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Executive Director for Interprofessional Education

University at Buffalo
Buffalo, New York, United States
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Feb 28, 2024

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Executive Director for Interprofessional Education

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UB is seeking an Executive Director for Interprofessional Education to be the leader for generating and disseminating best practices of interprofessional education and practice across the university and via community partners. The Executive Director will be the catalyst for these efforts across the university and the UB Academic Health Center ( AHC ). The Executive Director will work with an engaged leadership team from each of the UB health science schools to further develop and implement a bold, state of the art curriculum for IPE and IP practice. The Executive Director will lead the IPE cross-school leadership team and manage the IPE office operations. The Executive Director will work to innovate new educational models of education and practice across the UB AHC to create a learning environment that best prepares students for the future of team-based care. There is an expectation that the Executive Director for IPE will actively publish findings derived from the research and IPE models implemented at UB as a means to advance scholarship in the field. The Executive Director will also spearhead grant applications focused on IPE healthcare in collaboration with members of the IPE leadership team and the AHC faculty. The environment for interprofessional education and collaborative practice has never been stronger at UB, and it is currently a prime area of emphasis for the university.

The AHC at the university and the IPE program is broad and unique. It encompasses and engages fully the five AHC schools, the School of Social Work ( SSW ) and additional programs:
  • Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences ( JSMBS )
  • School of Dental Medicine ( SDM )
  • School of Nursing ( SON ; Nursing, DNP )
  • School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences ( SPPS )
  • School of Public Health and Health Professions ( SPHHP ; Athletic Training, Dietetics/Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Public Health)
  • School of Social Work ( SSW )
Additional affiliated departments and programs include the Department of Biomedical Engineering ( BME ; School of Engineering), the Department of and Speech Language Pathology and Audiology (College of Arts and Sciences, CAS ), Counseling Psychology ( CAS ), the School of Management and the Physician Assistant program at Canisius University.

The Executive Director position reports regularly to the AHC deans in person and using written reports of progress. The Executive Director reports to the Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Research Administration and Finance. The Executive Director will be provided the resources and institutional support to implement the program and make transformational changes required to be regarded among the best IPE programs in North America.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Ensures a dynamic strategic vision and plan for IPE at the university and AHC .
  • Provides leadership in interprofessional curricular initiatives for the five health sciences schools and affiliated programs.
  • Works with educational leaders across UB to support curricular changes and faculty development as it pertains to IPE .
  • Spearheads the planning, implementation and evaluation of the IPE curriculum.
  • Facilitates the design, implementation and evaluation of interprofessional practice opportunities for health sciences students, including digital badges.
  • Innovates the future of team-based IPE for the health professions to prepare the current and emerging workforce for today and the future.
  • Conducts research on IPE in collaboration with the health sciences faculty.
  • Spearheads grant applications on IPE in collaboration with health sciences faculty.
  • Publishes findings from research and innovative IPE models implemented at UB.
  • Represents UB in national IPE forums.
  • Presents collaborative work on IPE at national and international conferences.
  • Identifies and establishes collaborative opportunities with external health sciences entities.
Outstanding Benefits Package
Working at UB comes with benefits that exceed salary alone. There are personal rewards including comprehensive health and retirement plan options. We also focus on creating and sustaining a healthy mix of work, personal and academic pursuit – all in an effort to support your work-life effectiveness. Visit our benefits website to learn about our benefit packages .

About The University at Buffalo
The University at Buffalo (UB) #ubuffalo is one of America’s leading public research universities and a flagship of the State University of New York system, recognized for our excellence and our impact. UB is a premier, research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence. Our research, creative activity and people positively impact the world. Like the city we call home, UB is distinguished by a culture of resilient optimism, resourceful thinking and pragmatic dreaming that enables us to reach others every day. Visit our website to learn more about the University at Buffalo .

University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Minimum Qualifications

The ideal candidate will bring significant experience designing, implementing and evaluating interprofessional educational and practice-based change for health sciences at similarly complex institutions. This person must be doctorally prepared in a field related to the health sciences, possess a national reputation as an educator and researcher with significant scholarly accomplishments in IPE, and have demonstrated expertise in:
  • Interprofessional education and practice.
  • High-quality teaching and research experience in a university setting.
  • Curriculum development and education.
  • Collaboration across health sciences disciplines.
Preferred Qualifications

The successful candidate should demonstrate these characteristics and behaviors:
  • Leadership — a visionary, bold leader with the energy and enthusiasm to motivate others; delegates when appropriate, sets high standards for performance, makes timely and effective decisions and leads by example.
  • Character — values-driven and ethically balanced; demonstrates integrity and honesty in decision making and in relationships.
  • Team leader — a leader who recognizes and appreciates contributions of the cross-disciplinary team compromising the IPE at UB. The EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR will be a collaborator who places the good of the whole ahead of personal issues; ability to build consensus and to synergize and incentivize cross-disciplinary cooperation.
  • Passion for excellence — a demonstrated commitment to excellence in research, education and service that enhances UB’s reputation and visibility to the benefit of students and faculty.
  • Communication skills — effective oral and written communication skills, with a contemporary appreciation of the role of digital, online and social media venues in sharing information; a good listener who gives and takes reasoned counsel.
  • Experience — maturity in judgment and intellect; possesses an appropriately confident demeanor and demonstrates respect for others and appreciation for ideas and opinions. · Strategic thinking — ability to provide leadership that integrates an expansive view of the future, articulates the role of health sciences colleges in helping to shape that future and develops an understandable and effective plan for achieving those objectives.
  • Change management — the temperament to lead people through serious change in a constructive manner and to direct focus and energies toward future opportunities for organizational and individual growth.
  • Political acumen — diplomatic, sensitive, politically effective and astute; transparent, open, inclusive and trustworthy.
  • Judgment — understands the importance of deliberation and consultation as well as the need to make informed, data-driven and timely decisions; communicates and explains decisions in the context of UB’s mission and goals.
  • Financial stewardship — ability to understand the financial implications of plans and decisions; ability to manage with budgetary discipline, to lead growth and to orchestrate and manage resources available for investment to optimal result.
  • Management style — courageous and confidence-building leadership, particularly in times of crisis or difficulty; willingness to accept responsibility for decisions; conveys a high personal standard for accountability and expects the same from others; a sense of grace under pressure and a sense of humor.
  • Diversity — a deeply rooted commitment to diversity at all levels as one of UB’s institutional values. Understanding of cultural competence and respect for others.
  • Executive capacity — while vision and strategy development are essential and important, without the ability to execute implementation, these have little value; a demonstrated track record of successful vision and strategy implementation is paramount.
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