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Mentoring Academy Director

Recruitment Period

Open date: May 9th, 2014
Last review date: June 10th, 2014
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: June 15th, 2014
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.


This recruitment is for the position of Director of the Mentoring Academy. This is a 10% appointment and a UC Davis Internal Search ONLY to current Associate/Full Professor Faculty in the following five academic series: Regular, In Residence, Clinical X, Adjunct, or HSCP.

Position Highlights: The position is responsible for the execution of the UC Davis Health System Mentoring Academy working with the Associate Dean for Academic Personnel. The position will involve an individual with experience in research/scholarship, education, grant-writing, and faculty and career development/academic administration. Exemplifies the UC Davis Health System mission, vision and values and acts in accordance with UC, UC Davis, and UC Davis Health System policies and procedures.

Position Responsibilities: The Director is responsible for the operation of the programs, including but not limited to: operational and organizational administrative functions; scientific review of mentee study designs, abstracts, posters, manuscripts, grant applications, and grant application summary statements; mentoring; service and leadership on various College/University committees, strategic planning committees, and faculty development initiatives; and personal scholarship.

The Director’s specific duties fall under 5 general areas: mentors/mentees, programs, budget, university service, and scholarship

1.Mentors/Mentees: Working with Associate Dean for Academic Personnel, Department Chairs, Departmental Mentoring Directors and other UCDHS leadership to recruit associate and full professors from UCDHS as mentors. Conducts program orientations for all new mentors/mentees and establishes and facilitates mentorship platforms. Tracks all mentee and mentor resource utilization, project progress, and outcomes. Meets quarterly with assigned Departmental Mentoring Directors. Monitors mentee grant application schedules and progress and reviews and provides substantive feedback on grant applications, abstracts, and manuscripts. Collects and maintains mentee outcome data and program participation records.

2.Programs: Works closely with Associate Dean for Academic Personnel in administering programs. Oversees activities performed by program manager and program resource staff. Participate in translational research track meetings, seminars, workshops, and panel presentations, as applicable and requested. Organizes and coordinates annual retreat. Develops, conducts, and analyzes data from semi-annual and annual mentee and mentor surveys and writes an annual report for inclusion with the Office of Academic Personnel’s annual department report to the Vice Chancellor and Dean. Organize and Chair the Steering Committee Meetings. Oversees program databases and website maintenance. Attends annual AAMC Group on Faculty Affairs conferences and other relevant training.

3.Budget: Maintains and monitors budget, including the Departmental Mentoring Director payments, the annual retreat, and payments/honoraria for guest speakers.

4.University Service: Participates on two, or more, relevant UC Davis Health System Committees such as the Faculty Executive Committee, Faculty Personnel Committee, Committee on Educational Policy, Committee for Research Affairs, Committee on Faculty Affairs, and/or Compensation Advisory Committee. Collaborates on university-wide grant applications/initiatives on the research & training sections as requested. Assists University faculty in the development of fellows’ K08, K23, F31 applications. Participates in faculty development initiatives (UC Davis Health System Strategic Plan and Academic Personnel). Presents at the New Faculty Orientation sessions.

5.Scholarship: Conducts research and/or has a history of extramurally-funded research/scholarship. Collaborates with other UC Davis and UC Davis School of Medicine investigators on research projects/grant applications/awards. Publishes peer-reviewed manuscripts (~2 per year). Presents research/scholarship at professional conferences.

Position Qualifications Include:
•Masters degree or higher in education required.
•Doctoral degree (PhD or MD) from an accredited school preferred.
•Ten or more years of higher education experience required.
•Must be an Associate or Full Professor, senate member preferred.
•Current and/or prior experience as member, preferably chair, of two or more of the relevant committees listed below:
-Faculty Executive Committee, Faculty Personnel Committee, Committee on Educational Policy, Committee for Research Affairs, Committee on Faculty Affairs, and/or Compensation Advisory Committee
•Prior mentoring experience across a broad range of faculty, postdocs and fellows in both career and research development required.
•Experience with program evaluation and using data to drive process and outcomes assessment required.
•Experience in an academic leadership position preferred.
•Experience in academic budget management required.
•Must have a collaborative work style and the ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects and tasks.
•A track record of scholarly work evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals, presentations required.
•Prior NIH/extramural grant-writing and/or funding experience required.
•Prior teaching experience is preferred.

•Ability to demonstrate understanding of issues/challenges of faculty development for both clinical and basic science faculty is required.
•Ability to demonstrate a capacity for outstanding academic leadership and a dedication to young investigators and educational scholars.
•Must possess the skills to communicate effectively and diplomatically with diverse staff and faculty members and work cross-functionally across numerous departments, and with leaders from across the university.

The ideal candidate is a results-oriented academic scholar and leader with a history of success who:

-Has an understanding of and commitment to the UC Davis Health System mission and vision.
-Has personal qualities in line with UC Davis Health System’s values, including integrity, transparency, collaboration, enthusiasm, and an entrepreneurial spirit.
-Is knowledgeable of extramural and intramural research funding opportunities.
-Is experienced in the grant process: writing, application components, submission, award, and post-award process.
-Has a commitment to faculty excellence and development.
-Understands and supports the research and education needs of junior investigators/educators/faculty.
-Demonstrates a commitment to equality of opportunity and building a culture of diversity and inclusion.
-Has superior organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills including the ability to work with a wide range of stakeholders and inspire junior investigators/educators/faculty.
-Has a commitment to Mentoring Excellence.
-Is able to promote Mentoring Academy through networking, presentations, etc.

For full consideration, applications must be received by 5/30/2014. However, the position will remain open until filled through 6/15/2014

The University of California, Davis is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students.

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