Executive Director - Berkshire AHEC

Longstanding health promotion and health education organization seeks an Executive Director

Berkshire Area Health Education Center (Berkshire AHEC), located in Dalton, MA, offers an opportunity for an energetic, collaborative leader to build and solidify our small but longstanding nonprofit organization’s role in the elimination of health disparities. We play an important part in ensuring that underserved and disadvantaged residents have access to quality, affordable, and culturally competent health care and live in healthy environments.

The Organization
Berkshire AHEC, established in 1979, strives to reduce health inequities through training, public health, prevention and health promotion strategies, and by building a strong, culturally competent healthcare workforce that addresses health disparities.

The major challenges and societal influences facing the Berkshire region are: to maintain a skilled labor pool with adequate providers of primary care; to ensure cultural competency among healthcare professionals/students working with rural populations and to improve individual health habits in our communities. To address these challenges, we are: 1) joining with others to implement public health initiatives that create environments that promote health, 2) filling the health professional pipeline to ensure access to services, and 3) building a culturally competent workforce for the purpose of addressing health disparities.

Berkshire AHEC is governed by a 9-member board of directors and employs six professionals. Berkshire AHEC receives major program and operational support from federal funding distributed by the MassAHEC network located at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (Worcester, MA), and from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health, with additional funding from public contracts, grants, and earned income. Our annual budget is approximately $500,000.

The Opportunity
The new executive director will lead our organization in challenging the structural and societal factors responsible for most health inequities and will clearly position Berkshire AHEC as a significant resource in this work. The important areas of focus for the next executive director are:

  • To develop and maintain partnerships among those who share programs, funding strategies and resources.
  • To enhance and build Berkshire AHEC’s programming with an eye to strategic focus, impact, collaboration, and resource development opportunities.
  • To build sustainability through a diversified funding strategy.
  • To continue to support the Berkshire AHEC Board’s growth and strength.

The Ideal Candidate
Strong candidates will possess the following attributes, skills and experience:

  • Facilitative Leader: Motivates, inspires and brings volunteers, staff and the board to consensus on AHEC goals and vision.
  • Collaborator: Team oriented and possesses the ability to partner; potential for building strong community ties.
  • Fundraising and Resource Manager: Strong acumen and demonstrated success in grant writing and in diversifying funding approaches.
  • Nonprofit Acumen: The ability to successfully execute and troubleshoot day-to-day nonprofit work including success with effective financial and staff management.
  • Board Partnership: Experience in working effectively with boards and/or advisory boards to carry out the mission of the organization.
  • Cultural Competency: Appreciates difference and can adapt to and work with a diverse population.
  • Rural Community Competence: Understands and is realistic about addressing health disparities in rural communities.
  • Advocate: Understands and capitalizes on strategic opportunities to advocate for funding and services for vulnerable populations, and towards strategic growth.
  • Experience with/in healthcare, education and/or professional development, public health, and/or workforce development fields.

Education
A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is required; a relevant advanced degree is a plus. A minimum of five years of relevant work experience including leadership roles is required.

Application
This is full time position offering competitive salary and benefits commensurate with qualifications and experience. A faculty appointment at the University of Massachusetts Medical School is possible with the appropriate credentials and involvement in student education.

Candidates should submit a resume and cover letter responding specifically to the stated position requirements, and include starting salary requirements. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply promptly. Candidates should apply by submitting electronic applications via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

Berkshire AHEC is an equal opportunity employer.

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