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Executive Director

Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging

The QTI Group has exclusively partnered with the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging (WIHA) to recruit for their next Executive Director. The Executive Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging will lead the organization, driving strategic initiatives to ensure the long-term health and growth of the agency, working with an engaged and informed board and a mission-focused staff who have deep expertise in evidence-based health promotion, programming, and advocacy. This person will build and maintain relationships with key partners, including the University of Wisconsin’s Community Academic Aging Research Network (CAARN), the research network responsible for developing the organization’s evidence-based programming. The Executive Director will uncover and initiate new relationships with funders, both public and private to support growth strategies. He/she will serve as a strong face of the of the agency around the state, as well as nationwide, to retain and expand the reach of the programming, with a commitment to expand impact among the aging population in underserved communities and communities of color most greatly impacted by health challenges. This person will lead a team of six staff located statewide with respect, flexibility, and trust, providing the tools and support necessary for staff and board to serve the agency’s mission with the highest integrity.

Position Responsibilities:

Leadership of the collection and dissemination of evidence-based health promotion programs to support healthy aging throughout the state of Wisconsin.

  • Identify opportunities to expand WIHA’s role as a statewide clearinghouse, advocate, and technical assistance support center in disseminating evidence-based health promotion programs in healthy aging.
  • Influence, guide and promote the vision of the organization including advocacy regarding health equity issues.
  • Keep up-to-date on national and local trends impacting healthy aging and evidence-based prevention.
  • Represent WIHA with national partners to position WIHA as a national leader in the dissemination of evidence-based health promotion programs.
  • Serve as the liaison with the Chief Medical Officer and UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s Community Academic Aging Research Network.
  • Manage relationship with accounting firm and human resources firm.

Partner Development and Relationships

  • Ensure collaborative relationships with WIHA community partners, academic partners, founding organizations, funding agencies, and other constituencies.
  • Ensure equitable partnerships with organizations representing communities of color.
  • Serve as spokesperson and ambassador for WIHA with external partners and serve on relevant committees and task forces.
  • Serve on the Executive Committee of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health’s Community Academic Aging Research Network (CAARN).
  • Serve as WIHA’s representative with the Wisconsin Aging Advocacy Network, coordinated by the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources.
  • Maintain strong relationships with founding organizations as defined in the Bylaws as well as other state-wide aging and disability organizations, including the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (specifically the Bureau of Community Health Promotion), Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources, and University of Wisconsin researchers.

Administrative oversight of agency operations

  • Ensure Board and staff compliance with agency bylaws.
  • Work with President and Board to set agendas for Board meetings and participate in Board meetings as ex-officio; Coordinate with the governance of WIHA to ensure that issues are timely and appropriately brought to the attention of the Board.
  • Inform the Board of the key performance aspects of the agency and assist in setting strategic direction for the agency.
  • Select and oversee contracts with appropriate vendors and contracts, including for Human Relations, accounting services and space rental.
  • Ensure that the agency’s legal records and documents are appropriately created and maintained.

Effective management of WIHA operations

  • Ensure that the overall operations of WIHA are run in a manner that shows a commitment to diversity and a respect for staff and partners based on the highest principles of customer service.
  • Ensure the appropriateness of partner network development to cover population needs that will also ensure reach of programs for engagement of underrepresented groups by race, culture and economics.
  • Ensure the successful implementation of new evidence-based programs and their dissemination throughout the state of Wisconsin and, where applicable, the nation. This includes developing business agreements with the intellectual property owner, developing terms of licenses for national dissemination, overseeing sales and service of national licenses, and ensuring that terms of licenses are followed by licensees.
  • Oversee program dissemination through program partners and Master Trainers including provision of technical assistance, training and providing fidelity coaching for program facilitators, and training master trainers, to maintain quality and fidelity of all programs.
  • Ensure effective grants management, including completion of all grant-required activities and timely completion and submission of grant reports.
  • Direct the marketing, outreach, and development activities of WIHA.
  • Ensure data collection, analysis, and reporting to show reach and impact of programs and to support continuous improvements to agency operations and programming consistent with WIHA mission.

Financial management of WIHA

  • Provide fiscal oversight from development of budgets to monitoring revenue and expenses for maximum value and operating results.
  • Identify grant opportunities, write and ensure timely completion of competitive grant applications; manage grants received for fiscal accountability.
  • Identify and direct all fund development programs and activities; secure new agency and individual donors to diversify funding sources.
  • Provide timely financial reports to Finance Committee and the Board of Directors.
  • Work with accountants and auditors to ensure fiscal oversight, management and solvency and annual audit.

Personnel leadership & management

  • Ensure the development and implementation of effective diversity-promoting HR practices including hiring, training, performance appraisal, and team building.
  • Promote a flexible work environment that builds and maintains trust, equity, and diversity of thought and personalities, all heard and welcomed.
  • Hire, terminate, and review performance of direct reports.
  • Lead and support staff to ensure that all aspects of operations are run with integrity and efficiency.
  • Provide ongoing coaching and mentoring to ensure all staff are supported to do their best work; provide opportunity for continual performance improvement.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience Required

  • A four-year degree from an accredited college or university in non-profit administration, gerontology/social work, public health, human services administration, or other related field; Advanced degree is preferred.
  • Significant experience in aging, public health, research, health equity, or health promotion over at least five years.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management capabilities in a nonprofit organization that partners with government agencies and community partners to ensure success.
  • Experience in grant funding identification, grant-writing and grants management
  • Proven ability to successfully develop and manage a budget
  • Expertise in major gifts fund raising and donor development
  • Experience in leading and implementing a strategic planning process
  • A solid understanding of the research process required to establish evidence-based programming
  • Advocacy experience with government agencies and legislature, preferred.
  • Prior experience with older adults, preferred.
  • Experience with developing contracts, developing business cases, value proposition, and pricing
  • Ability to travel frequently within the state and occasional travel out-of-state.; may live anywhere in the state of Wisconsin with the ability to be in the office in Madison as needed.