Director, Center for Rural Health


The Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) seeks a distinguished mission driven leader to serve as its next Director, Center for Rural Health. This is a unique and exciting opportunity for a results-focused leader with a desire to drive transformative projects and make a lasting impact on rural communities.


Established in 1980, the CRH is one of the nation’s most experienced rural health organizations. It was developed by the UND SMHS to be a focal point for rural health activity in North Dakota. It has developed a full complement of programs to assist researchers, educators, policymakers, healthcare providers and, most importantly, rural residents to address changing rural environments by identifying and researching rural health issues, analyzing health policy, strengthening local capabilities, developing community-based alternatives, and advocating for rural concerns. The CRH is designated as the North Dakota State Office of Rural Health, a federal-state partnership that helps rural communities build their healthcare services through collaborations and initiatives with a wide range of partners across the state. The CRH employs 72 employees with a total budget around $10 million and operates six national programs, including two that are focused on Native American health.


The University of North Dakota’s SMHS has four campuses in North Dakota, with the main campus, the Northeast Campus, located in Grand Forks. The school’s medical school is ranked among Top 10 Rural Medicine Programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report and first for the percentage of graduates who choose family medicine. The School also offers various professional programs including physician assistant studies, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical laboratory science, sports medicine, and public health. Additionally, it provides master’s and doctoral-level training for researchers concentrating on biomedical sciences and clinical and translational science.


The Director reports to the Dean of the UND SMHS and the Chair of the department of the director’s respective discipline. The Director of the CRH provides leadership to the organization and will maintain and expand the service excellence of the CRH and extend and expand its highly coveted reputation for strong assistance to rural communities, particularly those in North Dakota. The Director leads the CRH to even greater local, regional, and national prominence and collaborates with partners to integrate the CRH’s research, policy, and program work to ensure there is community relevance, participation, and input into research. In addition to expanding the scholarly and research activities of the CRH, its health management and policy offerings, and its visibility across the state of North Dakota and nation, the Director will continue the CRH’s efforts to support, encourage, and optimize rural health worker recruitment and retention.


The successful candidate will have a terminal degree in health sciences, rural health policy, or related field, five or more years’ experience in rural health leadership or comparable experience, management (director/assistant director or comparable title) experience within a health services research center, state office of rural health, or other health-related organization, four or more years’ experience managing budgets and personnel, and a record of peer reviewed publications within the past five years. A criminal history records check is required prior to employment.


All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV/resume and a letter of interest. Review of applications has begun and will continue until the position is filled. Please direct all applications, nominations, and inquiries to the WittKieffer consultants Kerry Quealy and Megan Welch, preferably via e-mail, to https://tinyurl.com/24nrb5sy.


Confidentiality of Application Materials

Note: Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.


EEO Statement


The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.


Veteran’s Preference


Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or a copy of NGB 22 from National Guard or Reserve (with a unit located in ND) or certification from the applicant’s unit command that the individual is expected to be discharged or released from active duty in the uniformed services under other than dishonorable conditions not later than one hundred twenty days after the date of the submission of the certification. If claiming disabled veteran status, proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 and a current letter of disability dated within the past year.


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