5601 SWMO AHEC Director






IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director, Ozark Public Health Institute or designee



The Southwest Missouri Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is a regional center, working in collaboration with its AHEC Program Office, as part of the Missouri Area Health Education Centers (MAHEC) network. The AHEC, in collaboration with its Program Office, coordinates AHEC activities, within its geographic service area. Activities include: recruitment and training of students from minority and disadvantaged backgrounds into health careers, placement of health professions students in community-based clinical practice settings, promotion of inter-professional education and collaborative teams to improve the quality of care and services, and facilitation of continuing education resources and programs for health professionals, particularly in rural and underserved areas. The Southwest Missouri AHEC Director is responsible for providing overall leadership, management, and direction to the AHEC, the selection, supervision, and development of its employees, the fiscal integrity of its operations, and the delivery of high quality services to clients. The Southwest Missouri AHEC Director is under the supervision of Missouri State University, specifically the Ozarks Public Health Institute and the Office of the Provost. The Southwest Missouri AHEC Director works closely with its Advisory Board, AHEC Program Office, MAHEC, and any other funding agency that AHEC may contract with or provide services to. This is an externally funded position; the Southwest Missouri AHEC Director is responsible for maintaining existing funding and developing new funding sources.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree is preferred. It is preferred that at least one degree is in a health-related discipline.

Experience: Five years of experience delivering, administering, or providing educational programs health care, public health, or a related field. Experience involving health care or public health delivery in medically underserved and/or rural areas is required. Experience managing grant funded programs is required.

Skills: Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to make effective presentations, are required. The ability to maintain effective working relationships with a diverse population of entities and individuals is required. Effective writing skills and competency using word processing, database, presentation, and spreadsheet software are required. The ability to utilize the internet for funding sources and applications is required. Proposal writing and grant administration skills are required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.


1. Plans, organizes, directs, and monitors AHEC operations, programs, and financial status to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of high quality programs for those served.

2. Works closely with the Director, Ozark Public Health Institute or designee and other senior administrators of Missouri State University, the Advisory Board, the Program Office, and the MAHEC in the development, adoption, and continual review of the AHEC mission, goals, strategies, and programs.

3. Ensures that developed programs address the mission to create an educational environment in Missouri’s rural and urban communities in order to improve the distribution of health care professionals to underserved populations and to improve the health of these communities.

4. Assures that AHEC meets or exceeds its obligations of obtained grants and contracts and locates and applies for new funding sources to sustain the AHEC.

5. Ensures the effective and efficient delivery of high quality programs to its service area that are consistent with its mission and goals while maintaining compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

6. Establishes effective working relationships and partnerships with health care providers, health systems/clinics, state departments, health centers, federal agencies, elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, businesses, government entities, and community organizations to enhance the understanding of the AHEC mission and attainment of goals.

7. Assures compliance with federal and state regulations and Missouri State University policies and procedures.

8. Reports regularly to the Advisory Board, including information on all fiscal, programmatic, and operational activities of the center and works with the Advisory Board to assess and develop new goals and programs for AHEC.

9. Participates in state AHEC meetings and leadership activities, and whenever possible, attends national AHEC meetings.

10. Facilitates a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

11. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, develops professional contacts with colleagues, attends professional development courses, and attends training and/or courses as directed.

12. Works to assure the overall success of the AHEC by performing all other duties as assigned by the Director of the Ozarks Public Health Institute.


The Southwest Missouri AHEC Director is supervised by the Director of the Ozarks Public Health Institute or designee and supervises AHEC staff.