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Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science

Position overview

Salary range: The salary range for this position is $550,000-$750,000. This position includes membership in the Health Sciences Compensation Plan.

Application Window

Open date: December 11, 2023

Most recent review date: Thursday, Feb 22, 2024 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: Sunday, Dec 1, 2024 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

This is a unique opportunity to lead a vibrant and collaborative clinical department which opened a brand-new transformational center for ophthalmic research and patient care, the Ernest E. Tschannen Eye Institute building, in December 2022. The four-story, 78,500 sq. ft. building located on the UC Davis Health Sacramento Campus is anticipated to significantly expand the Department’s capacity to both care for patients as well as to conduct clinical research. The Department is growing with plans to recruit additional specialists and physician-scientists.

The Department of Ophthalmology has a strong collaborative relationship with the School of Veterinary Medicine with cross-department faculty appointments and a significant presence in the California National Primate Research Center. The department also partners with the Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy, which has a strong vision science research group and where several faculty have their research labs. With the recruitment of the former director of the National Eye Institute to the faculty, the Department of Ophthalmology has established the Center for Ocular Regenerative Therapy (CORT) for the diagnosis of and gene therapy for retinal diseases. UC Davis is also one of only two institutions in the US with advanced, cellular-level ocular imaging technologies under investigation.

Reporting to the Dean, the Department Chair provides leadership in strategic vision and collaborative implementation to ensure the future growth of the Department. The Chair will work closely with the UC Davis Health System and UC Davis School of Medicine leadership, faculty, and staff and is responsible for the Department's overall clinical, research, academic and administrative activities. Additional duties and faculty rank will be influenced by candidate qualifications and interests, departmental needs, and clinical practice requirements, as applicable.

The successful candidate should possess academic credentials that qualify for appointment as Associate or Full Professor, have a national reputation of successful research and/or research leadership, and demonstrate the ability to lead at strategic, tactical, and administrative levels, including experience managing space and financial resources. The Chair must be a compelling leader whose passion for the clinical, educational, and research missions energize the faculty, learners, and staff, focusing their efforts on a strategic vision of excellence in all missions. The leader must also reflect the values of diversity, equity and inclusion which are strong principles at UC Davis.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• MD or MD/PhD, or equivalent terminal degree in a related area, including but not limited to Ophthalmology. For MD applicants, additional requirements include board-certification and fellowship training as applicable to specialty, and subspecialty if trained, and applicants must possess or be eligible for a California Medical License.
• Academic credentials that qualify for appointment as Associate or Full Professor.
• A national reputation of successful research and research leadership – for example, through leading an interdisciplinary research program, division, or department – knowledge of national research trends, and a significant record of peer-reviewed scientific publications and success in securing extramural research funding.
• Demonstrated prior success at leading interprofessional teams, working across campus units.
• Ability to lead at both the strategic, tactical, and administrative levels, including experience managing space and financial resources.
• Demonstrated leadership in diversity and inclusive excellence efforts.
• Demonstrated teaching ability and commitment to university and public service.
• A strong history of written and verbal communication with a track record of working in a matrix organization, and interpersonal skills that demonstrate the capacity to work collaboratively and effectively with others.
• Demonstrated ability to inspire colleagues and staff to achieve excellent results.

Application Requirements

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  • 5 required (contact information only)

References will only be contacted regarding those candidates who advance to final consideration for the position and will not be reviewed unless needed. Candidates will be notified prior to the university initiating reference contact.

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Job location

Sacramento, CA