Grayslake, IL

Executive Director, Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County

The Organization

The Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County (HFNLC) is committed to improving the health status of uninsured and underserved residents in northern Lake County through improving access to comprehensive and integrated care. This takes place through investing in programs that target marginalized individuals and families and underserved neighborhoods and communities. Throughout its history, the Foundation has built the capacity of nonprofit organizations and the health system/continuum of care, reduced unnecessary treatments, hospitalizations and emergency visits, and decreased healthcare costs to consumers and the community.

Over the past 15 years, the Foundation has awarded over $27.8 million dollars to over 80 organizations that improve access to health services for those most in need in northern Lake County. Notable accomplishments include addressing the dearth of mental health services in northern Lake County, launching the first school-based health center in this area, partnering with local universities to create pipelines of health care providers to work in northern Lake County and creating unique cross-sector partnerships to improve system capacity.

Northern Lake County is comprised of diverse communities with wide-ranging needs and organizations that serve them. A lack of social services and healthcare providers, low health literacy levels among residents and growing poverty are among the issues that affect healthcare access today. As needs continue to grow, the nonprofit community must continue to improve its ability to serve those most in need. To this end, in addition to funding programs that facilitate or provide access to healthcare, HFNLC strives to build capacity of health services in northern Lake County through increasing program effectiveness, ensuring organizational sustainability, and leveraging healthcare resources.

Position Overview

The Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County seeks a proven leader whose passion for service to the community is demonstrated by a career-long dedication to improving the human condition.  As a leader with exceptional leadership ability, this person must exhibit success in collaborating with a wide variety of stakeholders.  Experience convening people sharing disparate interests and concerns – so that the aspirations and goals of HFNLC are pursued in a collegial, transparent and highly participatory manner – is essential.

The ability to communicate exceptionally well in oral and written form is necessary for success in this position.  As the key spokesperson for the Foundation, this person must be able to speak extemporaneously in public in a clear and cogent fashion to build trust and credibility.  The qualified candidate must demonstrate success in reaching out to the community, participating with people of diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds, and listening to and building rapport with those who have varying viewpoints and perceptions.  High integrity, sound judgment and humility are essential for success in this role.

HFNLC seeks a leader who is an organization builder, with preference for a candidate who has healthcare or health programming experience.  This person should demonstrate an ability to raise awareness and to clearly articulate a message about the Foundation’s vision and purpose. The ideal candidate will show a high level of empathy and compassion for others, especially communities of color who will be impacted by his or her actions. Participation in the life of the community in which he or she lives and/or works as evidenced by a high level of civic involvement, public service and volunteerism is expected.

Career experience in a top leadership position with a large grantmaking foundation is highly valued, but not required. Career knowledge of public health issues in Lake County/greater Chicagoland is desirable and advantageous. A management style that is open, collaborative and empowering of others would be ideal. Political astuteness, intellectual ability, business and financial savvy, natural optimism, analytical ability, good listening skills, and a sense of humor are some of the more important personal attributes HFNLC seeks. At minimum, a Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university is expected. Formal education at the graduate level is preferred.

The salary range for this position is between $200,000 and $215,000 and will be commensurable with experience. HFNLC offers a benefits package, including health insurance compensation, 8 paid holidays, vacation, and a generous 403b plan.

How To Apply

To apply, submit a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at (click on the Apply button at the bottom of the page).

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