Lead Strategist

Lead Strategist


The Lead Strategist will provide leadership to the Foundation’s behavioral health strategies and related initiatives. With a keen focus on creating equitable systems, the Lead Strategist will work with internal colleagues and external stakeholders to oversee the development, implementation, review, and revision of the Foundation’s work within the behavioral health field.


  • Collaboratively with internal colleagues and external partners, use extensive knowledge of the behavioral health system (influencers and stakeholders, financing and delivery models, evidence-based and promising practices, community factors, public policy activity, etc) to design and manage comprehensive, systems-level strategies that effectively draw on a full range of philanthropic change tools (grantmaking, policy, communications, research, etc).
  • Develop and maintain relationships with local, regional, and national organizations and individuals necessary to enable system-level change within the behavioral health field. Identify and act upon opportunities to make ties across initiatives and activities in a manner that enhances the Foundation’s overall work. Promote the Foundation’s work to diverse audiences.
  • Through effective management and mentoring activities, promote the professional development and engagement of a small number of direct reports. Ensure team performance is enhanced through timely feedback, wise counsel, and appropriate delegation of responsibility to develop individual and team skills, judgment, and confidence.


  • Education: Master’s degree in health administration, public health, or a related field required.
  • Experience: Seven or more years of relevant work experience, including two or more years of leadership and supervisory responsibilities required.

Who We Are

Missouri Foundation for Health is a resource for the region, working with communities and nonprofits to generate and accelerate positive changes in health. As a catalyst for change, the Foundation improves the health of Missourians through partnership, experience, knowledge, and funding.

Statement of Diversity

MFH is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and strives for authentic inclusion. We seek to build a team that reflects diversity of race, socioeconomic status, national origin, color, disability, religion, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.  MFH is committed to salary equity, and compensation will be determined based upon an independent assessment of qualifications relative to the position’s responsibilities. The Foundation’s compensation philosophy can be viewed here.

Physical and Work Environment Demands

The physical and work environment demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the responsibilities of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with a disability to perform the position responsibilities. Physical demands, such as the ability to walk, sit, etc., are those of a typical office environment.

How to Apply

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The Foundation offers competitive compensation and benefits. For questions about the application process, please contact Tomye Harris.