Chair of the Department of Psychiatry

Dec 11, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Chair of the Department of Psychiatry

Job Class Code: 00021
FLSA: Exempt
Posting Number: FRGV0850
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Division/Organization: Division of President
Appointment Period for Non-Tenure Position: 1 year
Tenure Status: Non Tenure Track
FTE: 12 month, 100%

Scope of Job:
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine (SOM) is seeking an exceptional leader to serve as the founding Chair of the Department of Psychiatry. The founding Chair will provide academic leadership for the new Department of Psychiatry and will expand and build collaborative relationships and grow innovative programs within the School of Medicine and the Division of Health Affairs. Reporting to the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs/Dean of the School of Medicine, the founding Chair will work collaboratively with other UTRGV schools/colleges to develop interdisciplinary opportunities for teaching and research that will help address the unique health care priorities for the region.

The Rio Grande Valley region has been identified as a significantly underserved area for psychiatric services. While the supply of psychiatrists in relation to the population is already below the national average in the state of Texas, the Rio Grande Valley region has an even greater demonstrated need, with only 37 psychiatrists, not including the psychiatrists at UTRGV School of Medicine, to serve the Valley's 1.3 million people.

The founding Chair will have a deep commitment to students and their success, in addition to a record of accomplishment with building strong and abiding interpersonal relationships. Specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Define the mission and establish the strategic direction for the new Department of Psychiatry, in collaboration with the leadership of the School of Medicine and hospital/clinical affiliates.
  • Ensure that the necessary financial and human resources are available to support the clinical, educational and research missions of the School of Medicine.
  • Assure that excellent education and advanced training is delivered to medical students, graduate students, Psychiatry residents and postdoctoral fellows, as well as other learners as indicated.
  • 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, research teams, and other faculty in efforts to secure extramural funding. This includes research in the neurosciences, developmental neurobiology, addictions, infant development, child and adolescent psychiatry, behavioral immunology, schizophrenia, depression, transcultural psychiatry, public psychiatry, and other fields as deemed appropriate.
  • Be involved in patient care and clinical teaching.
  • Supervise, prepare, implement and monitor the Department budget, including 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.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

    Minimum Qualifications:
    • M.D. or equivalent with Board certification in a related Behavioral Science field such as Psychiatry, Behavioral Neurology, Neuropsychiatry, or closely related field is required
    • Academic experience and credentials to be awarded rank at level of Associate Professor or Professor
    • Licensed or license eligible in the State of Texas

    Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:

    Preferred Qualification:
    Five years of progressive leadership experience in Higher Education with a record of professional accomplishments on a national and international scale, with a strong focus on clinical and research success for meeting the requirements for a faculty appointment at the rank of associate professor or full professor.

    • Significant leadership experience and demonstrated success as a manager at the Chair, Associate Director, Director or program leader level gained within an academic medical center, and/or psychiatry institute, including successful experience in the recruitment, retention, and management of researchers and clinicians.
    • Strong organizational, management, financial, and budgetary skills with the ability to bring scientific leadership and organization innovation to the management of people and processes.
    • A demonstrated ability to think strategically with a vision of how to develop psychiatry research and services for the future while keeping an eye on the details of the implementation; has the ability to articulate a vision that will promote and integrate psychiatry research, care, and education across UTRGV and the community.
    • A proven background in recruitment, mentoring, and development of outstanding academic and administrative leadership. A dedicated leader and mentor to scientists, clinicians, and staff.
    • A distinguished academic record and national presence in one’s discipline as evidenced by such activity as peer-reviewed publications, major journal editorial responsibility, a senior officer position in one’s major national organization, or equivalent experience.
    • A proven ability to build strong teams, as well as to work as a team member with one’s colleagues in management and in team leadership positions with one’s direct reports.
    • An ability to grow revenue and attract external funding from institutions and individuals; specific experience with donor fundraising a plus.
    • A commitment to and demonstrated results in the advancement of diversity and inclusion in current organization.
    • A demonstrated record of building strong teams, both within and across disciplines. Evidence of support for interdisciplinary research and clinical program development is highly valued.
    • Experience or ability to nurture and grow a successful residency program.

    Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
    License or Certification Required?: Yes
    Number of Vacancies: 1
    Desired Start Date: 01/01/2019

    EEO Statement:
    EEO Statement
    UTRGV is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that strives to hire without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or veteran status. UTRGV takes affirmative action to hire and advance women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

    Diversity Statement
    UTRGV is a Hispanic-serving Institution dedicated to student success and building a diverse faculty committed to working in a multicultural environment. UTRGV has an NSF ADVANCE grant to increase the representation of women in STEM fields and to promote a positive, family friendly workplace for all faculty. We strongly encourage applications from women and minorities.

    Open Date: 11/30/2018

    Special Instructions to Applicants:
    Dear Applicant,

    Human Resources will not be held responsible for redacting any confidential information from the documents you attach with your application. The confidential information includes the following:

    *Date of Birth
    *Social Security Number

    Please make sure that you omit this information prior to submission. We are advising that Human Resources will be forwarding your application to the department as per your submission.

    Additional Information:
    UTRGV is a distributed institution. As such and as assigned, the position may
    require presence at multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Work is
    performed primarily in a general office environment. This position is security sensitive
    and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code
    §51.215. The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of
    Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least
    135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement
    Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week
    and at least 135 days in length.

    Please Note:
    Texas law requires faculty members whose primary language is not English to
    demonstrate proficiency in English as determined by a satisfactory paper-based
    test score of 500 (computer-based of 173 or internet-based of 61) on the Test of
    English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a satisfactory test score of 6.0 on the
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Incomplete applications
    will not be considered.

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