Executive Associate Dean and AHEC Program Director
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The University of North Carolina School of Medicine, in conjunction with the School of Dentistry, School of Nursing, Eshelman School of Pharmacy, and Gillings School of Public Health is recruiting for an open rank faculty position to hold faculty rank within one of the affiliated schools and serve as the Executive Associate Dean and AHEC Program Director.
The North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program is a statewide health workforce development and support network serving all 100 North Carolina counties. Founded in 1972 and housed in the UNC School of Medicine, AHEC’s mission is to improve the supply, distribution, quality, diversity and retention of the state’s health workforce, with a focus on addressing the needs of under-served populations, promoting primary care and prevention and improving the quality of health care. The program works closely with the academic health centers in the state, including Brody School of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center and Wake Forest School of Medicine and numerous other health care agencies and organizations to implement community-based education and related services, designed to ultimately improve the health of the people of North Carolina.
The AHEC Program Director reports to the Dean of the UNC School of Medicine and has overall responsibility for providing statewide leadership to the work of AHEC. AHEC is comprised of a broad array of entities involved in implementing its educational programs, information services, consultation services, and other initiatives. Critically important are the nine AHEC Centers, each of which is governed by an independent board or are part of a larger health system. Other important AHEC partners include: the five health affairs schools on the UNC Chapel Hill campus; the five other academic health centers in the state, other campuses of the UNC system, and community colleges with health sciences programs; numerous state agencies; and other professional associations, non-profit organizations and other entities who share a mission of enhancing the health of the people of the state.
The primary responsibilities of the Program Director include: providing overall direction to the work of AHEC, including strategic planning, new program development, institutional relationships, and program evaluation; overseeing the budget for AHEC; overseeing health workforce planning and workforce development initiatives across a broad range of health professions, including fostering collaboration among academic programs to address priority workforce needs; representing the AHEC Program with state constituencies, including serving on various boards and task forces; representing AHEC at national levels; leading AHEC’s response to state and national health priorities such as health disparities, workforce diversity, mental health, health systems change and other issues; serving as a member of the senior leadership group within the UNC School of Medicine, assuring effective collaborative relationships with the departments and centers in the school, and with schools and other entities on the UNC campus, and overseeing the TEACCH Autism Program at UNC School of Medicine.
Candidates must hold a doctoral degree in a health related field.
Qualification and Experience:
The position of AHEC Program Director and Executive Associate Dean requires someone with at least 12 years of progressive leadership experience. The person must have the credentials to qualify for appointment on the faculty of one of the health science schools of the University of North Carolina. The successful candidate will have demonstrated success in leadership roles in complex, multi-dimensional and multi-institutional programs required in the current health care environment of increased consolidation and competition. The candidate must possess superb communication skills, both oral and written; the ability to create and manage collaborative relationships; experience in developing and maintaining high quality community-based health professions education programs; understanding and application of quality improvement models in health care settings; a commitment to addressing the health care needs of vulnerable communities and populations; high level financial management skills to assure the most effective use of public and private funds; and an ability to effectively educate others about and advocate for the NC AHEC Program.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Interested individuals should apply for this position online at http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/7143 and include a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of four references.
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