The University of South Alabama (USA) invites applications for the position of Executive Director for Administration of the Mitchell Cancer Institute (MCI) for the University of South Alabama Health System (USA Health). USA seeks a dynamic, highly accomplished and visionary leader to advance operational and clinical quality across MCI.


USA Health helps people lead longer, better lives through its excellence in education, research, and medical care. With more than 3,600 employees, the USA Health network includes USA Medical Center, USA Children's & Women's Hospital, USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, USA Physicians Group, and the USA College of Medicine. Each year, our team of 180 physicians, 240 residents and fellows, 70 advanced practice providers, and 800 nurses handles some 185,000 clinic visits and 350,000 outpatient procedures. USA Health delivers 2,800 babies a year, more than any other regional hospital, and treats patients through some 60,000 emergency room visits annually.

As an academic health center, USA Health provides advanced and innovative patient care through its University hospitals and clinics, as well as first-class training experiences for the next generation of physicians and scientists. In doing so, USA Health has a significant positive impact on the quality of life for all residents across the Gulf Coast both directly and indirectly.

Initiated in 2000, the Mitchell Cancer Institute is the only academic cancer research institute in the upper Gulf Coast region. It is home to a state-of-the-art, 125,000-square-foot, integrated clinical and research building completed in 2008. Clinical services include Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Gynecologic Oncology, and Diagnostic Imagining with Surgical Oncology provided in partnership through the USA Department of Surgery. Major research focus areas include Cancer Prevention and Drug Discovery, DNA Damage and Repair, Cancer Biology, and Biomarkers/Early Detection.

The University of South Alabama is a comprehensive, global research and teaching university that provides students a quality education in business, liberal arts, education, engineering, computing, sciences, and healthcare. USA’s commitment to student success includes incredible opportunities in nearly 100 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs. USA prepares students for careers in healthcare through the colleges of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health Professions.


Reporting to the CEO and Senior Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs of USA Health, the Executive Director for Administration will be responsible for providing oversight of all areas related to the day-to-day operations of MCI. The Executive Director for Administration will also work closely with the Director of MCI to develop and execute center-wide planning and strategic initiatives. As a key member of the USA Health senior executive team, the Executive Director for Administration will work closely with the CEO and Senior Associate Vice President to ensure MCI is well aligned with the mission and vision of the larger USA Health enterprise. In addition, it is expected the Executive Director for Administration:

  • Supervises daily clinical operations of MCI departments
  • Works with department heads to plan, develop, and ensure compliance with operational budgets that support MCI
  • Oversees resource allocation and activities relative to providing sufficient qualified staff to care for patients and provide sufficient support services
  • Interacts with peer groups in MCI and USA Health to assure a system approach to management
  • Maintains operational plans to monitor and sustain the economic health and well-being of all departments
  • Generates strategy, ideas, and initiatives for new services that fulfill the mission, serve the patient population and the community, and accomplish the strategic plan
  • Develops plans and processes to measure, assess, and improve the quality of MCI’s management, clinical, and support activities
  • Establishes and maintains policies and process to communicate with patients and to resolve their issues regarding conflicts, complaints, and rights and responsibilities
  • Establishes standards of clinical care and practice that are consistent with current research findings and nationally recognized professional standards
  • Partners with physician leadership to drive the organization to deliver patient-centered care and increase patient engagement across MCI
  • Demonstrates knowledge of healthcare finance in areas of reimbursement, Medicare compliance, and third-party payers
  • Standardizes practice operations to facilitate access and clinic throughput as a multispecialty practice
  • Works with physician leadership to assist with overcoming obstacles or variances in system policies
  • Ensures compliance with applicable JACH, HCFA, risk management, OSHA, CLIA and other federal, state, and institutional regulations, laws, and accreditation agencies
  • Utilizes data to drive quality improvement and effectively communicates changes that are needed to improve outcomes
  • Participates in the Graduate Medical Education Committee, as needed
  • Partners with the DIO to drive the integration of the clinical environment with the goals of the educational LCME and ACGME missions
  • Participates in GME activities to ensure a clinical environment that is highly reliable and quality focused to provide an exceptional learning environment for students, residents, and fellows
  • Represents MCI in its relationship with other health agencies, organizations, groups, government agencies, and third-party payers
  • Ensures the appropriate staffing of operations through the monitoring of patient utilization data, physician schedules, contract requirements, and requests for care
  • Develops organization-wide programs, policies, and procedures that fulfill the MCI mission
  • Oversees satellite development and operations across the region
  • Assists with ethical issues and maintains the utmost integrity

Preferred Qualifications

It is required that the Executive Director for Administration holds a master’s degree or higher from an accredited institution as approved and accepted by USA. In addition, it is preferred that the Executive Director for Administration possesses:

  • Extensive experience with the above-listed position responsibilities
  • Ten years of directly related oncology operations and financial management experience in an academic cancer center
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Leadership capability and technical proficiency
  • The ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

Application Process

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 Health. 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 as soon as possible, as review is conducted on a rolling basis.

Laurie C. Wilder, President
Jacob C. Anderson, Principal
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30328
(770) 804-1996 x 111

The University of South Alabama is an EO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression), religion, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.


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