Job Details

Requisition Number 17-0120
Post Date 12/20/2017
Title RJUmbdenstock-IFD Exe Fellowship
City Washington
State DC
Description Richard J. Umbdenstock – Institute for Diversity and Health Equity (RJU-IFD) Executive Fellowship
American Hospital Association

Organization Description:
Founded in 1898, the American Hospital Association (AHA) is the national organization that represents and serves diverse constituencies including hospitals, health care systems and networks, patients and communities. The AHA leads, represents and serves nearly 5,000 member hospitals, health systems and other health care organizations and 43,000 individual members. Through its representation and advocacy activities, AHA ensures that members' perspectives and needs are heard and addressed in national health policy development, legislative and regulatory debates and judicial matters. Its advocacy efforts include Congress and the Administration, including regulatory agencies, as well as non-governmental regulatory organizations.

The AHA provides education for health care leaders, information on health care issues and trends, member services and performance improvement activities. The AHA’s non-profit and for profit subsidiaries and related organizations include the AHA Political Action Committee (AHAPAC); Health Forum; the American Organization of Nurse Executives; the Center for Healthcare Governance; the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET); the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity; and seven professional membership groups representing specific hospital professions.

AHA Vision:
The AHA vision is of a society of healthy communities, where all individuals reach their highest potential for health.

AHA Mission:
To advance the health of individuals and communities. The AHA leads, represents and serves hospitals, health systems and other related organizations that are accountable to the community and committed to health improvement.

Executive Fellow Description:
The Richard J. Umbdenstock–Institute for Diversity and Health Equity (RJU-IFD) Executive Fellowship is 12-month full-time intensive hands-on learning, study and professional development opportunity for a graduate of a master’s program related to health care administration, public health or a related field, that takes place in the AHA’s Executive Office, located in Washington, D.C. It is an exciting opportunity for an individual who is passionate about health care, the future of our nation’s health care delivery system, and aspires to a leadership role in transforming health care.

The Executive Fellow will conduct research, provide analytical support to the Executive Office, take part in executive level activities, attend governance meetings, including meetings of the AHA Board of Trustees, and play an active role in other strategic initiative.

The Executive Fellow will participate in cross association projects to organize and capture learning and recommendations for health care transformation in the future. Cross association projects may include cross association initiatives and organizational priorities, which provide a foundation of analysis and identification of education tools and resources for hospitals and health care system.

Desired Executive Fellow Attributes:
• Broad knowledge base in health care issues
• Flexible and able to manage change effectively
• Intense work ethic
• Mission-oriented
• Passion for improving the health care system, with a focus on hospitals and health systems.
• Self-starter
• Strong project management skills
• Strong writing, communication and analytical skills

The Executive Fellowship is the ideal opportunity for an individual whose goal it is to lead a hospital and or health care system and wants to gain experience to multiple disciplines, forces and leaders that are shaping America’s health care system in the future.

Application Requirements:
• Brief cover letter describing your interest (1-page maximum)
• Graduate academic records
• Resume
• Three professional letters of recommendation (at least one from a faculty member and at least one from an employer)
• Personal statement of your fellowship and career objectives (2 pages maximum). Include responses to the following questions:
1. What will you bring to AHA in furthering the mission?
2. What are your career goals and how will the RJU-IFD Executive Fellowship help you?
3. How do you define diversity, inclusion and health equity?
4. How can AHA member hospitals and health systems accelerate progress to eliminate disparities in care and health?

• Master's degree in health care administration, business administration, public health, health services administration, or related degree from an accredited program.
• 3-5 years previous work experience required of which 1-2 years of experience must be in a health care setting.
• Some experience interacting with senior leaders preferred.

12-months, starting June or July 2018 with 10% to 30% travel

Darlene Vanderbush, Vice President, Executive Operations
Ms. Vanderbush serves as vice president of executive operations for the president and CEO. She works with AHA Executive Management and leadership to develop and implement the strategies, goals, policies, programs and financial activities of the association. Prior to this, she served for nine years as the director and then vice president of operations for advocacy and public policy. On a daily basis, she oversaw the daily operations of the Washington D.C. office, including managing the budget and working with all department managers and executives – policy, federal relations, communications and others.

She has been with the AHA for more than 15 years. Ms. Vanderbush has a strong background in AHA communications, having worked as director of advocacy and member communications for several years, before taking on association organizational and operational responsibilities. She has more than 25 years of experience in public affairs and communications. Before a five-year stint with the American Medical Association and its political education and communications activities, she spent several years working with corporate and association political action committees, as well as serving on Capitol Hill. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida.

In addition to Ms. Vanderbush, the Executive Fellow will also work closely with the President and CEO, AHA Executive Management and the AHA Board of Trustees.

Richard J. Pollack, President and CEO
Mr. Pollack began his career in Washington, D.C., in 1976, as a legislative assistant to Rep. David Obey of Wisconsin. He left Capitol Hill, and entered the health care field, to work for the American Nurses Association as their legislative representative in the early 1980s. Mr. Pollack joined the American Hospital Association in 1982, where he has been a member of the AHA’s advocacy team for more than 30 years. He initially served as associate director for legislation, and then vice president for federal relations and deputy director of the AHA Washington Office.

In 1991, Mr. Pollack was named the association’s executive vice president, and began his successful efforts to create a sophisticated political and grassroots infrastructure, enabling the hospital advocacy agenda to be effectively communicated before the Congress and federal agencies. The AHA has been cited by numerous national publications as one of the most influential and effective advocacy organizations in Washington. Under his leadership, the AHA launched AHAPAC, now one of the largest health care political action committees in the U.S., supporting congressional candidates who support hospitals and patients. Through his vision, the AHA also helped found in 2000 the Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care, a group of providers, businesses and other stakeholders dedicated to ensuring the financial viability of our nation’s hospitals from the threats of federal cuts in reimbursement for hospital payments.

Mr. Pollack also has been a leader in efforts to expand health coverage in the U.S., taking part in many broad-based national coalitions that ultimately led to coverage expansion under the Affordable Care Act. He spurred the association early on to tackle the issues of quality and patient safety. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and communications from the State University of New York’s College at Cortland, and a master’s degree in public administration from the American University in Washington, D.C.

Please send application materials to:
Juanita J. Myrick
Director, Employee Relations
American Hospital Association
800 10th Street, NW
Two CityCenter, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20001-4956

Application Deadline:
February 16, 2018.
Incomplete application packages will not be considered. All elements of the application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. EST on February 16, 2018.

Selection Announcement:
Spring 2018

Competitive for 12 months, plus benefits

The AHA offers an excellent total compensation package, which includes medical/dental coverage (PPO/HMO), vision care, life insurance, short and long-term disability plans, 401(k), tuition reimbursement, paid vacation/holidays/sick days, wellness programs and more!

Requirements Qualifications:
• Master's degree in health care administration, business administration, public health, health services administration, or related degree from an accredited program.
• 3-5 years previous work experience required of which 1-2 years of experience must be in a health care setting.
• Some experience interacting with senior leaders preferred.

12-months, starting June or July 2018 with 10% to 30% travel

The AHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics. We will provide reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please call (312) 422-3000 and ask for the Director, Employee Relations and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. The AHA participates in the E-Verify Program.

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