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The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) leads several initiatives to increase access to care, address health care needs, and share best practices for delivering care to underserved populations. The Program Director serves as the lead for two of ACU’s largest initiatives, the annual ACU conference and ACU’s Eye Health and Vision Care Program. As ACU continues to grow, the Program Director will help guide and grow new programming. This position is based at ACU’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Lead the Annual ACU Conference

ACU’s Annual Conference brings together hundreds of healthcare providers, administrators, advocates, and others to share and learn best practices in delivering health care to underserved populations. The Program Director is responsible for the overall execution of ACU’s annual conference. This includes:

  • Develop a planning timeline to ensure all activities are performed on time by appropriate staff and contractors
  • Prepare and implement the call for workshop and poster proposals and the selection process
  • Send notifications and communicate with workshop and poster presenters
  • Prepare materials needed for continuing education credit
  • Prepare the conference agenda and program
  • Work with the Conference Planner to ensure hotel logistics line up with the conference program
  • Support the build out of online conference tools and platforms including Cvent
  • Recruit and train volunteers to help staff the conference
  • Organize and train staff to assist during the conference
  • Develop conference evaluations and other materials needed at the conference
  • Prepare requests for bids for graphic design, signage, and other conference needs
  • Create an inventory of all materials and supplies needed at the conference site and ensure their timely delivery
  • Work with the ACU Program Committee to plan an in-depth pre-conference educational session
  • Support conference Exhibit recruitment, relationship management and onsite management

Support ACU’s Eye Health and Vision Care Program

ACU’s Eye Health and Vision Care Program which aims to increase access to comprehensive eye care for underserved populations. This work includes:

  • Keeping abreast of eye health and vision care needs and best practices to support the strategic direction of the program
  • Building a network of health center providers and leaders who deliver eye health and vison care
  • Provide staff support for ACU’s Vision Services Committee. This includes coordinating quarterly meetings, working with the Committee Chair to develop meeting agendas, taking meeting notes, tracking attendance, and recruiting new members when needed
  • Plan trainings and coordinate technical assistance to support health centers that are establishing or expanding their eye health and vision care programs
  • Disseminate grants to support health centers starting new programs or expanding existing programs to offer comprehensive eye care
  • Track aggregate data from health centers that have received vision care grants from ACU
  • Develop an impact report using consumer stories
  • Meet with funders to discuss eye health and vision care needs and propose opportunities for partnership
  • Write grant proposals to grow ACU’s eye health and vision care program

Support ACU’s Program Committee

ACU’s Program Committee supports all of ACU’s programs by providing recommendations for programs and activities.

  • Coordinate and provide staff support for quarterly committee meetings by taking meeting notes, tracking attendance, and recruiting new members when needed
  • Work with the Committee Chair to develop meeting agendas
  • Compile program data for quarterly updates
  • Engage Committee members in conference planning and workshop/poster reviews

Support ACU’s STAR2 Center

A small percent of the Program Director’s time will support the work of ACU’s STAR2 Center. The ACU’s Solutions, Training, and Assistance for Recruitment and Retention (STAR²) Center provides resources, training, and technical assistance to help Health Center Program grantees with their clinician workforce challenges and questions.

  • Participate in STAR2 Center planning and strategy meetings
  • Support the execution of STAR2 Center deliverables including presenting in webinars and in-person trainings and providing technical assistance related to workforce needs
  • Develop materials to include in the STAR2 Center’s resource library

Support Other ACU Program and Policy Initiatives as Needed

As new health care needs and trends arise, support may be needed to carry out new activities to support ACU’s members in their work. This may include:

  • Participating in stakeholder meetings and engaging in discussions about new issues, challenges, and trends how ACU may be able to support member and partner needs
  • Preparing and/or presenting on educational webinars
  • Preparing proposals