Montana Healthcare Foundation


Bozeman, Montana

Date Posted

October 18, 2022

Job Category

This position is an opportunity for an innovative, experienced community development professional to join a creative, growing organization with a permanent endowment to support health improvement in Montana. The senior program officer will report to the CEO and work with them to guide MHCF’s development of new programming focused on the social determinants of health and community development. The senior program officer will also lead the current Housing is Health Care initiative and contribute to the Strengthening Public Health initiative. The senior program officer will build relationships and provide resources that enable effective implementation of MHCF programs. The senior program officer will also manage a grantee portfolio and work closely with colleagues on other Foundation initiatives.

Montana Healthcare Foundation recognizes that housing, food security, education, transportation, employment, and economic development are powerful influences on the health of individuals and communities. The ideal candidate brings an entrepreneurial spirit and deep experience planning, financing, building, and operating projects and programs that address the social determinants of health. The person in this role will work directly with the CEO to envision, research, design, and implement Montana Healthcare Foundation – Senior Program Officer – 10.5.2022 strategies that leverage MHCF’s limited resources creatively to achieve a statewide impact. The ideal candidate brings a willingness to work closely with Foundation colleagues and the intellectual agility to contribute to the full range of the Foundation’s strategies and programs. Complementing a passion for improving the health and wellbeing of Montana communities, this individual will have the ability to understand and analyze the social, economic, social, and financial issues that impact health outcomes and health systems, and to develop strategy based on that analysis. Exemplary verbal and writing skills are essential.

Humility, empathy, and a bias toward listening are key attributes needed in this role. The successful candidate must demonstrate cultural competence, sensitivity, and awareness to be an effective emissary of a large funding entity serving all Montana residents. This position is an opportunity to bring a passion for changing health outcomes in the state of Montana to an organization with the dynamism of a startup— mission-driven, hard-working, focused, smart, innovative, growing, action-oriented— and the credibility earned during its initial years of operation.

Essential Functions


  • Builds strong working relationships with local public health departments and human development resource agencies, state health and economic development agencies, Medicaid, health care providers, Native nations’ health departments and governments, urban Indian health centers, housing and social service agencies, developers, financial institutions and other key constituents to advance the Foundation’s program plan and initiatives
  • Engages new and established communities and partners to better understand strengths and challenges, represents the Foundation’s strategies and approach accurately, and identifies opportunities for the Foundation to design programming to effectively respond and develop a diverse portfolio.
  • Develops and strengthens partnerships between and among medical and behavioral health providers, Native nations’ health departments and governments, urban Indian health centers, public health departments, hospitals, housing agencies, corrections agencies, social service providers, and others important to improving health outcomes, reducing expenditures, and addressing workforce shortages.
  • Represents the Foundation at speaking engagements, with approval from the CEO.


  • Leads assigned initiatives, in consultation with the program directors and CEO as appropriate; designs initiative strategy, identifies and engages partners; develops metrics for evaluation, and executes evaluation and improvement plans.
  • Supports successful grant and program-related investment (PRI) proposals, including application development, disseminates opportunities, works with partners to cultivate high-quality proposals, and participates in proposal review and selection.
  • Manages a portfolio of assigned grants and PRIs. Reviews progress reports and communicates frequently with recipients and partners to monitor progress on project work plans
  • Provides technical assistance to recipients and partners to advance the Foundation’s initiative goals and facilitate the successful completion of Foundation-funded projects
  • Assists recipients and the Foundation in formulating measurable outcomes. Evaluates the outcomes of Foundation-funded projects and synthesizes the results for reports.
  • Collaborates with the program directors, evaluation staff and contractors, and CEO to develop and provide periodic reports to convey concise and timely information to the board of trustees regarding the Foundation’s strategies, programming, and outcomes.


  • Develops and deploys relevant technical assistance resources (e.g., staff or
    consultants) to strategically support project and community needs.
  • Advises and collaborates with the CEO and other team members to design, implement, and align initiatives to ensure Foundation work is coordinated across projects and within communities. Analyzes current projects and identifies and facilitates opportunities in communities for collaboration.
  • Maintains current knowledge on health issues important to the Foundation; conducts literature reviews, establishes a network of professional contacts, and participates in relevant conferences and other educational programs.
  • Conducts programmatic research and “bright spotting” of programs relevant to Foundation priorities, compiles information and data to inform the development, implementation, and evaluation of Foundation priorities and programs.
  • Assists in evaluating Foundation initiatives; develops appropriate metrics and measurement systems, collecting data, compiling reports, and streamlining measurement across initiatives.


  • Provides one on one coaching and support to program officers to guide programming work and daily operations; identifies opportunities for professional development of the program team.
  • Coordinates the work of program staff across initiatives
  • Reviews work plans and provides recommendations to program officers
  • Facilitates overall positive staff experience; consults with program directors to develop solutions for improved efficiency and effectiveness of program staff.
  • Consults with executive staff to develop solutions to improve efficiency and effectiveness of program staff.
  • Supervises junior staff as assigned.


  • Other duties and/or projects as assigned under the direction of the executive staff.
  • Reliability and attendance: begin work on time and conform to work hours and schedule.
  • Work collegially with all trustees, staff, and members of the public (including prospective and eventual grantees) with a positive attitude and cheerful outlook.
  • Exercise discretion and independent judgment with respect to matters of significance.

Please note nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


  • At least five years of relevant professional experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required. An advanced degree in health administration, health care management, health policy, community development, economic development, or a related area is preferred.
  • Proven ability to design and implement programs that leverage community development finance tools through successful health and community development partnerships, including incentives for community developers, health professionals, state and local governments, and philanthropy.
  • Experience working in or collaborating with public health agencies and organizations.
  • Experience partnering with Native community development organizations preferred.

Required Skills

  • Strong record of accomplishment supporting community development, developing financing stacks, working with health and housing agencies, health system innovation and transformation.
  • Experience with policy, systems, financing and community development approaches to the social determinants of health and care delivery systems. • Broad knowledge of health issues, needs, opportunities, and the policy environment in Montana.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills. Ability to quickly establish trust and rapport with health care, housing, tribal, government, professional, and community stakeholders; comfort addressing politically sensitive health and policy questions with tact and poise; a demonstrated talent for forming and leading partnerships between diverse stakeholders working toward a common goal.
  • Ability to collaborate and contribute to a close-knit, supportive team environment and work with people and organizations of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and cultures.
  • Ability to mentor, develop, and supervise junior staff members, grantees, and others.
  • Comfort working independently, ability to exercise sound judgment in determining when to consult the program director. Ability to adapt to changing needs and priorities and assume new responsibilities.
  • Track record of creativity, adaptability, personal accountability, and initiative. Capacity to deal with concepts and complexity comfortably.
  • Discretion and judgment regarding sensitive topics and confidential information.
  • Proficiency in PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Other Job Information

  • Position is full-time – 40 hours/week – with competitive benefit package.
  • The Foundation office is in Bozeman, MT.
  • Extensive travel by personal car, rental car, and air. Mileage reimbursed at allowed IRS rates or actual costs of an approved rental vehicle. The employee must maintain a driver’s license valid in Montana and private liability insurance with minimums outlined under MHCF’s policy.

Essential Physical Skills

The senior program officer will frequently remain in a stationary position for up to 75% of the work date; stand occasionally moves about inside the office to access equipment, files and meetings; occasionally required to move objects weighing up to 10 pounds and must infrequently move objects weighing more than 20 pounds or carry objects. This position requires the manual dexterity sufficient to operate phones, computers, and other office equipment. This person must communicate clearly using with customers/clients who speak English to accurately convey information and be able to communicate at normal speaking levels both in person and over the telephone. The employee must be able to receive and understand written and oral communication and give written and oral instruction. This position requires the ability to calculate mathematic problems and frequently requires visual acuity at 20 inches or less to review written documents.

Environmental Conditions

Often, in an office environment with visits to external environments that could require walking, driving to and from various locations. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.


This job description is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of this position. All Foundation employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed, to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Application Process

To apply, please submit a letter of interest and resume to Application materials will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Wage range: $110,000-$130,000 – DOE, competitive benefits package

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About the Organization

About the Montana Healthcare Foundation

The Montana Healthcare Foundation (MHCF) makes strategic investments to improve the health and well-being of all Montanans. MHCF contributes to a measurably healthier state by supporting access to quality and affordable health services, conducting evidence-driven research and analysis, and addressing the upstream influences on health and illness. The Foundation is overseen by seven dedicated trustees from across the state and run by an innovative, close-knit team led by its CEO, Dr. Aaron Wernham. MHCF is a permanent resource for Montana and catalyzes health innovation. Learn more about the Foundation, its board of trustees, and its staff.


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