Section Administrator

May 19, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago is comprised of 150 full-time faculty and other academics and more than 180 staff. We strive to provide the highest level of complex care for children from diagnosis and treatment to conducting research to find promising new therapies with a focus on teaching. We are committed to advancing the frontiers of knowledge, and the education and training of future clinical pediatricians, subspecialists, educators, clinical investigators and physician-scientists. Professional and investigative aspects of medicine are readily combined and the attributes of academic life are easily recognized in the Department of Pediatrics. Our faculty and staff value the designation "teacher of teachers" and appreciate the importance of research training, individual creativity and high quality comprehensive clinical care and service. The Department of Pediatrics is a dynamic, stimulating place to work, and because we are focused on growth and improved excellence, our staff have particularly challenging and rewarding roles.

Unit Job Summary: Section Administrator: Lead administrative officer for multiple sections in the Department of Pediatrics. Manage the administrative, financial and operational activities of the Pediatric clinical practice and related Hospital functions to support the clinical, educational and research missions. Provide administrative leadership to the executive team, medical faculty and staff, research faculty and staff in formulating and implementing organizational goals and objectives. Directly responsible for daily administrative aspects of the Department's clinical activities, related inpatient and outpatient operations, budgets, finances, marketing, public relations, fundraising and other activities related to the pediatric enterprise. Plan, coordinate, direct and control broad and complex financial and management functions of the sections in support of teaching, research and clinical care. Manage the implementation, direction, and policy development in areas of finance (revenue/expense management), professional fee billing, grants/contracts, human resources, academic appointment processing, Medical Staff Office appointment processing, facility operations, and fellowship training programs. Participate in negotiating agreements, preparing strategic plans and other activities associated with the Department's affiliate hospitals or clinics. Conduct special studies and projects, including the development and enhancement of funding opportunities by working closely with the faculty in each section.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree or higher in business, accounting, or a related field required. Advanced degree in business, health care administration or related field preferred.

Unit Experience: A minimum of three years of progressively responsible administrative/supervisory experience required. Healthcare experience required Healthcare and/or academic medical experience preferred. Experience preparing major federal awards and/or initiation of clinical trials preferred. Demonstrated budgeting and forecasting experience preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Strategic leadership skills required. Supervisory skills required. Knowledge of accounting principles required. Analytical skills required. Problem-solving skills required. Decision-making skills required. Attention to detail required. Organizational skills required. Quantitative skills required. Oral and written communication skills required. Interpersonal skills required. Negotiation skills required. Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative required. Ability to maintain confidentiality required. Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required. Knowledge of spreadsheet and word processing programs required. Knowledge of grant and award administration preferred. Knowledge of hospital finances and administration preferred. Knowledge of administering a physician practice plan preferred.

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