Managing Director for Community Economic Development CEMI

Sacramento or Fresno, CA
Full Time


Sierra Health Foundation and the Center

Sierra Health Foundation is a private philanthropy with a mission to invest in and serve as a catalyst for ideas, partnerships and programs that improve health and quality of life in Northern California. The foundation is committed to improving health outcomes and reducing health disparities in the region through convening, educating and strategic grant making. 

Sierra Health Foundation has a broad definition of health, believing there is much more to health than health care. It is influenced by factors that include socioeconomic conditions, environment, education, income, and individual behavior choices. The foundation also believes in the need for health and racial equity and racial justice. Reducing health disparities is a key factor in striving toward better health for all and reflects the foundation’s dedication to ensuring that people throughout its funding region have the opportunity to lead healthy lives.

Sierra Health Foundation established The Center at Sierra Health Foundation to advance its commitment to strengthening community capacity to engage in policy development, planning, and implementation efforts that seek to address the health needs of California’s underserved populations.  The Center works to promote health, racial equity, and racial justice in communities throughout California with local, state, and national partners.  With strategy, creativity and ongoing collaboration, The Center strives to eradicate health inequities across the state.

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Sierra Health Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


The Managing Director for Community Economic Mobilization Initiative will provide leadership for the growth, development, and management of the Community Economic Mobilization Initiative (CEMI) at the Foundation and The Center.  This position will collaborate with the foundation and center’s executive team to achieve organizational and initiative goals by providing oversight for the CEMI program across the State of California through partnership with foundations, nonprofit organizations, public sector institutions and other stakeholders to strengthen the ability of underserved/BIPOC communities to secure and/or influence the use of public funds designated to reduce economic and environmental inequities. This position serves as a key member of the Foundation and The Center’s senior management team.


  • Provide leadership and management of a portfolio composed of nonprofit organizations, consultants, advocates, and community organizations engaged in economic growth and climate resilient recovery planning initiatives and other special projects related to the Foundation and The Center's work in California.
  • Monitor and develop reports on CEMI program implementation for distribution to funders and other stakeholders to ensure the goals, objectives and deliverables are fully, timely and efficiently met. 
  • Provide leadership and coordination of CEMI core components: 1) Comprehensive technical assistance around inclusive economic development; 2) Community organization capacity building to effectively obtain and manage public funds, and be leaders in local community development; and 3) Organize and coordinate a statewide advocacy platform around community economic development policies.
  • Assist with recruitment of CEMI program staff, establish effective communication strategies among staff members, implement professional development tools and training to maximize operational effectiveness and staff achievement, and conduct performance evaluations.
  • Oversee the Community Economic Mobilization Initiative budget, including the preparation and submittal of annual budgets for funders and prospective grant applications, review, analyze and approve monthly budget reports prepared by administrative staff, and ensure overall compliance with federal, state and county regulatory requirements. 
  • Remain current in issues and trends in health, philanthropy, and specific program investment areas regarding the connection between health and economic opportunity. This requires attending meetings and conferences, as well as reviewing/writing articles and research.
  • Research and seek funding from outside sources to further the foundation’s mission and programs.  Work with outside grant writers and foundation staff to prepare grant applications for additional funding.
  • Build strategic alliances with key public officials, foundation stakeholders and community partners to advance the Foundation and Center’s initiative goals.
  • Serve as an active member of the Senior Management and Programs teams by looking for opportunities to collaborate and share information. 
  • Organize convenings, workshops, trainings, roundtable discussions and other meetings to advance the Community Economic Mobilization Initiative and other related foundation and Center priorities.
  • Actively engage with community, regional, and state-wide community, and economic development organizations to position the Community Economic Mobilization Initiative as a model for supporting equitable and inclusive community economic planning.
  • Work with the Evaluation Director to develop and implement an evaluation plan for CEMI 
  • Work with the Communications Director to develop and implement a communications strategy for CEMI.
  • Develop and present programmatic updates and other key information to the Foundation and The Center's Executive Management Team, Board, and external partners.
  • Perform other duties as required.


This position supervises Program Officers, Program Associates, and other administrative staff within the CEMI program.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE                                       

  • Master’s Degree in public health, community economic development or related field preferred with at least seven to ten years’ experience in health program planning, development, implementation, and evaluation.
  • 5 or more years of experience in program development and management.
  • Demonstrated experience managing and developing staff.
  • Knowledge and leadership in health and/or economic development fields.
  • A strong desire to collaborate on a cross-functional basis to ensure achievement of institutional and partner goals and objectives.


Must have a current valid driver’s license and be insurable under the Foundation’s insurance policy.  Must have a reliable vehicle to perform various in-field tasks.

LANGUAGE SKILLS                                        

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking, presentation, and group facilitation skills.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and contracts.
  • Ability to effectively respond to common inquiries, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.
  • Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.
  • Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups and/or Board of Directors.
  • Bilingual preferred but is not a requirement.


Must be proficient in Windows, Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, Outlook, database software, Laser Fiche, and internet use.


  • Must have an ability to initiate and promote public policy initiatives, and expertise in dealing with policymakers, advocates, and the media.
  • Demonstrated competence in successfully managing complex and multifaceted projects, including budgetary responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated competence in understanding policy, environmental, program and infrastructure roles in advancing or impeding community health.
  • Experience managing and participating in coalitions and partnerships.
  • Experience and ability to establish and sustain relationships with diverse community groups 
  • Must be team-oriented and highly skilled in working collaboratively with co-workers and organizational partners (i.e., effectively applying active listening, diplomacy, and consensus-building skills).  
  • Must be able to travel.


Sierra Health Foundation and The Center provide a generous benefits package, which includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and AD&D, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability, as well as an Employee Assistance Program and a discount program called Working Advantage. Retirement benefits are provided through our 401(k), which includes employee matching. Details of these programs will be shared during the hiring process. Compensation is $160,000 annually.


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