Director, Center for Rural Health

University of North Dakota

Director, Center for Rural Health

  • Institution: University of North Dakota
  • Location: Grand Forks, ND

Director, Center for Rural Health

  • University of North Dakota | Grand Forks, ND
  • Hourglass IconJob Post Expiration: February 27, 2023
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Job TitleDirector, Center for Rural Health

Position TypeFull Time

Job Category Executive

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Location Grand Forks, ND

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University of North Dakota

School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Director, Center for Rural Health


Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist University of North Dakota in its search for Director, Center for Rural Health.


For best consideration, please apply by March 3rd.


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. The Center for Rural Health (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 Director of the CRH provides leadership to the organization. The Director 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.


This position reports to the Dean and the Chair of the department of the director’s respective discipline.  Additionally, the Director reports to the Chair of department of the director’s respective discipline regarding discipline-specific activities.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Provide strategic and administrative leadership and responsive management to the CRH and its employees.
  • Provide mentorship to the CRH faculty and staff.
  • Identify funding sources, research and programmatic initiatives/priorities, and remain familiar with current goals of funding agencies.
  • Coordinate the continued enhancement of the CRH as a state and national leader in health policy analysis and development.
  • Further develop and stimulate the submission of health-related research and community program proposals to external granting agencies, both governmental and private, in addition to partnering with other universities, agencies, tribal entities, and communities to submit proposals.
  • Expand mechanisms to advance research, scholarly activity, and program activities that will further enhance the CRH’s reputation as a national leader in rural health.
  • Promote collaboration and partnership with tribes, tribal colleges, and tribal organizations for research and program activities focused on Indigenous health.
  • Act as liaison and resource for fostering growth of cooperative efforts between the CRH, the state of North Dakota, rural health care organizations and tribal entities to better understand the delivery of health care to the citizens of the area and to inform the continued development of state health care policy.
  • Serve as the contact person between the CRH and various other health care agencies as a vehicle of communication and partnership between these agencies.
  • Promote the development of projects in education and health care reform in collaboration with health care entities, communities, research and educational institutions.
  • Optimize the relationship of the regional Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) with the AHEC regional office in the CRH. Serve as principal investigator upon HRSA approval.

Minimum Requirements:


  • Terminal degree in Health Sciences or related field
  • Five or more years’ experience in rural health leadership
  • Five or more years’ experience managing within a health services research center (director/assistant director) with five or more years of experience managing budgets and personnel
  • Record of peer reviewed publications within the past five years
  • Successful completion of a criminal history records check

Preferred Requirements:


  • Demonstrated success in grant writing, management, and implementation
  • Demonstrated experience in rural health policy development and legislative initiatives
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of health policy
  • Understanding of issues affecting rural health care and population health
  • Experience in community engagement including rural health care delivery systems with an understanding of the role of health education and information dissemination
  • Strong track record as a Principal Investigator (PI) of federal grants
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to develop strong partnerships with both internal and external stakeholders and partners
  • Knowledge of rural health policy, issues related to social determinants of health, health disparities, and access to care in the upper Midwest region
  • Demonstrated experience in developing funding and research priorities
  • Strong publication record in peer reviewed journals
  • Knowledge of Indigenous health issues
  • Experience with aging populations, demographic change, and health professional shortages
  • Experience with a variety of funding agencies including federal, state, and private foundations.

About the Institution


Founded in 1883, six years before the state itself was established, UND gave North Dakota its name when the former Dakota Territory separated into two distinct states. Today, UND is a busy 521-acre campus with more than 13,600 students and 2,350 dedicated faculty members and staff. A leading economic driver in the state, the University offers high-quality education in more than 225 academic fields across nine different colleges. It nurtures and supports a strong core of liberal arts and sciences and has developed special missions in life sciences, fine arts, aerospace, unmanned flight operations, engineering and energy disciplines. UND focuses on creating world-class academic programs responsive to the needs of not only the state and its residents but also the nation and the world. Our students come from all 50 states and 94 countries. The University’s far-reaching One UND Strategic Plan — with six core values and seven goals leveraged for maximum impact — touches all corners of the University: high-impact learning, research, enrollment, online education, creation of 21st century programs, alumni relations and more.


Living in the Area 


Grand Forks, its sister city of East Grand Forks, Minn., and nearby Grand Forks Air Force Base make up the Greater Grand Forks area. Many cite the people as their favorite thing about this college town of more than 65,000, but there’s plenty to see and do. It’s a safe and friendly community that’s as passionate about UND as its students are.


With grassland prairies to the west and Minnesota lakes and forests to the east, Grand Forks has been ranked as one of the most livable cities in the country. Short commutes, a great public school system, low crime, ample parks and theaters, and a cost of living below that found in large American cities are some of Grand Forks’ advantages. Grand Forks consistently ranks high in comparative surveys for business, education, quality of life and community safety, making it an excellent choice for families and professionals alike.


  • 1 Place to Live in North Dakota — Money
  • Top 5 Best Small College Towns — USA Today
  • Best College Town in North Dakota — Far & Wide
  • Top 25 Most Exciting Small Cities in America — Business Insider and Movoto Real Estate
  • Top 10 Biking City — People for Bikes
  • Top 100 of America’s Best Small Cities — CNNMoney
  • America’s Best Hockey Town — SmartAsset (five years in a row)

Greater Grand Forks offers plenty of outdoor recreation, restaurants, nightlife and shopping opportunities. A wide variety of arts organizations, symphony orchestra, galleries, museums and exceptional athletic facilities ensure a vibrant cultural and sporting community. Grand Forks hosts many fun activities year-round. Art on the Red, an outdoor festival held every June, draws about 30,000 people to view art, listen to live music, play games and enjoy the summer weather. Each fall, the community comes together for Potato Bowl week. Activities include the UND Potato Bowl game and the French Fry Feed, where more than 2.5 tons of french fries were served in University Park, setting a new world record in 2015. The city-owned Alerus Center, home of the UND football team, hosts a variety of major events, including conventions, conferences and big-name concerts. Along with the Chester Fritz Auditorium, located on UND’s campus, and the Ralph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks has hosted some of the biggest names in music — among them, Elton John, Cher, The Eagles, Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Metallica and Aerosmith. The Greenway along the Red River offers 2,200 acres of open, natural settings for four-season recreation. Parks, bike trails, golf courses, tennis courts and swimming pools provide summer recreation, while favorite winter activities and sports include cross country skiing, sledding, snowmobiling, skating and ice hockey. State and national parks and picturesque lakes are found throughout the region, providing excellent hunting and fishing. Plus, Grand Forks is near major metropolitan areas—just under five hours from Minneapolis/St. Paul and about two hours from Winnipeg, Manitoba.


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To Apply 


For best consideration, please apply by March 3rd


To be viewed by the search firm, you must apply directly at:

Please do not email applications.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter and curriculum vita. Ideally cover letters should not exceed two pages. All applications are treated confidentially.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.


Inquiries, referrals, and nominations are treated confidentially:

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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 
UND is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.  Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status during 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 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months. 
Clery Statement 
In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years of crime statistics for our campus.  As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report.  The report and statistical data can be found online at  You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND 58202.

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