A coalition is "an organization of diverse interest groups that combine their human and material resources to effect a specific change the members are unable to bring about independently." - Cheri Brown
A strong oral health coalition can help Minnesota achieve its oral health goals. Under its cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Minnesota Oral Health Program provides support for the development of a statewide oral health coalition.
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for Executive Director
Executive Director Job Description-Minnesota Oral Health Coalition
The Minnesota Oral Health Coalition (Coalition) was formed as a non-profit organization in 2009 to serve as the statewide coalition promoting oral health. It was created with national support and funding coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). In collaboration with MDH, the Coalition has published a State Oral Health Plan that serves as a roadmap for future activities. The Coalition Director will provide central leadership and direct activities outlined in the framework of the State Oral Health Plan, with guidance from the coalition membership, work groups, and Board of Directors. The key priorities of the Director are to build the capacity of the Coalition, to increase leveraging of resources, and increase statewide knowledge, awareness, and ability to act on key oral health issues as guided by the Coalition’s Principles Document.
- Practices and supports visionary leadership – works with Minnesota state agencies, coalition members and other stakeholders to share the vision of the Coalition and assures integration of oral health into the transforming health system
- Creates sense of mission – articulates and models the values within the Coalition’s values statement; facilitates development of policies and processes that translate mission and vision into action; facilitates organizational mission reassessment as appropriate
- Supports financial sustainability – identifies and pursues funding to address Coalition priorities; engages existing funding partners; manages and oversees Coalition budget
- Serves as effective change agent – facilitates application of systems thinking and progressive leadership; develops and implements performance measurement and evaluation strategies; facilitates strategic and tactical assessment and planning; facilitates empowerment of members and partners to develop strategies and take action; facilitates the development of fresh ideas and approaches to advancing optimal oral health
- Political competencies – facilitates understanding and analysis of key public health policy issues and alternatives; works with the Coalition’s Advocacy and Policy Committee, membership, community stakeholders, and policy makers; facilitates the Coalition’s work to seek beneficial policy change and action on priority oral health issues; encourages the translation of policy decisions into organizational and community programs and services
- Negotiation –guides and mediates the investigation and resolution of conflict within the Coalition and with other organizations and stakeholders
- Marketing and education – utilizes the principles of social marketing and health education to communicates to target audiences
- Manages organizational dynamics –conducts assessment of the Coalition’s environment, needs, assets, resources and opportunities; helps the Coalition develop and thrive
- Employs inter-organizational collaborating mechanisms – includes key decision makers and members in collaborative ventures; drives partnering strategies and action plans; facilitates networking of members and stakeholders
- Social forecasting and marketing – facilitates the identification and interpretation of emerging trends in oral health and provides information and interpretation to members and partners
- Team-building – works with membership to develop Coalition structures and systems; serves as team facilitator, mediator, and member as needed
- Manage staff-manage and mentor administrative support staff
- Play a key role in developing oral health coalition leadership and staff capacity
- Provide general management and supervision of administrative support staff
- Identify, develop and coordinate partnerships and collaborations
- Convene and sustain a diverse statewide oral health coalition
- Secure and maintain financial support through grants and contributions
- Serve as a key spokesperson for the Coalition
- Facilitates the identification of opportunities for policy change; supports the Advocacy and Policy Committee and work groups for policies and action plans
- Engage stakeholders in state oral health plan activities
- Plan to convene an annual Oral Health Summit
- Build and implement evaluation methods
- Lead development of communication strategies for the Coalition
- Requires Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, political science, public health or related field. Experience in leadership in the nonprofit sector, organizational development, community engagement or collaboration is preferred. Background in coalition building and/or oral health is preferred.
- Demonstrates strong facilitation and organizational skills. Previous experience in the health field is preferred with a passion for improving the health of communities.
- Experience with collaborative efforts at the statewide or community level, and understanding of related advocacy, policy and systems efforts.
- Experience publicly representing an organization with community leaders or partners.
- Demonstrates cultural competency skills to engage persons and populations from diverse backgrounds and ensure consideration of cultural, social, economic and behavioral factors in oral health.
- Proven advocacy, policy development and program planning skills.
- Professional, results-oriented, and entrepreneurial individual who wants to build and grow resources for an organization with partnership and expansion potential.
- Knowledge and experience in the grant and report writing process.
- Experience in fundraising that demonstrates capacity to be successful with fund development preferred.
- Strong interpersonal communications abilities, including effective public speaking experience and excellent writing skills.
- Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
- Fluency in basic computer use; social media management experience is preferred.
- Salary based on qualifications.
Applications must be postmarked or received electronically by Friday March 14, 2014. Please submit applications to Jenny Patrin,
ATTN: Jenny Patrin
Minnesota Department of Health/Center for Health Promotion
85 E. Seventh Place
PO Box 64882
St. Paul, MN 55164-0882
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