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Program Director - Area Health Education Centers (84911)

University of Florida
Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Oct 14, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Education, Education Administration & Leadership, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Other Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Health Services, Executive, Executive Directors
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Full Time
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The University of Florida's Area Health Education Centers, which has been part of UF’s Health Science Center for over thirty years now, is seeking a Program Director to assume the leadership of this program with a 0.30 FTE commitment to this effort. AHEC focuses on academic and community partnerships for developing a health care workforce to best meet the needs of Florida’s diverse population, particularly those who are disadvantaged and medically underserved. UF AHEC also provides tobacco prevention and treatment training, systems change consultation and support for health care facilities, and direct cessation services as an integral part of Tobacco Free Florida. UF AHEC has a 37-county service area, spanning from Marion and Volusia Counties to the south and then covering all of north central Florida and west throughout the Florida Panhandle.

UF AHEC receives over $5,000,000 annually from the Florida Department of Health (tobacco settlement funding) and from HRSA for directing, managing and evaluating the statewide Model AHEC Program. Over 75% of the funding is distributed to affiliated AHEC Centers (four non-profit organizations originally developed by UF AHEC) via subcontracts to complete the required activities and defined services within their geographic regions.

The AHEC Program Director serves as the Principal Investigator for the federal grant and state contract, and thus has leadership responsibilities for both. Along with that comes opportunities to be involved in state and national AHEC organizations focused on the AHEC mission. This position reports to the Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs, UF COM.

Position Responsibilities
  • Serve as the Principal Investigator for the Federal HRSA Model AHEC grant, which is currently in its fifth of five years. PI is currently required to serve on the COM Admissions Committee; active involvement in the Interview Committee accepted. Writing of the new 22-27 statewide grant will begin in January.
  • Further develop and chair a statewide Advisory Board for the Federal grant.
  • Participate in designated statewide and federal conference calls, such as required calls with our HRSA project manager, statewide Program Directors’ calls, etc.
  • Supervise two long-standing Associate Directors (Research Administration and Education and Training), which would involve ongoing knowledge of their programs and performance.
  • Review and approve contracts and other documents through the UF system, such as purchases, travel, effort reporting, and annual space allocations and inventory.
  • Assist with connecting AHEC services and opportunities with the Preceptorship Director, Health Systems Science Domain Directors, and other key leaders within the COM/HSC.
  • Provide COM input and expertise to the writing of the 2022-2027 federal grant as well as for other grant and service opportunities that arise (COVID and/or Opioid education).
  • Participate in select tobacco leadership calls and meetings, such as attending statewide Tobacco Advisory Council meetings and/or meeting with DOH leadership.
  • Establish working relationships with UF AHEC’s four Center Directors and strive for a knowledge of their specific regions, unique strengths, and opportunities.
Required Qualifications
  • MD, DO or PhD degree
  • Meets criteria to hold UF COM faculty position.
  • Three years’ experience in medical education with educational leadership at some level
  • Knowledge of health systems science (e.g. social/structural determinants of health, cultural humility, health disparities, public health)
  • Experience in career counseling and mentoring.
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills.
  • Ability to create and oversee a successful team working environment.
  • Supervisory experience managing and coordinating work across units.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills for effective interaction with diverse groups and individuals.
  • Commitment to inclusion and diversity.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse faculty, student body, and administration.
  • Experience in budget and resource management.
  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state and university laws and policies, including FERPA, HIPAA, Title VI, Title IX, and ADA.
  • High degree of initiative, discretion, and commitment to excellence.
  • Excellent judgment to handle sensitive and confidential matters.
Desirable Qualifications:
  • Knowledgeable about the COM curriculum
  • Familiarity with UF AHEC services and the regions served
  • Interest and expertise in tobacco cessation
  • Interest in serving rural and disadvantaged populations
  • Curriculum development and assessment experience
Candidates must apply online at and should include a letter of interest outlining their special qualifications for this position and a current curriculum vitae. Formal review of applications will begin on November 1, 2021 and will continue until a viable applicant pool is established.
  • Cover letter reflecting interest in the position and vision for the program
  • CV/Resume
The program director is provided 0.3 FTE salary support and administrative support.

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at .

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.


The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

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