The AC is responsible for coordinating the accreditation process within the health department and is the primary point of contact with PHAB. While the AC position is critical to the overall work, accreditation is a department wide initiative. It should not be expected, nor is it feasible, for the AC to complete all accreditation work independently. The AC must have the ongoing support of leadership and engagement of staff at all levels of the department.
The AC role requires strong project management, team building, and organizational skills. Other important skills include, but are not limited to:
- Analytic skills
- Oral and written communication
- Computer skills
As accreditation work flexes over the 5 -year accreditation cycle, the AC position is often combined with other job roles/functions such as performance improvement, community health planning, health education, and/or quality improvement. Combined roles and functions are particularly common in smaller health departments.
If hiring for a combined role, consider cross-cutting skills to emphasize in the job description and interview questions. There are materials available to help new ACs learn the technical specifics of PHAB Accreditation on the PHAB resources webpage.