Director- Western Montana AHEC

This executive-level position is responsible for leading the Western Montana Area Health Education Center and directing the Missoula office of the MUS Institute for Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice in Health & Medicine.  Both roles are under the supervision of Dean of the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences (CHPBS) at the University of Montana (UM).

The Western Montana Area Health Education Center (WMT-AHEC) is a regional center, working in collaboration with the Montana AHEC Program Office as part of the Montana Area Health Education Centers network. The WMT-AHEC, in collaboration with its Program Office, coordinates AHEC activities within its geographic service area. Activities include recruitment and training of students from minority and disadvantaged backgrounds into health careers, placement of health professions students in community-based clinical practice settings, promotion of inter-professional education and collaborative teams to improve the quality of care and services, and facilitation of continuing education resources and programs for health professionals, particularly in rural and underserved areas. The WMT-AHEC Director is responsible for providing overall leadership, management, and direction to WMT-AHEC; the selection, supervision, and development of its employees, the fiscal integrity of its operations, and the delivery of high-quality services to clients. The WMT-AHEC Director works closely with its Advisory Board, State AHEC Program Office, Montana University System Health Professions faculty, the Interprofessional Education Institute and other non-MUS Health Profession faculty. In addition, this position, works with any other funding agency that AHEC may contract with or provide services to. The WMT-AHEC Director is responsible for maintaining existing funding and developing new funding sources.

The Montana University System (MUS) Institute for Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice in Health & Medicine will enhance the interprofessional efforts among healthcare educational programs. The institute’s mission is to develop, strengthen and sustain interprofessional education efforts across the state of Montana and is co-led by both UM-Missoula and MSU-Bozeman. The institute serves as a resource for interprofessional education for students and continuing education for faculty among healthcare programs. The director of this program serves as the primary contact for IPE at UM, is a member of the UMHM Steering Committee, partners with campus and community stakeholders to increase collaboration, recruits faculty IPE champions in CHPBS and across campus, and ensures collaboration with AHEC to address rural perspectives on IPE in the rural healthcare workforce.  This position is responsible for obtaining and distributing funding to advance the mission of the Institute; coordinating grant-writing and scholarship activities, including publications and presentations; strengthening interprofessional education (IPE) relationships between health care professional educational programs; providing a venue for Montana patients and families to share their perspectives regarding the delivery of team-based, patient-centered care; acting as a conduit between healthcare sites including hospitals and clinics across the state and the MUS health profession programs to ensure educational programs stay clinically relevant; and coordinating ongoing education and training for clinical instructors/preceptors in healthcare sites that host MUS students across Montana.

Position Details
  • Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, Letter of Appointment and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.
  • Salary for this position is $80,000 per year commensurate with qualifications.
Required Qualifications, Skills, and Experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree and excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to make effective presentations.
  • Ability to effectively supervise staff as well as maintain effective working relationships with a diverse population of entities and individuals.
  • Effective skills in financial management, writing skills and competency using word processing, database, presentation, and spreadsheet software.
  • Ability to utilize the internet for funding sources and applications; familiarity with proposal writing and grant administration skills.
  • Ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in a health-related discipline, education, or public administration
  • Five (5) years of experience delivering, administering, or providing educational programs health care, public health, or a related field
  • Experience involving healthcare or public health delivery in medically under-served and/or rural areas 
  • Experience managing grant-funded programs 

About UM and the Western MT Area Health Education Center (WMT-AHEC) 
The University of Montana is a unit of the Montana University System with approximately 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 500+ full-time faculty members. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 70,000, surrounded by mountain grandeur which was recently ranked in the “top 20 best college towns with a population of less than 250,000” by the American Institute for Economic Research and ranked 9th in Outside Magazine’s “The 16 Greatest Places to Live in America” in 2014. Many national publications recognize Missoula for its high quality of life. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere.

Western Montana Area Health Education Center (WMT AHEC) is one of five regional Area Health Education Centers in Montana (plus the main office in Bozeman), located in Missoula, MT at the Missoula College Riverside campus. WMT-AHEC is a grant-funded, not-for-profit organization committed to making quality healthcare and health science education more accessible to rural Montanans.

The Montana University System (MUS) Institute for lnterprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice in Health and Medicine, co-led and co-housed by the MSU College of Nursing and UM College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, enhances the interprofessional efforts among healthcare educational programs. The institute strengthens the momentum already established and will ensure sustainability for interprofessional education across the rural state.

UM is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action: Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment.
In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations.

ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference
Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law.

References *References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant.

Testing Individual hiring departments at UM-M may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. 

Employment Eligibility.  All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).


How to Apply

Priority Application Date: October 14, 2019 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time) 

Applications received by this date will be guaranteed consideration.  Application review will begin on October 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. 

Please submit the following application materials via "New Resume/CV" button below. 

*Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

  • Letter of Interest – addressing the stated required skills for the position
  • Detailed resume listing education and describing work experience
  • Names and contact information for three (3) professional references

Job Location: Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type: Full-Time/Regular

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