Division Chief, Health System Innovation and Research, Faculty Position
University of Utah Health Academics
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Type: Full Time
Preferred Education: Doctorate
College / University
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: PRN03050F
The Department of Population Health Sciences is seeking a vibrant and visionary scientist to lead the Division of Health System Innovation and Research (HSIR) within the Department of Population Health Sciences. Through Department’s research, education, and community engagement activities, we promote patient-centered health care and the delivery of evidence-based health innovations that improve population health and reduce health disparities.
Candidates for the HSIR Division Chief should have a:
Proven track record of leadership,
History of innovative and successful investigation,
Strong appreciation of diverse health service research areas, and
Commitment to program development, team science, mentoring across career stages, and education.
The Division Chief should:
Be an accomplished mid-career to senior health services researcher who excels at interacting with clinicians, research methodologists, and administrators
Have a history of successful engagement in operational partnerships
Have a record of forward-thinking leadership needed to help the Division, Department, and University of Utah Health Care prepare for and lead delivery system reform
Have a national/international reputation in health services research
Be able to serve as an advocate for the Division as a resource for the mission of the University of Utah Health Sciences
Have a demonstrated ability to work effectively with multiple investigators with diverse research expertise and projects and to facilitate others’ success
Have a demonstrated ability to build successful interdisciplinary research teams, mentor early-career investigators, and obtain the committed support of a wide range of institutional stakeholders
Take an active role in partnering with the Director of Graduate Studies and Director of Postdoctoral Fellows to support the educational mission of the Department as well as pre- and post-doctoral trainees in the Division.
The Division Chief is responsible for defining the vision of the HSIR Division in collaboration with the Department Chair. The three Division Chiefs within the Department of Population Health Sciences work closely with the Department Chair to develop the overall vision and policies for this relatively new department. The Division Chief will also take a strong mentoring role with faculty. Finally, the Division Chief will work with faculty and the directors of graduate studies and postdoctoral fellowships to ensure a successful training experience for post-docs and graduate students.
Strategic Planning and Division Growth:
To succeed, HSIR must maintain its current trajectory in independent and collaborative research. Additionally, it is vital that the division continue as a cross-institutional resource that helps advance the University’s clinical delivery system and outcomes assessment, while building robust, interdisciplinary collaboration for research and education. To this end, the Division Chief will engage with relevant academic department chairs and division chiefs across University of Utah Health Sciences, and will work closely with the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics (UUHC) and University of Utah Medical Group (UUMG) leadership to develop and validate enhanced and innovative approaches to health care delivery and outcomes assessment, with the expectation that program goals will be informed by the vision and expertise of the Division Chief.
The Division Chief will also:
Accelerate the University of Utah’s progress toward becoming a premier, top-ranked academic institution in health services research
Develop programmatic lines of research, such as: implementation science; patient-centered digital health (e.g., apps, games, decision support interventions) and decision science; pharmacoepidemiology; and comparative effectiveness
Expand the University’s capacity in key methodological areas such as: measurement of patient outcomes; simulation and modeling; and health economic and health policy analysis
Recruit new health services researchers to the University of Utah Health Sciences
Work collaboratively with other health systems in regional and national programs of research, innovation, and quality
Partner with clinical leadership of University of Utah Health Care
Support the development of the University of Utah Healthcare system as a laboratory for advanced innovations in the design of healthcare delivery systems and health systems research
Develop shared priorities between academic and clinical stakeholders to focus research activities on outcomes that matter to administrators, clinicians, academicians, patients, and society
Coordinate with UUHC/UUMG initiatives to understand and improve clinical value
Continue to develop and refine HSIR’s 1-, 3-, and 5-year strategic plan, including performance measures
Financial Accountability and Sustainability:
Maintain a robust portfolio of external funding
Develop and submit annual operating budgets and related documents
Personnel Management and Development:
In collaboration with other departments across Health Sciences, support recruitment of new faculty members in health services research and related disciplines across the health sciences
Mentor faculty, trainees and staff across disciplines and operational units to optimize program performance
About the Department of Population Health Sciences
The Department of Population Health Sciences had $18M in Research Expenditures in the last fiscal year and is a hub for education, investigation and methodological expertise in population health. Through a diverse faculty in three Divisions (Cancer Population Sciences, Biostatistics, and HSIR), we provide expertise and infrastructure to advance capacity for impact-driven research, and support clinical professionals in providing better patient and population-oriented care in an increasingly complex healthcare delivery system. Through our research, education, and community engagement activities, we promote patient-centered healthcare and the delivery of evidence-based health innovations that improve population health and reduce health disparities within our community. Through high impact research, we strive to contribute to a world where all individuals—regardless of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender identity or sexual orientation—have the opportunity to enjoy the highest attainable standard of health. The department is highly interdisciplinary, collaborative, and innovative, and we seek a leader who will thrive in this environment.
About the Division of Health System Innovation and Research
HSIR currently has 12 tenure/tenure track faculty and 5 research track faculty. Faculty’s overarching areas of interest include:
Health Policy and Health Economics (including the Matheson Center for Health Care Studies),
Implementation Science and Health System Improvement,
Patient Centered Care and Decision Science, and
Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics.
Applications must be received by October 1, 2022 to be reviewed for consideration. Applicants should submit to Ms. Karina Pritchett (firstname.lastname@example.org) their CV, and the following three statements regarding: (1) leadership experience and philosophy, (2) commitment and experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion, and (3) research expertise.
Candidates should have a track record of successful, extramurally-funded health services research. Experience with integrating research into the healthcare setting is strongly desired. Demonstration of leadership capacity and ability to communicate effectively is essential. The position will entail engagement with individuals across a wide variety of clinical, operational, and investigative roles. The Division Chief will be charged with continuing to grow and sustain a program of excellence.
Applicants for Division Chief are expected to hold a PhD, MD, or equivalent, and to have a proven track record of leadership experience, a history of successful mentoring and/or teaching, and evidence of an innovative and successful research career with peer-reviewed extramural funding. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to collaborate across disciplines and departments and will have considerable strengths in interpersonal communication.