Executive Director, Catskill Hudson AHEC
Organizational history, mission, structure, and scale
Catskill Hudson Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is a non-profit organization serving 11 counties with headquarters in Highland, New York, as well as with remote operations, reaching students and professionals in the richly diverse Hudson Valley and the Catskills areas.
As part of a federally-founded, national and statewide network of AHEC centers, the focus of the organization, during a current five-year subcontract to the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, has been to identify and respond to shortages in the health workforce, increase its diversity and distribution, and advance practice and care systems transformation.
Catskill Hudson AHEC seeks to improve access to, and quality of, healthcare for medically underserved communities, in rural and urban settings, and to reduce costs, by developing programs to encourage students to choose health occupations as a career choice, and by offering educational programs to current health professionals.
In the past three years, Catskill Hudson AHEC has had an approximate $270,000 annual budget and three full-time staff members, including the executive director. It has a 21-seat voting board of directors composed of leaders in health services, hospital management, secondary and higher education, public health, workforce development and community-based organizations.
Staff members and board members possess long-term experience, offering strong institutional memory, continuity, perspective, and subject-matter expertise, while a wave of newer board members has also recently joined and become deeply active. Staff members are a senior program/marketing coordinator and a communications specialist.
In recent years, more than 400 health professionals annually take part in the agency’s intensive, topic-rich, innovative, and highly relevant continuing education programs, though there have been effects of the pandemic on this service area. Its “Scrubs Club” health careers secondary-level student extracurricular “pipeline” program is the only of its kind in the nation.
Entities that have supported its programs in recent years, either financially or with substantial in-kind support, have included Westchester Medical Center Health Network, the Population Health Improvement Project at HealtheConnections, the Dyson Foundation, the Foundation for Community Health, SUNY Delhi School of Nursing, New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing, the Eastern Dutchess Rural Health Network, Ellenville Regional Hospital, SUNY New Paltz School of Science and Engineering, GLSEN, the New York State Department of Health EMS Bureau, and the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute.
Longstanding partner entities of note also include Bassett Healthcare Network, the New York State Association for Rural Health, the Institute for Family Health, and HRHCare, the latter two of which are classified as “federally-qualified health center” organizations, and the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health.
A vital part of the agency’s planning and clinical/educational leadership structure is represented by its cross-regional Nursing Workforce Development Workgroup, who members are nurse educators and nurse leaders. There is a similarly experienced and long-term planning pro bono committee that has sponsored an Emergency Responder Leadership Academy for EMS leaders.
More information is at www.chahec.org and on Facebook at “Catskill Hudson AHEC.”
The Executive Director is responsible for the overall programmatic, financial, and operational management, planning, development, budgeting, communication and evaluation of the organization and its activities. This includes personnel management, growth and strategic planning, program development, board relations, and coordinating activities.
Catskill Hudson AHEC administers grant funding from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration and until 2020 administered substantial annually recurring funds from the New York State Department of Health. This funding was withdrawn at the outset of the pandemic.
Subject to renewal of federal funding, the executive director also serves on a statewide council of executive directors of all nine AHECs in New York State and with the University at Buffalo, where the statewide AHEC coordinating unit is housed within the Department of Family Medicine and in conjunction with the Research Foundation of the State University of New York.
Catskill Hudson AHEC offers a competitive compensation package and health insurance and employer paid HRA, term life insurance, paid time off, flexible hours and remote work opportunities, and the flexibility of a small organization, with an office location in a scenic area of the mid-Hudson Valley.
- A master’s degree in a health or education or workforce development field is strongly desired.
- At least 5 years in a senior management position, or other leadership role with formal, multiple direct reports and program oversight and ideally in a non-profit setting.
- Curriculum development or management experience.
- Experience or aptitude to manage a small but mighty organization with a small staff team.
- Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills. Polished public speaking skills, strategic planning and critical thinking skills, and a marketing orientation.
- Entrepreneurial grant-writing, contract negotiation and revenue development experience.
- Ability to develop and understand basic financial statements i.e. profit and loss reports, balance sheets, with skills in budgeting and fiscal oversight, and audit management.
- Willingness to serve in and aid a sector faced with rapid change and workforce dislocation.
- Ability to act with resolve amid distractions and competing programmatic options and priorities, and fortitude to maintain or adapt organizational directions and strategies under external pressures.
- Experience serving with individuals with disabilities.
- Ability to work remotely; and computer and software literacy for doing so.
- Knowledge for use of technologies for distance learning, teleconferencing and web-based learning.
- Familiarity with technologies such as Constant Contact or Mailchimp; EventBrite; PayPal; contact management software; social media; and the interest to investigate options or working with learning management systems (e.g. Moodle) and online curricular content management systems. Database management experience is helpful.
- Public policy experience.
- Bookkeeping experience at any level would be beneficial.
Also, topical experience with any, or all, of the following subject areas are particularly beneficial:
- K-12 grade extracurricular programming;
- Health equity, and service to minority, immigrant, and other underserved populations;
- Childhood trauma-related health and human services;
- Older adult services and the long-term care workforce;
- Behavioral health;
- LGBTQ+ healthcare;
- EMS training;
- Experiential post-secondary health professions training;
- Medicaid-related health systems redesign;
- Population health and social determinants of health;
- Rural health.
Catskill Hudson AHEC offers competitive compensation, a health plan with employer paid HRA, and a life insurance plan.
Hiring and Equal Opportunity Policy
Catskill Hudson AHEC is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action. It aims to ensure all employment activities are conducted in an equal and equitable fashion, without regard to race, creed, ethnicity, religion, color, citizenship, national origin, sex, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, genetic information, marital status, status as a domestic violence victim, arrest record, disability, military status, disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, Armed Forces Service Medal veteran, active duty or wartime campaign badge veteran, or other characteristic as protected by law.
Such activities include, but are not limited to, recruitment, advertising, selection, hiring, training, promotion, upgrade, demotion, transfer, layoff, discharge, return from layoff, performance evaluation, rate of pay, and other compensation and fringe benefits.