Chair - Physical Med & Rehab

Aurora, CO
Jun 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


The University of Colorado School of Medicine invites nominations and applications for Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, one of four campuses in the University of Colorado System, is the major academic medical center in the Rocky Mountain region. With world-class health sciences research, educational and clinical facilities, the CU School of Medicine has established distinctive and highly productive programs, receiving research awards of more than $350 million per year, including more than $200 million from National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies. The School's total annual clinical and research revenue exceeds $1.2 billion per year.

The CU Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation has 78 faculty with primary appointments located on the Anschutz Medical Campus and its affiliates and 55 clinical faculty. The Anschutz Medical Campus is home to the University of Colorado Hospital, Children's Hospital Colorado and a new Veterans Affairs Hospital scheduled to open in 2018. The campus is one of the largest and most comprehensive biomedical research and clinical care centers in the western United States.

The CU Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, one of the longest-standing departments in the country, has experienced strong financial growth in recent years, driven by consistent increases in clinical productivity, profit, stable expenses and staffing. In recent years, the faculty has supported 140 grants or research awards, provided the highest quality care in rehabilitation medicine and offers cross-institutional educational programs, including a three-year PM&R residency program that matriculates up to 5 to 6 residents per year. Additionally, the Department is the academic home to the School of Medicine's Physical Therapy Program, which provides a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT). Each DPT class is comprised of approximately 65 students. Recent clinical accomplishments of the Department include participating in the expansion of the Spine Center program, a partnership in the CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center in Boulder and an expanded concussion program at Children's Hospital Colorado.

The Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation reports to the Dean of the School of Medicine and serves on the School of Medicine Executive Committee. The Chair will have significant leadership experience in an academic medical environment, with responsibility for sustaining superior educational programs, overseeing growth in research programs and leading successful and productive clinical programs. The Chair will be responsible for establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with campus and affiliate partners; enhancing diversity among the faculty, trainees and staff in the Department and excellence in the Department's educational programs; and assuring transparency in the Department's administration, management, budgetary planning and implementation.

Major Responsibilities:
  • Define the mission and establish the strategic direction for the Department, in collaboration with the leadership of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and its affiliates.
  • Ensure the necessary financial and human resources are available to support the clinical, educational and research missions of the University.
  • Assure that excellent education and advanced training is delivered to the medical students, graduate students, PM&R residents and postdoctoral fellows.
  • Define and lead strategy that expands and strengthens the Department's research portfolio, provides for deliberate investment into research activities and priorities, and supports principal investigators and other faculty in efforts to secure extramural funding.
  • Supervise, prepare, implement and monitor the Department budget, which encompasses all funding sources, managing financial assets and ensuring compliance with grant, legislative and institutional guidelines. Work effectively to manage available resources.
  • Recruit, hire, develop and retain outstanding and diverse faculty. Ensure an atmosphere of support, inclusion and equity.
  • Ensure compliance with highest standards of professional conduct throughout the Department.

Critical Competencies for Success:

Leadership: The successful candidate must possess the leadership skills necessary to take a strong department to a higher level of academic accomplishment with operational excellence creating a world-class academic department committed to an environment of diversity, inclusion and equity. The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • A clear vision for building excellence in all aspects of the academic mission;
  • An understanding of the current trends in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the implications for a successful academic and clinical department; and
  • The ability to manage programs and lead people effectively.

Relationship Building: The successful candidate must be able to build constructive relationships with others at the School of Medicine, other professional schools, hospitals and other affiliated programs. The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • An ability to collaborate with constituencies in multiple organizations;
  • Success at developing cohesiveness among high-achieving individuals and groups in a diverse department; and
  • Responsibility for establishing and maintaining an environment that ensures mutual achievement.

Mentorship: The successful candidate will possess a track record of success in mentoring trainees and faculty. The successful candidate will demonstrate:
  • Active participation in medical, graduate student and postdoctoral education;
  • A strong track record of faculty and department-wide programmatic development;
  • A history of successful mentorship; and
  • An outstanding ability to identify, recruit and retain superior faculty members.

Other Personal Characteristics:
  • The highest integrity and personal ethics.
  • A commitment to community service.
  • Outstanding writing and speaking skills.
  • Strong organization and process-management abilities.


Minimum Requirements:

M.D. and board certification in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a record of professional accomplishments on a national and international scale, with a strong focus on clinical and research success, meeting the requirements for a faculty appointment at the Professor level.

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring salary for this position is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience. This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at (FOR BENEFITS ELIGIBLE POSITIONS ONLY)

The University of Colorado Denver is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado strongly supports the principle of diversity. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Questions regarding the search may be directed to Application Materials Instructions APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled

Reference checks are a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for an interview. We will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 07961

When applying, applicants must include:
  1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications
  2. A current Resume/CV
  3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references, either attached to your resume/CV or uploaded as a separate document
Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process.

Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20301 - SOM-Rehabilitation Medicine

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Mar 7, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Carolyn Goble

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00620484