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University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Department: School of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery

Job Title: Chair, Department of Neurosurgery

Position #: 00669645 – Requisition #:31684

Job Summary:

The University of Colorado School of Medicine seeks a Chair for the Department of Neurosurgery to provide strategic and operational leadership. Reporting to the Dean of the School of Medicine and serving on the School’s Executive Committee, the Chair will be responsible for defining the clinical, research, and educational priorities of the Department as it strives to meet its clinical, teaching, and scientific missions. The Chair will have strong clinical leadership experience in an academic setting, along with the ability to successfully recruit, devise and implement innovative clinical and financial frameworks, mentor, collaborate, and understand the ever-changing healthcare environment and operational achievements required to lead the Department into the future.

The Department of Neurosurgery is a moderately sized department with an outstanding faculty, a stable leadership structure, solid financial footing, and a significant grant portfolio. There are approximately 71 paid faculty (including 29 Neurosurgeons, 6 Neuropsychologists, 8 research PhDs, and 28 PAs/NPs.) The Department has $12M in total research funding, including five active R01s. There are 15 trainees in our resident group with an annual complement of 2 in addition to 1 additional trainee every other year. The Department has GME fellowship programs, most are CAST accredited in Skull Base Surgical, Neuro-Oncology, Complex Spine, Stereotactic and Functional, Neuro-Critical Care, Pediatric Neurosurgery and Endovascular.

The Chair will be responsible for overseeing and maintaining excellence in the Department’s clinical, education and research programs in collaboration with the leadership of the School of Medicine and its affiliates, University of Colorado Medicine (CU Medicine), and University of Colorado Health (UCHealth). The position requires excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to bring together diverse groups to advance the common goals of the Department and the institution. The successful candidate will be a strong collaborative leader, supportive of diversity, and have a proven track record of administration, education, and research, as well as a keen understanding of the complexities of an academic Department of Neurosurgery and the ability to lead the further growth and development of the Department in all missions.

The Department chair is expected to work collegially with other chairs and center directors at the School of Medicine and with colleagues at its affiliates. Affiliate institutions include UCHealth, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver Health, and VA Medical Center..

Key Responsibilities:

The Chair will lead the clinical, educational, and research programs of the Department of Neurosurgery, with an emphasis on building excellence, diversity, and collaboration within the School of Medicine and with our broad group of partners. The Department’s Steering Committee provides guidance and support to the Chair on Departmental issues and planning. The Chair will:
  • Define the mission and establish the strategic direction for the Department, in collaboration with the leadership of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and its affiliates.
  • Ensure the necessary financial and human resources are available to support the clinical, educational, and research missions of the University.
  • Ensure a state-of-the-art education and advanced training of medical students, graduate students, residents, clinical fellows, and postdoctoral fellows.
  • Work with the Vice Chair of Research to continue to develop the Department’s research portfolio and clinical trials to determine the priorities of the Department and support principal investigators and other faculty in efforts to secure extramural funding.
  • Work in partnership with the Director of Finance to monitor the Department’s fiscal management, determine the best use of funds per strategic direction and build up clinical reserves and philanthropy to ensure resources for future projects, recruitments, and Departmental needs.
  • Recruit, hire, develop, and retain outstanding and diverse faculty. Address system-level factors adversely impacting faculty well-being.
  • Ensure an atmosphere of support, inclusion, and equity.
  • Be a role model and exemplar for ethical compliance.
  • Demand the highest standards of professional conduct throughout the Department.
  • Devise a work ethic framework that is productive and respectful of staff well-being.
  • Work collaboratively with diverse leaders of the School of Medicine and the Anschutz Medical Campus, including fellow chairs, administrators, faculty, and staff.
  • Reinforce campus-wide initiatives to support translational research in all neuroscience-related fields.
  • Have a vision aligned with the strategic plan of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, UCHealth and the Anschutz Medical Campus.
  • Serve on the School of Medicine Executive Committee and on the board of University of Colorado Medicine, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation that provides practice and business management services for more than 4,500 faculty physicians and advanced practice providers of the School of Medicine.
Work Location:

Onsite - this role is expected to work onsite and is located in Aurora, Colorado

Why Join Us:

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a world-class medical destination at the forefront of transformative science, medicine, education and patient care. The campus encompasses the University of Colorado health professional schools, more than 60 centers and institutes, and two nationally ranked independent hospitals - UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital and Children's Hospital Colorado - that treat more than two million adult and pediatric patients each year. Innovative, interconnected and highly collaborative, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus delivers life-changing treatments, patient care and professional training and conducts world-renowned research fueled by over $733 million in research grants, of which the School of Medicine accounts for $598 million. For more information, visit .

The University of Colorado offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, tuition benefits, ECO pass, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays and more. To see what benefits are available, please visit: .

Diversity and Equity:

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons within the LGBTQ+ community and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.
  • Doctorate degree (MD/DO) with board certification in Neurosurgery or related field
  • Strong track record of professional accomplishments on a national and international scale with a strong focus on clinical success, education, and research, meeting the requirements for a faculty appointment at the Professor level.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated capability across the spectrum of individual scholarship, collaborative academic leadership, clinical and research program development, educational excellence, successful faculty recruitment and retention, commitment to diversity, and community engagement, and will have designed, implemented, and integrated effective programs across complex organizations.
  • Ability to build strong relationships with others in an environment where the medical school and the clinical system are partners and where the Department of Neurosurgery fulfills expectations that it will be a leader within the overall institution.
  • Previous experience as a division chief, vice chair, or chair of neurosurgery who has developed academic leaders, mentored and developed junior faculty, and identified and recruited diverse students, trainees, staff, and faculty.
  • Vision to recognize areas for growth and ability to lead and mentor faculty as they develop opportunities.
  • Knowledge to utilize research funding and development trends as they evolve.
  • Ability to engage in public relations and philanthropic activities to promote and enhance the visibility of and support for the department.
  • A dynamic, passionate, and experienced physician and administrative leader.
  • Understanding of the complex financial pressures facing academic medical centers and healthcare delivery organizations with significant financial management experience.
Critical Competencies for Success:

Leadership: The successful candidate must possess the leadership skills necessary to take a strong and established department to a higher level of academic accomplishment and operational excellence while creating a world-class department committed to an environment of diversity, inclusion and equity. The successful candidate will demonstrate:
  • A clear vision for building excellence in all aspects of the academic mission;
  • An understanding of the current trends in Neurosurgery and the implications for a successful clinical and academic department and
  • The ability to manage programs and collaboratively lead people
Relationship Building: The successful candidate must be able to build constructive relationships with others at the School of Medicine, other professional schools, hospitals, and other affiliated programs. The successful candidate will demonstrate:
  • An ability to collaborate with constituencies in multiple organizations;
  • Success at developing cohesiveness among high-achieving individuals and groups in a diverse department; and
  • Responsibility for establishing and maintaining an environment that ensures mutual achievement.
Mentorship: The successful candidate will possess a track record of success in mentoring trainees and faculty. The successful candidate will demonstrate:
  • Active participation in medical, resident, graduate student and postdoctoral education;
  • A strong track record of faculty and department-wide programmatic development;
  • A history of successful mentorship; and
  • An outstanding ability to identify, recruit and retain superior faculty members.
Other Personal Characteristics:
  • The highest integrity and personal ethics.
  • A commitment to service within the community.
  • Outstanding communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Strong organization and process-management skills.
  • A commitment to listening and responding to the Department members and their needs.
  • An ability to prioritize the interests of the Department above one’s own interest.
How to Apply:

For full consideration, please submit the following document(s):

1. A letter of interest describing relevant job experiences as they relate to listed job qualifications and interest in the position

2. Curriculum vitae / Resume

3. Five professional references including name, address, phone number (mobile number if appropriate), and email address

4. A copy of all current licenses and certifications

5. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) statement

Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at .

Questions should be directed to: Beth Otis at

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled.

Anticipated Pay Range:

The starting salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established as HIRING RANGE:

$950,000 to $1,300,000.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. This position is not eligible for overtime compensation unless it is non-exempt.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.

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ADA Statement:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at ​.

Background Check Statement:

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

Vaccination Statement:

CU Anschutz strongly encourages vaccination against the COVID-19 virus and other vaccine preventable diseases . If you work, visit, or volunteer in healthcare facilities or clinics operated by our affiliated hospital or clinical partners or by CU Anschutz, you will be required to comply with the vaccination and medical surveillance policies of the facilities or clinics where you work, visit, or volunteer, respectively. In addition, if you work in certain research areas or perform certain safety sensitive job duties, you must enroll in the occupational health medical surveillance program .

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