Workforce Development Department Director

Workforce Development Department Director

November 14, 2021
Job Type


General Statement

We are the Alaska Primary Care Association. Our mission is to create healthy communities by supporting vibrant and effective Community Health Centers in Alaska. We are a team of highly qualified and effective professionals in an array of community-minded and -focused areas of study who love to help communities improve access to health and healthcare.

We strive to deliver training and technical assistance to Community Health Centers and other community health providers in policy, workforce development, clinical care, financial sustainability, governance, and quality. Building on over 25 years of experience in Alaska, we are growing and evolving to better meet the needs of community health providers and Alaskans in a changing healthcare environment.

Our headquarters in Anchorage is the heart of operations for our Training & Technical Assistance, Health Policy & Workforce Development Teams, aptly supported by our Administration team. Come thrive at APCA!


Position Summary

This position is responsible for leading, planning, directing and evaluating the program, policy, financial and personnel activities of the Workforce Development Department of the Alaska Primary Care Association.

This is an executive level position in the organization, requiring advanced knowledge, experience, and skills related to growing programs and people.

This position, along with other organizational Department Directors, will ensure the activities of APCA teams, managers, and staff are in alignment with the APCA mission, vision, values and strategic plan. The position will facilitate a number of virtual and in-person teams from concept phase through implementation, flexibly responding to needs and enhancing the internal capability within the organization to develop and drive change, facilitate alignment, and demonstrate impact with data.

The position requires excellent organizational and communication skills, and an ability to organize activities and move initiatives forward in an ambiguous environment and actively participates in all program-related meetings. The person in this role will serve as a mentor and coach for skills development for department managers and staff.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Other duties will be assigned as necessary.


  • As an executive-level director the organization, promotes a positive organizational culture aligned with the mission, vision, and values of the Alaska Primary Care Association.


  • Takes the complex and multi-faceted problems facing health workforce development in Alaska and appropriately distills issues into interventions appropriate for APCA.
  • Provide strong and caring leadership and mentorship to department managers and staff, upholding the core values of APCA. Ensure the cohesion, productivity and efficacy of the entire department.
  • Cultivate a high-performing Workforce Development Department through training, coaching, and mentorship of department staff. Aim to continuously improve the expertise and performance of the department.
  • Cultivate and encourage high-performance leadership and management skills of the managers in the department.
  • Oversee the day-to-day duties of direct reports, providing project guidance as needed. Delegate work appropriately.


Department Oversight

  • Oversees the operation of the WFD Department through implementation of APCA’s strategic plan. Leads, develops, coordinates, and administers the Department in accordance with federal and state guidelines.
  • Oversees prudent management and decision-making of funding. Takes appropriate action to manage the financial health of the department. Seeks additional funding opportunities which are consistent with the mission and strategic plan. Prepares and administers the department budget and oversees the prudent spending of grant funds.
  • Develops, promotes, and facilitates a broad range of programs that will assist communities, organizations, health care professionals, and students to develop capacity to deliver integrated health care services, in collaborative, interdisciplinary environments that are committed to serving rural and underserved populations.


  • Responsible for personnel actions including recruiting, interviewing and selection of new staff, termination, coaching, development, performance evaluations and carry out personnel policies. Provides administrative supervision of staff.
  • Responsible for the fulfillment of all contracts, grants, and other agreements. Develops and maintains data and analysis of accomplishments for grants, contracts, the state legislature, and other state and federal agencies as needed.
  • Weave separate funding sources to create a cohesive Workforce Development program. Develop and manage CHW program funding, including
  • Continuously seek and implement quality improvements into the CHW program.


Partnership & Relationships

  • Develop and maintain strong collaborative relationships with key stakeholders, including formal and informal CHW partners of the APCA.
  • Maintain ongoing and effective collaboration and communication relationships with APCA Staff, members, partners, stakeholders, and funders
  • Responsible for the growth and development of the Workforce Development Committee of the Board.
  • Represent APCA in local, state, and national forums as a Workforce Development subject matter expert.
  • Performs all functions according to established policies, procedures, and regulatory requirements, as well as applicable professional standards. Provides APCA membership, staff, partners and other stakeholders with excellent service.


Program Sustainability

  • Regularly assess community needs and research opportunities to address market needs.
  • Identify, evaluate and understand funding opportunities. Seek grant and contract opportunities that align with the vision and mission of APCA. Craft conceptual proposals related to identified opportunities, including programmatic approach, methodology, budget outline, and justification for alignment with vision & mission. Write or oversee the writing of grant proposals as approved by the Executive Director.
  • Seek creative solutions to drive program sustainability for APCA programs.
  • Oversees metrics tracking, while ensuring all compliance and deadline requirements for all grants, contracts, and agreements of the department.




Qualifications / Knowledge

A master’s degree in business administration, public health administration, public administration, or related field preferred. 5 years leadership and management experience in business administration, public health administration, public administration, or a related field, which must include budget planning, personnel administration, grant/proposal writing and general policies governing the use of funds from state, federal, and other funding sources required.

Experience working with healthcare professionals, local community structures, government agencies, academic institutions, private organizations, non-profit corporations required. Prior experience with policy development at the local, state and national levels; experience with the development, delivery, and evaluating educational programs for adult and non-traditional learners to include budgetary aspects and content required.

Must demonstrate high EQ and advanced interpersonal skills to include representing institutions and policies to various constituencies; demonstrate excellent organizational skills; demonstrated advanced verbal and written communication skills.

Familiarity with the social, cultural, economic, and demographic characteristics of the Alaska are preferred. Past experience working in a leadership capacity in a rural or underserved region preferred.

Additional related education and/or experience preferred.


Language Skills


Fluency in written and spoken English required


Travel Required

In-city travel by personal vehicle to community sites, meetings, and outreach locations; mileage is reimbursed per APCA policy.


In-state and out of state travel occasionally may be required; M&IE provided per APCA policy.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, and hear, and be able to operate a computer, printer, telephone, computer, photocopier, and related office equipment. This position requires travel, both in-state and Outside, which will include the accommodations and transportation methods required within rural communities.


Salary and Benefits

We are competitive in wage compensation and have great benefits that include PTO, holidays, retirement plan, and insurance for health, vision, dental, STD, LTD, life, and beneficiary life.


Work Environment

Duties will be performed in remote work environments, in an office setting, and in the field at the communities we serve throughout the state of Alaska.

We work to ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

APCA is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation, and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

We believe that diversity and inclusion among our employees is critical to our success, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.


Note: Successful candidates must pass a 4-panel drug screen (without THC) and background check before hiring.


--Local candidates or those willing to relocate only; no remote workers. --

Application Instructions

Please apply through our Indeed portal by clicking here.

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