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Executive Director


The Center for Health Innovation (CHI), New Mexico’s Public Health Institute, is launching its search for an Executive Director. Susan Wilger, CHI’s current Executive Director, will be stepping down to pursue semi-retirement in 2021. CHI Board members acknowledge Susan’s outstanding leadership at CHI for the past 10 years. She has devoted her energy, experience and skills towards fulfilling our mission to work with communities and advance health and social justice through innovative and effective policies and programs. Through her vision and commitment she has helped to advance health and social justice throughout New Mexico and beyond.

The CHI Board of Directors is committed to continuing this path by recruiting a new Executive Director who can build on past and current accomplishments with a vision toward advancing CHI’s programs, services and mission.  We seek a strong leader with established New Mexico connections, demonstrated achievements in the health and human services sector, a commitment to social justice and a strong understanding of nonprofit operations. CHI headquarters is located in Silver City, NM.

Interested candidates can find a full job description below.

Applications, including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, and your resume should be submitted via email to: Magdaleno Manzanarez, Board Chair, at

Applications will be accepted through March 10, 2021.


The Executive Director is the key management leader of the Center for Health Innovation (CHI). The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization and carrying out its mission. Other key duties include resource/fund development, public relations, leadership, advocacy and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.

The delivery of quality service and positive interaction with our customers is critical to the completion of all the tasks within this job description, thus the employee is responsible for establishing and maintaining interpersonal relationships with CHI employees and  affiliated organizations  in a courteous, respectful and professional manner.


  • Fund Development
    • Research potential funding sources oversee and write grant and contract proposals (including private foundations, local, state and federal grants)
  • Coordinate all aspects of grants contracts for CHI services
    • Ensure CHI is solvent including management of all sources of revenue and expenses.
    • Provide updates to the board of directors on major programs at each Board meeting
  • Community Relations and Marketing
    • Establish positive strategic relations with public and private agencies as well as elected officials at local, state and national levels to achieve the goals of the organization and improve the health and well-being of New Mexicans.
    • Market and promote the organization; increasing CHI’s public profile and recognition through the development and implementation of a Board-approved work plan supporting social media, publications, traditional media, public presentations and other means.
  • Financial Planning and Management
    • Develop and manage program specific and organizational budgets
    • Prepare and update CHI Financial and related Policies for Board approval and Procedures at least bi-annually or as necessary in response to audit findings or other changes needed.
    • Prepare monthly financial statements and other financial reports and present to the CHI Board.
    • Administer accounts receivable and accounts payable to maximize revenues and ensure programs are effective and efficient.
  • Leadership and Advocacy 
    •  Maintain status and recognition as a Public Health Institute by advocating for effective programming and innovations
    • Actively participate in local, regional, high need population specific, statewide and national stakeholder meetings
    • Advocate for innovative policies and strategies that support CHI programs and contracts
    • Provide primary representation of  the organization in order to promote the organization’s mission and the work of partner organizations
  • Human Resources and Management
    • Select and manage all CHI staff
    • Manage affiliates, contractors and consultants
    • Prepare and update bi-annually or as necessary CHI personnel policies for Board approval and maintain effective Human Resource procedures to support retention of valued employees and problem solve employee issues with staff as needed
    • Ensure compliance with all CHI personal policies and procedures and all applicable employment regulation.
  • Risk Management
    • Identify and evaluate the risks to the organization’s clients, staff, and  volunteers
    • Identify and evaluate compliance and the risks to the organization’s property, finances, goodwill and image and implement measures to control risks
    • Ensure adequate liability coverage for every aspect of employee, board and contractor work for CHI.
  • Planning and Management
    • Conducts strategic planning with CHI staff and related boards of directors
    • Oversee the planning, implementation, compliance, and evaluation of  innovative programs and services that are the responsibility of CHI.
  • The position of CHI Executive Director ensures compliance with CHI written standards, including its policies and procedures. Such compliance will be an element considered as part of the CHI Executive Director’s regular performance evaluation. Failure to comply with CHI written standards, which may include the failure to report any conduct or event that potentially violates legal or compliance requirements, will be met by the enforcement of disciplinary action, up to and including possible termination of employment, in accordance with CHI’s Policies and Procedures.


EDUCATION/KNOWLEDE REQUIREMENTS:  Master’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of 6 years of significant relevant experience and education as indicated below. Knowledge in business, nonprofits, administration, finance, program development and management, resource development (including grant writing), policy/advocacy, and leadership development.


5 years management experience

5 years supervisory experience

10 years health planning and development or operations with a focus on rural health and /or other disenfranchised populations  

Leadership, vision, autonomy, integrity, innovation, fosters cooperation, demonstrated achievement

Writing, speaking, social skills and experience.

Complex problem solving, creative thinking, public relations, collaboration, community engagement.

Show impact through measurable outcomes, evaluation and/or matrices.

Demonstrated ability to manage multiple funding grants and contracts  from various resources, including public and private resources. 

Redundant of previous statement Responsible for management of organizations, programs or services with budgets in excess of $1 million.

Personnel management and leadership development

Ability to work successfully with elected officials.

Proficient in web-based research, Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and use of cloud storage and video conferencing services.


Conversational in English and Spanish; both written and oral preferred 

Standing           May require standing for periods of time and on an intermittent        
Sitting              Requires sitting for long periods of time; Frequent use of computer and 
Walking           Requires walking on an on intermittent basis ; Occasional prolonged 
Pushing/PullingPush carts with materials, etc. from time to time
Squatting/KneelingKneels or squats to plug/unplug various equipment intermittently;  
                         Frequent reaching, stooping, bending, and crouching
Lifting              Lifts necessary supplies and equipment utilized for job function:   
                         Occasionally lifts, supplies/equipment up to 50 lbs. 
Carrying           Carries materials, etc. from time to time
Vision              Ability to read correspondence, reports, books, periodicals, and        
                         computer screen etc.  
Hearing            Ability to perceive speech at normal loudness levels and to be able
                         to respond to alarms, answering phone, and overhead page
Psychological Ability to respond appropriately to stressful work and multiple
                         demands.  Resolves conflicts effectively, prioritizes task, responds  
                         to emergencies and reacts calmly.  Knowledge or relevant office  
                         equipment.  Knowledge of common safety hazards and precautions 
                         to establish a safe work environment.
Physiological Work is primarily performed indoors in a controlled environment
Travel               Frequently drives short and/or long distances; Air travel nationally


Occasional pressure due to deadlines and working with the public

Sedentary Office Work

Frequent Travel

The above statements reflect the general details and considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified and should not be considered as a detailed job description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the job.