HRiA: Executive Director, National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW)


The National Association of Community Health Workes is are seeking an Executive Director (ED) to play a key leadership role in the growth of NACHW as an influential organization in social justice, community development, public health and health care arenas.

Position Description:

NACHW is a national professional association of Community Health Workers (CHWs) in the U.S. and was officially launched in April 2019.  NACHW’s purpose is to advance the workforce by uniting and representing CHWs (CHWs)—front line public health workers who are trusted members of and/or who have unusually close understandings of the communities they serve.  NACHW is a powerful voice to promote the collective interests of this workforce through movement building, policy development, advocacy, training and technical assistance, education, and research.  More information about NACHW and its vision, mission, and values is available at

NACHW is governed by a majority-CHW 20-member Board of Directors, including Promotores de Salud and Community Health Representatives.  The founding Board has overseen a strategic planning, incorporation, and governance design process since 2016.

In 2018, NACHW entered into a fiscal sponsorship agreement with Health Resources in Action, Inc. (HRiA), to catalyze growth and development towards long-term sustainability.  NACHW was incorporated in 2018 and has filed an application with the IRS to obtain its own 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

The Executive Director (ED) will play a key leadership role in the growth of NACHW as an influential organization in social justice, community development, public health and health care arenas.  While both ancient and contemporary, the CHW practice has grown in recognition and importance in recent years, and it is vital to build on these gains to offer rewarding careers and sustainable working conditions while preserving the unique CHW qualities that produce their dramatic benefits for communities and society at large.

This is an exempt, full-time position.  The ED will report to the NACHW Board, but will formally be employed by HRiA, with administrative accountability to a designated HRiA supervisor.  The ED will receive full HRiA employee benefits and will be subject to HRiA administrative and human resources policies.  Employment beyond one year is dependent on continued success in fundraising, and the terms of continuation will be negotiated between the successful candidate and the Board.  At some point, the Board may find it feasible and preferable to terminate its fiscal sponsorship arrangement and operate as a fully independent entity; in that event, the Board will commit to a benefits package comparable to the plan provided by HRiA.

The ED will initially be expected to work from home, subject to HRiA’s work-from-home policies, including use of computer technology.  Decisions will be made soon about establishing a central office location and hiring additional staff.

Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.


The ED will be responsible for NACHW’s operations, with the support of an Administrative Coordinator to whom the ED may delegate certain detailed tasks. This includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Lead the NACHW organization in fulfillment of its strategic plan, in concert with NACHW’s Board of Directors; supervise other staff and consultants
  • Serve as a principal public voice of NACHW, in partnership with NACHW board co-chairs and other board members; present to diverse audiences nationwide; guide NACHW’s messaging to those audiences
  • Recruit members and promote membership nationwide (individual and organizational)
  • Foster relationships with CHW workforce leaders and members, including state and local CHW member organization leaders, CHW employers, and CHWs in the field
  • Foster relations with CHW allies, including national and regional associations, health care delivery entities, advocacy groups, and others
  • Develop and implement fundraising strategies to support core operations, projects, and long-term sustainability
  • Liaise with NACHW’s treasurer and fiscal sponsor to ensure sound finances, and administer routine financial operations in compliance with NACHW’s financial policies and procedures
  • Schedule and arrange Board of Directors meetings as required, establish and circulate agendas prior to each meeting, and that follow-up on action steps identified
  • Oversee meetings of NACHW board and meetings of NACHW’s membership, including in-person events and conferences
  • Oversee NACHW’s board nominations and elections processes
  • Work with the Development Committee to conduct stakeholder analysis and research to assess potential partnerships to further NACHW’s work
  • Develop and apply expertise in CHW workforce issues, including CHW education, state and federal policy, and research


  • At least five years’ experience as a member of and/or advocate for the CHW workforce
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of issues that impact the CHW workforce, including experience working with and/or advocating for disenfranchised/underserved communities
  • Proven track record of leadership and commitment to excellence, including oversight of organizational structure/finances and direct supervision of other personnel
  • Exceptional public speaking and presentation skills
  • Experience in fundraising, including small and large gifts, corporate and foundation proposals
  • Exceptional networking and engagement skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple efforts across diverse stakeholders, such as a group of volunteer board members
  • Experience performing similar tasks with not-for-profit or similar types of organizations, including interaction with a volunteer Board of Directors
  • Comfort and familiarity with not-for-profit and/or membership organization budgets, revenue streams, and financial requirements
  • Ability to work independently and accountably with limited oversight; self-starter who appreciates a challenge, and can be creative in moving a new organization’s growth
  • Respectful of cultural differences, and values diversity of thought, backgrounds, and perspectives
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, website editing software and other organizational technology
  • Master’s degree in a related field, or equivalent experience

How To Apply:

HRiA and NACHW are actively seeking to build a diverse and experienced staff. The organizations encourage multiple perspectives and experiences, support a multicultural environment, and strive to hire and retain a diverse staff that reflects the populations/communities we serve. Both NACHW and HRiA are equal opportunity, affirmative action employers committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.

Candidates selected for interviews will meet with a committee of the NACHW Board.  Finalists will be interviewed by a team including senior management representatives from HRiA.

To apply, click here, submit your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements online.

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