• Director, Community Health and Wellness

    Job Locations US-TX-Dallas
    Posted Date 1 month ago(9/21/2018 5:07 PM)
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  • Overview

    United Way of Metropolitan Dallas tackles complex social problems by surrounding North Texans with local programming in the areas of Education, Income, and Health – the essential component of a thriving community.  We understand that these three areas are connected and correlated with community success.  We also believe that our lives are interrelated, when one of us succeeds, we all succeed.  When we’re healthy, we’re able to enjoy life, provide for our families, realize our dreams and contribute to our communities. At United Way we are solution seekers and agents of change.  Our goal is to ensure that all North Texans have access to nutritious food, quality healthcare and the chance to lead healthy, productive lives. 


    Poverty and poor health are inextricably linked.  Poverty is both a cause and a consequence of poor health.  Poverty increases the chances of poor health and poor health in turn traps communities in poverty. Marginalized groups and vulnerable individuals are often worst affected, deprived of the information, money or access to health services that would help them prevent and treat disease.

    Very poor and vulnerable people may have to make harsh choices – knowingly putting their health at risk because they cannot see their children go hungry, for example.  Reducing poverty and improving nutrition, as well as strengthening local health systems, is of the utmost importance to improving the health and wellness of our communities.


    The Director of Community Health and Wellness will address critical health and poverty needs of the community, organize collaborative actions and initiatives that support communities, and strongly engage resources – to strengthen a unified and collaborative approach designed to improve the health and wellness of our community.  This position acknowledges that access to healthcare isn’t the only answer, and will incorporate preventive care, housing, access to healthy food, mental health, environmental health, economic mobility and social networks as a part of the solution. 


    The Director of Community Health and Wellness provides ongoing support to ensure that all funded programs are aligned with and make measurable progress toward achieving the community goal for Health and Income –  to ensure that all North Texans have access to nutritious food, quality healthcare and the chance to lead healthy, productive lives. 


    Work will include analyzing existing resources in Dallas and around the country. Identifying gaps in services and establishing partnerships and strategic alliances with service providers, volunteers, and other programs that develop United Way of Metropolitan Dallas as a thought leader in Health. 


    To perform the job successfully, competitive applicants should demonstrate the following competencies:


    • Mission-Focused:  Create real social change that leads to improving lives in our community.
    • Relationship-Oriented:  Is able to communicate effectively to develop, grow and sustain productive relationships.  Knows how to capture and record relevant information and how to interpret and utilize the information to forge partnerships, collaborate, cultivate, grow, sustain and strengthen internal and external relationships.
    • Results-Driven:  Dedicated to shared and measurable goals; creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad impact.
    • Stewards:  Our actions, behaviors, and decisions on behalf of our donors must be transparent, meet the highest ethical standards, and align with organizational goals.


    Development of strategy to improve community health and wellness:

    • In partnership with the Vice President of Economic Mobility, Vice President of Thriving Families and Senior Director of Student and Family Health, manage development of strategy for improving community health and wellness in the UWMD service area.
    • Strengthen existing relationships and forge new working partnerships with community leaders, service providers, corporations, funders, public sector, health institutions, educational institutions, coalitions, and other stakeholders to collectively implement strategy.
    • Represent UWMD in community coalitions, conferences, and other venues related to community health and wellness.
    • Provide on-going support to non-profits who work with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, including monitoring outcomes to ensure programs align with the 10-Year Community Goal for Health
    • Lead grant funding and relationship management of a portfolio of agencies focused on community health and wellness.
    • Development of Common Measures for health.
    • Communicate with other United Way departments, agencies, and community representatives, stakeholders, funders, etc. as appropriate (communication of goals, activities, outcomes, etc.)
    • Coordinate efforts as appropriate with Marketing, Finance and Resource Development


    Leadership, development and management of programs to improve community health and wellness:

    • Management of North Texas Summer and Supper Council, in partnership with the Texas Hunger Initiative, including:
      • Oversight, process development, strategic planning and implementation efforts
      • Execution of all Council activities, including monthly meetings and special events
      • Liaison to the Texas Hunger Institute team for program implementation and sponsor relationship management
      • Budget planning, working with Finance as necessary
      • Creation and facilitation of volunteer engagement projects in partnership with Resource Development
      • Manage contracts, requests for proposals, and outcome reporting.   
      • Fundraising, in partnership with Resource Development
    • Management of Healthy Cities, in partnership with Baylor Scott and White Hospital, including:
      • Assistance with implementation efforts, fundraising and events
      • Liaison to Baylor Scott and White Hospital


    • Other duties as assigned




    EDUCATION:                  Master’s degree in related field or relevant experience, social work, health, public administration, business administration, or related field strongly preferred. 


    EXPERIENCE:                  At least 4 years of experience in non-profit / social services preferred.     



    Program Development and Content Knowledge:


    • Knowledge of current thinking in the education, health, poverty, social innovation, advocacy, community development and social change fields
    • Ability to assess developments in the field
    • Strong ability to develop, implement and evaluate strategies to affect change
    • Demonstrated commitment to low-income people, equity, economic justice, intersectionality, structural bias and other social justice concepts
    • Strong knowledge of the interconnectedness of education, health and poverty
    • Demonstrated familiarity with several of UWMD health grantmaking areas, including: primary and clinical care, preventative care, food access, health education, substance abuse prevention and treatment, family violence prevention and treatment, mental health, chronic disease management
    • Demonstrated familiarity of education and health policy, local, state and health and human services issues.


    Fundraising Acumen

    • Ability to identify and capitalize on strategic points for philanthropic engagement
    • Ability to provide thought leadership on UWMD work both within and outside of UWMD.
    • Strong verbal communications skills and interpersonal skills, including the ability to speak publicly and work effectively as a member of a team
    • Communicates effectively and with passion “the story” of the organization’s work to engage donors, volunteers, and advocates.
    • Develops relationships, both internally and externally, to enhance and contribute to organizational effectiveness.


    Functional Competencies:

    • Exceptional reasoning and strategic problem-solving abilities, and proven track record of success in solving complex and dynamic problems.
    • Excellent project management skills and the ability to chart one’s own direction collaboratively
    • Strong skill in coaching and developing others, including peers, without having a direct management relationship
    • Desire to help others achieve their goals by sharing ideas, time and resources.
    • Has a focus on results and can effectively communicate goals and impact
    • Advocates for support of education, income, and health
    • Promotes an open-mind, innovation, creativity and is willing to take calculated risks
    • Develops relationships to drive results
    • Demonstrated financial analysis skills, including the ability to analyze audited financials, balance sheets, and business plans of nonprofit organizations and programs
    • Has the necessary organizational skills to deliver on team and organizational goals
    • Commitment to personal learning and development and openness to feedback
    • Adaptability and flexibility, with ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced, results-oriented culture with limited guidance
    • Responsive, service-oriented attitude
    • High degree of emotional intelligence


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