• Executive Director

    Please email resume and cover letter to career@slvahec.org. Applications accepted until position is filled.


    Note that this announcement has been updated and re-posted as of September 25, 2020.


    The San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center (SLV AHEC) is a 42-year old nonprofit serving the six counties of Colorado’s San Luis Valley, and is one of six regional independent AHECs in Colorado that are affiliated with the University of Colorado, Anschutz. The SLV AHEC has grown in recent years, has a current annual budget of about $800,000, and employs 19 people. The organization has a culture of flexible work hours, and has many long-term employees and board members. See www.slvahec.org to learn more about the organization.


    Current SLV AHEC programs include:

    • Health workforce development that focus on youth, healthcare students, and healthcare professionals;
    • Health education;
    • Colorado’s only rural comprehensive harm reduction program, a case management program for individuals experiencing opioid use disorder, regional substance use data analysis, and naloxone distribution and education;
    • Educational programs that address the prevention and detection of cardiovascular disease and diabetes;
    • Educational programs that address early childhood experiences such as a home visitation program;
    • Programming for youth designed to reduce social, emotional, and behavioral health problems;
    • Various health education offerings to healthcare professionals and community members.

    Desired Experience:

    • Must have supervisory experience. 
    • Experience in the nonprofit or public sector preferred.
    • Experience in health and educational sectors preferred.
    • Experience working under a board of directors preferred.
    • Experience with Federal, State and private grants preferred.
    • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree preferred.
    • Understanding of basic financial statements and budgeting preferred.  An understanding of fund accounting and the braiding of multiple funding streams preferred.

    Organization Framework:

    The Executive Director reports directly to the SLV AHEC Board of Directors. The Executive Director is responsible for supervising all SLV AHEC employees, either directly or indirectly.


    The Primary Responsibilities & Duties:

    • Creating and/or operating programs that directly improve health education programming throughout Colorado’s San Luis Valley, including healthcare workforce development programming and community health programs;
    • Maintaining organizational compliance to all federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations, as well as compliance to the agreements of each grantor and partner organization;
    • Working directly with the Board of Directors on the development of all policies affecting the nonprofit organization, including strategic initiatives, economic feasibility, preparing annual budgets, business planning, and management;
    • Implementing the goals and policies of the Board of Directors;
    • All personnel issues within the organization, including all HR functions, all supervisory functions, and so on;
    • Maintaining all physical assets;
    • Being the primary link between the Colorado AHEC office at the University of Colorado Anschutz and the SLV AHEC, including attending regular meetings (virtually or sometimes in person) and overseeing the organizational reporting, including entries into their Salesforce system;
    • Working with the Grants Manager/CFO, Program Directors, and and other organizational team members and stakeholders to plan, implement, and establish programs;
    • Ensuring that the organization and its representatives operate in an ethical manner; and,
    • Representing the organization and its programs to the public, to local health and educational organizations and governments, to state and national health and educational organizations and governments, to funders or other fiduciary partners, and to a large number of other partners and stakeholders, and is solely responsible for forging and maintaining such relationships in a way that shines the organization in a positive light, that increases the organization’s opportunities, and that positions the San Luis Valley as an area deserving of funding opportunities, cooperative ventures, or other opportunities that can improve the area’s health situation.

    Physical Demands & Work Environment:

    While performing the duties of this job, the Executive Director is frequently required to: sit, walk, use hands to hold or feel, reach with hands and arms, see, talk, and hear; the office does have stairs. The ED must sometimes lift and/or move more than 50 pounds. Specific vision required by this job include close vision. The ED is frequently exposed to stressful situations, and may very rarely be exposed to threatening or dangerous situations.



    The expected salary range is $55,000-$63,000 (depending on qualifications) plus an additional 8% SEP-IRA retirement contribution, generous company contributions to an employee health insurance plan, sick and vacation time with a generous accrual limit, flexible hours, twelve paid holidays a year, and so on.


    Please email resume and cover letter to career@slvahec.org. Applications accepted until position is filled. Please, no phone calls or drop-ins.