Executive Director, AHCJ and the Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism

The Association of Health Care Journalists, the world’s premier professional organization dedicated to improving the quality of health journalism and advocating for health journalists, is seeking its next Executive Director to build on the organization’s strong foundation while continuing to grow its membership, programs and impact.

AHCJ boasts about 1,500 members, a staff of eight and an annual budget of close to $2 million. The association and its educational arm, the Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, are based at the world-renowned Missouri School of Journalism.

The selected candidate will succeed our highly successful current Executive Director who wishes to move to a part-time consulting role.

The Executive Director (ED) reports to an elected board of directors and develops the strategies required to implement policy for both the association and the center. The ED manages a team of staff, contributors and volunteers in developing and executing programs; building reporting resources and member benefits; monitoring First Amendment issues; and maintaining consistent streams of revenue, including grant funding.

The new Executive Director will have significant administrative experience in a newsroom or nonprofit setting. The ideal candidate will have proven success in collaborating with diverse stakeholders, fundraising and strategic planning. The ED is expected to travel for conferences, funder meetings and some fellowship programs.

The scope of the position is significant, but, depending upon the start date, the new ED will have the rare opportunity to overlap with the current Executive Director to get up to speed on job duties, finances, grant management, training programs and university policies. The outgoing ED is willing to coach the Executive Director Designate through the next national conference in Spring 2020, the organization’s largest annual event.

Although AHCJ is an independent nonprofit organization, it is hosted by and plays an active role in the life of the School of Journalism, including employing undergraduates and graduate research assistants, offering training events and providing student fellowships to conferences. The school will consider a non-tenure track faculty designation for a candidate with the appropriate background.

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