Health Equity Strategist

Methodist Healthcare Ministries - San Antonio

Job Type: Strategic Planning
Closing date: 06/15/2021

The Health Equity Strategist will play a key role in shaping MHM’s strategic case making and narrative to advance equity and amplify the priorities of the organization’s strategic plan. This position requires a strategic thinker who will be tasked with connecting insights to strategy, developing recommendations, facilitating engagement in case making processes, and proactively strengthening MHM’s strategic framework.

Essential Duties:

  • Applies an equity lens to the work, seeks and honors diverse research inputs, challenges biases and stereotypes, analyzes how power and intersectionality impacts different audience/community segments and what that means for creating culturally relevant and respectful strategic recommendations
  • Using the Strategic Case making framework (Making the System and Equity Visible, Shared Stake/Collective Responsibility, Consequences of Inaction, Value Proposition, etc.) builds the strategic and business case. Provides position papers/briefs around topics/issues related to the strategic plan (financial empowerment, disrupting the cycle of intergenerational poverty, etc.).Identifies areas where case making could leverage or strengthen support.
  • Coordinates and prepares comprehensive executive-level insights, analysis, and presentation materials in advance of key meetings. Provides research-based analysis, reports, and presentations to gain insight, buy-in, and support of key initiatives as needed.
  • Uses narrative change as a case making strategy to deepen understanding and shift perceptions (intergenerational poverty, economic mobility, from charity to equity to liberation, etc.)
  • Develops financial cases (including long-term forecasts, market analysis, cost-benefit analysis, etc.) in coordination and collaboration with Finance for strategic investments, initiatives, and opportunities.
  • Works cooperatively with Communications to ensure a consistent message regarding strategic focus for internal and external audiences.
  • Builds upon research, evaluations and field work to develop a strategic case and narrative around strategic plan, strategy work, etc. and develops strategic and business case for a system of partnerships, protocols, processes, initiatives, capacity building, and other opportunities that advance the strategic plan.
  • Plays a key role in identifying and compiling summary data to be used in producing background information for strategic initiatives, including proposals and assessment of the existing portfolio.
  • Creates visuals, documents frameworks, develops roadmaps, processes, reporting, and materials related to our strategy and initiatives.
  • Stays ahead or up to date on the latest trends and best practices for strategic case making, narrative change, and drivers of inequity. Monitors relevant news, emergent topics and solutions, and the work of experts and practitioners.
  • Assists in strategic growth strategy development and business plan development, which may include market opportunity analysis, identification of future trends, and new market entry strategies.
  • Assists in the discovery, solution development, recommendation design for key strategic topics, and innovative approaches.
  • Develops tools, resources, and training to support narrative change and strategic case making to advance MHM’s strategy.
  • Working with the Strategy & Growth team, develops key strategic messages, narrative changes, creative briefs and identifies opportunities to create compelling content.
  • Fosters collaboration cross departmentally to develop content that fits our strategic priorities.
  • Performs data collection, analysis and reporting for decision making purposes. Drafts letters, correspondence, memos, charts, documents, tables, graphs, and plans as requested.
  • Develops documents for internal and external use, including summaries, issue briefs, PowerPoint presentations, reports, and articles.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree required. Working in non-profit community-based work, local government, management consulting, philanthropy or a related field in the private or public sector preferred. Superior conceptual and analytical skills. Experience synthesizing complex information and reframing for different audiences required.

Ability to process, organize, and synthesize complex data across a multitude of sources and perspectives, to drive decision-making and action. Strong organizational skills with ability to complete projects and handle multiple tasks simultaneously. Able to manage a constantly evolving landscape, and shift priorities accordingly. Proven ability to work creatively and analytically in a problem-solving environment. Ability to conduct quantitative and qualitative analysis a plus. Knowledge of visualization tools are a plus. Track record of innovative and/or creative systems level thinking.

Experience working with underserved or under resourced populations is preferred. Experience with the nonprofit sector preferred.

This position requires the ability and experience to interact comfortably and professionally with senior level staff.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:


Supervisory Responsibilities:

Mentors and assist interns, contract employees, and new team members to offer a formal or informal mentoring or buddy system.

Language Skills:

Strong verbal, organizational and written communication skills. Must be able to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures or government regulations. Write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Must be able to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization (diverse audiences). Compiles, analyzes and reports on data trends from government, scholarly research publications and databases using both traditional report formatting and visual analytics. Must be fluent in English.

Reasoning Ability:

A creative, strategic, and forward thinker with the drive to work independently and in group settings.  A negotiator with interpersonal and relational skills, including a demonstrated ability to work in a complex and matrix team environment.

Need to understand processes and work creatively with very different kinds of stakeholders to build consensus. Must be able to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Spark new ways of working and creative problem solving.

Must be able to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Must be able to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. Can manage diverse stakeholder input and the strategic perspective in real-time.

Computer Skills:

Must be able to demonstrate working knowledge of the Internet, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Able to customize toolbars, import and insert graphs, embed Excel data, and elaborate reports.


  • Must be committed to health equity.
  • Capacity to think strategically and analytically about social, economic, cultural, and political issues affecting a community
  • Passion to create change that leads to better lives and healthier communities.
  • Operates from an asset-based framework.
  • Strong quantitative and analytic skills.
  • Capacity to adapt rapidly to changing priorities, objectives, and situations
  • Understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community
  • Creative and innovative
  • Open to developing new skills as needed
  • Strong focus on personal growth and development, and a willingness to regularly receive and act on performance feedback in pursuit of continuous professional growth
  • Ability to work in a changing environment and as part of a team, taking on tasks at all levels
  • Must be able to drive and have access to a vehicle; maintain valid driver’s license and auto liability insurance

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a team member encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position necessitates bending, stooping, twisting, turning, walking, climbing step stools, sitting and standing for periods of time. Must be able to lift and maneuver at least 25 pounds.

This position may require travel outside of San Antonio up to 25% of the time.

Contact Info

Talent Management Business Partner