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Associate Vice President, Health Equity

New York, NY

Relocation expenses: Not paid

C-Suite/Vice President
Full time
5 - 10 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree

Published on 9 Nov 2022

Expires on 31 Jan 2023

Associate Vice President, Health Equity

Reports to: Vice President, Health Equity

Organization Summary:

United Way of New York City (UWNYC) is a nonprofit mobilizing people and organizations to eradicate barriers and create opportunities that improve the lives of low-income New Yorkers. Part of the United Way Worldwide system, one of the world's most recognized charitable brands, we envision caring communities in which all individuals and families have access to quality education and the opportunity to lead healthy and financially secure lives. We strive to model our values in all our relationships, both internal and external: Collaboration, Compassion, Integrity, Accountability, and Superior Performance. 

Over our 80+ year history, the heart of our work at UWNYC has and will continue to be about equity and justice. For nearly the past decade, our work has continued to center around breaking down the systemic barriers that disproportionally set up communities of color with less opportunity for education, job training, food access, healthcare and essential services that empower self-sufficiency. All our work is done in alignment with our mission to mobilize communities, to break down barriers and build opportunities that improve the lives of low-income New Yorkers for the benefit of all. These efforts include research, collaboration, capacity-building, direct service, and resources in the areas of racial equity and justice, health equity, and workforce development. We are focused on building a healthy, strong, and self-sufficient community where all New Yorkers can thrive.

Health Equity at UWNYC:

UWNYC’s Health Equity Unit (HEU) is a newly established division within the organization’s Community Impact department. The HEU is leading the organization’s efforts to promote health equity in NYC and address disparities within NYC’s communities—particularly in our Black and Brown communities. We accomplish our work by working across units, programs, and technical areas to ensure that faith-based institutions and community-based organizations (CBOs) with whom we partner have the tools and support they need to drive impact at the community and network level.  This includes working closely with UWNYC’s Advocacy team to align on related policy priorities, and our Food and Benefits division to leverage resources for our Choose Healthy Life initiative to our Resource Development team, to design and implement resource opportunities that engage corporate and individual donors in health promotion efforts that enhance the capacity of CBO and Faith partners and engages volunteers in a meaningful and impactful way. Through this work, the Health Equity Unit is addressing some of the most pressing health disparity problems facing residents in low-income and poor communities in New York City, primarily comprised of Black, Indigenous and/or People of Color (“BIPOC”). We are building capacity within churches to support the fight against Covid-19 infection by educating communities about the pandemic and delivering Covid-19 immunizations and are now pivoting to a community wellness model that is supporting community residents in addressing social determinants of health and access to screenings for chronic diseases. To address the social determinants of health, we have placed a health navigator at 60 churches that are a part of the Choose Healthy Life program. Our Health Equity Unit will expand its health navigator model to more faith-based organizations and CBOs and will work with key health stakeholders to convene leadership meetings to address healthcare disparities. The HEU is positioned to launch several new initiatives to address some of the prevailing health disparities within communities of color, including maternal morbidity, infant mortality, cancer, and cardiac disease.

Position Description:

The Associate Vice President (AVP) of Health Equity will serve as a champion of UWNYC’s work to advance health in communities of color and promote health equity. This individual will work with the Vice President for Health Equity in the strategic development and implementation of UWNYC’s health equity work. This individual will work with stakeholders inside and outside of the UWNYC to identify gaps in community and systems that impact health equity and contribute to health disparities. S/he will act as a thought leader, influencer and a subject matter expert for health equity. S/he will work with the VP to develop and implement strategies to address health disparities and work to expand the current programmatic efforts and best practices like, Choose Healthy Life.  S/he will support UWNYC’s leaders as they examine policies with an equity lens. The AVP will assist in representing the organization at external meetings and throughout NYC to promote the work of the UWNYC and facilitate efforts that support health equity and reduce disparities. The AVP will support and report to the VP of Health Equity and will be responsible for collaborating with other staff members as it relates to Health Equity. The AVP will be expected to work collaboratively with the team and across units to design and implement health equity fund development, data reporting, and evaluation efforts.  The AVP will interface directly with staff and leadership at the many CBO partners, grantees, and subcontractors on a range of UWNYC programs, bringing an equity mindset to all aspects of the work.

Primary Responsibilities:

The AVP for the HEU will help to lead and manage health equity and program development efforts and expand UWNYC’s footprint in this space. The AVP will oversee the development of fundraising efforts and resources to support the health equity work. S/he will work with the VP Health Equity to codify the UWNYC’s place in health equity and will support the efforts of reporting, publishing and evaluating the efficacy of our programs.

Under the direction of the VP for Health Equity the AVP, for Health Equity will:


  • Analyze and design the health equity plan for the Health Equity Unit
  • Collaborate with programmatic leaders to ensure health equity efforts are in alignment with program goals and expected outcomes
  • Collaborate with faith-based organizations, health care stakeholders and CBOs across the nonprofit spectrum to assess gaps in the health equity landscape  
  • Support the development and deployment of UWNYC’s organizational health equity assessment framework
  • Identify and align internal and external health promotion resources
  • Ensure that our data collection, reporting and publishing needs, and opportunities are fully operationalized
  • Develop over time, deep and lasting relationships of trust with UWNYC partner CBOs through which health promotion work can be assessed and gaps closed
  • Build and manage a portfolio-based relationship management structure to ensure that UWNYC partnerships with faith-based organizations are facilitated as seamlessly and successfully as possible from onboarding to close out and beyond
  • Liaise regularly with UWNYC program units to ensure health equity and health promotion collaboration
  • Ensure that contractual health equity deliverables are met on time


Skills, Knowledge & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Administration or policy and a minimum of 10 years’ experience in a relevant field, or a Master’s Degree and a minimum of 7 years in a relevant field.
  • Excellent writing, editing, verbal, and presentation skills, including the ability to write for a wide variety of audiences, such as policy briefs, advocacy materials, staff and partner training materials, and engaging multimedia and online content.
  • A team player and problem solver, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and results
  • Experience with CBOs of a wide range of sizes and sophistication and the capacity building needs they have
  • Superior management skills, including the ability to advocate for and manage budget priorities
  • Presence and confidence to project credibility to community partners, the Board, donors, and other strategic stakeholders
  • A passion for UWNYC’s mission, vision, and accomplishments
  • Demonstrated success in building and maintaining effective relationships with community stakeholders
  • Deep understanding and experience in identifying community assets and needs in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty
  • Ability to interact comfortably with multiple audiences and engage community stakeholders in an authentic way
  • Experience and expertise at facilitating community meetings
  • Strong community outreach and coordination skills
  • Adaptive learning and facilitative organizing skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
  • Experience working on public interest issues and grants administration
  • Strong research, analysis, and writing skills, ideally including qualitative and quantitative methods, including the ability to communicate both verbally and visually to audiences with a wide range of familiarity with and proficiency in the material
  • Able to inspire confidence and passion in internal and external audiences with a range of stakeholders
  • Demonstrated knowledge of data collection, analysis, and reporting processes
  • Innovative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and results
  • Proven ability to take initiative, set priorities, meet deadlines and manage multiple streams of work
  • Ability to think creatively and a willingness to consider new approaches
  • Experience working with NYC CBOs, and understanding of the organizational challenges they face, and the opportunities to support them
  • Firsthand experience in and with the various local NYC government agencies and other bodies whose work intersects with UWNYC’s CBO partners is preferred
  • Demonstrated track record of developing capacity building to address issues affecting communities most impacted by them


Salary range:

  • $104,223- $153,593*
    • The final determination of salary, within this range, will depend on the candidate’s education, skills, and experience required for the particular position.

Additional Requirements:

  • Fully vaccinated for Covid-19
  • Background check  
  • UWNYC is presently on a Hybrid/In-Person work schedule


United Way of NYC Core Competencies for All Staff

  • Mission Focused: Catalyze others’ commitment to the mission to create real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities.  This drives their performance and professional motivations.
  • Relationship-Oriented: Understands that people come before processes and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.
  • Collaborator: Understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement
  • Results Driven: Dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good: creating, resourcing, scaling and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact
  • Brand Steward: Steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.

How to apply:

Please apply on our United Way of New York City career page. No phone calls or faxes accepted.

United Way of New York City is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer