Montana Public Health Institute: Public Health Program Officer


The Montana Public Health Institute (MTPHI) is dedicated to optimizing the health and quality of life of Montanans by strengthening the public health system through collaboration, leadership, and the advancement of health equity. MTPHI supports state, local and tribal public health agencies, healthcare and behavioral health system partners, statewide health organizations and community-based organizations, to deliver effective public health programs, services, and protections. It serves as an independent and impartial source of reliable and relevant health information to health organizations, policy makers, funding organizations, businesses, non-profit organizations, consumer groups and the media. In particular, MTPHI programs and services seek to offer capacity and support to frontier, rural and tribal communities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Public Health Program Officer (PHPO) will report to the Chief Executive Officer and work with all MTPHI staff. This position will support the development and implementation of MTPHI initiatives and help form the nucleus of a young organization with significant potential to positively impact the health and quality of life of Montanans. The Program Officer will build relationships and provide resources that enable the effective implementation of MTPHI programs. The initial work of the PHPO will include working with local, tribal, and state partners to strengthen public health services in communicable disease response and other areas critical to a high-functioning public health system.

This position will work to address challenging health issues in a way that empowers and assists local public health agencies and communities to develop and implement prevention-focused and wellness-oriented services for all Montanans. This work includes connecting existing statewide resources and expertise with local agencies and community groups to make a direct impact for individuals and families.

The PHPO will lead, develop, manage, and continuously improve MTPHI programs and services; build and maintain strategic partnerships; cultivate and secure external sources of funding; and manage grants and contracts.

The PHPO will represent MTPHI in a wide range of interactions, and public meetings. The PHPO must be self-sufficient, prepared to work in a fast-paced environment, adapt to changing needs and identify and take on any duties and responsibilities needed to make MTPHI successful.

To Apply:

To apply, visit here. Please submit resume and cover letter to Hillary Hanson at by December 15th.  For questions email Hillary Hanson or call at 406-249-6357.

MTPHI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we welcome a diversity of perspectives and experiences. MTPHI strives to create a workplace that encourages and rewards intellectual curiosity, personal initiative and the on-going cultivation of expertise. Our work is mission-driven, evidence-based and focused on making a real-world impact. We pay competitively and offer an attractive benefits package. MTPHI is always interested in hearing from hard-working, team-oriented, forward-thinking candidates. If you think MTPHI might be a fit for you, please send your resume and a brief cover letter to Hillary Hanson, If we have an opportunity that aligns with your interest and experience, we’ll be in touch.

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