The Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) believes all Texans deserve to be healthy. EHF is committed to transform the health of our communities by going beyond just the doctor’s office. By providing millions of dollars in grants, working with congregations and community partners, and providing important research, we’re supporting solutions that address the underlying causes of poor health. EHF was established in 2013 and is based in Houston. With more than $1.2 billion in estimated assets, the Foundation operates as a supporting organization of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and works to help 10 million people across 57 Texas counties. #HealthNotJustHealthcare
Position Summary: The Episcopal Health Foundation believes that healthy communities are created when diverse people work together to develop community-driven, people-centered, health-oriented systems. Individuals, organizations, and coalitions can be powerful forces in changing the systems that impact community health when they are effectively engaged.
The Community Partnerships Officer supports the Foundation’s Community Engagement efforts and works with the Director of Community Engagement to develop and implement EHF’s capacity building strategies for strengthening community health. This is a new position that will work with community health coalitions and organizations to advocate for health equity, including racial justice and the social determinants of health. This person will be responsible for developing the strategy and leading the planning and implementation for expanding EHF’s work to strengthen community health coalitions and expand advocacy for health equity in our region.
• Work with the Director of Community Engagement to develop and implement the Foundation’s overall community engagement strategy for delivering on the vision, consistent with the direction set by the Foundation’s board
• Work with the Community Engagement team to develop, plan, coordinate and implement community coalition building and engagement activities
• Develop training and other capacity building opportunities for community leaders to support and strengthen coalitions and advocate for health equity in their communities
• Develop and implement strategies for strengthening public advocacy work on health equity among EHF partner organizations
• Manage relationships with consultants and partner organizations for community engagement work
• Build knowledge of best practices for strengthening community collaborative efforts for health equity (including racial equity) and ensure that those practices are part of the Foundation’s work
• Help disseminate information on EHF’s goals, desired outcomes and strategies among community stakeholders, and communicate community perceptions back to the foundation
• Provide a high level of accountability and responsiveness to the diverse communities served by EHF
• Collaborate with other EHF divisions to support the integration of EHF’s engagement capacity across the organization; May lead cross-divisional projects as needed
Qualifications and Skills:
• Must have a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 7 years of experience in program development, community organizing, community collaborative development or related work; Master’s degree in an associated field is preferred;
• Experience working with community collaboratives or partnerships
• Experience working in health equity and/or social determinants of health preferred
• Demonstrated experience working to address racial equity issues strongly preferred
• Track record of success in developing new ideas and innovative approaches, strategy development and program planning
• Experience with public advocacy work and campaign strategies preferred
• Track record of working successfully across a diverse range of communities, institutions and population groups and building commitment among stakeholders
• Experience interfacing with a variety of stakeholders such as elected officials, community leaders and grassroots constituencies
• Exceptional relationship management skills and the ability to diffuse difficult situations
• Strong writing and presentation skills
• Experience in convening and facilitation of individuals and groups to work on collaborative projects
• Strong and creative strategic thinker
All employees are expected to comply with EHF values, EHF citizenship expectations and EHF policies and procedures. These include: taking responsibility for actions and outcomes, being a good stewardship of resources, being transparent, being a team player, producing high quality work and maintaining a high level of productivity. All employees are expected to have sound knowledge of Microsoft Office software.
How To Apply
Interested candidates should apply at https://www.episcopalhealth.org/about/work-with-us/ The position will remain open until filled.