Chair, Department of Surgery

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Aug 17, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Chair, Department of Surgery

Job Class Code: 00024
FLSA: Exempt
Posting Number: FRGV0998
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Division/Organization: Division of Health Affairs
Appointment Period for Non-Tenure Position: 1 year
Tenure Status: Tenured
FTE: 1.0

Scope of Job:
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Medicine (SOM) is seeking an exceptional leader to serve as the Chair for the Department of Surgery. Reporting to the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs/ Dean of the School of Medicine, the Chair will be responsible for building and maintaining a robust clinical practice, research programs, high quality graduate medical education programs, medical student education, and a collegial interactive culture. This leader will be expected to divide their time between administrative leadership while maintaining a surgical practice. This is a wonderful opportunity for a visionary leader with an entrepreneurial spirit and drive to oversee and build a thriving clinical enterprise.

The UTRGV School of Medicine, established in 2015 and located in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, has a focus toward community health. The school's program prioritizes social responsibility, respect, dignity, sensitivity, sensibility, advocacy and community service - with a mission to improve health, and life, at the individual and community levels.

Minimum Qualifications:
• MD or MD/PhD with board certification in their surgery specialty/sub-specialty of training.
• Training in general surgery and/or general surgery subspecialties highly preferred.
• Qualified for appointment at the rank of associate professor or full professor at an LCME accredited medical school.
• Eligible for medical license in the state Texas.
• Five years of progressive leadership experience in a department of surgery for an academic medical center with a record of professional accomplishments on a national and international scale, with a strong focus on clinical and academic success for meeting the requirements for a faculty appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or full Professor.

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:

Preferred Qualification:
• Significant leadership experience and demonstrated success as a manager at the Chair, Associate Director, Director or program leader level gained within an academic medical center, including successful experience in the recruitment, retention, and management of clinicians and researchers.
• A distinguished academic record and national presence in one’s discipline as evidenced by such activity as peer-reviewed publications, major journal editorial responsibility, a senior officer position in one’s major national organization, or equivalent experience.
• Dynamic leadership, communication and interpersonal skills, and keen vision are required.
• Ability to foster a culture of collaboration, innovation, and accountability across the Rio Grande Valley.
• Strong organizational, management, financial, and budgetary skills with the ability to bring scientific leadership and organization innovation to the management of people and processes.
• A demonstrated ability to think strategically with a vision of how to develop clinical services, research, and education for the future while keeping an eye on the details of the implementation; has the ability to articulate a vision that will promote and integrate research, care, and education across UTRGV and the community.
• A proven background in recruitment, mentoring, and development of outstanding academic and administrative leadership. A dedicated leader and mentor to scientists, clinicians, and staff.
• An outstanding record of scientific achievement, grant support, scholarly accomplishments and mentoring.
• A proven ability to build strong teams, as well as to work as a team member with one’s colleagues in management and in team leadership positions with one’s direct reports.
• An ability to grow revenue and attract external funding from institutions and individuals; specific experience with donor fundraising a plus.
• A commitment to and demonstrated results in the advancement of diversity and inclusion in current organization.
• A demonstrated record of building strong teams, both within and across disciplines. Evidence of support for interdisciplinary research and clinical program development is highly valued.
• Experience or ability to nurture and grow a successful residency program.

Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
License or Certification Required?: Yes
Number of Vacancies: 1
Desired Start Date: 09/01/2020

EEO Statement:
EEO Statement
UTRGV is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that strives to hire without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or veteran status. UTRGV takes affirmative action to hire and advance women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Diversity Statement
UTRGV is a Hispanic-serving Institution dedicated to student success and building a diverse faculty committed to working in a multicultural environment. UTRGV has an NSF ADVANCE grant to increase the representation of women in STEM fields and to promote a positive, family friendly workplace for all faculty. We strongly encourage applications from women and minorities.

Open Date: 01/14/2020

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Dear Applicant,

Human Resources will not be held responsible for redacting any confidential information from the documents you attach with your application. The confidential information includes the following:

*Date of Birth
*Social Security Number

Please make sure that you omit this information prior to submission. We are advising that Human Resources will be forwarding your application to the department as per your submission.

Additional Information:
UTRGV is a distributed institution. As such and as assigned, the position may
require presence at multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Work is
performed primarily in a general office environment. This position is security sensitive
and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code
§51.215. The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of
Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least
135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement
Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week
and at least 135 days in length.

Please Note:
Texas law requires faculty members whose primary language is not English to
demonstrate proficiency in English as determined by a satisfactory paper-based
test score of 500 (computer-based of 173 or internet-based of 61) on the Test of
English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a satisfactory test score of 6.0 on the
International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Incomplete applications
will not be considered.

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