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Vice President of Community Programs
St Davids Foundation in Austin, Texas
Date Posted 07/14/2021
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Vice President of Community Programs (VPCP) oversees the direct service portfolio of the Foundation, including the Mobile Dental Program and Scholarship Program- two of the largest and most successful such programs in the country. The VPCP will also lead efforts to engage with external constituencies to help grow and support a philanthropic culture in Austin and throughout Central Texas. The VPCP will develop, implement, and support the Foundation's direct program agenda, in alignment with the Foundation's strategic vision and direction. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT), the VPCP will serve as a strategist, advisor, and project manager to the President and CEO.

The VPCP, along with other Foundation leaders, shares the responsibility of being a "face of the Foundation" in the community with the President and CEO and may be asked to speak on behalf of the Foundation both locally and nationally. This position requires proven strategic and change management leadership, business acumen, strong public speaking skills, political savvy, diplomacy, and attention to detail, combined with a demeanor and actions that align with the Foundation's culture and core values of Collaboration, Community, Compassion, Innovation, and Stewardship.

This is a newly created position that has emerged out of a strategic reorganization of the Foundation. The VPCP will report to the President and CEO, Dr. Edward B. Burger, who joined the Foundation in 2020.


Direct Community Programs (80%)

  • Strategic oversight of the Foundation's direct service programs, including the Dental and Scholarship Programs.
  • In the short- and intermediate-term, working closely with the Dental leadership team to provide direction and support in implementing selected recommendations from a soon-to-be-completed external review to further enhance the Dental Program and its strong culture.
  • Effectively facilitate collaboration between the Community Affairs (Neal Kocurek Scholarship program, Toast of the Town, AgingWell), Dental, and other Foundation teams.
  • Amplify the Foundation's direct service programs in alignment with its strategic goals and mission to make that work flourish as a cohesive centerpiece of the Foundation's strategic goals.
  • Assess and evaluate the capacity to effectively raise additional funds for sponsorships, the dental program, as well as partner with the Foundation's capacity building efforts to help build financial capacity for grantees who seek to enhance their development efforts.
  • Work with Foundation leadership to develop and implement the Foundation's overall community programs strategy for delivering on the vision, consistent with the direction set by the Foundation's board.
  • Establish relationships and work with peer Foundation teams to support the integration of the Foundation's engagement capacity across the organization and look for opportunities for cross-collaboration.
  • Manage relationships with consultants and partner organizations for community program work, as appropriate.
  • Work with team members to develop, plan, coordinate and implement community coalition building and engagement activities.
  • Oversee the delivery of direct services to ensure they follow best practices standards as well as strengthen community collaborative efforts to advance health equity.
  • In partnership and collaboration with the Community Investments' team, intentionally plan for increases in philanthropic giving over time (directed to priority areas).
  • Develop and lead philanthropy roundtables.
  • Engage with the Central Texas community on emergent issues of importance connected with community programs that connect to the Foundation's mission and strategic vision and direction.
  • Develop and manage Community Programs budget, ensuring fiscal stewardship and budgetary compliance.

Along with other members of the Executive Leadership Team, Support and Advise the Foundation President & CEO (10%)

  • Coordinate and integrate staff efforts to reduce duplication and uncover synergies and opportunities.
  • Strategic planning and implementation, including strategic and effective growth, as necessary.
  • Protect strategic priorities against both dilution and mission creep.
  • Facilitate successful outcomes of challenges and concerns with appropriate points of contact.
  • Focus on organizational goals and oversee special projects and emergent work, as appropriate.
  • Anticipate risks and needs to achieve optimal outcomes and prevent undesirable ones.
  • Support operational and strategic budget management.
  • Build trust among leadership, President & CEO, and Foundation staff.

Leadership (5%)

  • Work closely with Foundation leadership to ensure a cohesive and intentional mission throughout the organization that supports and enhances a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Serve as a trusted advisor and resource to internal leadership to support collaboration, positive culture, team building, management, communication, and cohesiveness.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the President & CEO.

Special Projects (5%)

  • Lead and manage a portfolio of special projects and initiatives of importance to the Foundation as directed by the President & CEO.



  • Proven collaborator and facilitative strong leader who can develop and coach high performing teams and blend a variety of talents, perspectives, work styles and approaches.
  • Holds people accountable through respectful conversations.
  • Demonstrated experience in building effective community building, relationships, and partnerships.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in developing, leading, and managing multidisciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in being a change-agent and inspiring teams to evolve and grow alongside the organization.
  • A proven commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.


  • Superior verbal, interpersonal, written, and listening communication skills, with proven ability to effectively communicate information diplomatically, concisely and professionally with internal and external audiences.
  • Strong relationship building and relationship management skills, with the proven ability to interact effectively with all levels of staff, Board of Trustees, and community constituents.
  • Effective, articulate, and persuasive public speaking and presentation skills.

Business Acumen

  • Ability to align operational efforts to Foundation's mission and develop strategic initiatives to align with the vision and strategic plan.
  • Demonstrated experience in the strategic planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of complex programs and initiatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess community needs, develop effective solutions to problems, and execute strategic objectives.
  • Exceptional service ethic and skills, including effective interactions, responsiveness, resourcefulness, and follow-through.
  • Proven ability to manage sizable annual program budgets.

Planning and Organization

  • Superior organizational, project management, time management, and multi-tasking skills, with the ability to successfully handle multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Experience in the development and implementation of strategic plans that are aligned with measurable outcomes.

Problem Solving

  • Visionary, strategic, and effective thinker with the ability to make complex, multidimensional decisions in a mission-driven, strategic organizational environment.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and planning capability in an organization known for its sophisticated complex systems and processes.


  • Bachelor's degree in relevant field.
  • Minimum of 15 years of experience in a complex leadership and management role, including a minimum of five years of related experience at a senior staff level.
  • Experience with philanthropy and public health (for example, public advocacy work, health/clinical systems, community health, health equity, healthcare, social impact, nonprofit sector, and/or development).
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Willingness and ability, when asked, to travel occasionally to multiple locations, including some nights and weekends.


  • Advanced degree in relevant field.
  • Minimum of 20 years of experience in a complex leadership and management role, including a minimum of 10 years of related experience at a senior staff level supporting a Board of Directors.
  • Minimum of 15 years of experience in healthcare, philanthropy, public health, nonprofit, or social program implementation and management.
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