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The Department of Health Services has an outstanding opportunity for a Senior Professional Development Specialist (Senior PDS) to join the Programs in Health Management and Informatics. Reporting to the Associate Director for Program Operations, this new position will oversee the delivery of professional development programming and academic advising to students in the Master of Health Administration (Executive MHA and in-residence MHA) and the Master of Health Informatics and Health Information (MHIHIM) degree programs.
The Senior PDS will develop strategic, cohesive, and innovative approaches to student professional development and advising across the distinct degree programs and provide leadership and direction to a team of 2 Professional Development Specialists, each with significant independent responsibility for their own programming. This position will work to build and direct a collaborative and unified team of cross-functional PDS professionals working across a wide variety of functions (e.g., skill development, career advancement, organizational research, community partnerships, project management, event planning, etc.). Essential to the long-term success of the Program are strong relationships with the local and regional health services community and Program alumni. This position will ensure that professional development and advising activities work towards enhancing existing relationships and building new opportunities for collaboration.
In addition to leading the PDS team, this position will also be the dedicated PDS and academic advisor for Executive MHA (EMHA) students, developing and delivering programming tailored to this student population. In this capacity, the Senior PDS will advise students on program curriculum and facilitate the placement of approximately 70 Executive MHA students in successful mentor relationships and capstone projects. In collaboration with the Program’s faculty leadership, the Senior PDS will facilitate networking and other professional development opportunities between EMHA students and faculty, alumni, mentors and professionals in the regional healthcare community. This position will balance direction coming from faculty leadership while reporting to the Associate Director for Program Operations.
This position will work towards diversity, equity and inclusion goals within and for these programs and will be expected to know and contribute to the strategic goals of the Program, the Department and the School of Public Health. Additionally, the Senior PDS will use independent judgment in interpreting and applying the rules and regulations of the Program, the Department of Health Services, and the University of Washington.
The Department of Health Services is housed in the UW School of Public Health, and is a dynamic academic and research department with the mission of working with partners in public health and health care to prepare leaders, design solutions, and conduct innovative research that is translated into practice and policy. The Department is steadfast in its efforts to improve and promote the health of all populations, and staff contribute daily and directly to the work of faculty, students, researchers and other staff, providing support and expertise to the Department's common cause.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Professional Development Advising •Provide overarching leadership across the professional development and academic advising for the EMHA, MHA and MHIHIM degree programs including encouraging collaboration and coordination, integration, and educational alignment with strategic goals of the program(s). •Develop and deliver a comprehensive and coordinated program of professional development activities over the two years of the EMHA program. Work closely with faculty to ensure that this program is integrated into the curriculum, research, and other educational activities and initiatives. •Advise current EMHA students on a wide range of professional development areas including researching and securing internships and fellowships, finding mentors, building skills, career-change strategy, identifying job opportunities, etc. •Develop and disseminate career development resources (regional/national health systems, networking, jobs listings, skill development opportunities, conferences, etc.) to EMHA students. •Work with Practitioner-in-Residence to identify opportunities for individual EMHA students’ professional development and introduce resources related to students’ areas of professional interest. •Manage EMHA mentor program that recruits mentors and facilitates matching of professional mentors with current students. •Support EMHA students requiring academic support (e.g., tutoring) or individual study plans (concurrent degree students, returning students, students planning to go on-leave, etc.). •Deliver ongoing guest lecture series for EMHA students •Continually assess professional development needs among the EMHA student cohorts, which typically range widely in scope, career pathway, skill set, etc. and adjust programming accordingly.
Program Administration •Manage staff team of professional development specialists including supervising staff, promoting and supporting professional advancement opportunities, and managing performance. Provide guidance and coaching to ensure productive and collaborative outcomes. •In collaboration with the Associate Director of Program Operations, manage definition of job roles, draft and revise job descriptions and hire professional development staff. •Serve as the Graduate Program Advisor for EMHA students. •Monitor policies related to professional development and academic advising of graduate students to ensure alignment and compliance with relevant departmental, School and UW policies. If appropriate, and in collaboration with the other advising staff recommend policy and procedures related to EMHA, MHA and MHIHIM program administration. •Monitor students’ academic degree progress including quarterly registrations, conduct degree audits (through the online Degree Audit Reporting System) and review and monitor petitions (course waivers, etc.) for EMHA students. Advise the Associate Director of Program Operations, program leadership and students and faculty, as appropriate, on student progress toward completion of requirements. •Alternating with the MHA PDS, facilitate quarterly Student Progress Committee meetings. •Plan and facilitate annual capstone presentations. •Develop and coordinate various reports including student progress and planning documents and reports across all three programs. •Develop annual budget proposal for EMHA programming and events; monitor budget activity related to EMHA spending. •Collaborate with HSA and departmental staff on nominations for student awards and efforts to secure funding. •Plan and facilitate EMHA new student orientation, mentor/student events (as appropriate), student mixers across cohorts and programs and other related events; advise and support student committee in planning graduation event. •Provide additional support for alumni relations and alumni database in collaboration with the Marketing and Recruitment Specialist. •Provide continuous assessment and recommendations for improvement of programming activities.
Community Engagement •Develop and steward relationships with community health organizations and industry professionals to support the needs of the MHA, EMHA and MHIHIM programs and students. •Act as liaison between the Executive MHA students, the Program, and regional and national health services organizations, health systems, and professional associations. •Develop community relations with underrepresented community health partners for recruitment and mentorship purposes. •Engage with and solicit alumni and practice community to participate in EMHA student activities/workshops/ events. •Develop and maintain positive relationships with program alumni in collaboration with the Marketing & Recruitment Specialist. •Travel to health care administration conferences, as needed.
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Qualifications: •Master’s Degree in healthcare, management, higher education, student development or related fields. •Two years' of experience advising graduate students. •Career development experience. •Experience mentoring students and working towards creating an equitable and inclusive educational environment and workplace. •Ability to work productively and independently in a fast-paced environment; strong initiative and follow-through •Demonstrated project management skills and at experience managing multiple projects. •Sound understanding of task prioritization and ability to quickly pivot among competing priorities •Able to think and act strategically and critically, identifying creative approaches to problem solving. •Experience managing staff. •Strong attention to detail. •Excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills. •Strong adaptable writing skills: ability to communicate in diverse written formats and mediums, as well as to fine-tune messages for a wide range of audiences. •Ability to work well in teams and as a team facilitator in building team cohesion and shared goals. •Ability to establish and maintain collegial relationships and build strong professional networks •Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office, electronic calendaring, cloud-based applications (such as Google Apps, SharePoint, etc.)
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
Desired Qualifications: •Professional experience interacting with health care organizations in the Puget Sound region and/or familiarity with careers in healthcare. •Professional experience working with a graduate program at the University of Washington or another top-tier institution of higher education. •Experience managing through organizational change. •Experience working with UW administrative systems. •Event planning experience.
Working Environmental Conditions:
The primary work location for this position is UW Seattle. However, the Executive MHA students attend classes three consecutive days per month at a location in Bellevue. This position is required to work on-site in Bellevue for 1-2 days/month in support of the students. This position may also require occasional evening and weekend work at program/student events. Infrequent regional and/or national travel may also be required.
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