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Tennessee Primary Care Association

Health Care Access Program Project Director

Tennessee Primary Care Association


Job Summary

Position Title:  Health Care Access Program Project Director
Salary Range:  $70,000 – $85,000
Reports to:  Chief Programs Officer (CPO)
Classification:  Grade 17 Exempt
Direct Reports: 

  • Health Care Access Program Manager
  • Workforce Strategies Manager
  • Research and Evaluation Manager       

The Tennessee Primary Care Association (TPCA) is a dynamic, team-oriented membership association that provides leadership, advocacy, and supportive expertise to the state’s community health centers. TPCA and our members are bonded by a shared purpose – ensuring all Tennesseans have access to quality and affordable primary health care.

At TPCA, our benefits include:

  • Hybrid work schedule (3 days in office, 2 days remote)
  • Paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays
  • Paid medical, dental, and life insurance
  • Participation in a 403(b) retirement plan
  • Ongoing support and encouragement for professional development
  • Paid long-term disability insurance
  • This position receives a cell phone allowance

Our team values collaboration, continual growth, integrity, and open communication. We are driven by our culture, knowing that creating an inclusive workplace is essential to serving our mission. We are intentional in our efforts to ensure every staff member feels empowered to voice their ideas and bring their authentic selves to work.

TPCA seeks a Project Director who will strategically lead the Health Care Access Program by forecasting, developing, and implementing initiatives for federally funded community health centers. This role will provide leadership, direction, and support for the program team, aligning activities with organizational goals and policies. Responsibilities include maintaining key relationships, monitoring regulatory changes, and actively engaging in program activity planning. The Project Director will also work closely with the Chief Programs Officer (CPO) on grant and contract management, ensuring compliance and effective budget allocation.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Forecast, develop, and implement strategic initiatives that benefit community health centers.
  • Supervise and mentor the Health Care Access Program team, setting performance goals and providing ongoing feedback.
  • Monitor healthcare landscape changes and disseminate knowledge to staff for informed decision-making.
  • Oversee project work plans, ensuring effective implementation of activities, effective monitoring, and meaningful evaluation.
  • Play a lead role in grant and contract management activities, ensuring compliance and timely reporting.

Job Responsibilities

Strategic Program Leadership and Implementation

  • Design and execute programs, projects, and initiatives aimed at advancing the work of community health centers.
  • Serve as project director for all initiatives within the Health Care Access Program, delegating duties to program staff as appropriate and providing support.
  • Cultivate and foster relationships crucial to the success of community health centers and provide continuous monitoring of the dynamic healthcare landscape.
  • Proactively stay informed about the community health center and funder priorities as well as directives from HRSA, CMS, the State of Tennessee, and other influential bodies. Disseminate this knowledge across all staff to inform the design of organizational and programmatic initiatives.
  • Engage in collaborative efforts with staff to devise meaningful metrics for gauging the success of program activities. Analyze results post-implementation, leveraging insights to adjust program plans for optimal alignment with member needs.

Leadership and Health Care Access Program Team Development

  • Lead direct reports by monitoring workload, assessing job proficiency, providing coaching and training, developing performance goals, giving ongoing feedback, communicating clear expectations, evaluating performance, and providing recognition for excellent performance.
  • Provide direction and mentoring to staff on effective program and project management, ensuring excellent delivery of training and customized support to community health centers.
  • Serve on the TPCA Leadership Team and effectively collaborate with staff to ensure alignment of activities with the overall plans and activities of the organization.

Comprehensive Grant and Project Oversight

  • Collaborate with the CPO to lead comprehensive grant and contract management activities, including the HRSA PCA grant and other assigned contracts. Ensure compliance with reporting requirements, manage approval requests, and monitor program adherence to deadlines.
  • Work in conjunction with the CPO and Finance Director to develop project budgets, oversee purchasing decisions, and allocate funds to the relevant activities. Manage procurement and contracting for project-related products and services from inception to closeout.
  • Oversee project work plans, ensuring effective implementation, continuous monitoring, and meaningful evaluation of activities. Participate in meetings with Federal and State grant Project Officers to ensure optimal grant management.
  • Develop reports for HRSA and other funders, as well as the leadership team, CEO, and TPCA Board. Lead the comprehensive closing of all grants within the program, ensuring proper documentation, complete report submission, and appropriate data retention.
  • Provide leadership for all funder audits and site visits with support from the CPO, CEO, Finance Director, and other staff.

Integrate into the TPCA Team

  • Complete, review, and approve TPCA-related forms and activities for supervised staff as outlined in the TPCA policies and procedures.
  • Participate in TPCA staff meetings, leadership and other functional teams, and pertinent conferences and meetings.
  • Ensure completion of TPCA-related forms, activities, and documentation within the timeframes set in TPCA procedures.
  • Provide staff support at TPCA events.
  • Perform other tasks and duties as identified by the immediate supervisor.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in health care administration, public health, social work, nursing, or related field. Years of experience may be substituted for education.
  • At least five years of experience as an effective project manager, with responsibilities for both supervising staff and project oversight.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, understanding, and/or experience with federally funded health program management. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • A proficient understanding of federally qualified health center operations is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously with high accountability, effectively organize tasks, and consistently meet deadlines.
  • Adept at managing multiple concurrent projects, and adapting to changing requirements and work environments.
  • Strong collaborative skills, enabling effective teamwork within diverse groups.
  • Exceptional communication abilities, fostering effective interaction with staff, members, community organizations, health center teams, and consultants.
  • Sensitivity to the needs of medically underserved populations, showcasing cultural competence and a keen interest in learning about community-based primary health care systems.
  • Familiarity with hosting webinars and adept use of educational web-based technology.
  • Advanced proficiency in utilizing the Microsoft Office suite.
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English.

Work Environment

  • Office environment with hybrid work schedule.
  • Prolonged sitting, use of computer, monitor, and keyboard; occasionally lifting of lightweight boxes.
  • Travel to health centers, local, and national travel (up to 25%).
  • As a member of TPCA’s Leadership Team, the HCAP Project Director is entitled to a cell phone allowance, as they are expected to be available to staff at any time.

Additional Information


At TPCA, our benefits include:

  • Hybrid work schedule (3 days in office, 2 days remote)
  • Paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays
  • Paid medical, dental, and life insurance
  • Participation in a 403(b) retirement plan
  • Ongoing support and encouragement for professional development
  • Paid long-term disability insurance
  • This position receives a cell phone allowance

TPCA offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays, paid medical, dental, and life insurance, paid long-term disability insurance, and participation in a 403(b)-retirement plan. In addition, TPCA offers elective participation in employee-paid benefits including Flexible Spending Account, Dependent Care Savings Account, vision insurance, and AFLAC insurance options.

It is the policy of TPCA that all applicants are entitled to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, national origin, religion, age, sex (including pregnancy or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, genetic condition, marital status, or veteran status (past, present, or future service in the Uniformed Services of the United States), or other protected characteristics or identity as required by local, state, and federal law.

This position will be supported in part by grant funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

How to Apply

Please complete an application and submit your resume and cover letter at

Accepting applications until filled by an excellent candidate.
No email applications.
No telephone inquiries, please.


  • Date Posted: January 5, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Health (Physical, Mental)
  • Salary Range: $70,000 - $85,000
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk; M-F, 8:00am - 4:30pm