The University of South Alabama (USA) Mitchell Cancer Institute (MCI) seeks a highly accomplished and visionary leader as its next Director. The Director of the MCI is responsible for leadership and management of the MCI, including monitoring MCI contributions to the strategic mission and goals of the University and driving improvements where indicated. The Director engages, leads and energizes the MCI to build new initiatives and collaborations both across and outside of the University. Reporting to the Vice President for Medical Affairs, the Director is expected to have a holistic understanding of academic medicine, across its missions of education, clinical care, and research. The Director will work in collaboration with leadership within USA Health, the College of Medicine, and the University, to define strategic goals for the MCI and to identify areas of strategic importance in cancer. This will include development and implementation of a financial plan that drives sustained MCI profitability. The Director will foster collaboration and engagement across education, clinical care and research, as well as development of new interdisciplinary initiatives throughout the University. The Director will also play a prominent role in MCI advancement efforts.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Personal Characteristics

  • Significant leadership experience and demonstrated success as a department Chair, Associate Director, Director or program leader within an academic medical center and/or cancer center/institute.
  • Leadership and management style that demonstrates integrity, credibility, transparency, high degree of emotional intelligence, and capacity for building trust.
  • Strong organizational, managerial, financial, and budgetary skills.
  • Strategic, data-driven thinker, with a vision of how to develop cancer research and services for the future in the overall context of an academic health system.
  • Proven experience in recruitment, mentoring, and development of outstanding faculty, staff, and trainees.
  • A distinguished academic record, including evidence for excellence in clinical care, a track record of independent research, ideally with an NCI-funded research program, and a national recognition for these activities as evidenced by clinical practice writing groups, national study section participation, journal editorships, etc.
  • A commitment to remaining engaged and relevant in the future success of the MCI, USA Health, and the USA College of Medicine.
  • Experience and success with fund-raising and development.
  • A demonstrated record of building teams, with a strong commitment to innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration to move the academic mission forward.
  • An effective communicator with diverse audiences at all levels of the organization and externally.

Preferred Minimum Qualifications

It is required that the next Director possess an M.D., Ph.D., or M.D/Ph.D. It is preferred that the next Director possess American board certification in a cancer related specialty, academic credentials which merit appointment as Professor at the University of South Alabama, and be eligible for licensure in the state of Alabama.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

The Director will lead strategic planning within the MCI, with the goal of positioning the MCI to become an outstanding academic cancer institute and ultimately achieve NCI designation as it continues to grow. To that end, the Director will engage and inspire diverse stakeholders toward formulation of a shared MCI vision and mission, lead planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of the MCI goals and strategies, and ensure effective integration of the academic and clinical missions. The Director will lead efforts to engage the local community to ensure responsiveness to population needs. The Director will collaborate with department chairs in the College of Medicine and with USA Health leadership to effectively manage matrix relationships for faculty recruitment and appointment, and balance academic and service line needs. The Director will ensure that operational policies and programs comply with University and USA Health policy, as well as with relevant federal and state mandates, and will contribute to accreditation activities as required. The Director will represent the MCI in local, state, and national associations and will coordinate outreach to the public regarding cancer information and resources. The Director will work in partnership with the University and USA Health Development offices to cultivate philanthropic gifts to the MCI. Specific responsibilities are outlined in the following domains:

  • Operational and Financial Management: The Director will provide executive leadership to MCI operations, oversee financial and operating performance of the MCI, and partner with USA Health and College of Medicine leadership to ensure development and implementation of effective short and long-term organizational strategies. The Director will assess opportunities and initiatives to grow patient volume and revenues at all MCI clinical sites, and will oversee the process for identification of and business plan development for new technologies and/or programs related to the clinical care. The Director will lead development and implementation of a financial plan that drives sustained MCI profitability across its academic and clinical missions.
  • Clinical Activity: The Director will provide overall leadership toward maintaining and improving the quality and integrity of MCI clinical oncology services. Similarly, the Director will be accountable for staffing, quality, safety, and service excellence throughout the patient care setting. In collaboration with leadership within USA Health, the Director will maintain compliance with standards of clinical care, quality, and patient safety at all MCI clinical sites, and implement initiatives for continuous quality improvement regarding patient safety and efficiency of patient care.
  • Research: The Director will lead strategic planning toward development of a focused MCI research vision that takes advantage of the unique clinical resources of USA Health and the MCI. The Director will lead development of the MCI research agenda and related programming across the domains of basic, translational, and clinical science towards attainment of NCI designation. The Director will promote strategies to grow the clinical trial portfolio of the MCI and to support a culture where access to novel and innovative clinical trials drives the standard of cancer care.
  • Education: The Director will be a strong advocate for the educational mission of the MCI, USA Health, and the College of Medicine. To that end, the Director will ensure that the MCI scientists and physicians actively participate in teaching medical students, graduate students, residents, and fellows and encourage inclusion of contemporary curricular content in cancer. Similarly, the Director will support development of high quality CME programming related to cancer and collaborate with USA Health on public outreach strategies for cancer education to consumers and patients.

Application Process

The University of South Alabama values diversity, equity and inclusion. We are committed to the creation of a diverse workforce in healthcare and biomedical sciences. Women and applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.

The Search Committee invites nominations, applications (letter of interest, comprehensive curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of at least five references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting USA. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. The Search Committee prefers that all nominations and applications be submitted to the search firm prior to April 1, 2020.

Laurie Wilder, President
Porsha Williams, Vice President
Jacob Anderson, Principal
Parker Executive Search
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The University of South Alabama is an EO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status or any other applicable legally protected basis.

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