President and Chief Executive Officer: Council for Health and Human Service Ministries

The Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) is seeking a President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to provide leadership in service to realize our mission and vision. The candidate of choice will be a thoughtful, action-oriented leader who serves as a convenor, connector, accelerator, and driver of innovation. The incumbent will ensure that CHHSM remains an inclusive community of member organizations that work together to address shared challenges, and change lives through faith-based leadership, business partnerships and collaboration.


CHHSM is a membership organization, independent from but in covenantal partnership with the United Church of Christ (UCC). Our Mission is advancing the work of all health and human service ministries of the UCC in creating a just, caring, and compassionate world. Founded in 1939, the association is comprised of individual members and 69 corporate members who operate 431 institutional ministries. Services include hospitals and health systems, senior living communities, nursing homes, children and youth service agencies, affordable and transitional housing, and services to persons with disabilities. Through programs, resources, services, and collaboration, CHHSM supports the leadership and staff of our members to live out a bold vision for change and innovation to make our world a more equitable and just place where everyone can achieve more and flourish.

Our people are core to everything we do — they are the key to our ability to create impact and exceed member expectations. We focus on relationships. We work together, set each other up for success and share credit for our successes. We work hard every day to live our values and support each other to bring our whole and authentic selves to work.


  • Relationship-building: You develop and maintain strong, collaborative working relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders and can bring in and retain members, partners, allies. You know how to build alliances and find points of collaboration even when there are competing interests. You nurture and foster relationships with ecumenical, interfaith, and secular stakeholders.
  • Deep spirituality and personal faith: You see God everywhere and in everything, are inspired by God’s grace and, in turn, you inspire others. You do theological reflection around the critical intersections of faith, mission, ethics, social justice, and business practices. You do the leg work and the soul work to live the mission of UCC and vision of CHHSM in all aspects of your life.
  • Commitment to racial equity and social justice: You recognize the role of race, socioeconomic status, gender, disability status, and other identities in shaping disparate outcomes for those who have been marginalized. You recognize how your own identities show up in this work. Within the UCC, to be a disciple is to be anti-racist, and so the candidate will have anti-racism as a deeply held value.
  • Serving leadership and management: You put the needs of others first so that they can realize their potential and develop as whole, authentic human beings. You approach leadership with a mindset of “power with” rather than “power over” by sharing power and regularly including others in decision-making. You get work done through people, leading with influence and not solely by position.
  • Drive to achieve results: You have a track record of accomplishing ambitious goals and getting results even when there are obstacles. You set a high bar and meet it, because you anticipate hurdles, involve others in decision-making, and come up with thoughtful, creative solutions.
  • Visionary and entrepreneurial mindset: You believe therefore you do. You think critically about what is, dream about what could be, see many possible futures, and then take the leap of faith with confidence, and calculated risk to create something new and different. Your passion and curiosity enable you to connect, innovate, inspire, and influence.


  • Position CHHSM and its member organizations on the leading edge of the health and human service sector in providing solutions and services that support the care and dignity of all people regardless of circumstance. Provide thought leadership and incubate innovations that support human flourishing for all and remove barriers that prevent all people from thriving. 
  • Promote CHHSM’s vision, mission, and services to all constituencies. Cultivate relationships and seek opportunities that will elevate CHHSM as a change agent and amplify the collective impact of its member agencies on local, regional, and national health and human service stages.
  • Position CHHSM on the growing edge of the UCC and at the forefront of the health and human service sector in taking measurable action in word and deed. Encourage and support CHHSM member agencies to create more diverse, equitable and inclusive organizations. Communicate the significance of CHHSM’s dedication to being an Open and Affirming organization related to the UCC.
  • Provide serving leadership and direction to CHHSM staff members to achieve organizational goals and advance their leadership formation and professional aspirations. Embed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in all facets of the operations, creating a culture where every team member feels valued and that they belong.
  • Ensure that CHHSM has a portfolio of programs, services, solutions, benefits and network of connections and alliances that add value to, and support, the growth and retention of thriving member organizations.
  • Develop and execute financial strategies and plans to secure CHHSM’s long-term financial stability and viability, including the diversification of revenue streams. Develop annual budgets that allocate resources in alignment with organizational priorities and annual plans.
  • Establish, nurture, and manage CHHSM’s strategic relationships with member organizations, the UCC, UCC partners, and ecumenical, interfaith, and secular partners. Foster and facilitate collaborative relationships between the UCC and members to align their work with the UCC mission, promote a cohesive alliance and amplify the work of the member organizations.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field required. A Graduate degree preferred. Experience in a related field or the equivalent combination of experience and education which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this role will be considered.
  • A minimum of 10 years of progressive leadership experience managing for-profit and/or not-for-profit organizations. Experience leading in a faith-based health and human service organization or a membership-based organization is a plus.
  • Lived experiences and values must be aligned to the vision, mission, and values of the UCC and CHHSM. Must have a demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion and/or advancing social justice in communities.
  • Experience working with Boards of Directors to advance an organization’s mission is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in serving (servant) leadership with a track record of creating environments that foster engagement, inclusion, and high performance. Experience managing exempt and non-exempt staff, contractors, vendors, and volunteers required.
  • Knowledgeable in financial management practices and experience working on an operating budget, balance sheets and statements of financial activity.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to successfully connect and communicate across diverse internal and external stakeholders. Has the capacity to meet people where they are and to engage with them through the building of deep and authentic relationships to influence change and navigate conflict.
  • Experience in strategic and operational planning required. Experience in business development, fund development and regional or national advocacy a plus.


  • We are committed to Racial Equity, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in all our work. We strongly encourage applications from all without regard to race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, partnership status, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other protected status.
  • This position is based in Cleveland, Ohio. A relocation allowance is provided.
  • We provide a generous benefits package including health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans, short- and long-term disability insurance, a 403(b)(9) retirement plan, paid vacation, and holidays.
  • 40% – 50% travel will be required.
  • To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to [email protected] by 5:00 p.m. on September 24, 2021. Resumes submitted directly to CHHSM will not be considered.
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