President and Chief Executive Officer

Friday, February 12, 2021 - 00:00
Missouri Foundation for Health
St Louis, MO

Position Summary

The Chief Executive position is responsible for advancing the goals and objectives of the Foundation as set forth by the governing documents and the Board-approved policies, plans, and programs to achieve a shared envisioned future. Employing executive leadership skills, the President and CEO serves the mission of the organization, its Board of Directors, and its constituents through thought leadership, stewardship of resources, and positive community representation. Focusing keenly on organizational effectiveness, long-term strategic planning, and enterprise risk management, the President and CEO leads the staff team as they successfully implement the strategies and initiatives of the Foundation.


Missouri Foundation for Health is a well-regarded and influential organization playing a critical role by informing and supporting high impact health equity efforts; aligning state, regional, and local partners; promoting leadership across the sector; serving as an innovator in systems change; and acting as a convener of stakeholders across health equity and advocacy.

After nearly a decade of spearheading exceptional growth and innovation, MFH’s President & CEO, Bob Hughes, has announced his retirement. Building on the organization’s rich 20-year legacy, the next chief executive will have the opportunity to impactfully lead and serve the field of health philanthropy in the state of Missouri. In partnership with and under the guidance of a committed Board, this individual will provide inspirational and visionary leadership to drive the Foundation’s strategic direction, as well as to foster a forward-thinking culture to promote pathways to health equity. In light of the Foundation’s recent reorganization, the incoming CEO will drive operational and cultural alignment, ensuring the staff is acclimated in the new structure and equipped to propel the organization’s work.

The Board is searching for a leader who has a sophisticated understanding of the varying barriers to sound health and well-being encountered within a diverse, Midwestern state such as Missouri, and a demonstrated ability to develop strategies to reduce or remove these barriers for all Missourians. Mindful that barriers vary throughout the state, the next CEO must be adept at community engagement and coalition building to bridge the geographical diversity in Missouri across the rural/urban spectrum and shared border with eight surrounding states, as well as navigating a diverse political and cultural state landscape. As a change agent grounded in systems thinking and cross-sector collaboration, this person will provide dynamic and inclusive leadership, with the ability to execute on this entrepreneurial vision.

Given the continuing evolution in the field around the shifting dynamics of health, strategic philanthropy and systems transformation, and significant challenges in our current environment, the next leader will join the Foundation at a critical and unprecedented time in the organization’s and nation’s history. This is an incredible role for a passionate and equity-minded executive to solidify MFH’s shift from a grantmaker to a changemaker in driving real systems change to create more equitable health and social structures, and even toward change-broker as it leverages its convening power and thought leadership to create even bigger impact. As the organization enters this next chapter of its history, this innovative leader has a chance to bring bold, fresh ideas to the Foundation as it works to explore new partnerships, investments, and frontiers in the journey to advance equity and impact meaningful and sustainable systems change.

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