Vice President of Community Programs

Austin, Texas
Commensurate with experience. Full benefits.
Jul 26, 2021
Aug 25, 2021
Contract Type
Job Type
Full Time


The Vice President of Community Programs (VPCP) oversees the direct service portfolio of the Foundation, including the Mobile Dental Program and Scholarship Program—two of the largest and most successful examples of such programs in the country. The VPCP will also lead efforts to engage with external constituencies to help grow and support a philanthropic culture in Austin and throughout Central Texas. The VPCP will develop, implement and support the Foundation’s direct program agenda in alignment with the Foundation’s strategic vision and direction. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT), the VPCP will serve as a strategist, advisor and project manager to the President and CEO.

The VPCP, along with other Foundation leaders, shares the responsibility of being a “face of the Foundation” in the community with the President and CEO and may be asked to speak on behalf of the Foundation both locally and nationally. This position requires proven strategic and change management leadership, business acumen, strong public speaking skills, political savvy, diplomacy and attention to detail, combined with a demeanor and actions that align with the Foundation’s culture and core values of Collaboration, Community, Compassion, Innovation, and Stewardship.

This is a newly-created position that has emerged out of a strategic reorganization of the Foundation. The VPCP will report to the President and CEO, Dr. Edward B. Burger, who joined the Foundation in 2020.


St. David's Foundation is one of the largest health foundations in the United States, providing over $70 million of direct funding to the community with an $80 million total community benefit impact annually in the five-county Central Texas area. The Foundation is anticipating growth of up to $100 million over the next few years.

Through a unique partnership with St. David's Healthcare, the Foundation reinvests proceeds from the hospital back into the community, with the goal of advancing health equity and improving the health and well-being of the most underserved populations in Central Texas. St. David's Healthcare itself is a partnership between the hospital management company HCA, St. David's Foundation, and Georgetown Health Foundation. Since the inception of this visionary partnership in 1996, more than $400 million have been given back to the community to improve the health and healthcare of people in Central Texas. The Foundation invests to solve the most pressing health challenges across its community, especially for those traditionally left out–the underserved and uninsured.

The Foundation believes that all Central Texans should have the opportunity to achieve optimal health. Health equity is achieved when it can no longer be predicted how healthy a person is–or will be–by their race, ethnicity, gender or zip code. All of the Foundation’s goals and principles are guided by a commitment to achieving health equity.

Access to high-quality medical care is essential to overall health. While some aspects of a person’s health depend on individual behavior and choice, approximately 80% of health is shaped by community-wide factors. Problems such as poverty, unemployment, inadequate housing, lack of public transportation, low educational attainment and neighborhood deterioration shape a person’s health. Many of these factors–economic, environmental, educational and behavioral–exist outside of the healthcare system and are the most influential drivers of health.

The Foundation is committed to taking a strengths-based approach to social services in which it listens to and trusts the communities it serves, and where it can work alongside grantees and partners to strengthen institutions that support health, such as strong safety net and specialty care clinics, while also prioritizing the other factors that contribute to health and well-being.

St. David's Foundation grantmaking is currently focused on the strategic goals of resilient children, healthy women and girls, older adults aging in place, thriving rural communities, and clinics as community hubs for health.

Along with grantmaking, St. David's Foundation focuses on learning and evaluation, and community engagement strategies that include a number of renowned programs such as mobile dental services, healthcare scholarships, and AgingWell, a program for aging adults and their caretakers.

The St. David's Foundation Dental Program operates the largest mobile dental program providing charity care in the country. This includes a fleet of nine mobile dental clinics operated in collaboration with local schools and community-based agencies to deliver free dental care to underserved children. In particular, this program offers free dental screenings, sealants and acute care to students at high-needs elementary schools within six Central Texas school districts. During the summer, the dental program visits safety net clinics to serve adults and families.

Each of these dental vans is equipped with two dental exam rooms, digital x-rays, and computer workstations. A team of dedicated dentists, hygienists and dental assistants not only address immediate needs, but also educate students and encourage dental hygiene habits to last a lifetime.

The St. David’s Neal Kocurek Scholarship provides financial support for area students pursuing healthcare careers. As the largest healthcare scholarship program in Texas, it has empowered hundreds of graduates from Central Texas high schools to take the next steps toward their desired professions and ensure the future of good health in underserved communities. St. David's Foundation understands that its mission relies heavily on the tireless work of talented, dedicated healthcare professionals, and counts on the next generation of physicians, nurses, dentists and lab technicians to carry the torch.

For nearly forty years, the Foundation has organized and led the annual series of spring Toast of the Town fundraiser events—one of the most popular series of philanthropic events in Austin—to help support the Neal Kocurek Scholarship program.

As Central Texas has one of the fastest-growing aging populations in the country, St. David's Foundation created AgingWell to address this population's growing needs. The mission is to bring together individuals and community partners to improve the lives of older adults and their caregivers.

For more information on St. David's Foundation, please visit:


St. David’s Foundation will help improve the health and well-being of the most underserved Central Texas neighbors using its resources to reduce health inequity, increase access to healthcare focused on the whole person through integrated care, and support Central Texans in taking an active role in their health and healthcare needs.


  • Collaboration with others to exchange knowledge, ideas, and resources
  • Community by building relationships and engaging others
  • Compassion in considering the needs of others
  • Innovation through development of creative solutions
  • Stewardship in the responsible use of the Foundation's resources


  • We believe in having bold, meaningful and measurable goals that serve as a compass to our work, allowing us to strategically adapt our efforts to achieve these goals.
  • We believe that health equity is essential for improving the community's well-being and therefore we seek to improve the health of the most vulnerable communities.
  • We believe in inviting new perspectives and co-creating with community members to ensure our work continues to evolve and encompass different perspectives and experiences.
  • We believe collaboration with others is essential–either by leading, leveraging, and/or partnering–to achieve the kind of impact we desire and therefore we seek to build authentic, trusting, strategic relationships.
  • We believe taking risks is required for change that drives innovation and scaled impact.


Direct Community Programs (80%)

  1. Strategic oversight of the Foundation’s direct service programs, including the Dental and Scholarship Programs.
  2. In the short- and intermediate-term, working closely with the Dental leadership team to provide direction and support in implementing selected recommendations from a soon-to-be-completed external review to further enhance the Dental Program and its strong culture.
  3. Effectively facilitate collaboration between the Community Affairs (Neal Kocurek Scholarship program, Toast of the Town, AgingWell), Dental, and other Foundation teams.
  4. Amplify the Foundation’s direct service programs to make that work flourish as a cohesive centerpiece of the Foundation’s strategic goals.
  5. Assess and evaluate the capacity to effectively raise additional funds for sponsorships and the Dental Program, as well as partner with the Foundation’s capacity-building efforts to help build financial infrastructure for grantees who seek to enhance their development efforts.
  6. Work with Foundation leadership to develop and implement the Foundation’s overall community programs strategy for delivering on the vision, consistent with the direction set by the Foundation’s board.
  7. Establish relationships and work with peer Foundation teams to support the integration of the Foundation’s engagement capacity across the organization and look for opportunities for cross-collaboration.
  8. Manage relationships with consultants and partner organizations for community program work, as appropriate.
  9. Work with team members to develop, plan, coordinate and implement community coalition-building and engagement activities.
  10. Oversee the delivery of direct services to ensure they follow best practices standards, as well as strengthen community collaborative efforts to advance health equity.
  11. In partnership and collaboration with the Community Investments’ team, intentionally plan for increases in philanthropic giving in priority areas over time.
  12. Develop and lead community philanthropy roundtables.
  13. Engage with the Central Texas community on emergent issues of importance connected with community programs that relate to the Foundation’s mission, strategic vision and direction.
  14. Develop and manage the Community Programs budget, ensuring fiscal stewardship and budgetary compliance.

Along with other members of the Executive Leadership Team, Support and Advise the Foundation President & CEO (10%)

  1. Coordinate and integrate staff efforts to reduce duplication and uncover synergies and opportunities.
  2. Direct strategic planning and implementation, as necessary.
  3. Protect strategic priorities against dilution and mission creep.
  4. Facilitate successful outcomes of challenges and concerns with appropriate points of contact.
  5. Focus on organizational goals and oversee special projects and emergent work.
  6. Anticipate risks and needs to achieve optimal outcomes and prevent undesirable ones.
  7. Support operational and strategic budget management.
  8. Build trust among leadership and Foundation staff.

Leadership (5%)

  1. Work closely with Foundation leadership to ensure a cohesive and intentional mission throughout the organization that supports and enhances a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion.
  2. Serve as a trusted advisor and resource to support collaboration, positive culture, team building, management, communication and cohesiveness.
  3. Perform other duties as assigned by the President & CEO.

Special Projects (5%)

  1. Lead and manage a portfolio of special projects and initiatives of importance to the Foundation as directed by the President & CEO.



  • Proven collaborator and facilitative leader who can develop and coach high-performing teams and blend a variety of talents, perspectives, work styles and approaches.
  • Holds people accountable through respectful conversations.
  • Demonstrated experience in building effective relationships, and partnerships.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in developing, leading and managing multidisciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness as an agent of change, inspiring teams to evolve and grow alongside the organization.
  • A proven commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.


  • Superior verbal, interpersonal, written and listening communication skills, with proven ability to effectively communicate information diplomatically, concisely and professionally with internal and external audiences. 
  • Strong relationship building and relationship management skills, with the proven ability to interact effectively with all levels of staff, Board of Trustees and community constituents.
  • Effective, articulate, and persuasive public speaking and presentation skills.

Business Acumen

  • Ability to align operational efforts to Foundation’s mission and develop initiatives to align with the vision and strategic plan.
  • Demonstrated experience in the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of complex programs and initiatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess community needs, develop effective solutions to problems and execute strategic objectives.  
  • Exceptional service ethic and skills, including effective interactions, responsiveness, resourcefulness and follow-through.
  • Proven ability to manage sizable annual program budgets.

Planning and Organization

  • Superior organizational, project management, time management and multi-tasking skills, with the ability to successfully handle multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Experience in the development and implementation of strategic plans that are aligned with measurable outcomes.

Problem Solving

  • Visionary, strategic and effective thinker with the ability to make complex, multidimensional decisions in a mission-driven, strategic organizational environment.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and planning capability in an organization known for its relatively complex systems and processes.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in relevant field.
  2. Minimum of 15 years of experience in a complex leadership and management role, including a minimum of five years of related experience at a senior staff level.
  3. Experience with philanthropy and public health (for example, public advocacy work, health/clinical systems, community health, health equity, healthcare, social impact, nonprofit sector, and/or development).
  4. Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  5. Willingness and ability, when asked, to travel occasionally to multiple locations, including some nights and weekends.


  1. Advanced degree in relevant field.
  2. Minimum of 20 years of experience in a complex leadership and management role, including a minimum of 10 years of related experience at a senior staff level supporting a Board of Directors.
  3. Minimum of 15 years of experience in healthcare, philanthropy, public health, nonprofit, or social program implementation and management.


Austin, TX

Austin is the state capital of Texas and has a reputation for being open-minded, friendly and innovative. The city, fondly known as the Live Music Capital of the World, has been consistently rated a national creative center that draws talented people from across the world to its high quality of life, abundant resources, lively entertainment and active lifestyle.

Austin is consistently mentioned as one of the top 10 best places to live in the U.S., and for good reason: The city's world-renowned live music scene, highly respected restaurant culture, gorgeous natural landscapes, diverse lifestyle activities and funky vibe all draw a steady stream of new residents every year. People are moving to Austin for many reasons: the glorious weather, the warmth and friendliness of the people, the promising job market and the one-of-a-kind culture. The city includes a 2,705 square mile metro area that boasts access to outdoor activities, including numerous hike and bike trails, and nearly 300 days of sunshine a year.

At the heart of the Austin community, The University of Texas at Austin offers a home where the creative, artistic minds of the world live side-by-side with scientific and technological innovators of tomorrow. The University has long been a pioneer and leader in establishing innovative education programs in technology, so it is no surprise that technology companies such as Dell, IBM, Apple, Samsung and National Instruments have established major operations in Austin to draw from the highly-skilled talent the University produces.

Austin is one of the fastest-growing large cities in the nation. Currently, it is the fourth largest city in Texas (after Houston, San Antonio and Dallas) and the 11th largest city in the United States with a population of more than 988,000 within the city limits (1.8 million in the metro area). Austin is currently growing at a rate of 1.23% annually and its population has increased by 25% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 790,390 in 2010. This growth has transformed the city from a sleepy college town to one of the largest, most vibrant cities in the U.S.

For additional information about the city of Austin, please visit the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau at


Potential interview dates for this position have been outlined as follows:

  • Round One interview dates: TBD
  • Round Two interview dates: TBD


Candidates must apply through the St. David’s Foundation jobs portal:

St. David's Foundation values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other status protected by law.