Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: A8130 / Dir,Health Equity & Outreach
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 16

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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.


Works to improve health equity in urban, rural, and under-served communities. Leads a variety of initiatives with the UNM Health Sciences Center (HSC) Health Equity Initiatives and the UNM Office of Community Health (OCH), which includes oversight of the Heath Extension Regional Officers (HERO) program. Develops, initiates, and supports a range of programs focused on health equity and social determinants, with special emphasis on developing and strengthening partnerships; supporting policy work and advocacy; and evaluating and improving systems.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Directs and oversees a variety of comprehensive strategies related to the development, implementation, and maintenance of community engagement in primary health, behavioral health, tertiary special care, health professions education, and health sciences research within underserved communities throughout the State.
  2. Serves as a critical representative and close collaborator between UNM HSC and UNM OCH and a range of external stakeholders including institutional divisions, media outlets, funding agencies, key policy and decision makers, and the general public at the local, state, national, and international levels.
  3. Oversees the supervision of personnel, which includes work allocation, training, promotion, enforcement of internal procedures and controls, and problem resolution; evaluates performance and makes recommendations for personnel actions; motivates employees to achieve peak productivity and performance.
  4. Provides leadership in the planning, development, and implementation of new initiatives and drives alignment between community priorities and University resources.
  5. Develops and manages annual budgets for the organization and performs periodic cost and productivity analyses.
  6. Provides support and consultation to local, state, national, and/or tribal government and legislative agencies in the formation and development of legislative initiatives and public policies in the area of expertise.
  7. Plans, develops, and implements strategies for generating revenues for the various services and initiatives of the programs; leads and directs major grant initiatives.
  8. Establishes and implements short- and long-term organizational goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures; monitors and evaluates programmatic and operational effectiveness though a variety of data capture programs, and effects changes required for improvement.
  9. Provides leadership, guidance, technical assistance, and expertise to staff.
  10. Serves as a consultant for local hospitals, health systems, and local primary care practices in progressing toward a model of patient-centered medical homes, providing technical assistance, guidance, and expertise.
  11. Participates in the development and implementation of HSC and UNM Health Systems communication strategies and outreach efforts and products.
  12. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Master's degree; at least 8 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

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to organize, implement, and administer community outreach, services, and activities in the public health arena.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • High initiative and ability to perform in a complex and fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Knowledge of financial/business analysis techniques.
  • Knowledge of grant preparation and government agency program, contract, budgeting, and procurement requirements.
  • Ability to identify and secure alternative funding/revenue sources.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Ability to analyze complex problems, interpret operational needs, and develop integrated, creative solutions.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Ability to develop and implement strategic plans and programs in area of expertise.
  • Ability to persuade and influence others.
  • Ability to effectively interact with government officials at all levels.
  • Ability to analyze complex medical records.
  • Knowledge of information management systems as applied to community development, services, and outreach.
  • Knowledge and understanding of electronic data collection and data management systems and procedures.

Conditions of Employment

  • Employees in this job title are subject to the terms and conditions of an employment contract. Employment contracts are typically subject to review and renewal on an annual basis.
  • Successful candidate may be required to submit to a pre-placement medical clearance through Employee Occupational Health Services depending on location and nature of position.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

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.

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