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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: A0105 / Community Health Dir
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 16

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


As the largest integrated healthcare and education complex in New Mexico, the UNM Health Sciences Center's (HSC) vision is to work with community partners to improve the health and health equity of our state through innovations in education, patient care, research and community engagement. Under the supervision of the Vice Chancellor for Community Health, the director provides leadership, direction, management, and administration of the Health Sciences' community health activities and programs. Provides integrated research, planning and leadership in the development of community health initiatives. Identifies key strategic opportunities, and interfaces with senior administration, faculty, staff, health care organization partners, academic affiliates and government agency officials in the representation and development of strategic programs, services and initiatives. Participates in the establishment of integrated strategies and policies for HSC community engagement. Manages and administers the key operational functions of the Office for Community Health.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Directs, develops, and coordinates strategies and programs to achieve positive and productive relations between the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and the community; oversees the development and implementation of community initiatives, the methods to be followed, the resources to be allocated, and the mechanisms for their regular evaluation and reporting on the plan.
  2. Oversees and coordinates the development of strategic community health programs including development of budgets and projections, identification of funding sources, and development and preparation of funding proposals.
  3. Coordinates the administration of multiple strategic programs, and serves as a principal point of liaison between program principals, administrators, and funding sources.
  4. Manages and coordinates the implementation and administration of integrated program development strategies, policies, and procedures for the Office for Community Health.
  5. Develops and/or advises on strategies designed to raise the general level of consciousness within the community and among potential funding sources of the University's capacities and offerings as they relate to community health improvement.
  6. Serves as conduit of information for the HSC about community issues; articulates the position of the HSC and the various communities, as well as serves as a source of information about community concerns; as appropriate, suggests and advocates for changes to the University's policies and positions to address priority community concerns and needs.
  7. Works with HSC Public Affairs to develop and coordinate efforts to improve communications with the community.
  8. Establishes and maintains relationships with other agencies and organizations in the community.
  9. Establishes and implements short- and long-range organizational goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures; monitors and evaluates programmatic and operational effectiveness, and effects changes required for improvement.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 7 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Ability to identify and secure alternative funding/revenue sources.
  • Strategic planning skills.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the mission, goals, organization, and operational/financial infrastructure of a public university.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills.
  • Project management and leadership skills.
  • Knowledge of organizational structure, workflow, and institutional operating procedures.
  • Ability to work effectively with citizens and local community groups, government groups, business groups, and internal committees.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, cultural competencies and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017