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Associate Director, Programming

Posted: 05/26/2023

Associate Director of Programming:

Summary :  Working closely with Southeast Dakota Area Health Education Center (SESD AHEC) staff to develop, implement, and manage the Rural Experiences for Health Professions Students (REHPS) program, SCRUBS Camp and Camp Med under contract from the state of South Dakota, Department of Health, Office of Rural Health, Disaster Training Day, under contract from the State of South Dakota, Department of Health, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response and the AHEC Scholars program in conjunction with the Northeast SD AHEC.

Programs are to be managed in a fiscally responsible manner to meet specific program requirements. In coordination with the Executive Director, Grants Manager and representatives from the SD Office of Rural Health (SD ORH), schedules and completes off-site visits with existing and prospective stakeholders and organization staff to facilitate and promote growth of the program and SESD AHEC.  Populations of focus include medical students, physical assistant students, pharmacy students, advanced practice nursing students, as well as students representing other health professions disciplines in South Dakota from both public and private colleges and universities along with K-12 students and adult community members.

Education/Licensure :  Bachelor's degree in healthcare administration, or commensurate experience/education.  Continuing education is required to stay abreast of healthcare trends, sales, marketing and regulatory changes.

Experience :  Prefer individual with a variety of experiences in healthcare or education settings.  Individual should have management experience.  Individual must be computer literate and be able to use Microsoft products and navigate a Windows environment.  Excellent public speaking skills required. 

Skills/Abilities :  Individual must have strong oral and written communication skills.  Requires ability to read and interpret documents, correspondence, contracts, and manuals.  Individual must be organized, and have the ability to take a project from inception to completion.  Individual must be able speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of the organization.  Individual will have the ability to use basic and advanced mathematical concepts including the ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to compose and interpret graphs.  Position requires the ability to deal with problems involving several variables in a variety of situations.  Employee is required to work with minimal supervision.

Physical Requirements :  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of the position, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, talk, hear, and use fine and gross motor skills.  The employee may be required to bend, twist, push, carry and/or move up to 40 pounds. Considerable time is spent using the telephone and a keyboard.

Travel :  Travel demands will vary; at time it will be heavy.  Travel will be predominantly in South Dakota with limited travel to other areas of the United States.  Employee must maintain a current driver's license and possess current vehicle liability insurance.

Work Environment :  Employee may be exposed to communicable diseases when working in a healthcare environment.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Expectations :  Employee is expected to maintain confidentiality when dealing with all stakeholders. Employee is expected to utilize effective problem solving skills as appropriate and model professional behavior at all times when representing SESD AHEC.  Employee will convey enthusiasm and sincere support for SESD AHEC and its services to all stakeholders.  Employee will support the mission and vision of SESD AHEC to stakeholders, co-workers and peers in the communities we serve.  Employee must be flexible to change and have the ability to work in a team environment.  Employee is required to comply with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, and applicable standards for the profession represented.  Employee will strive to coordinate workflow with other team members to ensure a productive and efficient environment.  Employee is consistently attentive to SESD AHEC fiscal/budgetary expectations.  Employee is expected to attend training and education to maintain a high level of professional proficiency in their work.  Employee must display appropriate time management.  Grooming, communications skills, and dress must portray a professional demeanor.

Salary Range: $50,000.00 - $55,000.00 Year Will discuss with applicant
Positions include insurance, paid time off and 401K match.
We maintain a suite of offices in Yankton. The position will have the option to work remotely in South Dakota.


1. Maintain and build positive relationships and business opportunities
  • With current stakeholders, and work to develop new relationships
  • With allied organizations such as SD ORH, SDAHO, USD Sanford School of Medicine, SD AHEC Program Office, USD and SDSU Allied Health, the major health systems as well as independent facilities.
  • With health professions students
  • With co-workers

2. Develop Programming to support the stated goals identified in the REHPS contract:
  • Increase the number of health profession students who have a positive experience in a SD rural setting.
  • Increase the comfort level of health profession students in emergent/disaster situations in rural SD settings.
  • Increase community awareness of its role in recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals.
  • Ensure contracted services are provided per grant/contract agreement
  • Provide suggestions for improved project outcomes.
  • Interact with SD AHEC Program Office to support commitment and fulfillment of interprofessional activities.
  • Develop and administer student/facility survey to improve program outcomes and data reporting.
  • Identify students to be accepted into program.
  • Identify communities to be accepted into program.
  • Develop/deploy student orientation program.
  • Identify community project and engage students in successful implementation.
  • Develop a Community Toolkit for successful experience and potential recruitment of students to community.
3. Disaster Training Day:
  • Work with USD SSOM, SDSU and other post-secondary education institutions in SD to deploy and Annual Disaster Training Day.
  • Secure location and faculty, support development of curriculum to be delivered in accordance with standards set by the National Disaster Life Support Foundation.
  • Work with key stakeholders to ensure contract requirements are met.
  • Expand scope of program within guidelines established by contract.
  • Work to increase the number of health professions college students registered with Serv SD.
4. Grants/Contract Management:
  • Develop work plan to match annual budget.
  • Work with Executive Director to gather, interpret, and report data on each project annual, or as requested by SD ORH.
  • Submit vouchers for payment on a timely basis.
  • Develop policies and procedures for each contracted project – REHPS and Disaster Training Day.
  • Respond to stakeholder inquiries in a timely manner.


Develop programming to support the AHEC goal of filling the K-12 Pipeline
  • Develop K-12 Youth Network – programs such as HOSA, Science Clubs, etc.
  • Develop relationships with K-12 educators to enhance health careers education – School Counselors Association, CTE networks, School Cooperatives
  • Develop relationships to further K-12 camps, and other supplemental health careers activities – i.e. C.N.A. Institute
  • Fulfill and execute the Scrubs Camp/Camp Med per grant requirements
  • Research, write, and submit grant applications to further the work of the Yankton Rural AHEC for K-12 initiatives
  • Develop additional programming to support the objective of filling the K-12 Pipeline
  • Develop education materials for use in public, private, and home-school settings specific to K-12 students
  • Work with other SESD AHEC staff, and Program Office Staff, to develop comprehensive data to support the goals of the AHEC program

Administer National AHEC Scholar program in coordination with Northeast SD AHEC in accordance with HRSA guidelines:
  • Recruit 30 students per year
  • Update Google Classroom with appropriate core topics
  • Plan leadership seminar each year
  • Monitor student progress
  • Order awards for program completion
  • Communicate with disciplines about student participation and request awards to be distributed during recognition ceremonies
7. Other:
  • Maintain current knowledge of healthcare trends.
  • Look for opportunities for SESD AHEC to maintain a leading-edge position in service are.
  • Support the development of regional workshops and participate as appropriate.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Yankton Rural Area Health Education Center
Cheri Buffington

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