Hartford, CT

Vice President of Program, Connecticut Health Foundation

The Organization

Founded in 1999, CT Health was established after the conversion of ConnectiCare (the Connecticut-based health insurance company) to a for-profit company (the Foundation is independent of ConnectiCare).

CT Health’s mission is to improve the health of people in Connecticut and the organization’s vision is that Connecticut’s next generation will be free from racial and ethnic health disparities. The Foundation takes a systems-change approach and uses three main strategies for its work: grantmaking, policy advocacy, and strategic communications. Hallmarks of the foundation’s work include:

  • Grants to support demonstration projects, policy and advocacy, and other work that can produce lasting change.
  • Policy analysis and research to inform policymakers and health system leaders.
  • Support for advocacy coalitions and participation in state policy panels and advisory committees.
  • Leadership development to ensure that people of color are represented at decision-making tables.

CT Health’s data-driven research has informed health equity thinking in the state in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Innovative grantmaking has allowed organizations to pilot new ideas and identify ways for organizations or initiatives to function sustainably. The Foundation’s policy work has enabled it to serve as a trusted voice and resource for policymakers.

With a corpus of just over $100M, CT Health awards approximately $3 million per year in grants, technical assistance and strategic communications. While the foundation typically funds projects through a systems-change lens, CT Health pivoted during the COVID-19 pandemic to meet immediate needs through a multi-pronged approach. The Foundation awarded 57 COVID-19 grants totaling $2.8 million, including funds for emergency relief in communities of color, support for messaging by trusted community organizations, and funding for local health departments to hire community health workers.

Position Overview

Guided by a vision for achieving health equity for Connecticut, the Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health) believes everyone deserves the opportunity to be as healthy as possible, regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. CT Health focuses on advancing health equity by eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities through strategic grantmaking to create systems change through multiple channels, including identifying new ways to deliver care, developing policy research that finds solutions to the most pressing problems, and investing in community leadership to create more equitable systems.

At this critical juncture for both public health and racial equity, CT Health is seeking an experienced leader to serve as Vice President of Program. The VP of Program, in coordination with the President and CEO and VP of Finance and Operations, sets the foundation’s programmatic strategy, which includes grantmaking, communications, policy, leadership, and evaluation. Additionally, the VP of Program will manage a talented staff to support the continued evolution of the Foundation’s approach that balances a community-centric and community-driven strategy with more traditional policy work. This is an exciting opportunity to lead and shape ongoing and future programmatic strategy to advance health equity.

For a full position description and to apply, please visit: https://npag.com/current-searches-all/vpprogram

How To Apply

More information about the Connecticut Health Foundation may be found at: cthealth.org.

CT Health is partnering with Carolyn Ho, Cara Pearsall, and Andres Marcuse-Gonzalez of NPAG on this search. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s candidate portal.

The Connecticut Health Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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