Director/Vice President, Health and Housing

Posted: March 30, 2016


SAHF and its members are committed to using “housing as a platform” to provide residents with opportunities to improve their lives and live independently and with dignity.  SAHF’s Outcomes Initiative is focused on demonstrating the impact of quality affordable housing and resident services through data collection and analysis as well as identifying best practices in resident services and successful business models and partnerships.  

One of the key elements of the Outcomes Initiative is to work with SAHF members to develop and facilitate program and business partnerships between SAHF members and the health sector.   Another is to identify and share innovations and best practices from SAHF members, other nonprofit practitioners, industry partners, think tanks and academia.  SAHF also explores the policy implications and opportunities related to SAHF’s resident services outcomes and health and housing efforts and works with policymakers to address barriers and develop appropriate solutions. 

SAHF’s efforts as a collaborative support, leverage and enhance the work of the individual SAHF members.  SAHF members’ health and housing activity with their residents typically centers around:

  • Improving health outcomes and reducing health care costs for residents of affordable housing;
  • Improving social determinants of health through quality affordable housing;
  • Utilizing property design and resident services to achieve good health and wellness for children, adults and seniors;
  • Building bridges with the health sector to help residents achieve dignity, independence and positive health outcomes;
  • Improving care coordination and care transition  for residents and maximizing residents’ ability to live independently; and
  • Fostering resident enrollment in health insurance and support services.

The members of SAHF are BRIDGE Housing, Homes for America, Mercy Housing, National Church Residences, National Housing Trust/Enterprise, Preservation of Affordable Housing, Retirement Housing Foundation, The Community Builders, The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, The NHP Foundation and Volunteers of America.

The Position

The position, which reports to the President and CEO of SAHF, will be at the Director or Vice President level, depending on experience.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Serve as SAHF’s program and policy expert on the intersection of health and housing. 
  • Build and foster strong relationships with SAHF’s members and co-create with them new solutions and approaches to enabling residents to improve their health and wellness.
  • Lead all partnership development and implementation between SAHF and the health industry; support SAHF members in health care partnerships, as appropriate.
  • Identify and disseminate resources and information that may assist in furthering SAHF’s members’ ability to develop meaningful partnerships and business models with healthcare providers.
  • As a member of the Outcomes Initiative Team, lead or support critical components of  SAHF’s work, including:
    • Agenda setting, management and logistics for member convenings and regional roundtables; (lead and support)
    • Data analysis and interpretation; (support)
    • Represent SAHF at conferences and in meetings with partners, members, and government officials. Speak at relevant forums as well as write articles for trade journals and publications. (lead and support);
    • Provide content for SAHF’s website related to health and housing. (support); and
    • Identify funding prospects, develop concepts and proposals and write grant reports.  (lead and support);
  • Work with SAHF colleagues and members to formulate, advocate for, and implement practice-based improvements in affordable housing and health care policy at the national and state levels.


  • Commitment to SAHF’s mission.
  • Bachelor degree required, Master degree preferred.
  • Recent experience working in or with the health care system and knowledge of  the Affordable Care Act; knowledge of the emerging models of coordination being promoted by CMS/CMMI;
  • Familiarity with health care policy and with concepts related to the social determinants of health and the linkages between poverty, race and health outcomes;
  • Knowledge of the affordable rental housing field and community development is preferred, but not required; 
  • Demonstrated leadership skills,  ability to take initiative and to work independently;
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and project management experience, including capabilities suited to detailed management of multiple partnerships, convenings, and grant reporting requirements;
  • Excellent listening, written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong team player and demonstrated partnership experience;
  • Strong comfort with being an external representative for SAHF; and
  • Fundraising experience is preferred, but not required.

SAHF is an equal opportunity employer where diversity is considered an asset.