Mid-Iowa Health Foundation seeks applications for President and CEO Position

June 30, 2021


REPORTS TO: Board Chair

Application posted July 1, 2021. Application deadline: July 31, 2021



Mid-Iowa Health Foundation seeks a dynamic leader to carry forward its mission of serving as a catalyst for improving the health of children and families in Greater Des Moines.

Mid-Iowa Health Foundation is a private foundation created nearly 40 years ago. Grants invest in efforts—and the people who drive them—to connect, create, and transform systems to ensure all children have the building blocks for healthy development and to address complex root causes for poor health. The Foundation also fosters opportunities for learning, knowledge sharing, and partnerships to grow a network of leaders working together to improve children’s health.

Learn more about our approach.



Please complete application here and then email a cover letter and resume.

NOTE: On the application, you will be asked to provide personal information, three references, and complete these three questions in 200-500 words each: 

  • As you reviewed Mid-Iowa Health Foundation’s Strategic Vision Document, where do you see greatest opportunity, what areas do you think you will be most passionate about, and/or what do you disagree with or have questions about?
  • Who or what informs your work and how you approach your work? Where do you seek new information, knowledge, or ideas?
  • What role should Mid-Iowa Health Foundation play in equity work in our community? What are strategies a smaller-sized Foundation might use to advance equity?

For questions about this position, please contact careers@midiowahealth.org.

Download a pdf of the job application.



The Foundation seeks a dynamic leader:

  • Whose perspective, lived experiences, and networks/relationships will bring connectivity, vision, and understanding to the Foundation’s mission and strategic priorities.
  • Whose values align with Mid-Iowa Health Foundation’s guiding principles.
  • Whose energy aligns with the strategic vision and system-change approach the Foundation has established and who can bring experience, passion, and capacity to implement the recently finished strategic plan.
  • Who prioritizes building trusting relationships with diverse stakeholders and is committed to advancing the Foundation’s mission through partnering with community, organizations, and individuals.
  • Who recognizes their own strengths and weaknesses and can position others to lead.
  • Who is strategically innovative and seeks new ideas or approaches to leverage the Foundation’s resources.
  • Whose experience will support the management and implementation of the Foundation’s governance, financial, and investment policies and procedures.  

SALARY RANGE: $100,000 to $140,000


Working with the Board of Directors, the President shall have general charge of and direct the operations of the Foundation and shall be Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation. The President will have responsibility to oversee all Foundation activities toward fulfilling the mission of the Foundation through the following activities:

1. Strategic vision, governance, and grantmaking.

  • Coordinate strategic planning process, including implementation of Foundation mission, vision, and goals.
  • Recommend and implement programs and initiatives that further the Foundation’s mission.
  • Establish grantmaking guidelines, timeline, process, and documentation procedures.
  • Develop and communicate granting priorities and Foundation-initiated granting activities.
  • Effectively evaluate proposals and make thoughtful funding recommendations to Grant Review Committee.
  • Oversee distribution and documentation of grant disbursements.

2. Financial management and administration of the Foundation.

  • Oversee policies, procedures, and management concerning the Foundation's investment portfolio, cash management, and budget development and adherence and ensure accurate accountability for financial transactions of the Foundation.
  • Develop and manage overall Foundation budget which corresponds to policy direction provided by the Board.
  • Complete the year with a balanced budget.
  • Work effectively with the Investment Committee and Investment Manager to monitor Foundation investments, including facilitation of financial transactions.
  • Work effectively with external auditor to assure compliance with IRS regulations and all applicable laws.
  • Effectively manage administrative office and operational needs of the Foundation.
  • Oversee accounting of expenses, payroll, grant allocations, and associated financial accounts.
  • Prepare all necessary reports and keeps accurate, up-to-date records.
  • Sign, execute, and acknowledge all contracts, checks, leases, or other obligations on behalf of the Foundation in the course of regular business.
  • Hire qualified staff and maintain high staff productivity.

3. Communication and relationship building to support Foundation initiatives.

  • Stay current on national and local health issues and trends, with an emphasis on serving the health needs of the community.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with local and national leaders in areas of health and healthcare services.
  • Pursue opportunities to further the community’s health agenda through convening meetings, encouraging collaboration, leveraging scarce resources, and participating in relevant meetings, seminars, and conferences.
  • Work with local agencies and organizations to develop collaborative approaches and potential partnerships.
  • Assist in leveraging the impact of the Foundation’s grants through activities such as partnerships, direct involvement, and matching grants.
  • Represent the Foundation in a positive and professional manner.
  • Give and receive constructive criticism in a positive way.
  • Exhibit strong verbal and written communication skills.

4. Oversight of and adherence to Foundation policies and procedures.

  • Plan, direct, implement, and evaluate the Foundation’s operations and ensure all operations are carried out in accordance with applicable laws governing private foundations.
  • Work collegially, responsibly, and responsively with the Board and staff of the Foundation to carry out the Board-approved mission, strategic priorities, and initiatives.
  • Receptive to Board member ideas and suggestions.
  • Facilitate the decision-making process of the Board.
  • Develop and maintain the board manual, including orientation information, policies, calendars, and support materials.
  • Coordinate committee functions to assure adherence to policies (i.e., conflict of interest, investment).
  • Make recommendations and board-approved changes to by-laws, and other guiding documents.

Mid-Iowa Health Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. The Foundation does not discriminate in employment with regard to race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, age, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status or unfavorable discharge from military service or any other characteristic protected by law.

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