The search committee will be reviewing the applications already received, and will contact those who are most qualified to schedule interviews.

Position Title: Executive Director

The Executive Director provides vision, leadership and operational oversight to all aspects of the organization. The Executive Director is responsible for the professional leadership and management of the Coalition. S/he will work in concert with board, staff, volunteers, and community partners to move the organization forward in the development and implementation of internal and external goals that reflect the organization’s mission, vision, and strategic plan. The Executive Director provides overall leadership for strategy and implementation, organizational development, operations, financial oversight, and fundraising.

The Executive Director will have frequent contact with diverse stakeholders representing public health, educators, philanthropy, faith-based organizations, health care providers, social service, academia, media, legislators and community residents.

Responsibilities include:


  • Directs and oversees implementation of the goals, objectives, strategies and activities of MCHC.
  • Provides leadership and direction to all staff and ensures the continued development and management of a professional organization.
  • Oversees the management of all MCHC programs and collaboratives, including the Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative, Safe Kids Metro KC, Mid America Immunization Coalition, Fetal Infant Mortality Review, Safe Haven for Newborns, Metro KC Youth Collaborative, Metro KC Breastfeeding Collaborative; and standing committees, including Pregnancy, Infant & Child Health and Legislative Advocacy.
  • Works cooperatively and in partnership with existing coalitions and organizations whose mission overlaps with MCHC.
  • Establishes effective decision-making processes that will enable the organization to achieve its long- and short-term goals and objectives.

Strategic Planning

  • Collaborates with the board to develop, refine and implement the strategic plan.
  • Positions Mother & Child Health Coalition as an effective, vital organization for mothers’ and children’s health and safety.
  • Represents the organization at appropriate public functions and makes effective presentations.
  • Establishes and maintains contacts with key individuals in both the public and private sectors.
  • Ensures the representation of Mother & Child Health Coalition’ concerns to policy makers, task forces, and advisory committees, planners and funding bodies.
  • Cultivates professional relationships with individuals and organizations which share a stake in maternal and child health.

Board Development

  • Cultivates a strong and transparent working relationship with the Board of Directors and ensures open communication about the measurement of financial, programmatic, and impact performance against stated milestones and goals.
  • In partnership with the board, helps build a diverse and inclusive board that is highly engaged and able to leverage and secure resources.
  • Serves as the primary staff person for the Board of Directors and all its committees, including Executive, Planning, Development and Finance.
  • In partnership with the Board, plans annual retreat and board self-assessment.

Financial Management

  • With the Board of Directors, oversees the organization’s fiscal health and integrity by developing long- and short-range financial plans and annual budgets, and disseminates quarterly financial statements that describe the financial condition of the organization.
  • Grows and diversifies income and financial assets, to build capacity for effective and efficient operations.
    • Ensures sound financial controls and practices are in place and are in full compliance with expectations of the board, funders and regulatory bodies.

Fundraising and Marketing

  • Ensures the flow of funds permits continuous progress towards the achievement of the mission and that those funds are allocated properly to reflect present needs and future potential.
  • Actively participates in development and execution of fundraising strategy, including research, grant-writing, and building relationships with funders.
  • Collaborates with staff to develop funding plans and grant applications that meet the organization’s operational and mission goals.
  • Works with staff to develop and implement diversified development and funding strategies that will increase revenue from major donors, individuals, foundations, government agencies, and corporations.

Infrastructure and Operations

  • Responsible for hiring and evaluating staff members.
  • Oversees an appropriate organizational structure and ensures that the programmatic objectives are supported internally.
  • Reviews and updates personnel policies and benefits.
  • Stays current with trends in performance management and development, and prepares for succession of management positions.
  • Facilitates collaboration, teamwork and sharing throughout the organization.
  • Creates and promotes a positive, multicultural and supportive work environment.


  • At a minimum, baccalaureate degree in Health or Human Services field, such as Nursing, Social Work, Health Administration, Education or Psychology. Graduate degree is preferred.
  • Knowledge of maternal and child health issues, collective impact and the social determinants of health.
  • Understanding of preventive and acute health care issues.
  • Working knowledge of program development and evaluation.
  • Demonstration of effective interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of community resources and understanding of the overall health care system for accessing appropriate services to meet the needs of families and children.
    • At least 5 years of professional experience in an organizational leadership role, and significant time as a nonprofit organization leader.
    • Significant board development, fundraising, marketing/branding and financial management experience in a nonprofit organization.
    • Excellent organization and problem solving skills.
    • Excellent coalition-building skills with an ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
    • Demonstrated writing, public speaking, and presentation skills.
    • Ability to think and plan strategically, be a hands-on manager and provide leadership by example.
    • Ability to manage a large number of short- and long-term priorities and projects.
  • Computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office.

 Reports to:

Board of Directors

 Salary and Benefits:

Competitive salary and benefits. Benefits include health, dental, long-term disability and life insurance, retirement, PTO, and paid holidays.

 Mother & Child Health Coalition is committed to maintaining a diverse, multicultural working environment. We adhere to the policy of providing equal employment opportunities to all job applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, or sexual orientation.