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Program Specialist I – FORWARD NM Area Health Education Center


The Center for Health Innovation (CHI) is seeking a Program Specialist I for the FORWARD NM Area Health Education Center serving Grant, Luna, Hidalgo and Catron Counties. This program is to enhance access to quality health care, particularly primary and preventive care, by improving the supply and distribution of healthcare professionals through community and academic educational partnerships.  This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree (relevant experience may substitute for education) and two years of relevant experience in prevention or human services related field. Required skills include: facilitation, project management, reporting, detail oriented, partnership building, organized, team player, willing to travel and the ability to coordinate multiple project activities and players.

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The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

  1. Position Function Summary

Under the direction of AHEC Director and/or Director of Workforce Programs, the Workforce Program Specialist performs work directly related to the management and business operations of CHI and its local, state and nationally partners. Functions may include: Coordination of activities related to Rotating Learners, Summer Academies, health career club, High and Middle School Health Careers Presentations, among other forums where the program needs presence to support its strategic goals and objectives.

The delivery of quality service and positive interaction with our customers is critical to the completion of all tasks within this job description, thus the employee is responsible for establishing and maintaining interpersonal relationships with visitors, partners and CHI employees in a courteous, respectful and professional manner.  Guidelines include all CHI policies and procedures. 

Position Responsibilities:

  • Assists in the management and reconciliation of all purchasing and procurement processes
  • Adheres to established organizational policies and procedures and to all safety practices.
  • Collaborates with other CHI programs and staff in program activities as assigned by supervisor.
  • Attends all assigned and mandatory trainings and meetings, including but not limited to: CHI staff meetings, strategic planning sessions, program staff meetings, and any other required for the accomplishment of the tasks related to this job description.
  • Will adhere to established safety practices and standards.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Educational Programs Support:

  • Assists in coordinating activities related to school based programs for middle and high school students at schools where AHEC has presence
  • Assists in preparing for and coordinating Summer Academies, if applicable
  • Participates in other educational programs that encourage students to enter health related careers


  • Coordinates and facilitates health professional education presentations with local schools.
  • Coordinates and facilitates sustainable health career clubs, camps, mentor and volunteer programs
  • Assists with the establishment of community partnerships for the development of student opportunities.
  • Assists with recruitment and retention strategies for rural healthcare providers

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or two years of experience for each year of education
  • Minimum of five years of experience working in an office environment
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Expert computer skills: Working knowledge of various software programs including all Microsoft Office Suite, internet communication including e-mail, internet browsing
  • Research and data management (preferable)

Desirable Qualities

  • Experience working with youth populations
  • Experience related to social programs
  • Experience related to health care
  • Grant writing experience

Physical Demands

  • Occasional prolonged standing/walking
  • Occasional pushing, pulling, lifting, and/or carrying of supplies and/or equipment up to 50 lbs.
  • Occasional driving short and /or long distances.
  • Frequent use of computers and keyboard.
  • Frequent sitting for prolonged periods of time

Working Conditions

  • Considerable reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching
  • Considerable use of keyboard
  • Intermittent pressure due to deadlines and working with the public.
  • Must be able to travel locally, within New Mexico and by air nationally.

Special Requirements

  • Must be willing to use personal vehicle in the course of employment.  Must be willing to do inter and intra state travel as needed.
  • Must be able to meet deadlines.
  • Exposure to unpleasant elements, odors, weather, working outdoors.
  • Resolves conflicts effectively, prioritizes tasks, responds appropriately to emergencies and reacts calmly.
  • Knowledge of relevant office equipment. Knowledge of common safety hazards and precautions to establish a safe work environment.

The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified and should not be considered as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the job.