The Specialist, Health Careers and Education is responsible for executing a broad range of administrative, leadership, planning, and operational activities that support the development, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of programs designed to enhance awareness of the health career pipeline. These programs will target youth, undergraduate students, and the general public across the twenty-two (22) county service region. This position is grant funded. Continuation is dependent upon funding/need.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The following duties are customary for this position, but are not to be construed as all-inclusive. Duties may be added, deleted, and assigned based on management discretion and institution and regional needs.
- Create, promote, and expand health career programming for high school and undergraduate students.
- Foster partnerships and collaborations with community partners, schools, universities, and healthcare facilities.
- Work alongside the Center Director on the development and implementation of the AHEC Scholars program.
- Develop and administer health career program evaluations.
- Track health career student program participants.
- Maintain the health career program sections of the AHEC website.
- Coordinate the social media posts for the health career programming.
- Assist with the coordination of the annual Progressive Agriculture Safety Day.
Secondary Duties and Responsibilities:
- Serve on committees and boards relating to current goals and objectives.
Knowledge and Skills Considered Essential for Success:
- Ability to perform both on a team and independently.
- Detail orientated, self-starter.
- Have good communication, interpersonal, and public speaking skills.
- Familiarity with community resources.
- Ability to multi-task and be flexible.
- Driving is an integral part of this position. Applicant must have a valid driver's license with a good driving record consistent with the WKU Policies regarding employee drivers.
Physical and Mental Abilities Required:
- Ability to move educational resources such as but not limited to boxes weighing 25 pounds and exhibit materials.
- Some nights, weekends, and overnight travel is required.
- The South Central AHEC serves 22 counties in both the central and Eastern time zones. Early morning travel is sometimes required to reach counties in the Eastern time zone.
- Bachelor's degree in a health related or education discipline.
- Must have a valid driver's license with a good driving record consistent with the WKU Policies regarding employee drivers.
Salary Grade: 107 Salary Range: $35,568 - $38,000
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