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Associate Director, Center for Precision Medicine **INTERNAL APPLICANTS ONLY**

Application Window

Open date: August 5, 2022

Most recent review date: Sunday, Oct 2, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The UC Davis Center for Precision Medicine and Data Sciences (CPMDS) is recruiting two Associate Directors with an emphasis on health equity. We expect the two associate directors to work collaboratively. One position is expected to focus on Health Innovation tools and technology and the other to focus on community and behavioral health.
We have a broad definition of Precision Medicine and Precision Population Health, a uniquely UC Davis view that is inclusive of many domains (e.g., Omics, -geospatial, clinical information, biomarkers, social determinants of health, behavioral health) and includes community voices, policy and advocacy, and academic/industry partnerships. Precision Medicine is a paradigm for a more equitable and just health care system with the goal of applying the right intervention, to the right patient (or population), at the right time(s). The tools of precision medicine include Omics (e.g., genomics, metabolomics, exposomics, sociome), large data sets and data integration, and innovative analytics (machine learning, artificial intelligence, biostatistics) converged to solve complex health problems. Inherently, precision medicine requires multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary teams with genuine community engagement.
The Center for Precision Medicine and Data Sciences is the hub for precision medicine, enabling teams to develop and implement the tools to solve complex challenges. The CPMDS commits to a robust vision of research and health improvement that engages the colleges and schools at UC Davis and our community partners to advance more equitable and just systems of care. CPMDS works in close collaboration with the UCD Health Chief Information Officer and the integrated vision transforming data to knowledge, and knowledge to practice that improves health. It is anticipated that the Associate Director positions will be filled by current School of Medicine (SOM) faculty members. However, faculty without current SOM appointments are eligible to apply if they can demonstrate justification for a joint appointment in the SOM prior to being appointed one of the positions.
The strategic plan of the CPMDS prioritizes:
• Health equity
• Education, training and career development of a diverse and culturally humble workforce including faculty and students and staff.
• Collaboration with faculty, programs, and centers on both UCD campuses
• Collaboration with other UC campuses
• Working together with community members and organizations as equal partners to advance efforts
The CPMDS has realized successes in the first 5 years of operation including extramural funding, philanthropic support, and effective interaction with other centers and Davis campus programs. The CPMDS has a core data sciences team and works effectively with other data scientists at UCD and other sister campuses.
The Associate Directors will work with the Director of the CPMDS, Frederick Meyers MD, MACP to advance and refine the strategic plan of the CPMDS. We especially encourage applicants who have a commitment to advance health equity and justice. Evidence of extramural funding and of organizational excellence is required. Precision medicine lends itself to the entire spectrum of research from basic to translational science to clinical trials to policy and advocacy. Faculty from any discipline are encouraged to apply.
Each associate director will be provided up to 25% salary support. Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:
• Refining the structure and functions of the Center including programmatic refinement and expansion
• Convening new teams that advance the mission and reflect the goals of the Center as much or more than the individual associate directors’ interest, i.e., we are looking for selfless leaders
• Interfacing with University and community members
• Providing leadership of the center, which include:
o Active participation and serving as leaders in grant activities
o Co-Leading programmatic endeavors
o Engaging with CPMDS team members and collaborators
o Attending weekly team meetings
o Attending monthly update meetings with Center leadership
o Advocating for the CPMDS with potential partners and other interested parties
The selected candidates will be nominated as the respective holders of either the Arlene Miller Rolkin Professorship in Population Health Policy or the Arlene Miller Rolkin Professorship in Health Innovation. The chair holders are expected to engage in leadership and scholarly activity in population health, health policy, or health innovation, student teaching, service to the community, and mentorship of early career faculty in the area of population health and health policy research. The professorships will provide approximately $10k per year salary support. Additional support is available from the accumulated interest for programmatic support (up to $50 - $100k/year based on center director approval) to underwrite additional salary support or programmatic expenses.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Must be a current faculty at UC Davis/UC Davis Health. To qualify for appointment as the endowed chair holder, candidates must hold a faculty appointment in the School of Medicine or School of Nursing and have interests and demonstrated aptitude/accomplishments in the areas of population health, health policy, and health innovation. Successful candidates from other schools and colleges will be nominated for an appointment in the School of Medicine.
Candidates will be screened for record of health equity, research and academic administrative leadership experience, research record in health policy/health policy innovation, and current faculty status. Evidence of extramural funding and of organizational excellence is required.
Additionally, candidates will be reviewed for:
• Creative problem-solving skills
• Experience with strategic planning, change management, business development, business intelligence, and process improvement
• Excellent interpersonal communication, including relationship building skills and political acumen.
• Ability to foster collegiality and work collaboratively in a diverse environment.
• Ability to adhere to University policies and procedures.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

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Sacramento, CA