Healthy Community Initiative

Thriving Youth. Thriving Community.



Rice County Chemical and Mental Health Coalition Director

January 27, 2024

Full-time, Exempt
Starting annual salary $60K-$62K, depending on grant management and coalition building experience

About HCI

Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) is a backbone organization for more than 30 youth- and family-serving initiatives in Rice County. The team is dedicated to building partnerships and encouraging community collaborations that support, value, and empower youth. We bring together programs and individuals and provide support so they can put their expertise and resources toward efforts that are proven to improve outcomes for youth and their families. Learn more about HCI here:

About the Rice County Chemical and Mental Health Coalition

HCI is the backbone for the Rice County Chemical and Mental Health Coalition (RCCMHC), which advocates for improving Rice County’s chemical and mental health care systems. Using a public health approach, the Coalition is committed to building and improving prevention, intervention (including evidence-based harm reduction strategies), and treatment efforts countywide. RCCMHC formed in 2018 to address the overlap between chemical and mental health among community members. The coalition merged the efforts of the former Rice County Chemical Health Coalition (established in 2004) and the Rice County Mental Health Collective (established in 2011). Several action teams of professionals, community members and youth make up the Coalition. Learn more about the RCCMHC here:


The RCCMHC seeks a Director to oversee and manage its countywide collective impact work. The Coalition celebrates a robust set of federal, state, and local grants and contracts. HCI is seeking a candidate to carry out critical grant and coalition management tasks. The Director will facilitate the strategic direction of collaborative prevention, intervention, and treatment initiatives in Rice County in close coordination with community partners, youth, and families of those struggling with substance use disorder. Additionally, the Director will work with HCI’s data team and community partners to build community-wide data tracking and visualization systems, managing data sharing agreements that serve as the foundation for continuous process improvement, community-wide awareness and education, and grant reporting. The Director will skillfully convene stakeholders to ensure programmatic outcomes and deliverables are achieved, and facilitate the development and implementation of new, community-wide innovative strategies. The Director will lead grantseeking to secure new funding sources for chemical and mental health prevention, intervention, and treatment initiatives.


  • Manage the Coalition’s grant and program budgets and reporting
    • Strategize with stakeholders to build and manage grant budgets that meet programming needs
    • Identify and pursue funding through collaborative grant applications; lead grant and budget record-keeping, writing, management, and reporting
  • Establish, develop, and nurture relationships with community partners integral to the Coalition’s work
    • Support the quality performance and engagement of grant funded staff roles and community partners
    • Convene action teams and hold partners accountable to action commitments using the Results Based Facilitation/Results Based Leadership model
    • Guide discussion during meetings to identify goals and action steps to affect systems-level change
    • Facilitate communication with partners and stakeholders between meetings to sustain productive community partner engagement
    • Collaborate with program staff and community partners to carry out community-wide prevention programs (e.g. Mobile Opioid Support Team, Take It To The Box, etc.)
  • Oversee data tracking and analysis with support from HCI’s data team
    • Engage community partners in data analysis and continuous process improvement to determine the effectiveness of programs and initiatives
    • Support staff and partners to pivot and adjust services as needed
    • Research best practices and suggest and support implementation of improvements to programs and services
  • Lead the planning and implementation of communications strategies, including outreach activities to improve community awareness of programs
    • Coordinate marketing plans with HCI’s communications team, including production of publications, posters, news columns, social media posts and community presentations

Required qualities 

  • At least three years of related coalition leadership and/or program management experience
  • Experience writing and managing well-thought and complete government grant proposals, budgets and reports
  • Ability to effectively build relationships, lead meetings and engage stakeholders from a variety of sectors (e.g. local government, healthcare, nonprofit, law enforcement)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word, and Excel) and Google Suite, with capacity to learn and manage online grant and budget management systems quickly
  • Ability to multi-task and manage complicated workflows
  • Highly organized with superior attention to detail
  • Excellent ability to multi-task and troubleshoot issues
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and as a member of a team
  • Capable of completing work on time in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a positive attitude
  • Ability to work occasional late afternoon and evening hours and travel throughout Rice County (must possess and maintain a valid Minnesota driver’s license)
  • Willingness to maintain the standards, carry out the purpose, and adhere to the policies of the Healthy Community Initiative
  • Maintenance of a cell phone is an expectation of employment

Preferred qualities

  • Experience supervising staff and supporting professional development
  • Familiarity with Northfield and Rice County organizations and resources
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish or Somali

Reports to: HCI Executive Director


  • Competitive pay and retirement savings plan – We conduct regular assessments to ensure our employees are compensated competitively, and we match employee contributions to a Simple IRA plan.
  • Access to an array of benefits – We work with TriNet to offer employees an array of voluntary benefit options, including life insurance, disability, legal, and accident or critical illness insurance. All HCI employees have access to a free employee assistance program. Additionally, employees who work 30+ hours per week receive $300 per month ($3,600 annually) toward the cost of health or other insurance premiums.
  • Professional development – We value employees who seek to hone or gain new skills that make them even more effective in their work on behalf of kids and families. We nurture a professional growth culture where employees who are eager to learn are given every opportunity to do so.

Application review will continue until the position is filled with a qualified candidate.

Apply online using the link below. Include a cover letter that describes why you are interested in working for HCI as the RCCMHC Director. Include the name, title, and contact information for three professional references.

Questions about the position may be directed to Please reference “RCCMHC Director position” in the subject line.

Apply here