Division Chair - Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care & Associate Director of Clinical

Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Dec 01, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

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Position Number F66880 Is this employee on a H1B Visa? Position Type Teaching and Research Faculty Rank Open Working Title Division Chair - Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care & Associate Director of Clinical Research, Massey Cancer Center School/Unit School of Medicine Department Internal Medicine Number of Months 12 Tenure Status Open Grant funded position? No
Mission or Goal of Unit

Our mission is to improve the lives of all Virginians by delivering cutting-edge cancer care through patient-centered prevention and treatment; high-impact, innovative research; community input and engagement; and education and training of the next generation of researchers and healthcare professionals. Our guiding principles are to make important discoveries about cancer and to translate these discoveries rapidly into better prevention, detection, treatment and control of cancer to enhance the quality of life of all individuals affected by cancer. The chief purpose of this position is to provide leadership in achieving the above mission and in advancing the clinical research mission.

Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal

We eagerly seek candidates to apply for the Division Chair of Internal Medicine. This position is expected to be a vigorous and visionary leader in the ongoing development of an outstanding clinical and research program that will advance the academic and service missions of the VCU Health System, the Massey Cancer Center, the School of Medicine, and the Department of Internal Medicine. The Chair of the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care has a dual reporting relationship to the Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine and the Director of the Massey Cancer Center. The Division Chair will have a leadership role in VCU’s goals of achieving NCI Comprehensive Cancer designation, strengthening the research portfolio in the Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Palliative Care, and advancing clinical trials.

The Division Chair will have a unique opportunity to serve as an Associate Director in the Massey Cancer Center depending upon the chair’s research interests and expertise. As the Chair of one of the largest and most strategically important Divisions in the Department of Internal Medicine, this position will have a key role in defining the future of the Department, its educational programs, research, and clinical service lines. As the leader of the most strategically important and largest academic unit contributing to the Massey Cancer Center, the Division Chair will be a member of the Massey Cancer Center Executive Committee that will determine the strategic initiatives of the clinical, research and education programs. The Division Chair has the authority to appoint associate division chairs to oversee clinical, educational and research programs. Among the major responsibilities of this position will be recruiting and mentoring of new faculty, fostering an ambitious clinical research agenda, overseeing the fellowship programs, and expanding our clinical footprint in the region. The Division Chair oversees a budget of $12.5 million and a growing faculty body consisting of ~50 faculty members at the current time.

Serving as the Division’s chief administrator and advocate in all internal and external collaborations and partnerships, the Division Chair plays a central role in the success of the many research, clinical, educational, and community outreach programs across VCU that intersect with cancer research and care. From this crucial strategic vantage point, the Division Chair represents the Department of Internal Medicine, the School of Medicine, the VCU Massey Cancer Center, the VCU Health System, the University, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the broader community.

Position Responsibilities

The faculty member will have teaching responsibilities in the area of Hematology and Oncology, which will include, but not be limited to, the education of medical students, housestaff and fellows. In addition, the faculty will promote scholarship and the academic mission of the division.

Develops clinical trial protocols and complies with all regulatory requirements. Writes and submits grant applications during the course of the academic year. Writes and publishes multiple manuscripts during the course of an academic year. Serves as a PI or Co-investigator on peer-reviewed grants and is responsible for complying with all institution and sponsor terms and conditions for grant funding. Ensures resources are utilized optimally for advancing the clinical research program. Participates in Massey Cancer Center Core Grant and CTSA applications and site visits as requested. Participates and engages other members of the Massey Cancer Center and the Department of Internal Medicine in collaborative research projects.

Faculty member should have a nationally recognized research program with an established record of publication in high-impact journals and success in securing external funding. They are expected to develop interdisciplinary collaborations to enhance the division’s research program. In addition, they will mentor faculty, fellows, residents, and graduate and undergraduate students in their research. The division chair encourages fellows and residents to participate in many ongoing basic and clinical research projects.

Faculty member will serve on departmental, College, and/or University, Hospital and Massey Cancer Center committees as necessary, as well as in a professional capacity in their field (e.g., reviewer, conference organizer, etc.).

Responsible for overseeing the staffing of outpatient clinics, inpatient unit, and inpatient consultative services, as well as providing clinical care in a disease focused outpatient clinic.

Serves as the Associate Director for Clinical Research ( ADCR ), Massey Cancer Center. The ADCR serves a vital role in achieving accrual goals to meet one of the most critical criteria for obtaining comprehensive designation. The ADCR is expected to be nimble and strategic in balancing our clinical trial menu, including National Clinical Trials Network ( NCTN ), investigator-initiated, and industry-supported trials, and tailoring it to serve the patient populations that we have. The incumbent will ensure the timely activation of trials working with leadership in the Massey Clinical Trial’s office, the VCU Health System, the Office of Research, and the IRB to quickly resolve any issues with timely activation of trials. This position will act on feedback received from the Center Director, the Clinical Research Leadership Committee, and the leaders of the Disease Working Groups ( DWG ) in implementing solutions to overcome identified barriers to trial accrual. The ADCR will be a champion in ensuring that every oncologist puts at least one patient on trial each month.

This position works with clinical investigators of the Center’s research programs as well as with cancer clinicians of the VCUHS to fashion a clinical trials menu that reflects both the strengths of the cancer center’s science and the cancer burden of MCC patients served in the region. The ADCR works closely with the Associate Director of Translational Research to create a seamless pathway for moving promising new scientific concepts into clinical trials through the recently implemented formal process for identifying and prioritizing translational preclinical concepts and providing the necessary infrastructure for their development into investigator-initiated early phase clinical trials. The incumbent serves on the MCC Executive Committee which oversees and advises the MCC Director on all aspects of planning and tactical implementation of center research initiatives. They will advance our goal of providing patients with access to new treatments for cancer through novel, investigator-initiated clinical trials throughout the state of Virginia and the mid-Atlantic region. In addition to investigator-initiated trials, the ADCR is responsible for maintaining and increasing participation in NCTN trials that are only available at select cancer centers in the US. The ADCR is also responsible for maintaining funding for our NCI Community Oncology Research Program ( NCORP ) grant award, which is a national NCI -supported network that brings cancer clinical trials to people in minority or underserved communities. The network also participates in treatment and imaging clinical trials conducted by NCI’s National Clinical Trials Network and integrates health disparities research questions into NCORP studies.

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate for the Division Chair and ADCR role will have a significant and successful track record as a leader, scholar, and academic administrator. This individual will bring strong strategic and financial skills and the demonstrated ability to attract talent, empower colleagues, and promote growth.

The successful candidate will bring the following professional and personal qualifications:

• A terminal degree in medicine and/or biomedical research from an accredited institution and academic record meriting an appointment as a full professor at VCU
• Board certified in Medical Oncology or Hematology
• A distinguished record of scientific achievements as evidenced by both publications and a strong track record of extramural peer-reviewed research funding
• An ability to articulate a compelling vision and implement a strategy that engages faculty, staff, students, partners, and donors alike
• Experience guiding organizational change and growth
• Experience building research and scholarship programs
• Experience leading clinical programs in a competitive clinical marketplace
• Demonstrated commitment to developing and refining education and training programs
• Extensive cancer clinical research experience
• A commitment to fundraising and an ability to present a compelling story to potential donors
• The ability to promote collaboration among faculty, staff, students, and other constituencies in making critical decisions on academic priorities and the allocation of resources
• A deep appreciation for the contributions of diverse and interdisciplinary faculty and staff
• Experience in diversifying and bolstering revenue streams
• Demonstrated managerial and business acumen with experience in and knowledge of the complex financial pressures facing academic medical centers and health care delivery organizations
• Financial management, planning, and budgeting skills
• The capacity to lead effectively within a matrixed academic community based on strong relationships; political acumen and ability to work well with people at all levels – university, hospital, community, faculty, and staff; a reputation as a consensus-builder who can resolve conflict for the overall betterment of an organization
• A fierce and demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, including a history of success in working with diverse communities, building a diverse faculty, staff, and student body, and training exceptionally culturally competent health professionals
• Experience in the recruitment, retention, and development of excellent faculty, staff, and students
• Unimpeachable integrity and personal ethics
• Outstanding communication skills, both oral and written
• An entrepreneurial, collaborative, creative, and driven spirit

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in an NCI Cancer Center and Comprehensive Cancer Center

Date Posted 11/30/2020 Open Until Filled Yes Application Deadline Date Proposed Hire Date 07/01/2021 Type of Search National Application Process/Additional Information

Interested candidates should apply online at: https://www.vcujobs.com

For additional information, please contact Jerry Riggins, Division Administrator – Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care | Jerry.Riggins@vcuhealth.org

As a preeminent national, urban, public research university and academic health center, Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to organizational diversity, equity and inclusion – an environment where all can thrive in their pursuit of excellence.

Applicants are requested to submit a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (typically between 150-300 words) providing your career aspirations and contributions toward promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through this statement, you can share how your lived experiences; and past, present, and future academic and professional activities have or will contribute to VCU’s mission of promoting equity and inclusion.

Note: Examples include working with others to further the goals of equity and inclusion; leading in any capacity that tangibly promotes an environment where diversity is welcomed, fostered, and celebrated; creative activity, research and scholarship that promotes equity and parity; teaching and mentoring students, and/or engaging with faculty and/or staff from traditionally underrepresented groups to create a positive and successful organizational experience.

Posted Salary Quick Link https://www.vcujobs.com/postings/101917 Diversity Statement Information For more information on diversity statements, including guidelines, please click here . Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. Are you Board Certified in Medical Oncology or Hematology?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. Do you have a terminal degree in medicine and/or biomedical research from an accredited institution and academic record meriting an appointment as a full professor at VCU?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. Do you have a distinguished record of scientific achievements as evidenced by both publications and a strong track record of extramural peer-reviewed research funding?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. Do you have extensive cancer clinical research experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. Do you have a fierce and demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, including a history of success in working with diverse communities, building a diverse faculty, staff, and student body, and training exceptionally culturally competent health professionals?
    • Yes
    • No
Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  2. Diversity Statement (Required for all Faculty)
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Other Document
  3. Reference Letter - 1
  4. Reference Letter - 2
  5. Reference Letter - 3
  6. Publications

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