Cradle Kalamazoo is a collective impact initiative of over 30 local agencies, stakeholders, and community residents. Cradle Kalamazoo’s goal is to ensure that all children, especially children of color, have equal opportunity to celebrate their first birthday and achieve their full life potential. Cradle Kalamazoo is driven by the need to create a generational impact on child well-being and is implementing an intentional strategy to address the root causes of infant mortality and racial disparities in birth outcomes. Cradle Kalamazoo functions as a commitment of a group of local actors from different sectors within the community, to a common agenda of solving infant mortality within a social context using a structured form of collaboration.
The Cradle Kalamazoo Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, day-to-day operations and advancing the strategic plan of the collective initiative. The Executive Director will be responsible for the oversight and implementation of the Cradle strategic plan through a collective impact frame work. The Cradle Kalamazoo strategic vision is set by the Governance Board, led by the Executive Director and implemented through back bone staff, subcommittees and strategic workgroups, while strongly incorporating community voice especially from marginalized communities.
The Cradle Kalamazoo Director will be a visionary, dynamic leader who can grow and lead the collective impact initiative’s backbone structure, facilitate the collective success of this community effort, and serve as public ambassador for the initiative. The Director will drive internal and external functions, including strategy, communications, community engagement, data function and will provide leadership in addressing the root causes of health inequities that impact Infant Mortality in Kalamazoo.
The successful candidate will have a public health background, a clear understanding of the collective impact framework, and a strong understanding of the root causes of infant mortality, health inequities and the social determinants of health in Kalamazoo.
The Executive Director reports to the Cradle Kalamazoo Governance Board. The Governance Board is responsible for promoting coordinated action, ensuring institutional alignment around a shared vision and shared accountability as well as supporting collective funding efforts.
The position is housed/employed within Bronson Healthcare Group reporting to and supported by the Vice President for Community Health.
Advanced degree in public health, social services, public policy or related field. At least 5-10 years of relevant work experience, including at least 3 years managing teams in a fast paced and high-growth nonprofit, social enterprise or business start-up environment. At least 4 years of fundraising experience and demonstrated success in cultivating funder/donor relationships. The leadership presence to inspire confidence and passion in both internal and external audiences. An understanding of racial and health equity and social determinants of health, and a track record demonstrating the courage and compassion to honestly lead difficult conversations around racial and health equity. Advanced strategy and planning skills, including an ability to think strategically on both organizational and systemic levels over multi-year horizons. Strong research and data acumen and ability to coordinate shared measurement systems. Strong facilitation and presentation skills utilizing multiple modalities for varied audiences. Experience with complex project management and stakeholder management. Existing relationships with, or ability to build relationships with, a cross-sectoral range of stakeholders in the local and regional area. A track record of leading, inspiring, and developing high-performance teams. Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build authentic relationships with a diverse set of high profile stakeholders. Comfort with ambiguity and ability to thrive in a fluid, entrepreneurial environment; willingness to “roll up one’s sleeves” and extend beyond formal responsibilities based on the needs of the work. Strong project management experience with demonstrated ability to facilitate complex relationships and project structure. Demonstrated professionalism, reliability, good judgment, tact, personal integrity, poise and ability to manage and prioritize in a multiple-demand position. Demonstrated experience with and ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds. Ability to multitask projects, manage multiple activities and complete work within tight time lines. Eagerness to learn about the range of fields that impact health equity, root causes of infant mortality, structural racism, racial equity and the social determinants of health.
The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.
Provide visionary, adaptive leadership to internal team, external partners, committees and stakeholders. Provide coaching and mentoring for team member. Establish, facilitate, and execute effective and open communication with staff and partners; particularly related to internal decisions and strategy. Develop systems to share initiative decisions with the steering committee, initiative committees and community. Identify capacity gaps and create hiring plans in preparation for growth. Provide leadership and guidance to steering committee and Cradle committees to ensure work is advancing and providing the additional resources, thought partnership and support needed to accomplish anticipated outcomes.
Maintain understanding of current implementation challenges and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. In collaboration with team and Cradle committees; develop annual funding and policy recommendations with guidance of the steering committee. Provide direction and support to partners to align existing resources to create an environment of continual engagement, learning, and connecting to advance Cradle goals. Collaborate with partnership leaders to guide vision and strategy, support aligned activities, establish shared measurement practices, build public will and participation, and advance policies that support Cradle goals.
Facilitation & Stakeholder Engagement:
Build the backbone’s identity as a respected, neutral convener among a broad spectrum of local stakeholders. Cultivate excellent working relationships with stakeholders, clinicians, service providers, funders, and community leaders involved in this initiative in a way that can inspire collective action without formal authority. Ensure effective facilitation of all committee meetings and provide regular reports on overall initiative progress. Identify and recruit additional cross-sector stakeholders to participate on sub committees and the steering committee. Coordinate benchmark refinement with committees and Steering committee and ensure all partners are aware of overall targets and goals.
Identify potential funding sources to support goals and priorities for the Cradle Kalamazoo initiative Provide leadership and strategic collective fundraising direction for all the partners in supporting Cradle Kalamazoo. Develop and maintain relationships with local and national funders. Complete Letter of Inquiries and oversee funding proposals. Create funder reports, Cradle marketing materials and annual report for funders, stakeholders and community. Track and monitor operational budgets, funder allocations and initiative expenditures. Work with community members to examine social, economic, cultural, safety and health system factors associated with fetal and infant mortality in a collaborative way.
Partner and engage leadership of large-scale community initiatives to maintain a full understanding of the current landscape of local activities and integrate their work into Steering Committee and committee processes. Build and maintain relationships with community partners. Coordinate research and other activities with initiative partners to minimize redundancies and to align strategies and actions, including outreach and education efforts.
Communications & Administration:
Develop a strategic communications strategy to keep the steering committee, each of the 8 subcommittees, funders, partners, stakeholders and the community at large informed about Cradle’s achievements, growth, strategy and activities. Safeguard confidential information gained as a result of the position. Comply with Association policy regarding required reporting of child abuse. Work cooperatively with program participants and volunteers. Perform other duties as assigned.
Complete Bronson Healthcare Group minimum working requirements. Appropriate training and in-service which will occur during employment.
HOURS OF WORK: Full-time
FLSA Status: Exempt
Shift: First Shift
Time Type: Full time
Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40
Internal Number: JOB07960
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