstrate outstanding management and professional development skills, providing clear guidance, high expectations, and support to their team. While a big picture thinker is necessary, this executive must understand how to translate strategy into goals and specific objectives and know how to execute in order to implement measurable programs and efforts. This person must be a politically savvy executive who has a demonstrated track record and is able to build strong relationships with the community, by listening to and leading important conversations around the region’s most pressing issues. Successful candidates will be seasoned philanthropic and/or not-for-profit executives within the philanthropy, healthcare, public health or social service industries. Most importantly, successful candidates will be mission-oriented, embrace the potential of the St David’s Foundation and be able to guide the foundation to achieve its mission and work.

How To Apply

Interested parties may apply, inquire, or nominate a colleague or view the Leadership Profile via the WittKieffer Candidate Portal here. For more information or questions, please contact the search team of Julie Rosen, Nelson Mann, and Andrew Trechsel at

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