Chief Executive Officer

HealthFirst Family Care Center, Inc. | Fall River, MA

Permanent Position


HealthFirst originated in 1971 under the Model Cities Program, in direct response to the clear need for accessible medical and dental services among predominately lower income and ethnic minority residents. The City of Fall River provided substantial support for this initiative, leading to its subsequent renaming as the Community Development Service Center. Over the past five decades the Center has catered to three generations of families, with its service area expanding to encompass several diverse communities including Portuguese, Hispanic, Cambodian, African American, and Brazilian Portuguese populations. Consequently, their staff members reflect the rich tapestry of cultures they serve, ensuring seamless access to care for all patients, regardless of linguistic, financial, or cultural obstacles.


The HealthFirst Family Care Center, Inc. (HealthFirst) seeks a Chief Executive Officer who is passionate and empathetic, and who excels in serving a culturally diverse population. This is an opportunity to become the future-directed leader of an already-successful $20 million FQHC that has many areas for growth and enhancement. It is located in the picturesque coastal area of Southeastern Massachusetts. The next CEO will be an excellent communicator and relationship builder with a strong understanding of primary care delivery systems, health care financing, regulations, and most importantly, the community and patients it serves.


The next CEO of HealthFirst must be a true leader of this just under $20 million organization. In partnership with the Board of Directors, the CEO is responsible for formulating and proposing plans, policies, and strategies for HealthFirst. Upon approval by the Board, the CEO will take charge of executing these initiatives. Overall operational responsibility for the health center lies with the CEO, who also acts as the primary liaison between the center and external stakeholders, agencies, and the wider community. Direct and indirect supervision of almost 200 health center staff (non-union), including the leadership team, falls under the purview of the CEO. Additionally, working alongside the CFO and COO, the CEO ensures compliance with relevant regulations and guidelines outlined in Federal awards, providing oversight to the sub-recipient, as necessary

Chief Executive Officer

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The right candidate will be a well-rounded leader with experience in a community health center or community health organization, ideally FQHCs. They must have strong financial and analytical skills and an inclusive and proactive approach to communication and problem-solving. The CEO must be highly visible and fully engaged overseeing all the areas of HealthFirst. The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree in public health, business, healthcare or public administration, and a record of effective collaboration with clinical providers. The CEO will have a keen understanding of health care financing and budgeting. The ability to procure grant funding and develop/promote community fundraising events is also very important. An understanding of substance abuse, addiction, behavioral health, and the social determinants of health is necessary for success in this role. A thorough understanding of and experience working in a multicultural and diverse organization. Being multi-lingual is a big plus

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