Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery



Job description

Requisition Number: FE03529

Working Title
Department Chair

Department Name: 7H000:COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

Work Location: Lexington, KY

Type of Position: Faculty

Tenure Track Status
Tenure Track

Required Education: MD, DO, MD/PhD, or equivalent

Required Related Experience: National recognition as demonstrated through involvement in academic and professional societies at a national level
Demonstrated leadership in administrative positions in medical school or an academic medical center setting
Proven record of recruitment and retention of talent

Required License/Registration/Certification

  • Board certification in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery
  • Eligible for medical licensure in Kentucky

Job Summary

The UK College of Medicine seeks a visionary chair with a successful record of achievement in academic medicine in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery. Exceptional accomplishments as a clinician and academician are required as the chair’s duties will include clinical practice and ongoing research and academic activities.

The predominant criteria for appointment as chair include the proven ability to deliver excellent patient care while training future leaders in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery. In addition, the successful candidate will be a nationally-prominent academic leader and role model with an established record of excellence in clinical care, research, clinical education, and mentorship.

The successful candidate should demonstrate strong leadership skills as a listener, decision-maker, and humanist and be an effective advocate for the department and its faculty. The candidate should have experience developing collaborative initiatives and the personal characteristics needed to promote, foster, and facilitate the trust of colleagues and the broader University faculty. The successful applicant should demonstrate impeccable integrity and be an effective communicator. Prior administrative experience as a department chair, division chief, or program director is preferred. Tenure available if appropriate.

Professional Experience/Qualifications:
MD, DO, MD/PhD, or equivalent

  • National recognition as demonstrated through involvement in academic and professional societies at a national level
  • Demonstrated leadership in administrative positions in medical school or an academic medical center setting
  • Proven record of recruitment and retention of talent
  • Board certification in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery
  • Eligible for medical licensure in Kentucky

The College of Medicine seeks qualified applicants who value its missions and share its foundational commitment to creating an environment that values diversity, inclusion, and belonging. As an Equal Opportunity Action Employer, we strive to foster a community where individuals of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome.

This position is established in keeping with the mission statement of the UK College of Medicine.

Mission Statement
The College of Medicine promotes a diverse and inclusive environment that provides excellence in education, equitable health care, and transformative research to improve the health and wellness of Kentuckians and beyond.

Scope of Role
The chair of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery will make vital contributions to implementing the organization’s most critical strategies and strive to achieve excellence in a full range of quality measurements. The chair will serve as a liaison between the department and the enterprise, reporting directly to the dean of the College of Medicine. They will be directly involved with strategic planning, service development, market development, and outreach. Planning for future growth and recruitment to accomplish department goals will be integral to the duties of the chair of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Work collaboratively with leadership inside and outside of the department to create an infrastructure comprised of high-quality clinical care that incorporates scholarly and teaching activities.
  • Cultivate and maintain professional relationships with clinical leadership, including physician groups, patients, and external entities, to foster revenue enhancement opportunities, enhance customer service, and positively impact core clinical measures.
  • Define improved standards of department protocols, goals, and methods for implementation that reflect the department’s vision for regional and national standing as a leader in academic medicine in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, as well as a respected service provider in Kentucky.
  • Responsible for quality management and provider performance, including physicians, residents, audiologists, and advanced practice providers (APP) for the department.
  • Review and report on provider performance annually.
  • Recruit and mentor those of character into a culture of respect, kindness, and professionalism, where teamwork, innovation, and work satisfaction thrive.

As a position of oversight, the chair of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery will ensure that department faculty collaborate within the department and across the college and campus, sharing research resources whenever possible. This will also include administrative, laboratory, and mentoring support. The chair will work closely to maximize the net yield of each project and avoid segregation or duplication of work in multiple isolated units.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Provide oversight for the research portfolio of the department.
  • Facilitate faculty mentoring in research.
  • Facilitate an environment of collaborative research and conduct, including maintaining records of accomplishments and facilitating the acquisition of external funding.
  • Continue their independent or collaborative research in line with the goals of the department, and publish in peer-reviewed literature as an author and co-author.

The chair of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery will work with each unit to provide the necessary tools and resources to allow the highest level of education and training. The driving objective is integrating all medical practices for a complete educational experience.

Specific Responsibilities
Provide oversight for the educational portfolio of the department.

  • Participate in and advocate for quality teaching programs for residents within the department.
  • Support the development and potential expansion of residency programs, as well as support the program directors.
  • Mentor faculty in various professorial series and oversee practice development and productivity of the department.
  • Oversee CME activities within the department.

Clinical Care
In conjunction with the medical directors, the chair of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery will be responsible for directing provider assignments and coverage of clinical needs. The position will also address budget priorities within the various units, including recruitment priorities and outreach decisions. This individual will coordinate with the leadership of ambulatory clinics, surgical departments, and procedural units. The chair will review the overall departmental budgets and actively participate in the annual enterprise budget process.

Specific Responsibilities
Provide oversight for the clinical portfolio of the department.

  • Provide excellent clinical care.
  • Participate in in-house/consult service as needed.
  • Perform at a consistently high level in their clinical practice.

Ideal Candidate Experience and Attributes
A strong, visionary, inspirational leader who can artfully convey a long-term vision for the department yet is equally skilled at implementing a detailed plan to achieve that vision.

  • Highly approachable and compassionate; a record of promoting a culture of innovation, collaboration, teamwork, respect, and honesty; a professional and personal demeanor characterized by integrity, graciousness, humility, genuineness, empathy, and sincerity; and a passion for the organization’s mission and objectives.
  • Exceptionally team-oriented; skilled at working well and partnering with providers across the care continuum to identify, build, and negotiate “win-win” relationships; politically astute yet apolitical with an ability to break down silos and ensure a collegial and productive work environment.
  • Highly adept and at ease managing the day-to-day operational details with the ability to make strong and decisive decisions while simultaneously creating unity within a diverse department.
  • Able to conceptualize and analyze complex business opportunities, understand the business of research and medicine, and apply that knowledge to appropriately manage a department’s finances.
  • Strong clinical skills and ability to continue to practice their field of expertise while serving as chair; should have skills in collaboration and the ability to learn and share.
  • Ability to actively develop the department’s mission, strategies, and practices to support a diverse and inclusive workplace.
  • Ability to actively develop the professional and academic career advancement of department members.
  • Actively embody, encourage, and support the five UK HealthCare DIReCT values to help guide actions, behaviors, and decision-making to foster a cohesive work culture focused on patient-centered care.

The DIReCT values are:

  • Diversity: We foster a people-centered environment that is inclusive of all.
  • Innovation: We embrace continuous learning and improvement to drive positive change.
  • Respect: We value our patients and families, our community, our co-workers, ourselves, and the resources entrusted to us.
  • Compassion: We express empathy for the needs, thoughts, and feelings of those we serve and with whom we work.
  • Teamwork: We cultivate and maintain meaningful relationships to create positive outcomes.

The position is open until filled; however, for full consideration, please submit your application by Friday, June 16, 2023.

Upon offer of employment, successful applicants must undergo a national background check and pre-employment drug screen as required by University of Kentucky Human Resources. The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity University that values diversity and inclusion. Individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans, women, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

This position has been identified as supporting UK HealthCare, which receives funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Therefore, all individuals hired into this position must comply with the federal CMS mandate issued in March of 2022. This mandate requires all new hires to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or obtain an approved medical or religious exemption as a condition of employment. Start of employment cannot occur until two weeks after receiving the full COVID-19 vaccination series or upon obtaining an approved exemption. Only vaccines approved by the World Health Organization can be accepted.

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?: Yes

Open Until Filled

University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

University of Kentucky is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from minorities and women.

How to apply

To apply, please submit a letter of interest and CV via the UK Jobs site. Applications will be reviewed immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Cover Letter Detailed Request:
Please include a CV and a letter of interest (max 3 pages), primarily detailing relevant leadership experience, qualifications, and key achievements related to this position and briefly addressing the department missions and diversity.

Questions and inquiries can be directed to Lisa Tannock, MD, vice dean for faculty affairs and development, at [email protected]. We will handle all applications in a secure, sensitive, and confidential manner.

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