Vice President of Programs (GHF)


Group Health Foundation (GHF) has an audacious goal: health equity in Washington state. The Foundation seeks to create and support conditions where people of all communities—especially those experiencing racial and economic injustice—can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. Uniquely positioned as a 501(c)(4) philanthropic organization, GHF is committed to partnering with communities across Washington State to advance a shared vision for a vibrant, healthy future. With more than $2 billion in assets, the Foundation’s approach to philanthropy recognizes the expertise and wisdom that communities bring and the importance of social determinants of health in identifying solutions that will foster healthy communities throughout the politically and culturally diverse landscape of Washington state.

Following the hire of Nichole Maher, Group Health Foundation’s President and Chief Executive Officer, in 2018, the Foundation began an intentional effort to focus its earliest relationship-building with communities most impacted by health inequities, as well as those communities that have been historically left out of philanthropic funding—particularly rural communities and smaller cities across the state. With those initial learnings, GHF significantly accelerated their grantmaking and team building this past year and is poised for significant additional growth in the coming years.

The Foundation is now looking to expand its executive team and welcome a new Vice President of Programs (VPP). The new VPP will be drawn to this rare opportunity to join GHF during the Foundation’s inaugural years and will have the unique opportunity to shape strategy, build a dynamic team, and foster team culture in close partnership with the CEO, executive team, and other program team members. The VPP will be responsible for the visioning, development, and implementation of ambitious and community-centered program, policy, power-building, and systems change strategies designed to advance the mission. The VPP will be someone who is an experienced grantmaker having managed a portfolio of $20M+, is deeply committed to centering community in strategy development, and brings a familiarity of the broad landscape of movements for equity and justice. They will be a creative and innovative thinker with the flexibility and entrepreneurial nature required for early stage growth and organizational development. They will be a wise and strategic thinker who authentically embodies GHF’s core values and approach to working with communities across Washington state.


The Foundation is partnering with Carolyn Ho, Cara Pearsall, and Catherine Seneviratne of NPAG on this search. Please submit your resume and a cover letter expressing your specific interests to:
[email protected]. We are committed to creating conditions where all candidates are able to fully express their talents and potential and invite you to let us know if there are any accommodations that we can provide to support you in your pursuit of this role.

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