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Executive Director

Job ID: 66312
Job Views: 390
Location: Columbia, Missouri, United States
Postal Code: 65211
Job Category: Other
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: 125000 per year
Posted: 05.18.2022

Job Description

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 a leader passionate about journalism and health coverage. 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 Executive Director (ED) will lead an engaged and dedicated staff in supporting and educating our 1,400 members across the world, which includes people working in print, online and broadcast, students and professors, newcomers and old hands – all committed to improving public understanding of the most vital issues of our day.

Located in a vibrant college town with high quality of life and low cost of living, AHCJ boasts a staff of eight and an annual budget of close to $2 million. The ED will build on the organization’s strong foundation while continuing to grow its membership, programs and impact.

The ED reports to an elected board of directors and designs strategy 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; managing communications and media requests; monitoring First Amendment issues; and maintaining and growing consistent streams of revenue, including grant funding.

Job Requirements

The new ED will have significant management experience in a newsroom or nonprofit setting, professional journalism experience, and a commitment to journalism’s core values and ethics. The ideal candidate will have proven success in collaborating with diverse stakeholders, fundraising and strategic planning, financial acumen and strong communication skills, and a track record of coaching staff to meet goals and promoting diversity and inclusion. The ED is expected to travel for conferences, funder meetings and some fellowship programs.

Although AHCJ is an independent nonprofit organization, it is hosted by and plays an active role in the life of the Missouri School of Journalism, including employing undergraduates and graduate research assistants, offering training events and providing student fellowships to conferences. Opportunities for teaching, research and service will be available to the new ED, as will a full University benefits package.

This position can be hybrid.

How to ApplyAHCJ has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to conduct this search. Inquiries, nominations and applications may be directed in confidence to:
Jack Lusk, Managing Partner and CEO, Harris Rand Lusk - Email cover letter and resume to:

AHCJ is committed to having our membership, board, and staff reflect the diversity of U.S. society and creating an organization where everyone feels they are heard and belong and are valued as their authentic selves. 

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence. 

For further information on the Association of Healthcare Journalists, please visit


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