Alaska Fellows Program Position Description
Healthcare Innovation Fellow
This position is part of the Alaska Fellows Program. All fellows live together, “in community,” in their respective host site. Each host site is unique and remarkable.
Fellows receive housing, a $1000 monthly living stipend and a $500 relocation stipend. The fellowship includes facilitated and funded opening and closing retreats.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If you are applying to a position in Juneau, please note that the program will last seven months (October-April) while other programs will run nine months (September-May).
For other questions about the application process, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Work Term: October through end of April, based in Juneau
Employer: Health TIE / DSP Hire
Contacts: Jacqueline Summers, Health TIE Managing Director / Jake Carpenter, DSP Hire Founder
Title: Healthcare Innovation Fellow
Health TIE and DSP Hire are startup organizations introducing innovative healthcare strategies and technologies to Alaska for improved healthcare access, streamlined services, and lower costs. Both organizations are active participants in the Alaska entrepreneurial ecosystem and participation and inclusion in the Alaska startup community will be a part of the experience. This position will be based in Juneau and will split time evenly between Health TIE and DSP Hire. The working environment will be both virtual and in person.
Health TIE is an Alaska-based healthcare innovation hub which works with entrepreneurs, stakeholders, and changemakers to improve Alaskan healthcare. Health TIE advances healthcare systems by connecting service providers and organizations with entrepreneurs and facilitating real-world pilot projects. Through creating an open and neutral space for changemakers to collaborate, Health TIE identifies healthcare barriers and proactively introduces and creates test projects for making improvements.
DSP Hire is a website and mobile application that helps connect DSPs (direct service providers) to organizations that serve individuals with disabilities or special needs. DSP Hire was created as a collaborative experiment between AADD (Alaska Association of Developmental Disabilities, the organization representing disability service provider organizations in Alaska), the Alaska Mental Health Trust, and Epricot Inc, with additional funding from the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Epricot Inc. (formerly AppCare) is the company developing and managing DSP Hire. The DSP Hire project is guided by the principles of resilience, openness, and community.
Health TIE Position Description: At Health TIE, the fellow will assist with program coordination, outreach, and development of Health TIE pilot projects; extend and build capacity; and improve program operations. Health TIE’s core values are to be consumer-centered and a safe place for exploring ideas while maintaining a fighting spirit that promotes bold solutions and creative disruption.
Community Outreach/Development: Health TIE is at the center of catalyzing healthcare initiatives and maintains multiple relationship channels, including those with healthcare entrepreneurs, healthcare organizations, Alaskan strategic decision makers, and Alaskan healthcare stakeholders. This position will work to identify areas of alignment and barriers for healthcare in Alaska to inform the development of potential pilot projects.
Program Operations: Health TIE is still formalizing program operations and processes. This position will help with streamlining procedures and to develop standard operating frameworks and documentation.
Marketing & Communications: Communication and connections are important for the ongoing success of current pilot projects as well as the development of future ones. This position will assist with email campaigns, social media, and surveys for program development and outreach to entrepreneurs and to healthcare, social services, and community organizations.
DSP Position Description: The fellow will work with DSPs and provider organizations to help create a product that best meets the needs of the disability community. This position can be described as the liaison/advocate between the users of DSP Hire and the development team. The primary components of this position will be the following:
Community Outreach/Development: The fellow will reach out to the DSP community to understand and document their needs, experiences, and difficulties in finding employment, acquiring skills, and growing in their careers.
Product Support/Documentation: In order for DSP Hire to be a useful tool for DSPs and provider organizations, it needs to be easy to use and have features that make life easier for its users. To achieve this any bugs, errors, or usability issues need to be understood and documented so that the product can be improved. (Note: this does not require a strong technical background, as we’re looking to understand any issues from the user side)
Marketing & Communications: The fellow will oversee our monthly newsletter and experiment with new ways to attract and retain users.
Qualifications: Because this position will work with two aligned, but distinct, organizations, a successful applicant must be able to be organized, communicate well, and manage dual leaders and multiple projects. This position requires excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as knowledge of common office software.
Flexibility and enjoying a creative environment is a plus. Along with excellent written and verbal communication skills, the applicant will need to be self-directed and have a can-do mindset. Experience or willingness to learn organizational programs like Slack, Streak, and Asana will be expected.
Health TIE works with entrepreneurs, investors, social service, and healthcare organizations. Along with an interest in startups, innovation, and entrepreneurship, the applicant should have a committed interest in understanding the complex needs of social service beneficiaries. DSP Hire is a web and mobile app, so is looking for an applicant who enjoys technology. Any experience as a DSP or in the disability community is a plus, but not required.
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