From: CHAIN Reaction [mailto:chainreaction@...
Sent: Tuesday, August 10, 2004 10:38 AM
Subject: CHAIN seeks Executive Director
Position Description - Executive Director Community Health Action
Network- CHAIN - Florida
POSITION: Executive Director
LOCATION: State of Florida
Please respond to: Priyas@...
MISSION & BRIEF DESCRIPTION:
The Community Health Action Information Network(CHAIN)'s mission is to
build the capacity of and link local communities for state, regional,
and local action to improve the health and well being of Floridians,
especially disenfranchised constituencies. Priorities include:
promoting access to healthcare at the local, state and national levels;
supporting healthcare reform; liaison to other statewide networks that
link their efforts with CHAIN and building community leadership through
the empowerment of those most affected by these issues by providing
timely information, policy and skills training, and structures for
collaborative strategy development.
CHAIN was initiated in 1998 with support from the W.K. Kellogg
Foundation as a network of existing Florida organizations responding to
the national devolution movement regarding welfare reform and healthcare
access issues. That grant expired in the fall of 2003 but the work of
CHAIN continued through in-kind support of participating
organizations and small incremental funding resources. As a result of
this support and a strategic planning effort, CHAIN recently received
two grants to build a stronger organization and promote a strategic
health care reform agenda.
The Director's position is securely funded for one year with renewal
likely based on fulfillment of program commitments. Additional funding
sources have been cultivated and have invited proposals. Resource
development will be a high priority in order to continue to build the
organization and achieve healthcare policy goals. The Director is not
expected to be based at any particular location initially, although some
support is available at the Miami-Dade and Volusia/Flagler LINCs.
Responsibilities of Executive Director
The Executive Director shall have an understanding and commitment to the
CHAIN mission that all people shall have access to affordable, quality
healthcare services in the state of Florida. This individual is a leader
who is highly qualified and capable of developing strategies needed to
support the mission of CHAIN and setting long and short term goals for
shaping policy and forging collaborative efforts among existing
coalitions and organizations with similar goals and interests.
This individual shall be capable of building a statewide collaborative
network that will bring consumers and local communities into the state
health policy arena though support of local initiatives, community
networks, community outreach activities, and facilitation of state-level
advocacy partnerships. This individual will guide the organization's
evolution and build the infrastructure and governance needed to support
the policy work, effective community organizing, and to implement
projects and programs.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
Develop organizational governance
* Build consensus for governance structure and implement the plan
utilizing the interim steering committee of state partners and LINCs
that developed the current strategic plan
* Refine CHAIN health policy agenda and strategy
- Develop relationships with the key stakeholders who are identified in
the transition plan for CHAIN as essential partners in the state and
- Formalize relationship of regional LINCs with CHAIN including
development of a program to develop capacity of LINCS to effectively
engage in local and state health care advocacy.
- Develop and implement plan to establish and support new regional LINCs
in strategic geographic areas and localities that possess local
- Establish a communications plan that assures consistent flow of
information among CHAIN, LINCs and state partners
- Work cooperatively with other coalitions and develop outreach
strategies to engage diversified partners to support the mission and
purpose of CHAIN. Forge common ground among partners, grass-roots, and
- Develop plan for financial sustainability for CHAIN.
- Maintain and increase relationships with local and national funding
sources with the goal of bringing in resources to assure the present and
future strength of CHAIN.
- Ensure the fiscal integrity of CHAIN and mange the revenues and
resources to provide accountability and preparation for audits.
- Serve as key spokesperson for CHAIN in press, with policymakers, and
among collaborating partners.
- Coordinate press and media plan for CHAIN.
- Develop and implement strategic messages that support and enhance
CHAIN's policy agenda.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
* Excellent interpersonal and community relations skills * Excellent
verbal and communication skills * Experience in organizing around policy
issues * Experience in grant-writing and management * Familiarity with
issues relating to health access * Familiarity with legislative process/
lobbying and state trends * Adequate computer skills * Capable of
understanding and managing budgets * Readiness to travel around the
state and nationally as needed.
Bachelor level and at least two years of community building or
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