Now in its 42nd year, the Hispanic Health Council was formed to improve the health of Hartford’s Latino population by addressing issues of health equity and access to care. Compelled by widespread barriers between the Latino community and the healthcare system, a small, highly motivated group of health researchers, healthcare providers and community activists came together to establish an organization that would address these concerns. Thus, the Hispanic Health Council was founded in 1978.
Today, the Hispanic Health Council is a large, multi-faceted Latino-community based organization employing 85 staff members using four core strategies to improve the health and social well-being of Latinos and other diverse communities. In addition to its reputation for excellence in delivery of a wide range of community health, clinical and other services directly to community members, the Hispanic Health Council is distinguished by its use of community-based research, policy and system advocacy and provider training. In addition to its downtown Hartford site, there are offices in Meriden, Hartford, Bridgeport and New Haven. Services are provided at sites throughout Connecticut and in Springfield, Massachusetts.
The organization’s mission, vision and values have shaped every aspect of the Hispanic Health Council since its founding. These include:
To expand its programs and services, the Hispanic Health Council merged with Mi Casa Family Services and Educational Center and Hispanos Unidos of Meriden and New Haven in 2013. By joining with these two community-based organizations, the Hispanic Health Council further developed critical programs targeting youth, focusing on behavioral health, and strengthening its HIV prevention and support services.
Achieving health equity for Latinos and other diverse communities requires intentional policy and advocacy work, which are major commitments of the Hispanic Health Council. To develop a higher level of cross-cultural and diversity awareness and communication skills among local and regional healthcare and human service providers, students and faculty, the Hispanic Health Council offers participatory training modules that develop new skills, knowledge and insight.
With its multi-strategy approach, evidence-based service programs, robust partnerships, strong community network and highly skilled, dedicated staff, the Hispanic Health Council is poised to take advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead.
Among the most compelling of these opportunities are:
The Hispanic Health Council is a powerful and effective agency with a diverse and dedicated staff. With its many productive affiliations throughout Connecticut and beyond, there is significant potential for additional collaborations, both with current and new partners.
Programs and Services
The wide range of programs and services offered by the Hispanic Health Council in prevention/health promotion and chronic disease management currently serve diverse populations across the life span.
Current programs and services include:
This is a unique opportunity to join an organization with the potential to increase its national impact and visibility, and to take advantage of its reputation for innovative, culturally sensitive and effective programming.
The Hispanic Health Council is poised for the right leader to capitalize on the organization’s assets and successes to date and to further strengthen its programs, infrastructure and public recognition. The next Chief Executive Officer of the Hispanic Health Council will lead an organization with an active, engaged board, and a skilled and dedicated staff.
Over the next three years, the Hispanic Health Council intends to:
Expand to New Communities:
With replicable, successful programs and solid training modules, the Hispanic Health Council expects to strengthen its impact and reach new communities in the years ahead.
Diversify Revenue Streams and Create a Model for Sustainability:
The Hispanic Health Council will ensure its future financial stability by seeking new fiscal resources, crafting development plans for fundraising and planning new growth strategies.
Enhance Organizational Visibility:
Both regionally and nationally, the Hispanic Health Council has had a measurable impact on healthcare policy and practice to date. The organization is now poised to broaden this impact and share its 42-year history of success. The Hispanic Health Council will enhance its efforts in promotion and marketing, creating greater visibility for its organizational model and its achievements.
The Ideal Candidate
This position requires a skilled nonprofit leader with a commitment and dedication to the values of the Hispanic Health Council. The successful candidate will be a flexible, strategic and innovative thinker. The ideal candidate will also be highly skilled in partnership-building, knowledgeable about development and fundraising and will serve as the face of the organization to diverse public audiences.
A Bachelor’s degree is required and a Master’s degree in a related field, or equivalent experience, is preferred. Bilingual language skills in English / Spanish is desired but not required.
The Hispanic Health Council’s ideal candidate will demonstrate these skills and attributes:
Ability to Thrive in a Complex, Multi-faceted Environment:
The successful candidate will bring significant experience in overseeing multiple programs and projects, and in staff management. He, she, or they will play a central role in developing future initiatives and partnerships.
Extensive Engagement with Latino and Other Diverse Communities:
The incoming CEO will bring a history of engagement with diverse communities, and an enthusiasm and commitment to working with these communities. The successful candidate must have a genuine passion for relationship building, and an understanding and appreciation of partnership building.
Program, Staff and Budget Oversight Experience:
The ideal candidate will bring to the position financial and operational management skills in a public or nonprofit agency or program. He, she, or they will understand workplace compliance and employment laws and posess the ability to assure adequate control and accounting of all funds, including maintaining sound financial practices.
Ability to Forge new Partnerships While Maintaining Existing Partnerships/Networks:
The next Chief Executive Officer will have well-honed skills in outreach, community relations and partnership and collaboration development, and a dedication to preserving and maintaining relationships established over the past years.
Creative and Strategic Thinking:
The successful candidate will be a creative, seasoned strategic thinker, able to work effectively with an energetic board of directors to help forge a direction for the organization’s future.
Knowledge and Understanding of Healthcare, Social Determinants of Health Policy and Systems:
The ideal candidate will bring an in-depth understanding of the many factors that impact healthcare and health coverage systems and the critical health policy, access, and equity issues facing diverse communities.
Nonprofit Management or Work Experience:
The next Chief Executive Officer will have significant work experience in nonprofit or public organizations, and applicable nonprofit management skills to assume the responsibilities of this position.
Submission of Candidacy
Transition Consultant Cathy Cohen with TSNE Mission Works has been exclusively retained for this search. All submissions are confidential. Only online applications will be accepted.
Candidates should include a resume and a cover letter that describes how their qualifications and experience match the needs of the Hispanic Health Council along with salary requirements, how they learned of the position and any other relevant information (such as published articles). All applications will be acknowledged. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.
This is a full-time position offering a competitive salary and benefits commensurate with skill and experience.
The Hispanic Health Council is an equal-opportunity employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates. The Hispanic Health Council is an inclusive organization and welcomes people from all racial and ethnic backgrounds, abilities, gender identities, religions, ages, and sexual orientations to apply.