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Position Open: Director, NWCPHP

The position for NWCPHP director is now open until filled with the review of applicants beginning on September 1, 2012.

The position for NWCPHP director is now open until filled with the review of applicants beginning on September 1, 2012.

June 5, 2012

NWCPHP's current director, Susan Allan, will be stepping down when a replacement director is found in order to assist her mother with a number of health issues. Please see the position description and application information below:

Director, Northwest Center for Public Health Practice

The Department of Health Services at the University of Washington, seeks to fill a full-time (100% FTE) faculty position as the Director of the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) at the Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, or Full Professor level, without tenure by reason of funding (WOT). Preferred qualifications include a doctoral degree in a core discipline related to public health (MD, JD, MHA, MPH degrees are acceptable depending on level of experience), or comparable education and training. The successful applicant will be able to work effectively both in academic and practice settings. This includes demonstrated skills, acquired by formal training and experience, in leading and directing an organization that conducts agency and workforce assessments; that develops, delivers and rigorously evaluates innovative workforce training programs; and that conducts practice-based research or similar activities. The successful candidate will be expected to continue to develop the research program of the NWCPHP and to participate in the teaching and service missions of the Department of Health Services and contribute to enhancing public health practice in the School of Public Health. Experience should include teaching in workforce or academic settings and at least five years of public health practice experience at a senior level. Successful candidate must be eligible to compete as PI for federal grants.

This is an exciting opportunity for an individual seeking leadership opportunities to advance the field of public health practice by developing the public health workforce and advancing the evidence base for public health. This position and the NWCPHP will play key roles in the implementation of the School of Public Health's strategic plan; specifically to strengthen collaboration with community partners and promote community research links through outreach, consultative activities, and the support of translational and practice-based research.

The successful candidate will find a diverse department (65 faculty and 225 adjunct, affiliate and clinical faculty) with national expertise in organization and financing of medical care, health disparities and community-based participatory research, and quality of life and outcomes research. (

NWCPHP ( is a well-established, innovative, nationally recognized program whose mission is to promote excellence in public health practice through training, research and evaluation. NWCPHP has extensive national engagement and also a particular focus on state, local and tribal public health in six Northwest states (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming). NWCPHP has a growing portfolio of grants for workforce training activities and for practice-based research, and provides evaluation and technical assistance support. The Director will participate in or lead the performance of current training and research grants, and is expected to further the Center’s participation in emerging opportunities for workforce development, practice-based research and developing an evidence base for workforce training. The responsibilities of the position include teaching in the undergraduate or graduate programs, mentoring students, supervising theses, and directing and teaching in public health workforce training programs.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans. University of Washington faculty members engage in teaching, research and service. This position is contingent upon available funding.

Submit electronic letter of interest describing public health practice experience, teaching and research plans and history, and curriculum vitae. Review of applications will begin on September 1, 2012. The position is open until filled. Send application via e-mail to:

Holly Bergstrom, Manager of Faculty Human Resources
Department of Health Services
University of Washington


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