Executive Director, South Philly East Health and Wellness

August 19, 2021
Philadelphia, PA
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JOB TITLE: Executive Director, South Philly East Health and Wellness

DEPARTMENT: Administration

REPORTS TO: President of the Board of Directors, SoPhiE Health and Wellness




South Philly East (“SoPhiE”) Health and Wellness welcomes applications for the position of Executive Director . The SoPhiE Executive Director will lead all operations of the Hansjorg Wyss Wellness Center: an FQHC-lookalike in South Philadelphia. The Hansjörg Wyss Wellness Center’s mission is to provide the highest-quality whole-body care for immigrants, refugees, and the general South Philadelphia community . The Wyss Center opened in spring 2021 and now provides a platform to deliver full-spectrum primary care, social services, wellness activities, and other community focused programming. The Wyss Center serves patients who are insured and uninsured. The Center is a collaboration between three organizations: SoPhiE, SEAMAAC, and Jefferson Medicine. Jefferson Medicine is a leading provider of refugee health care in the Philadelphia region. SEAMAAC is a nonprofit organization in South Philadelphia, providing social services, education, civic engagement, community development programs for immigrants, refugees, and other marginalized communities. SEAMAAC established SoPhiE in 2021.


The SoPhiE Executive Director oversees the newly established Hansjörg Wyss Wellness Center’s medical clinic, social services, and community-based programming. The Executive Director leads the Wyss Wellness Center’s program development, operational development, and application to become a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). The Executive Director is appointed by, and reports to, the SoPhiE Board of Directors. The Executive Director administers, implements and directs all aspects of Wyss Wellness Center programming and facility, in accordance with the policies established by the Board of Directors, funding agencies and applicable state, local and federal laws, regulations and guidelines. The Executive Director leads the Wyss Wellness Center management team, assuring that strong management practices are followed throughout the organization, through appropriate departmentalization and delegation of duties. The Director also coordinates and integrates administrative management with the program and clinical aspects of the center’s work.

The Executive Director presents information to the governing Board as a basis for sound decisions when rendering policy and program directives. The Executive Director develops and maintains effective public relations with the community, other healthcare institutions and providers, civic organizations, and national, state and local groups/governmental entities, advocating for the needs of the underserved.


General Qualifications:

The Executive Director is required to demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with diverse key stakeholders, excellent communication skills including demonstrated advanced writing skills, excellent public speaking skills, ability to function independently and operate effectively within a complex, high-volume environment, excellent organizational and problem solving skills and superior skills in attending to details, commitment to participate in and contribute to the team effort; must have demonstrated skills and abilities to be able to address highly complex and confidential issues with tact and sensitivity. Required skills include the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously with flexible work hours including evenings and weekends as programs, services and Wyss Wellness center calendar necessitates. Must have direct experience working and knowledge of the public and private healthcare systems including continuum of care best practices, and associated insurance reimbursement and funding model.

BIPOC candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Education & Experience:

Advanced degree in public health, social work, psychology, medicine, health administration or related fields from an accredited college or university with a minimum of five years of experience with progressive responsibility in allied health care environment is required. In addition, the incumbent is required to have a minimum of five years of supervisory and/or administrative experience with experience and have working knowledge about the issues facing immigrant, refugee, and BIPOC communities in urban settings.

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