Director of People and Culture

Date Posted: 
Thu, February 11, 2021
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Job Category: 
Spokane, WA
Company Name: 
Empire Health Foundation
Job Description: 

Empire Health Foundation (EHF), a private health conversion foundation formed in 2008, takes a bold and innovative approach to investing in ideas and organizations that improve access, education, research, and policy to transform the health of communities in eastern Washington. With philanthropic assets totaling approximately $96 million, including the recent addition of $20M designated as a 501c(4), and a talented team of 17, EHF’s investments go beyond traditional grantmaking to leverage innovative public-private collaborations in its commitment to measurable health improvements through work in four primary Focus Areas: Care Coordination, Families Together (family resiliency), Workforce Development, and Innovation. Additionally, EHF partners with four other community organizations, including the provision of some shared administrative services, focused on regional health transformation, increasing Washington-based cancer research, improving family-based supports for foster children, and increasing health care providers in eastern Washington.

EHF believes strongly that solving today’s toughest social problems relies on much more than just writing a check. Through collaborative partnerships with community, tribal and government leaders, government agencies and third-party funders, EHF seeks to move the dial measurably and sustainably on health outcomes through an innovative approach to philanthropy that focuses on systems-level change. In contrast to traditional reactive grantmaking and top-down theory-of-change models, EHF’s approach is adaptive and collaborative, leverages partnerships, and is accountable for results. Following the recent hire of President Zeke Smith, Empire Health Foundation now invites applications and nominations for its next Director of People and Culture to bring EHF to a new level of excellence in human resource and talent management.

The ideal candidate will have deep knowledge of best practices and values-based approaches to recruit, assess, grow, and retain top-quality, diverse talent and foster an equitable, high performing, and values-driven organizational culture. The Director will strengthen and build the Human Resources (HR) function to best support the organization at this critical moment, advising senior leaders, peers, and EHF team members on effective talent management and culture development practices. Through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), s/he/they will steward talent acquisition, talent development, performance management, total rewards, and employee engagement, benefits and wellness. The Director will source and manage relationships with external advisors, consultants, and service providers as appropriate on behalf of the Foundation.

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How to apply: 

This search is being conducted by Linh Nguyen, Britni Russell Bianchi, and Sarah Hecklau of NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s candidate portal.

Empire Health Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit and hire without regard to race, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, veteran status or age.