Nebraska Healthcare Collaborative Chair of Population Health, Cyber Systems

Nebraska, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 17, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Description or Duties

The newly formed Cyber Systems Department at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) is seeking applications from highly qualified candidates for a newly created position entitled the Nebraska Healthcare Collaborative Chair of Population Health. The Chair will fulfill an integrative role within the University of Nebraska providing leadership, strategic planning, and advocacy in an effort to advance population health research, interprofessional education, and collaborative practice. The position represents a unique partnership with the Nebraska Healthcare Collaborative, a division of Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NEHII), and the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK). The Chair will work directly with the Chief Academic Program Officer of NEHII to establish an annual research agenda for population health, will oversee a budget and have access to a unique, comprehensive dataset designed to support this research agenda, and will serve on the Board of the Nebraska Healthcare Collaborative. It is envisioned that the Chair’s population health research agenda will draw from new approaches in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data visualization aimed at analyzing large scale social, economic, and progressive healthcare data and resulting in translational research and practical solutions to a wide variety of issues related to population health. In general, data science advocacy across many domains is an important part of the position, as the Chair’s leadership will play a critical role in the growth of data science at UNK. The Chair will be part of the Cyber Systems Department and will support the data science curriculum for UNK’s College of Business and Technology (CBT). Currently CBT has programs accredited by AACSB, ATMAE, and CIDA, with significant progress toward ABET accreditation as well.

The Chair will be responsible for the following: • Developing and maintaining close working relationships with all relevant University units, NEHII, and external stakeholders to ensure the development and implementation of quality interprofessional and population health education and research • Developing and supporting a strategic plan for population health • Leveraging existing internal expertise and activities, and nurturing new initiatives to further the population health research agenda and activities • Advocating for data science curricula across university disciplines • Fostering high quality personnel performance by hiring, supervising, and evaluating the performance of NEHII fellows, students, and staff • Overseeing reporting and research projects • Teaching (residential and online; undergraduate and graduate) and advancing the Cyber Systems Department’s vision of developing world class research and educational facilities as a value proposition for students, alumni, and the government /business communities in which it operates • Planning and controlling expenditures within budgetary constraints • Adjusting leadership style as needed to achieve results

The Chair will be required to work with the Collaborative in the following capacity: • The Chair will be on the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Healthcare Collaborative, Inc. (Collaborative), and IRC Section 501©(3) exempt entity and will commit to attending bi-monthly meetings and providing guidance and direction for the Collaborative operation. • The Chair will be on a Committee that will review potential projects and make decisions on what projects the Collaborative will work on/deny. • The Chair will encourage the University and colleagues to use the Collaborative in their research and submit proposals through the Foundation Application Portal for the use of the data to further the academic mission. • The Chair will help coordinate interested students who would like to conduct an internship at the Collaborative. • The Chair will spend a percentage of his/her time performing services for the Collaborative, providing consultation and expertise as needed along-side the Collaborative employees on specified projects.

Required Qualifications:              

  • Terminal degree in computation, data science, data analytics, population or public health, or equivalent, with a proven track record in public health research; • Successful record of leadership experience in population health as a current Associate or Full Professor; • Successful record of experience in computational approaches to large scale health-related data collection, analysis and interpretation of data focused on the Quadruple Aim (population health, cost of care, patient experience, and clinician wellness); • Successful record of experience managing multiple projects simultaneously, coordinating with multiple stakeholders, and tracking progress against targets, and supporting projects from beginning to end • Evidence of strong listening, verbal, and written communication skills


Preferred Qualifications:                             

  • Successful record of experience in health information research studies
  • Successful record of experience mentoring others in research from formation to dissemination
  • Successful record of leadership experience with interprofessional, interdisciplinary research teams


HOW TO APPLY: To ensure full consideration, please submit all application materials before review date March 1, 2021. For more information and to apply visit UNK Employment Opportunities. For more information about the position contact: Matt Bice @  For more information about the online application process contact: 308-865-8516 or


SALARY AND BENEFITS:  With contingent offer of employment, the University of Nebraska will conduct an investigation of employment records, educational records, criminal records, and other records to verify the information provided in your application and/or any additional information you have provided is accurate.  Salaries at the University of Nebraska at Kearney are competitive.  The University provides a flexible benefits program at minimal cost to the employee. Benefit choices include a Medical Plan and Prescription Drug Program, Vision Care, Dental Plan, LTD, Life Insurance, AD&D Insurance, Dependent Life Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, and Reimbursement Accounts for Health and Dependent Care.  The Employee and Dependent Scholarship program is also available to eligible employees.  Basic Retirement Plan options include TIAA and Fidelity.


The University of Nebraska at Kearney, serving over 6,000 students, is one of four University of Nebraska campuses. Established in 1905, the University has a tradition of emphasis in scholarly teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels in a variety of disciplines. Kearney, a progressive city of over 33,000, is the educational, medical, cultural, commercial, and agricultural center of a large mid-state area.


The University of Nebraska at Kearney is responsive to University issues which support a diverse work and academic environment The University of Nebraska at Kearney does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. This policy is applicable to all University administered programs including educational programs, financial aid, admission policies and employment policies.  UNK is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity employer. Veterans and persons with disabilities encouraged to apply. The University affirms a policy of equal educational and employment opportunities, affirmative action in employment and nondiscrimination in providing services to the public. University employees, students and others associated with the University who have not received the benefits of these policies, are encouraged to contact the Chief Compliance Officer/ADA Coordinator.


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