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Sollus Northwest Administrative Fellowship Program

Application Deadline: 
Monday, January 28, 2019

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic's (YVFWC) Sollus Northwest Administrative Fellowship is a 12-month program providing extensive exposure to the management and unique dynamics of a Federally Qualified Health Center.

The program is specifically intended for recent (less than 37 months from the program's start month) master level graduates from an accredited school. Candidates should have a desire and commitment to serve underserved populations with an emphasis on the Latino population.

You are also encouraged to apply if you will complete your master's degree by our August, 2019 start date.

Under the guidance of an executive mentor and direct supervisor, the fellow gains hands-on experience, knowledge, and skills to become a successful leader in any healthcare setting, with a special emphasis in community health. The fellowship is a salaried and benefited position. Two fellowship slots are available for the 2019-2020 class.

Program Overview

Fellowship Tracks:

Clinical Operations
The Operations track is designed for those who are interested in Practice Management, which includes exposure to the following service lines: medical, dental, optometry, health information management, and pharmacy. This track offers rotations through various clinics, divisions, and departments in both Washington and Oregon sites. The fellow will have the opportunity to learn clinical operation workflows, budgeting, patient satisfaction, process improvement, and management of the integrated care model for value based reimbursement. In addition, the fellow will be responsible for small operations focused projects to improve efficiencies and/or the patient care experience. 

Program Operations
Program Operations is a non-primary care branch of the organization that provides enhanced services as part of the Patient Centered Health Home which includes Community Health Services (public health nurses, social workers, and case managers who provide home visiting services), Mobile Units (medical and dental), Behavioral Health Services, including Primary Care Behavioral Health Integration, Outreach (Community Health Workers), Nutrition Services (WIC and registered dietitians in the primary care setting), and Planning and Development (grant writing, and project management office). The fellow will have opportunity to apply core principles of public health, health care administration, and direct patient engagement. A unique aspect of this track would be working with existing programs to manage specific patient populations. 

The fellowship has four key components:

Orientation
During the orientation phase, the fellow will have an intensive orientation to federally qualified health centers, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, and the unique needs of our target population. Orientation will include tours of YVFWC sites.

Track-Based Training
The majority of the fellowship will be spent on track focused work (see fellowship track descriptions above). The fellow will be matched to an executive mentor to develop projects, key deadlines, and deliverables.

Rotational Short Term Projects
The rotational model allows the fellow to gain exposure outside their assigned fellowship track. These experiences can include shadowing senior level management, supervisory experience, planning/design process, and departmental improvement projects in human resources, clinical operations, program operations, quality, managed care, and finance.

Self-Directed Community Service
Community service is at the heart of what we do. Throughout the duration of the fellowship, the fellow will participate in community service projects involving our target patient base.

Program Goals

The Administrative Fellowship Program has the following goals:

  • Train for greater understanding of community health center organizations.
  • Develop and prepare administrative professionals for positions in community health leadership.
  • Broaden the diversity of administrative and professional personnel among community health organizations.

How to Apply

The following items are required to complete the application process:

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
    • What personal experience and educational training have led you to seek an administrative fellowship at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)?
    • Tell us why you are interested in the fellowship track you selected. Comment on your relevant work and volunteer experience and your short-term (fellowship) goals as well as your long-term career development in this field.
    • Describe your commitment and unique understanding of the Latino population or other underserved populations.
    • What attracts you to the Pacific Northwest and your commitment to relocating?
  • Official graduate school transcript(s)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (one academic, and two professional letters.) Please address letters to: Sollus Northwest Selection Committee

Please note: your resume and personal statement must be attached to your required online application. For complete information/instructions regarding the mandatory application requirements and how to submit them, use this PDF: Administrative Fellowship Required Material

Transcript(s) and letters of recommendation must be sent directly from the university/or recommender.
Transcript(s) and letters of recommendation can be sent to adminfellow@yvfwc.org or to
Sollus NW Administrative Fellowship
601 North Keys Road
Yakima, WA 98901

Important Dates:

  • January 28, 2019, Application Deadline
  • January 29 to February 8, 2019, Phone Screens
  • March 19 & March 20, 2019, In-person Interviews
  • March 25, 2019, Fellowship Interview Candidates are Informed
  • August 12, 2019, Fellowship Program Starts

 

Qualifications

Applicants for this fellowship must fall into one of the two following categories:

  • You must be a recent graduate (less than 37 months from the program's start month) with a MHA, MBA, MPH, MPA or equivalent degree from an accredited graduate program in a health and/or business field.
  • Or, you must be able to complete your Master's Degree prior to August, 2019.

Application Checklist