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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. 

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.


Commensurate with experience

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least five years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired.

  • Experience directing staff, including setting priorities for others and coaching them toward goals.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Professional journalism experience.

  • 10 years of management/senior leadership experience.

  • Strong financial acumen, fundraising and grant development skills.

  • Experience in collaborative roles involving negotiation and relationship-building with diverse stakeholders.

  • Outstanding written and oral communication, as well as effective interpersonal and technical skills.

  • Track record of successfully overseeing budget, revenue and expense management.

  • Experience conducting, moderating or speaking at professional training events.

  • Understanding of journalism’s core values and ethics.

  • Past involvement or membership in professional association or similar nonprofit.

The Association of Health Care Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. With about 1,500 members across the United States and around the globe, its mission is to improve the quality, accuracy and visibility of health care reporting, writing and editing. The association and its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism provide training, resources and numerous benefits, as well as a professional home for journalists. Its offices are based at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Founded in 1908, the Missouri School of Journalism is the world’s oldest and leading journalism program and has been widely recognized for excellence and innovation in undergraduate and graduate education and scholarship. The school offers academic education and practical training to more than 2,000 undergraduates and 300 graduate students. The School has a close and productive relationship with other academic units on campus, the media industry and the local community. It operates award-winning, community-based, multiplatform news outlets and produces comprehensive research-based advertising and public relations campaigns for real clients.The School also houses headquarters of prominent professional organizations, including the News Leaders Association (formerly ASNE), Investigative Reporters and Editors, Pictures of the Year International, and the Association of Health Care Journalists, among others.

About Columbia

Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources. It consistently ranks among the top small cities to live in the nation. Located midway between St. Louis and Kansas City, MU is the flagship campus of the University of Missouri System. Home to nationally acclaimed public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for benefits through the university. The university offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on university benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at


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