Based in Framingham and serving the 25
communities of the MetroWest region of Massachusetts, the MetroWest
Health Foundation (Foundation) is a health conversion
philanthropy. With over $100 million in assets, the
Foundation has invested over $75 million in the health of residents
since it came into being in 1999.
The Foundation seeks improvement in
health status within the region and the systems that support health
using multiple strategies, including tracking community needs
through recurring convenings of community stakeholders; initiatives
that address barriers to accessing care; developing and
sharing health data and information to inform the public and shape
policy at local and state levels; and by supporting a community
based grantmaking and scholarship process that is focused on local
priorities and invites local initiatives.
Most of our grant resources are
devoted to long-term, strategic funding to bring about systemic
change and promote access to health care. This work also
continually reveals new insights, and opportunities. This is
the nexus of the next CEO’s project – to build upon our current,
effective strategies as needed and to shape new strategies that
best respond to emerging needs and opportunities in the next cycle
of our strategic plan.
More information about the Foundation
can be found at: https://mwhealth.org
The CEO will inherit an effective,
healthy organization that enjoys broad support from the greater
community based on values and strategies we think vital to our
continued exemplary performance. Key features include:
- A strong independent governing board that has continued to
refresh itself with diversity in membership and viewpoints, focused
on high level strategy, applied rigorous fiduciary standards, and
empowered its CEO as the principal voice and thought leader of the
- An experienced staff that has developed and maintained
effective systems, analytical tools, and steady relationships
throughout the community, ready for a fresh review and
consideration of methods in step with changing needs.
- The CEO is involved in agency operational management, and
policy, grantmaking and investment committee staffing, with future
potential for re-aligning current or additional staff
- A near universal expectation from citizens, advocates, and
leaders throughout the region that the Foundation continues its
role as a strategic grant maker, social justice advocate, judicious
convener and thought leader.
- An expectation that continued investment in evidence-based
analysis and community dialogue will inform our next CEO’s
facilitation of long term, comprehensive investments in promising
solutions and expanded access to services.
- Changing demographics, an increase in undocumented and
uninsured residents and the emergence of newer grass roots
community organizations present an opportunity to expand our
research, dialogue and convenings and invest in organizational
- Our next long term strategic planning cycle will begin again
towards the end of 2024, giving our new CEO the opportunity to
absorb our current strategy and prepare for a fresh review.
We are seeking a CEO with a breadth of
knowledge of contemporary health care and health equity, motivated
by the best interests of this community, with the community
organizing skills necessary to convene and facilitate respectful
dialogue, advance evidence-based strategy, policy and grantmaking
and be a champion for equity and social justice.
The CEO will be a servant leader with
extraordinary vision who is able to realize that vision through a
rich interaction with the Board, staff, community members,
advocates, and innovators. The CEO must have a value set
consistent with a culture that is based upon humility, respect,
collaboration, high ethical standards, and a passion for our
Community organizing is defined as
“uniting people to work together to solve social problems and make
the world a better place.” This is a key characteristic, as
described by virtually the entire community, of the founding, now
retiring CEO of this organization, Martin Cohen. The skills,
the values and the character required for effective community
organizing are at the core of our expectations for the next
A minimum of 10 plus years’ experience
in senior leadership roles, or its equivalent, is required.
An advanced degree in public health, public policy, management,
community development, or other related disciplines is a
Specific skills and commitments
required of the CEO include:
- Leadership: Commands respect for his or
her character and values. Is well connected and has extensive
experience working with local, regional, or national governmental,
health care, policymaking and grant making institutions and
leaders. Can inspire others and engage in collaborative
leadership. Is adept at listening, learning, and modeling
convivial dialogue and an exchange of ideas in frequent community
- Vision & Creativity: Has a clear
capacity for advancing opportunities for the Foundation and for
using the resources of the Board, staff, policymakers, citizens,
activists, and the media to realize this vision.
- Diversity: Is a
skilled practitioner in issues of power, oppression, and cultural
sensitivity; embraces diversity of race, ethnicity, religion,
gender, age, and sexual orientation; and has a demonstrated track
record of developing and reinforcing an anti-oppression lens in the
external and internal work of the organization.
- Management Skills:
Possesses a proven track record managing staff, finances and a
complex organization in a manner that is progressive, fair, and
consistent. Experienced in community organizing, program
development and implementation. Skilled and experienced at
building and growing an organization and working with a nonprofit
- Communication Skills:
Is an effective marketer, who can promote the qualities and
potential of the Foundation to a broad audience. Demonstrates
superior verbal and written communication skills and can serve as
the primary spokesperson for the organization, while directing and
inspiring board leaders and program directors to effectively
represent the organization in their areas of expertise.
- Interpersonal Skills:
Is well grounded in techniques and skills of listening, providing
feedback, catalyzing learning, and creative activity, promoting
respect, and setting limits.
Has a sophisticated understanding of the political, cultural,
social, technological, and policy issues confronting our
communities and has a strong understanding of the landscape of
change and opportunity in this field.
- Organizational Skills:
Is creative and imaginative. Has a proven ability to attract
outstanding and diverse talent. Is resilient, decisive, and
can stick to a plan and lead it through to completion. Is skilled
at appropriately assigning responsibility and authority.
The Foundation is an equal opportunity
employer. All candidates will be evaluated on a merit basis.
Our salary range is $225,000 to $275,000 and is negotiable,
depending on qualifications and experience. Serious
candidates will be offered an open discussion about compensation
early in their conversation with us. The position will remain
open until filled.
Our consultant, Ted Ford Webb, will
welcome inquiries from those who would like to explore this
opportunity in more detail. He can be reached at the email
Resumes and a cover letter may be
submitted, in confidence, to:
Ford Webb Associates, Inc.
60 Thoreau Street
Concord, MA 01742