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Executive Vice Dean, School of Medicine and Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs, UW Medicine

UW School of Medicine
Seattle, Washington (USA)
$260,000 - $700,000 per year, commensurate with experience and qualifications
Date posted
Apr 26, 2024


The Executive Vice Dean, UW School of Medicine and Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington (EVD/SVPMA) is an integral member of the senior management team of UW Medicine and will provide executive leadership for the UW School of Medicine under the guidance of the CEO/EVPMA/Dean, to whom this position reports. The EVD/SVPMA has senior executive leadership responsibility for supervising the School of Medicine Vice Deans and convening the department chairs to facilitate the coordination of activities across the School of Medicine’s classroom, research, and clinical learning environments.

The EVD/SVPMA will partner with the President, UW Medicine Hospitals & Clinics and Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs (President, UW Medicine Hospitals & Clinics) to support the integration of the School of Medicine and the clinically integrated organizations of UW Medicine.

The EVD/SVPMA will provide senior executive physician leadership that supports the vision, mission, and values of UW Medicine and fosters effective and efficient oversight and coordination of the School of Medicine clinical, research, and education training programs. The EVD/SVPMA will promote collaboration and professionalism and the identification and resolution of School of Medicine issues at the owned, managed, and affiliated sites of clinical practice, research, and educational activities.

The EVD/SVPMA will serve as the liaison between UW Medicine's clinical programs and its biomedical research activities and education and training programs. The EVD/SVPMA will also represent the CEO/EVPMA/Dean by working directly with the department chairs in the UW School of Medicine, leaders of interdisciplinary UW Medicine centers and institutes, and the Vice Deans of the School of Medicine.


The EVD & SVPMA position is a full-time position that will have a faculty appointment in one of the UWSOM departments appropriate for background and experience. This position is not eligible for tenure. This position will also have a small portion of time dedicated to clinical effort. This is a 12-month service period position (July – June) with an anticipated start date in Fall 2024. All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.


Reports to Timothy Dellit, M.D., CEO, UW Medicine/Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the University of Washington School of Medicine (CEO/EVPMA/Dean).

Direct reports:

  • Vice Dean for Academic, Rural and Regional Affairs
  • Vice Dean for Administration and Finance
  • Vice Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs
  • Vice Dean for Graduate Medical Education
  • Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Education

Other key relationships:

  • Office of the Provost, University of Washington
  • Office of the President, University of Washington
  • President, UW Medicine Hospitals & Clinics and Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs
  • Chief Medical Officer, UW Medicine and Vice President for Medical Affairs (CMO/VPMA)
  • Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Medical Affairs (CFO/VPMA)
  • Chief Advancement Officer, UW Medicine and Vice President for Medical Affairs (CAO/VPMA)
  • Senior Vice President for Finance, Planning and Budgeting, University of Washington
  • UW Medicine Chief of Staff
  • Vice Deans of the School of Medicine
  • Department Chairs of the School of Medicine
  • President of UW Physicians (UWP)
  • Chief Equity Officer, UW Medicine
  • Executive leadership teams of the UW Medicine clinically integrated organizations


  • Provide guidance and oversight to the Vice Deans to support strategic planning for the School of Medicine and implementation across the clinical, teaching, training, and research environments.
  • Provide executive leadership in collaboration with the Vice Deans to improve the classroom, research, and clinical learning environments.
  • In coordination with the Vice Deans, ensure that School of Medicine educational programs meet all accreditation requirements.
  • Lead the integration of education, training, and research activities within the clinical environment in collaboration with the executive leadership of UW Medicine.
  • Partner with the President, UW Medicine Hospitals & Clinics and the CMO/VPMA to align and integrate activities within the School of Medicine and UW Medicine Hospitals and Clinics.
  • Collaborate directly with the biomedical research and clinical department chairs to further align department and School of Medicine priorities across the clinical, research, and learning environments.
  • Provide guidance and oversight to the Vice Dean for Academic, Rural and Regional Affairs and the Vice Dean for Graduate Medical Education to promote and foster UW Medicine’s role as a leader in undergraduate medical education (UME), graduate medical education (GME), and health professions education across the WWAMI region.
  • Provide guidance and oversight to the Vice Dean for Administration and Finance as to the School of Medicine finances, practice plans, clinical department funding, faculty human resources and staff human resources, and coordination with the UW Office of Academic Personnel.
  • Provide guidance and oversight to the Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs for faculty development, leadership training, peer support, and well-being programs.
  • Provide guidance and oversight to the Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Education in support of research initiatives and activities within the School of Medicine, across UW, and with external partners and in the coordination with the UW Office of Research.
  • In coordination with the UW Medicine Office of Healthcare Equity and the Vice Dean for EDI, promote and support diversity, equity, and inclusion among faculty, staff, students, and trainees engaged in the clinical, research, and learning environments.
  • Coordinate with the President, UW Physicians for UWP functions and alignment of the practice plan, clinical chairs, and medical staff leadership.
  • Coordinate and partner with the UW Medicine Chief of Staff and the Chief Compliance Officer, UW Medicine and Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs on School of Medicine compliance-related activities.
  • Ensure that UW Medicine clinical programs and clinical research are in compliance with state and federal laws, external regulatory agency rules, standards, and policies and in compliance with University and UW Medicine policies and procedures.
  • Collaborate with the Office of the Provost, including the Vice Provosts for Academic Personnel and Research, in support of School of Medicine academic affairs.
  • Collaborate with the UW Senior Vice President for Finance, Planning and Budgeting on the coordination of School of Medicine finance and budgeting activities with UW, in partnership with UW Medicine CFO/VPMA and Vice Dean for Administration and Finance.
  • Coordinate with other units of the University including the central administration as to a range of clinical, research, and education issues involving UW Medicine.
  • Serve on the following committees related to the significant duties described above and chair selected committees as determined by the CEO/EVPMA/Dean: UW Medicine Advisory Board, UW Medicine Compliance Committee, Medical School Executive Committee, Leadership Council for System Integration, Clinical Operations Roundtable, elected Faculty Councils, Biomedical Research Chairs Committee, Clinical Chairs Committee, and UWP Board of Trustees.
  • Has delegated authority for agreements involving clinical, administrative, or other services to be performed by UW School of Medicine faculty physicians or other UW School of Medicine clinical providers.


Demonstrated Vision

  • In a dynamic and evolving environment, the EVD/SVPMA must lead with a bias for action and accomplishment, developing and implementing strategies that advance the mission of UW and the School of Medicine by:
  • Developing a clear vision and strategy consistent with UW’s mission and best practices.
  • Encouraging innovative approaches to transform medical education and graduate training, e.g., curricula, technologies, and teaching/learning methodologies.
  • Encouraging the growth and further development of research that supports the innovative, multidisciplinary culture of UW and further integrates the research enterprise with clinical services.
  • Demonstrating commitment to interdisciplinary and interprofessional activities.
  • Contributing as a senior leader of UW Medicine.

Collaborating and Influencing

  • The EVD/SVPMA will possess the ability to understand and thrive in a highly relationship- and consensus-driven organization. Key elements of a successful approach will include:
  • Balancing numerous competing needs to make the best strategic and tactical decisions for UW and the School of Medicine.
  • Working with all stakeholders in a diplomatic fashion and be able to reach compromise solutions.
  • Engaging at the highest levels with leaders and representatives of the School’s institutional partners.
  • Enthusiastically communicating with a variety of audiences with the ability to be an effective spokesperson for the School of Medicine and the CEO/EVPMA/Dean's partner in development activities, public representation, and engagement with external stakeholders.
  • Maintaining effective relationships with alumni, state, and national medical professional organizations, government representative, community partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Promoting the consideration of diversity and inclusion in all School of Medicine initiatives and championing diversity in health care, in part by articulating the value of a diverse workforce and its value in addressing health equity needs.

Leading People

Within a large, complex academic health sciences setting, the EVD/SVPMA will inspire, motivate, and hold accountable their leadership team, as well as colleagues, stakeholders, and influencers throughout UW and the School of Medicine, by:

  • Motivating individual team members, empowering them to initiate projects or strategic objectives, and taking on ownership of leadership roles based on insight into individual motives and ability.
  • Providing vision, leadership, and management for the academic and research enterprises.
  • Setting clear expectations for faculty contributions in collaboration with School of Medicine leaders.
  • Developing a culture that respects, values, and promotes diversity and inclusion.
  • Demonstrating interest and aptitude in individual mentorship while developing cohesive teams that leverage individual skills for a better collective outcome.
  • Setting a personal standard and institutional expectation of the highest integrity and ethical behavior.


The base salary range for this position will be $260,000 - $700,000 per year, commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination. Other compensation associated with this position may include administrative salary supplement and allowances.


For the position of Executive Vice Dean and Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs, UW seeks a dynamic academic leader with a national reputation to guide its growth and development as a premier provider of medical education, research, patient care, and service. The successful candidate will come prepared by professional experience and personal abilities to advance the academic and research missions and to engage in framing the strategic direction for the academic enterprise.

Executive Leadership in Complex Academic Environments

Progressive and broad administrative leadership experience at the departmental, institute, or central administrative level at an accredited medical school, including experience with accreditation bodies, research oversight, and areas of external regulatory compliance; leadership experiences should demonstrate innovation, demonstrated care for faculty, staff and students, and wise use of resources.

Record of Achieving and Fostering Academic Excellence

Exceptional reputation as a physician leader across all aspects of a school of medicine’s missions. Significant accomplishments and credentials as an outstanding medical educator, prolific researcher and/or skilled clinician is expected. Leadership and participation in one or more national or international academic, scientific, and/or medical societies is preferred.

Lived Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

A demonstrable record of recruiting, developing, and retaining diverse leaders, while cultivating and advancing an institutional culture in which all members of the organization feel they belong and thrive.

Business and Financial Acumen

An understanding of the complex financial pressures facing research-intensive medical schools and academic healthcare delivery organizations, as well as how to drive operational efficiency is necessary. Specific understanding of the potential impact of health care reform on the mission of academic medicine is highly valued. Similarly, an understanding of the unique pressures of the current research funding environment is essential. Success overseeing complex system finances and budgeting is highly valued.

Cutting-edge Research

Proven experience with strategies to promote and support high-impact basic, translational, and clinical research within the current climate of extramural funding realities.

Mission Orientation

A true sense of mission to medical and health education, to research and the discovery of knowledge in an academic setting, to patient care access, equity and outcomes, and to care innovation.


M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. (or foreign equivalents) with a distinguished record of research and scholarly accomplishments leading to appointment at the full professor rank; additional accomplishments as represented by degrees, certifications, or licensure are additive.

This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.

Application Instructions

To apply, please upload a CV and cover letter. As a senior leader, please also provide a diversity statement of no more than 500 words that addresses leadership, commitment, and experiences with diversity, equity, and inclusion.
If you have interest in exploring this opportunity or would like to nominate an individual for the role, please contact Wesley Yampolsky at Spencer Stuart via email at

Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Benefits Information

A summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found at Appointees solely employed and paid directly by a non-UW entity are not UW employees and are not eligible for UW or Washington State employee benefits.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

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