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Impact Officer - Health & Wellness

The Impact Officer of Health & Wellness will foster and maintain relationships with communities, nonprofits, and other partners to advance Dogwood’s evolving grantmaking and Impact investment strategies. The Impact Officer will lead a team that implements the initiatives that meet Dogwood’s strategic goals in the region. They will be passionate about health equity; have a track record of measurable results, growth, and financial strength; and be flexible, adaptive, and energized in a start-up environment. Reporting to the VP of Health & Wellness, the Impact Officer will be responsible for supporting new ideas and partnerships, partnering with the team and strategy groups on developing strategic goals, and implementing results.
Job description:
Dogwood Health Trust (Dogwood) is a $1.8 billion private, health conversion foundation based in Asheville, North Carolina whose broad mandate is “to dramatically improve the health and well-being of all people and communities of Western North Carolina.”
Dogwood became operational upon the sale of the assets of Mission Health System to HCA Healthcare and focuses on achieving radical impact by engaging the public, private, and nonprofit sectors together on initiatives to improve:
  • Health & Wellness
  • Housing
  • Education
  • Jobs & Economic Development
In alignment with our vision to create an impact in employment, preference will be given to applicants who live in or have deep connection to our foundation’s home in Western North Carolina.
  • In collaboration with Impact team (SVP, VPs, and Impact Officers and Associates), develop and execute effective grantmaking and Impact investment strategies for initiatives.
  • Use data to inform Impact decision-making by establishing and measuring qualitative and quantitative goals and outcomes.
  • Implement the priorities for an assigned grantmaking area through a combination of grantmaking and community engagement.
  • Identify and disseminate emerging trends in the sector, relevant case studies, and other topics of interest related to Dogwood’s work.
  • Consult and coordinate with colleagues in exploring new grantmaking and investment opportunities.
  • With a focus on equity, identify organizations with strong potential for partnership; conduct due diligence and recommend grantee partners with effective track records, internal capacity, and strategic skills.
  • Lead team of Impact Associates and/or Assistants.
  • Build and enhance relationships with community leaders, organizational leaders, and funding partners across the state. Partner with key opinion leaders, community-based organizations, and residents to identify and fund bold and innovative strategies that will move the needle on health disparities and equity in WNC.
  • Implement and monitor processes and solutions to ensure the integration of strategic direction and Impact goals.
  • Create an environment of transparency, collaboration, and cultural integration.
  • Anticipate emerging equity needs and social determinant and disparity trends that inform the organization’s purpose and work. Be fluent in the equity journey for stakeholders regardless of where they may be in that journey.
  • Serve as a primary partner and point of contact for grantees and other collaborators in designated initiative area.
  • Articulate Dogwood’s purpose, values, programs, and goals with external stakeholders, and community and statewide leaders; work in partnership with the Senior Director of Communications to tell effective stories.
  • Anticipate, analyze, and quantify community needs and proactively seek opportunities that leverage existing community strengths and assets.
  • Represent Dogwood to a diverse array of partners including grantees, community leaders, business leaders, government officials, affinity groups, and collaborators in the region.
  • As appropriate, convene grantees and others in the field to advance collective action, networking, and learning opportunities for partners.
  • Serve as a thought partner; remain well informed of current research, activities, and trends in the issues addressed by Dogwood’s partners.
  • Leverage public and private funding streams to optimize investments and impact of initiatives that address health equity and the social determinants of health.
  • Review and analyze grantmaking investments to ensure legal/regulatory compliance.
  • Manage the full P&L for one or more initiatives.
  • Evaluate grant and community investment proposals and develop funding recommendations.
  • Prepare strategy memos, briefs, reports, and presentations in a variety of formats to engage a broad range of constituents (e.g., board members, community leaders, grantees, allied funders).
  • Support the development and implementation of initiative evaluation plans to track the impact of the work and allow for continuous learning.
  • Prepare and contribute to written materials that communicate the alignment of grantee activities with portfolio goals and strategies, including grant recommendations and context papers.
  • Collaborate with colleagues, board, and staff to coordinate with and contribute to projects and relationships to combine efforts for mutual success.
  • Undergraduate degree in relevant field or equivalent work experience required.
  • Graduate degree or certification in related to one of Dogwood’s Impact areas is a plus.
Work Experience
  • Five years or more of progressively responsible roles related to one of Dogwood’s Impact areas.
  • Demonstrated leadership of a transformational initiative or project with measurable impact.
  • Experience working with organizations serving income-disadvantaged individuals and families and/or addressing social determinants of health. 
  • Experience in a startup environment or launching a new product, department, or initiative.
  • Experience establishing and managing complex internal and external relationships.
  • Budget management experience.
Key Competencies
  • Display the highest level of personal integrity and transparency.
  • Visible passion for and demonstrated understanding of the purpose and values of Dogwood, and the possibilities of the health & wellness portfolio, internally and externally.
  • Think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and incorporate them into the organization’s plan.
  • Address and simplify complex problems and create strategies to solve them.
  • Analyze complex data, make assumptions, and proceed with imperfect information.
  • Proven track record of developing and fostering excellent relationships with internal and external stakeholders; able to find common ground, build consensus and strengthen collaboration.  Proven ability to work with government and agency partners; build successful relationships with local leaders and organizations and engage people from diverse backgrounds in a variety of settings.
  • Able to facilitate meetings, synthesize ideas, and provide sensitive feedback.
  • Promote a high-performance, high support environment, with a track record of leading and inspiring strong, collaborative, diverse, and high performing teams. Cultivate a strong working relationship with the team.
  • Train, motivate, and retain team members; evaluate performance; and ensure effective collaboration and appropriate opportunities for professional growth and autonomy.
  • Strong active listening, oral, and written communication skills.
Dogwood’s purpose of dramatically improving the health and well-being of all people and communities of Western North Carolina is evident within our doors as well.  All full-time team members can participate in a broad offering of competitive benefits, including health insurance, retirement, PTO, and more. Starting salary is commensurate with experience that will be vetted through the interview process.
Dogwood Health Trust is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work and on our teams. We know that the rich diversity of perspectives and wisdom that is imperative to our purpose can only come from a wide variety of origins and life experiences. We strongly believe that creating a workplace where all team members thrive is critical to fulfilling our mission in the communities we serve and we intentionally recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.
Qualified candidates are urged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state, or local protected class.
Asheville, North Carolina
Starting salary is commensurate with experience that will be vetted through the interview process.

Current Openings

The Oak Foundation|Non-Profit|Chapel Hill, North Carolina, US|May 10, 2021
The Winston-Salem Foundation|Non-Profit|Winston-Salem|May 03, 2021
Dogwood Health Trust|Non-Profit|Asheville, North Carolina|Apr 29, 2021
Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro|Non-Profit|The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro|Apr 19, 2021
The Oak Foundation|Non-Profit|Chapel Hill, North Carolina|Mar 27, 2021
Jimmie Johnson Foundation|Non-Profit|Charlotte, NC|Mar 25, 2021
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation|Non-Profit|Winston-Salem, NC|Mar 23, 2021
John Rex Endowment|Non-Profit|Raleigh, NC|Mar 18, 2021
Outer Banks Community Foundation|Non-Profit|Outer Banks of North Carolina |Mar 05, 2021
Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro|Non-Profit|The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro|Mar 05, 2021
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