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Executive Director, Nursing Council on Workforce Sustainability

University of Massachusetts Medical School
333 South St

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The Executive Director (ED), of the ForHealth Consulting is responsible for the overall operation of the Nursing Nursing Council of Workforce Sustainabilty (NCWS) as outlined by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services interagency services agreement on the nursing workforce collaborative. The ED will be responsible for carrying out the strategic priorities for the NCWS Excellence as outlined by the state's Workforce Collaborative. Those priorities include addressing 6 key priorities: Expansion of the role of the centralized clinical placement system to catalyze an increase in the number/types of clinical placements; improvement of the nursing faculty pipeline by enhancing professional development, optimizing requirements, and improving the CCP's faculty availability platform; Increase student pipeline by improving transfer pathways/articulation agreements and growing pathway programs; maximize the use of state data sets on the nursing workforce (e.g. DPH, BORN) and report on workforce needs; build statewide nursing workforce capacity (e.g. promote regional collaboration increase the diversity of the workforce, envision future models of care that reflects the shift to community-based delivery).


The range of duties attendant to this senior-level executive position will span from internal management and operations to external business development and relationship-building. The ideal candidate will leverage a large professional network, as well as outstanding interpersonal and leadership skills, to develop and sustain productive working relationships with key stakeholders and clients, including, but not limited to: the federal government; the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and other public sector partners; clinical systems and hospitals; higher educational institutions, outpatient and community-based health centers; trade associations and professional groups; consulting firms; and other health care entities. The ED holds ultimate responsibility for the day-to-day operational running of the state’s Nursing Council on Workforce Sustainability.


Convene stakeholders regularly, including hosting regular meetings of both the council and the council’s advisory board. The ED will also represent Massachusetts in national meetings of state nursing centers.Participates in an annual (or Bi-annual) strategic planning exercise to prioritize activities.Hire and manage a team of staff as indicated by the scope of work.Leverage existing FHC resources for ancillary functions when possible.Provide day-to-day oversight of council activities.Merge the Department of Higher Education’s Centralized Clinical Placement capacity with the Nursing Center’s work.Identify and secure outside funding for the Center’s agenda and activities by pursuing grants and other sources of funding.Manage budget and track operating expenses, including required financial reporting.Disseminate relevant nursing information, priorities, and initiatives across the state via presentations, reports, etc.Create and sustain superb relationships within and outside the organization that develop long-term engagement and partnership.Contribute to a coordinated communications program that effectively articulates the council’s unique mission, vision, value, and strategic goals to internal and external audiences and facilitates dialogue and decision-making among and between stakeholders.Identify necessary resources to perform project work, including mobilizing and coordinating resources from both ForHealth Consulting and other sources and oversee the timely completion of work.Delivers presentations of project results to state agency officials and staff as well as statewide, regional, and national audiences; disseminates results through reports and academic publications.Perform other duties and responsibilities as required.


REQUIRED EDUCATIONMaster’s degree in related field (MS, MSN, MPA, MBA or MPH). REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCERegistered nurse licensed in the state of Massachusetts, or eligibility for state licensure.10 years of experience, or equivalent, in executive nursing practice, that includes progressive and proven success in, matrixed and diverse organizations, and allocating resources and capital to achieve strategic, operational and financial goals. Strong commitment to the role and work of nursing and able to articulate the importance of this work with confidence and credibility.Strong business and analytical skills with the demonstrated ability to establish a business plan, develop and effectively manage budgets, motivate staff and manage resources.Contemporary leadership expertise, knowledge of emerging models of nursing care, and research/initiatives for improving nursing practice, safety, quality and patient outcomes (and health of populations / health of communities).Demonstrated expertise and experience in all aspects of operations, including human resources, finance, information technology, client and stakeholder relationship management.A coalition builder with proven ability to engage others and establish strong collaborative relationships.Knowledge of health care workforce challenges, opportunities, and trends impacting the delivery of nursing care across the health care continuum.Well-developed financial, operational, and technical skills, together with proven expertise in strategy, organizational design, and innovation.Superb communication and presentation skills, both oral and written, to interact with constituents and to produce reports suitable for both a public and private sector audience.Flexibility, attention to detail, good follow through, ability to manage multiple projects and select priorities among competing demands.Ability to exercise sound judgment and negotiate with diplomacy and tact.Proficient IT skills and knowledge of Microsoft office.PREFERRED WORK EXPERIENCEPrior experience working at the state or national level on legislative issues is desirable.


PREFERRED EDUCATIONDoctoral education is preferred.

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A History of Making Vital Improvements - UMASS Medical School Milestones

1962: Legislation establishes University of Massachusetts Medical School
1970: First medical students begin classes in Shaw Building
1974: First class graduates 16 MDs
1979: PhD program begins
1986: Graduate School of Nursing opens
1986: PhD program becomes Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
1994: Graduate School of Nursing initiates PhD program
1998: UMass Clinical System and Memorial Health Care merge to form UMass Memorial Health Care
2001: Lazare Research Building opens
2002: Campus Modernization begins on the University Campus
2004: Graduate Entry Pathway Program established at the Graduate School of Nursing
2005: PhD Program in Clinical & Population Health Research established at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
2005: Massachusetts Biologic Laboratories opens new manufacturing and filling facility in Mattapan
2006: Craig Mello, PhD, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, is awarded the Medical School's first Nobel Prize. Dr. Mello shared the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Andrew Fire, PhD, of Stanford University, for their discoveries related to RNA interference.
2007: Michael F. Collins, MD, is named chancellor and Terence R. Flotte, MD, is named dean of the School of Medicine.  
2009: Groundbreaking for the Albert Sherman Center, a 500,000-square-foot research and education facility slated for completion in 2012.
2010: Ambulatory Care Center opens
2012: The Albert Sherman Center, a 500,000-square-foot research and education facility, completed and opens

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