The Richmond and Henrico Public Health Foundation is seeking qualified candidates to lead the Foundation’s Health Equity Fund (HEF), a first-in-Virginia municipal initiative focused on investing in community interventions to address health disparities and the legacies of structural racism, past and present.
The HEF was established in 2022 with an investment of $5 million from the City of Richmond’s federal American Rescue Plan local relief funds and will be sustained with a combination of philanthropic, public, and private resources. The Program Officer works with the Foundation’s Board of Directors, the City’s Public Health District staff, City Administration, and a host of community partners and health equity leaders to plan and manage community engagement, investment, and evaluation for the HEF.
Mayor Levar Stoney with current HEF Program Officer, Saraya Perry, recognizes community organizations being funded and expanded with HEF investment.
An ideal HEF Program Officer will:
- Be highly adaptable. There are only two other municipal HEF’s nationwide, and Richmond’s HEF is growing. A PO must collaborate and lead with an eye toward agile and continuously-improving processes, taking into account diverse stakeholder feedback.
- Understand Richmond’s health disparities, their root causes, and emerging evidence for how they can be addressed.
- Have enough experience with grant management to be administratively effective but not so much as to be bound by past precedent. The HEF aims to guide investments to make novel impacts on stubborn disparities. A PO who can synthesize, adapt, and innovate will enable the HEF to chart a unique course toward community health improvement.
- Have a track record of managing complex projects, using proven project management techniques, and leading the delivery of timebound, strategically-driven objectives.
- Have an eye for building and improving systems to achieve ambitious programmatic objectives.
- Be an adept relationship builder that has a track record of navigating complex professional collaborations and cultivating results and mission-aligned partnerships with diverse stakeholders.
- Have a background and/or degree and/or training in public health, nonprofit management, public administration, or similar.
- Be deeply passionate about health equity with demonstrated experience building programs that impact disparities and elevate community-driven solutions