Vice President of Strategic Relationships

Vice President of Strategic Relationships


The Vice President of Strategic Relationships is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) engagement strategies including strategic cross-sector and community partnerships and relationships that advance the Foundation’s mission and strategic direction. This role requires a combination of relationship management skills, an understanding of the local and national philanthropic landscape, and the ability to develop and execute innovative strategies to achieve health equity. Working with cross-functional teams, as well as the Executive Team and direct reports, the Vice President of Strategic Relationships consistently demonstrates and creates a culture that reflects the Foundation’s values and trust while effectively managing risk, change, and internal and external relationships.


  • Cultivate relationships, develop a deep understanding of the issues that affect the health and well-being of Missourians and the factors that promote or detract from positive health outcomes
  • Contribute to the development and evolution of Foundation strategy and effectively implement such strategy within area of responsibility. Clearly articulate Foundation strategy to internal and external audiences
  • Seek out and understand the global, national, and regional trends that impact the Foundation’s service region and Missouri’s diverse communities
  • Lead, engage, and manage Foundation staff in the creation and implementation of strategic relationships with the goal of creating systems-level change that reduces disparities in health outcomes as well as managing enduring funding programs.
  • Enhance the reputation of the Foundation through commitment to its mission and values, positive and trust-based relationships with community and institutional partners, and the development of a high performing team that demonstrates responsiveness, innovation, and collaboration across all areas of the Foundation
  • Supervise and develop staff and work in conjunction with HR in hiring, onboarding, performance, and professional development. Delegate responsibility where appropriate
  • Ensure staff are effective, productive, and supported. Create an environment in which all staff feel trusted and appreciated for their unique contributions to the work of the Foundation. Model and create an environment centered on MFH culture, trust, and workplace values including actively supporting a culture of collaboration with, and respect for, internal partners
  • Set organizational goals and priorities. Communicate goals and priorities to teams to develop tactics and action plans. Ensure successful execution of tactics to meet organizational goals while remaining responsive to environmental changes that call for action or change strategies
  • Seek out, develop, and maintain relationships with appropriate external partners. Be an ambassador for MFH by demonstrating integrity, professionalism, commitment, and humility. In your actions and decisions, demonstrate that MFH values diversity and equity. Instill those values in your team and its work
  • Demonstrate fiscal responsibility, critical thinking, and sound judgment in all matters to safeguard MFH resources—financial, reputational, and human
  • Engage appropriately with the Board of Directors and Board committees to accomplish the mission and goals of the organization. Support board members as they individually and collectively fulfill their legal, governance, and fiduciary responsibilities
  • Contribute to development and implementation of board education activities, with the goal of promoting Board members’ understanding of the field of philanthropy, the nature of the work of the Foundation, and the important governance role board members play in advancing the Foundation’s mission


  • Participate in team activities and complete diverse assignments in support of team goals
  • Perform general Foundation support activities and conduct special projects as required
  • Adhere to the Foundation’s core and staff values

Minimum levels of education and experience.

  • Education: Master’s degree in Public Health, Health Administration, or related field required
  • Experience: Minimum 10 years of relevant work experience in philanthropy or health-related field required, including progressive responsibility in relationship building, program design and execution, supervision, and departmental management


MFH is an equal-opportunity employer that values diversity and strives for authentic inclusion. We seek to build a team that reflects the 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.

How to Apply

Click here to apply online.

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

Who We Are

Missouri Foundation for Health is building a more equitable future through collaboration, convening, knowledge sharing, and strategic investment. Working in partnership with communities and nonprofits, MFH is transforming systems to eliminate inequities within all aspects of health and addressing the social and economic factors that shape health outcomes.

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.