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Director of Data and Impact

Mat-Su Health Foundation

Management Staff

Contact: Allison Fong, Lead Recruiter
Address: 777 N Crusey St, Suite A201, Wasilla AK 99654
Phone: (907) 743-1215
Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) is the official business name of Valley Hospital Association, Inc., which shares ownership in Mat-Su Regional Medical Center. In this capacity, MSHF board members and representatives actively participate in the governance of Mat-Su’s community hospital and protect the community’s interest in this important healthcare institution through board oversight. MSHF invests its assets into charitable works that improve the health and wellness of Alaskans living in Mat-Su.

Job Summary

Date Posted:   2 months ago Closing Date:   October 29, 2021
Location:   Wasilla, AK Salary: $90,000.00 - $115,000.00 Exempt; salary
Status:   Full time
Mat-Su Health Foundation offers a comprehensive benefits package and is an at-will employer.
How to Apply:
To apply, email your credentials to Applicants should include a resume and cover letter describing interest and qualifications. Please also share with us how you heard about this opportunity. For questions, contact Allison Fong, lead recruiter, at Communications will be treated in confidence and resumes will be accepted until position is filled. Resume reviews begin immediately.

Job Description

Position Profile

Director of Data and Impact |Mat-Su Health Foundation |Wasilla, Alaska


The Position: Director of Data and Impact

Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) seeks a forward-thinking, data-driven leader to serve as its new Director of Data and Impact. The Director of Data and Impact will advance the use of data and analytics at MSHF to better understand and address the community’s needs, evaluate the impact of the foundation’s investments and initiatives, and to tell the story of both the community’s health and the foundation’s work. This pivotal position will bring an equity lens and ensure an authentic community voice is included in research and evaluation efforts. The ideal candidate will have experience working with diverse communities addressing health and social issues with a commitment to an epidemiological approach and prevention-focused solutions.


The Organization

Mat-Su Health Foundation is the official business name of Valley Hospital Association, Inc., which shares ownership in Mat-Su Regional Medical Center (MSRMC).  The foundation actively participates in the governance of Mat-Su’s community hospital, protecting the community’s interest through board oversight.  The MSHF invests its assets into charitable works with a goal to measurably improve the health and wellness of Alaskans living in the Matanuska Susitna Borough (Mat-Su), while reducing healthcare costs through the intersection of its philanthropy and hospital ownership.

MSHF recognizes there is inequity in today’s health systems and strives to be a catalyst for change to ensure that all community members have the opportunity for a healthy life.  As a trusted leader in both the philanthropic and health sectors, MSHF convenes community partners, commissions research, supports health-related coalitions, invests in capacity building and advocates for regulatory and policy changes to achieve its mission.  While the foundation’s work focuses on the Mat-Su, MSHF is recognized as a state leader and a global thinker. 

MSHF concentrates on upstream solutions, filling service gaps, improving care coordination, and taking bold steps to bring a collaborative response to systemic issues.  MSHF staffs two programmatic initiatives – R.O.C.K. Mat-Su (Raising Our Children with Kindness) and Connect Mat-Su – and is a responsive grantmaker in five philanthropic focus areas. MSHF also invests in nonprofit leadership and offers scholarships to build the health workforce of tomorrow.

MSHF uses a data-driven framework in examining the causes, distribution and management of health at the population level, including determinants of health.  MSHF values learning, measurement, and analysis and uses data to inform its strategic planning and sound decision-making.  The foundation is committed to optimizing the use of their resources over time and collects evidence to measure the impact of their mission, strategy, initiatives and grants that address the key questions facing their communities.

The MSHF board and staff are committed to promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and are currently engaged in working with consultants to implement the National Center for Responsive Philanthropy’s Power Moves Framework. MSHF board and staff are also actively engaging in an ongoing personal, interpersonal, and organizational equity journey.


Mat-Su Health Foundation Theory of Change

The Mat-Su Health Foundation’s work is guided by a way of working in the world that will result in a healthier Mat-Su community. Their Theory of Change provides the following core principles:

1.       Mat-Su is our home. We are part of the community and we are community-driven.

2.       We empower and build the capacity of community residents and organizations to help determine and create a healthier community.

3.       We are data-driven and strategic in deployment of our resources toward evidence-based solutions.


The Leadership Opportunity

Reporting to the Vice President of Programs, the Director of Data and Impact will advance the use of data and analytics to better understand and address the community’s needs, evaluate the impact of the foundation’s investments and initiatives, and to tell the story of both the community’s health and the foundation’s work.  Working closely with all MSHF staff in a collaborative, consensus-driven environment, the Director of Data and Impact will lend their insight and experience to help address the complex issues underlying the foundation’s work. The director will serve as a key thought partner and strategist supporting the organization to grow and adapt over time. The director’s partnership with program staff will create space for learning, growth, and advancement of the foundation’s work.  This pivotal position will bring an equity lens and ensure an authentic community voice is included in research and evaluation efforts. As a new position, the incoming Director of Data and Impact has the opportunity to further craft their role within the MSHF. 


Long-Term Data and Impact Priorities

In creating this position, the MSHF is building on their long tradition of data analytics and evaluation to better understand the impact of their strategies and funding.  The MSHF believes continued commitment to data and impact analysis within the foundation will contribute to these long-term organizational priorities:

·     Deepen the foundation’s commitment to the public health practice. Engage all MSHF staff in using social and epidemiological models to seek upstream, prevention-focused solutions. 

·     Ensure organizational learning and practice improvement are supported by credible and relevant data.

·     Use data more deliberately to engage the local community and inform statewide public policy, ultimately improving health in radical and substantive ways.

·     Develop and operationalize an equity-grounded research agenda for the MSHF that connects the dots between the goal to be the healthiest borough in Alaska to the foundation’s systems-change work, system-level goals, community collaboratives, responsive grantmaking, and resource and referral services. 


Twelve-to-eighteen-month Priorities

The incoming Director of Data and Impact will be expected to focus on the following priorities over the first twelve to eighteen months:

·     Lead a community-collaborative process in the development of the 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment.

·     Get to know MSHF, their philanthropic focus areas, R.O.C.K. Mat-Su and Connect Mat-Su. Identify opportunities to use data analytics to increase focus and drive internal alignment across the organization.

·     Develop vision for analytics and impact evaluation at the MSHF, including further defining role of the Director of Data and Impact and defining goals for measuring the foundation’s success.

·     Develop and improve on data analytics resources across all programs within the foundation, including “Mat-Su Health Stats” on the MSHF website and a board-level dashboard to track and communicate the current state of and future goals for the foundation’s impact.


Key Responsibilities

The Director of Data and Impact facilitates discovery, informs prevention-focused solutions, and supports analysis to support mission alignment. The director embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion, ensuring the foundation’s data, evaluation, and impact practices reinforce an equitable and inclusive environment.  As a Director, this position will ensure incorporation of best practices related to diversity, equity, and inclusion into MSHF internal and external operations.  In their role, the director will:

·       Understand community health status and inform strategies to improve the health and wellness of Alaskans living in the Mat-Su. This includes:

o  Utilize data analysis and projections to contribute strategic recommendations supporting desired community health outcomes and optimize learning internally and externally.

o  Ensure MSHF’s compliance with the Affordable Care Act; oversee completion of the triennial Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation plan.

o  Manage portfolio of data, research, and evaluation contracts and grants, including develop RFPs, select and oversee contractors providing survey, environmental scan, evaluation, and research reports; ensure deliverables are timely, high quality and inform decision-making.

·     Establish and guide evaluation efforts to better understand the impact of MSHF’s investment ensuring MSHF’s stewardship of the community’s healthcare assets.  This includes:

o  Assist in developing and maintaining a theory of change, research agenda, and evaluation framework to generate an evidence base for the most effective ways to meet the foundation’s long-term goals.

o  Integrate evaluation into the foundation’s knowledge, learning, and communication processes and systems.

o  Lead the development and monitoring of foundation performance indicators and impact measures for major programs, initiatives, and grants; work with program staff and grantees as necessary.

o  Engage locally and nationally to stay current with evaluation trends and best practices in the field.

·     Effectively tell the story of the community’s health and the foundation’s impact to inform individual and population health improvement. This includes:

o  Work with the CEO, VPOP, Chief Communications Officer and other foundation colleagues to translate and share relevant knowledge, learnings, and the impact of MSHF’s work.  

o  Ensure research, data, and evaluation findings are available, used, and disseminated interdepartmentally and consistently with the foundation’s Theory of Change in pursuit of the strategic plan.

o  Maintain the online data repository Mat-Su Health Stats.

o  Identify and participate in opportunities to share the MSHF’s learnings, lessons and findings with key audiences.

o  Work directly with program team and other MSHF staff members to use data to assess progress and impact for organization and programmatic strategies, and support staff in the design and refinement of strategies, including setting appropriate expectations for data collection, grant reporting, and evaluation


Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate

While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes and experiences:

  • At least 5-10 years of data analytics experience working with diverse communities, coalitions, and/or groups on health and social issues; Experience with community-based participatory research is preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a talent for working with diverse learning styles; a natural curiosity for gleaning knowledge from others while also feeling empowered to advance an organizational conversation around the effective use of data and measurement at all levels.
  • Experience advancing equity through deep investment in a community. Welcomes and honors differences in perspective, identity, and culture.
  • Commitment to upstream, prevention-focused solutions, and an epidemiological approach.
  • Demonstrated self-starter with excellent project management and organizational skills; passion for continuous learning and improvement.
  • Advanced degree in public health, health informatics, determinants of health or equivalent, with at least ten years of relevant work experience preferred.
  • Forward-thinker with the ability to translate data and theory into action and collaborate via strategic discussion with executive-level staff.
  • Experience in nonprofit or philanthropic settings.
  • Ability to effectively manage and supervise consultants, interns, and similar project relationships.
  • Alaska knowledge and experience, preferred


Mat-Su Health Foundation is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status.  MSHF is especially interested in candidates whose background and experience have prepared them to grow to our commitment to engagement and inclusion with culturally diverse audiences.

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