Director, Chicago Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $60,000
Maximum: $70,000



Application Deadline



29 E. Madison Street
Suite 602
United States


Position Title: Director, Chicago Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

Supervised by: Executive Director, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group

Supervises: Chicago AHEC Program Coordinator

Classification: Exempt, Full-time, Salaried


Organization Overview:

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (Health & Medicine) has a 37-year history as an independent non-profit health policy and advocacy center in Chicago working to improve the health of all people in Illinois by promoting health equity with a commitment to social justice. The Chicago Area Health Education Center at Health & Medicine (Chicago AHEC) is part of the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program created by Congress in 1971 to recruit, train and retain a health professions workforce committed to underserved and underrepresented communities. Chicago AHEC at Health & Medicine informs its work with a health equity and social justice framework while grounding its policy in the health career trajectory work of recruiting, training, educating, and maintaining a diverse health workforce in underserved communities.


Position Scope:

The Chicago AHEC Center Director will provide mission-oriented and executive leadership to enable fulfillment of the essential functions of the center including ensuring that the deliverables of the Chicago AHEC annual workplans are accomplished on time, on budget, and at the highest level of quality in a community responsive way. The Director will be responsible for supervising the Chicago AHEC Program Coordinator and occasionally supervising volunteers and interns.


Position Description:

·        Serve as the center’s primary liaison and external representative with multiple organizations, agencies and public officials including the UIC College of Medicine –Rockford and Chicago, the federal AHEC office, the National AHEC Organization, and local, state and federal health and education organizations

·        Partner with and continue to establish working relationships with academic and community-based organizations and providers that provide care to the underserved

·        Work with Schweitzer Fellowship Program staff and local educational institutions to manage, develop, and expand opportunities for Schweitzer Fellows and Fellows for Life, including mentoring activities, speaking engagements, and job shadowing opportunities for underrepresented students in health fields, to promote health careers

·        Partner with regional Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity/ Workforce Investment Board to access federal and regional education, training, and potential employment opportunities, connecting AHEC participants to economic development entities and initiatives (WIOA, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership - ResCare)

·        Monitor and collaborate with existing health workforce development programs and initiatives, including the UIC UMED program, the Chicagoland Healthcare Workforce Collaborative, West Side United and the IL Primary Health Care Association, , to further the center’s mission

·        Coordinate and plan events related to the mission of the Center and Health & Medicine Policy Research Group including AHEC Scholars, forums, roundtables, sector meetings related to health workforce development, health fairs, job shadowing and certification opportunities (CPR, etc.)

·        Partner with the Health Sciences High Schools cluster of the Chicago Public Schools Career and Technical Education unit including exposure activities such as health career classroom speakers, job shadowing opportunities, HOSA support

·        Work with the health sciences, health workforce training programming, and workforce development initiatives of City Colleges of Chicago including dual enrollment/certification courses options available to CPS students as well as AHEC Scholar recruitment

·        Coordinating and collaborating with workforce development policy and system change organizations and initiatives

·        Developing and implementing initiatives related to emerging topics in health workforce such as geriatric workforce enhancement, opioids, and health literacy

·        Provide leadership and expertise to HMPRG’s work on Health Workforce and related issues as they develop

·        Research and promote local and state policies that expand and improve the health care workforce

·        Identify health workforce barriers as well as policy and system change strategies to address them in concert with other Health & Medicine staff, projects, and priorities, especially at the intersection of AHEC and HE, working to advance human rights, equity, and justice in health and healthcare

·        Contribute to development and execution of Chicago AHEC workplan and HMPRG Strategic Plan, aligning the AHEC activities and HMPRG vision, mission, and values when possible

·        Monitor, track, and evaluate program processes, impacts, and long-term outcomes

·        Write program summaries and reports in adherence to AHEC and other reporting requirements



·        Masters degree in public health, public policy, social work or related field, or Bachelors degree with 3-5 years experience required

·        Passion for and experience with health equity, workforce development

·        An interest in cultural humility, diversity, and efforts to eliminate disparities in health outcomes

·        Experience in planning, coordinating and promoting events

·        Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to develop and sustain relationships with diverse partners

·        Strong organizational skills and ability to work in and lead teams

·        Supervisory experience

·        Excellent written and communication skills

·        Creative problem solving to engage challenges that arise when addressing underrepresentation, underserved populations, and inequities; responding effectively to any changes in programming, project, or center requirements

·        Capacity for, and comfort with, teamwork including working with volunteers

·        Experience in qualitative and quantitative program evaluation

·        Experience in social media and new communication tools

·        Experience in fundraising and grant writing

·        Experience in policy research and development

·        GIS, data visualization skills preferred


Work Environment:

·   Work is normally performed in a typical office work environment

·   Sitting for extended periods is required

·   Local, regional, state and national travel required

·   Work week is generally 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., some evening and weekend work required



Excellent benefits package including 100% employer-paid health, vision and dental insurance. 401K retirement plan available.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To Apply:

·   Email a cover letter and resume to Ann Duffy at Please write your name (Last, First) then “AHEC Director” in the subject line of your e-mail. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

·   Deadline to apply is November 16, 2018.

·   No phone calls. Recruiters please do not contact this job poster.

·   Health & Medicine is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome diversity among our board and staff and volunteers. We recruit, hire, train, and promote without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other protected status.