North Central AHEC Now Accepting Applications for Executive Director

North Central Wisconsin Area Health Education Center, Inc. (NCAHEC) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization serving an 11-county region in north central Wisconsin. The Center is one of seven within the Wisconsin AHEC System. Through statewide initiatives, partnerships, and collaborations, the Centers serve their respective regions and the state, promoting cooperative solutions to local health problems. AHEC programs focus on education:

  • enrichment programs for high school students interested in health careers,
  • community-based training opportunities for health professions students,
  • professional development programs for providers, and
  • health promotion programming for consumers

North Central Wisconsin Area Health Education Center (NCAHEC) serves a region that includes both rural and urban underserved areas and populations. It is also home to major medical facilities including the Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Aspirus Health System in Wausau and the Marshfield Clinic Health System in Marshfield, Ascension Health in Stevens Point and their respective service areas. The NCAHEC region is served by two federally-qualified health centers (Family Health Center of Marshfield and Bridge Community Health Clinic) with numerous service-delivery sites. The many small communities in the region are also served by rural health clinics and critical access hospitals.

The region is abundant with academic institutions offering pre-health, health and allied health profession training programs. Furthermore, several students from in and outside the region are placed in health care settings for clinical training. The region is served by four University of Wisconsin schools (Eau Claire, Stout, River Falls and Stevens Point), numerous private colleges and three Wisconsin Technical College System schools (NTC, CVTC, MSTC). In addition, the Medical College of Wisconsin has a three-year medical school campus in Wausau. The UW School of Medicine and Public Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin use many regional hospitals in Marshfield, Wisconsin Rapids, Stevens Point, Wausau and Eau Claire for medical student rotations in inpatient care, as well as primary care.

Throughout the region, health care providers serve an increasingly cultural-diverse population, including Hispanic, Hmong, Amish, Mennonite, Aging and Veteran populations. NCAHEC has developed strong relationships with many area stakeholders and through these partnerships, the Center supports collaborative projects between community, business, and education to accomplish the mission of AHEC.

The primary office is based in Rothschild, Wisconsin but significant travel is required within the 11-county region, state and occasional out-of-state travel, as appropriate.

The Executive Director serves as Chief Operating Officer and reports to a Board of Directors. The Executive Director is responsible for developing, organizing, directing, and evaluating all administrative, fiscal, personnel, operational and programmatic functions of the Center. The Executive Director serves as the Center’s liaison with community representatives including funding sources, health care providers and educators, project partners, governmental officials and the Wisconsin AHEC System.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Assist the NCAHEC Board of Directors in development, implementation and evaluation of a fund development plan based on the Center’s vision, mission, and objectives.
  2. Secure and maintain funding for the Center.
  3. Provide leadership in planning and recommending NCAHEC services and programs based on the Center’s mission and within funding guidelines.
  4. Ensure and report on measurable outcomes for each program.
  5. Establish and maintain visibility and relationships within the counties served.
  6. Develop and implement a regional marketing plan.
  7. Represent the Center at meetings on local, state, and national levels.
  8. Provide primary personnel and human resources management.
  9. Communicate accomplishments and projects of the Center to government officials, key stakeholders and the community at large. Serve as the chief spokesperson for the Center.
  10. Maintain effective communication and relations with the Board of Directors.
  11. Assist the Board of Directors in developing and implementing effective goals and strategies to advance the Center’s mission.
  12. Provide the organization with responsible fiscal oversight. Prepare an annual budget, monitor the budget and provide a financial report for each Board meeting.
  13. Maintain a positive cash flow. Assist the Board in financial analysis and make recommendations on appropriate allocation of funds.
  14. Prepare and maintain written agreements with cooperating agencies and institutions, as required by NCAHEC’s funding sources; prepare financial and programmatic reports as required by the Board of Directors and the Wisconsin AHEC Program System Office at UW-Madison.
  15. Perform other duties as appropriate and as directed by the NCAHEC Board of Directors.

Other Job Duties:
Participate in appropriate community initiatives, events and programs.

Physical Demands:
Requires significant travel.

Performance Requirements (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities):

  1. Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills. Interpersonal skills include representing institutions and policies to a broad range of constituencies and demonstrated organizational skills.
  2. Experience with grant proposal writing and the development, delivery, and evaluation of educational programs for school-age, adult and non-traditional learners, including both program and budgetary content.
  3. Experience with state and federal government policies and procedures that affect the AHEC mission and programs.
  4. Experience with the workings of private, nonprofit corporations and with general policies governing the use of funds from state, federal, and other funding sources.
  5. Demonstrated ability to manage grant supported programs and develop new plans and proposals for funding.
  6. Must be able to work in accordance with the goals, objectives, and guidelines set forth by the NCAHEC Board of Directors in keeping with the requirements of NCAHEC’s funding sources.

Working Relationships:
The position reports to the NCAHEC Board of Directors. The Executive Director will work closely with the NCAHEC Board of Directors, Wisconsin AHEC Statewide Board, Wisconsin AHEC System Program Office and regional Center Directors and staff. Furthermore, involvement with coalitions, task force groups, and committees addressing issues that are part of the AHEC mission. The Executive Director will develop and strengthen relationships with community-based training sites, local healthcare organizations, K-12 school districts, post-secondary academic institutions, and community-based organizations and their representatives.

Minimum Required Qualifications

A degree in a healthcare profession or in Public Health, Health Education, Health Sciences, Public Policy or Healthcare Administration, Community Development, Business or related discipline (Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s or other advanced degree is preferred).

Work Experience:

  1. Three to five years of administrative or professional experience.
  2. Experience in building relations with government officials and agencies, external funders, educational institutions, and health care delivery providers.
  3. Experience with the development, delivery, and evaluation of educational programs for school age, adult and non-traditional learners.
  4. Experience in finance and business management principles. Knowledge of technology and information services is necessary.


  1. Work experience with health care professionals.
  2. Knowledge of health careers.
  3. Work experience with K-12 and collegiate students.
  4. Familiarity with Wisconsin AHEC.
  5. Experience in community development.
  6. Experience in management of a community non-profit organization.

None required

Starting salary of $57,000-$62,000, depending upon qualifications and experience. Later adjustments will be dependent upon performance and success in expanding Center resources and programs through new grants, contracts and regional partnerships.

Insurance: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Life Insurance
Leave & Holidays: Sick Leave, Vacation, Paid Holidays
Retirement & Financial 401K Plan

How to Apply:
Interested candidates should submit a resume with cover letter to:
North Central Wisconsin AHEC, Inc.
Attn: Board of Directors
10208 Park Plaza, Ste. D
Rothschild, WI 54474

*Format must be in PDF or Microsoft Word. Email your resume and cover letter to

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