The Salem Health and Wellness Foundation was founded in 2002 for the purpose of promoting the health and wellness of Salem County, New Jersey residents. The Foundation has made over $58 million in grants, contributions and scholarships to more than 50 organizations, all with the specific requirement that the funds address health problems in our county.
Salem County is New Jersey’s least densely populated county, with an estimated population of approximately 66,000 people. Located in southwestern New Jersey and bordered by Gloucester and Cumberland Counties, Salem County also is separated by the Delaware River from New Castle and Kent counties in neighboring Delaware. Approximately 42 percent of the county’s land is under “active farm cultivation.”
More information can be found on our website- www.salemwellnessfoundatioin.org
Proposals to the Foundation are those that permit broad segments of the population, especially underserved groups such as the poor and migrant workers, better access to primary and specialty medical services, including dental care and behavioral healthcare, are encouraged. Improved transportation systems for patients, support services for caregivers and advocacy initiatives to increase public and private funding to meet local healthcare needs are examples of projects designed to improve access. Our priorities include:
- Preventive Care and Upstream Support of Families and Individuals
- Career Opportunities in Health Care
- Promotion of Well-Being
The Foundation’s Mission is to invest in sustainable initiatives that promote the overall health of Salem County residents.
This is a wonderful time to join the Foundation as it recently welcomed a new Executive Director, who along with community partners, will help the Foundation to build on the good work of the past two decades. Salem Health and Wellness Foundation is seeking a new team member to serve as a Program Officer (PO).
The Program Officer’s primary role, in partnership with the Executive Director of the Foundation, is to ensure the alignment of the Foundation’s mission and vision with its operations and grantmaking activities. The PO will help to develop innovative approaches to improving the health and well-being of Salem’s residents. They will work in concert with stakeholders and community residents, introduce new partnerships and integrate Foundation supported projects with existing efforts that are related to health and well-being.
- Administers, in collaboration with the Executive Director, the Foundation’s grantmaking process including reviewing grant applications, conducting due diligence, writing recommendations for the Board of Directors, monitoring progress of grants, conducting site visits, and reviewing grant reports
- Responds to inquiries and requests for feedback, prepares and sends grant award letters, grant agreements, and other related correspondence
- Manages and administers mini grants and initiative related projects
- Manages the online grants portal, including creating grant application and review forms and working collaboratively with the Board’s Grant Committee and the Executive Director
- Stays up to date on philanthropic and nonprofit trends
- Conducts research with wide variety of stakeholders to identify potential capacity building needs of the regional nonprofit community
- Works with the Executive Director to develop, launch, and manage capacity building workshops, seminars, webinars, and other programs
- Assists the Executive Director in planning and managing periodic events and convenings
- Represents Foundation at community meetings and events locally and regionally which may include some evenings and weekends
- Assists the Executive Director to execute the Foundation’s communications strategy
- In concert with the Executive Director, the PO creates and disseminates content via the website, social media, newsletter, and other platforms, consistent with the Foundation’s voice and brand
- Works with vendor to ensure website is updated frequently with dynamic content
- Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of user engagement on Foundation’s website
- and social media platforms and makes recommendations for improvement
- Stays up to date on social media best practices and trends and identifies new communications channels and opportunities
- A minimum of seven years of progressive experience in health and human services
- Advanced degree (Master’s degree) in public health, public policy, social services, or related field
- A commitment to underserved populations and racial equity
- Ability to build relationships with community partners, have courageous conversations with tact and diplomacy and to model the values of the Foundation
- Ability to deliver projects on time and still maintain a sense of humor
- Enjoyment of and excellence in oral and written communication
- Strong work ethic, flexibility and organizational and interpersonal skills
- Excellent analytical, research, and problem-solving skills and attention to detail
- A thorough knowledge of servant leadership principles
- Experience managing projects across diverse settings
- Proficiency with information technology (including but not limited to Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Ability to work independently and as a self-starter in setting priorities and accomplishing tasks
- Interest in working across a wide-ranging set of issues and disciplines
- Commitment to supporting nonprofits to improve the health of vulnerable populations in Salem County
Salary and benefits will be commensurate with the candidate’s experience and in line with similar positions in philanthropic settings.