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Assistant Professor- Clinical Director: Oncology Counseling Services

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Denver, CO
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University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

The University of Colorado Cancer Center/University of Colorado Health

Assistant Professor- Clinical Director: Oncology Counseling Services 


The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment.  We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.


The University of Colorado Cancer Center (UCCC), headquartered at the Anschutz Medical Campus, is Colorado’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, a distinction recognizing its outstanding contributions to research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. CU Cancer Center’s clinical care sites, UCHealth-University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) and Children’s Hospital Colorado, are ranked nationally by U.S. News and World Report.  UCCC consists of approximately 300 researchers and physicians at multiple campuses (primarily Anschutz Medical Campus and Boulder) and healthcare delivery institutions (primarily UCHealth, CHCO, VA). The CU Cancer Center is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN), an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers working to establish and deliver the gold standard in cancer clinical guidelines.

Position Overview

The psychologist in this full-time leadership position will oversee all aspects of psychosocial oncology counseling services at the University of Colorado Cancer Center and its affiliated locations in the Denver Metro region.  Locations include the University of Colorado Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus, Cherry Creek Medical Center, Lone Tree and Highlands Ranch Hospital.  The faculty member in this role will provide leadership in partnership with the Cancer Center Director and Medical Oncology leadership to ensure comprehensive, highly accessible psychosocial programs with efficient operations, sustainable growth and quality.


    Develop, implement and evaluate comprehensive psychosocial oncology services to ensure timely psychological and psychiatric support for cancer patients, their family members and caregivers using best practice, evidenced-based, and innovative models. Provide direct psychosocial oncology services to adults with cancer, those at high risk, their family members and caregivers. Ensure oncology counseling services are accessible to patients across cancer types, treatments, stage, geographic locations in Colorado and Cancer Center practices.In partnership with the Director of the Cancer Center, oversee clinical operations and all associated practice management duties of the oncology counseling program to enhance operational efficiency. Create and manage policy and procedure development and implementation for clinical pathways for all psychosocial oncology counseling services.  Effective pathways are vital to reduce care variation and improve efficiency at all access points of the system.Serve as provider liaison from the oncology counseling team to disease-specific clinical teams across the Cancer Center to coordinate clinical care, identify gaps in psychosocial counseling services, and collaborate to address provider concerns. Engage, lead, supervise and evaluate psychologists, social workers, advanced practice providers, and other clinical professionals providing oncology counseling services.Partner with the Department of Psychiatry and other entities within CU Medicine and UCHealth to provide coordinated counseling services and psychiatric care to adults with cancer.
    Demonstrate sensitivity to the special needs of all patients, families, faculty, staff and trainees with respect to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, gender, gender identity, ability status, religion, political beliefs, and socioeconomic status.Engage oncology physicians and other team members to understand and access mental health services for patients and family members.Implement a formal program evaluation plan including patient, provider and programmatic metrics for psychosocial oncology services across the Cancer Center. Implement an annual quality improvement process for psychosocial oncology services across the Cancer Center.
    Participate in Cancer Center Leadership activities including administrative meetings, strategic planning, Cancer Center evaluation and quality improvement activities, hiring and mentoring of junior faculty and staff, site visit, credential reviews, emergency preparedness and response activities, etc.Provide oversight and accountability for all human subject research within the oncology counseling program.  Initiate and/or collaborate in psychosocial oncology research. Participate in training Pre-Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Fellows in Clinical Health Psychology as well as Residents and Fellows in the Cancer Center and other trainees as needed.

Supervision Received

The psychologist hired in this leadership role will report to the Division Head, Medical Oncology; with input from the Cancer Center Director; Associate Director (UCCC), Clinical Services; and Senior Director (UCH), Oncology Services


Supervision Exercised

The psychologist in this position will supervise psychologists, social workers, advanced practice providers, other clinical professionals as well as trainees providing oncology counseling services.


Salary and Benefits:

The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at: $95,000 - $140,000

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus 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 checks for all new employees prior to their 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.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line. 


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Diversity and Equity:

Please contact [email protected] for information on disability accommodations

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. 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 University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus 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.

Minimum Qualifications:

    Applicants must have a Ph.D. or Psy.D. in clinical or counseling psychology from an APA or CPA accredited program with an APA or APPIC approved internship.  5-10 years or related clinical and leadership experience in psychosocial oncology settings. Eligible for licensure or a licensed Psychologist in Colorado.Ability to obtain and maintain credentialing through the University of Colorado Health system.Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire. 
Preferred Qualifications:

    Post-doctoral fellowship focused psychosocial oncology in surgical, medical and/or radiation oncology settings is desirable. Training, clinical, and leadership experience in psychosocial oncology.Expertise in evidenced-based and cutting-edge oncology counseling service delivery models in Cancer Centers.National reputation as clinical scholar or leader in psychosocial oncology services.Term is 3 years, renewable, subject to the action of the Division Head, Medical Oncology and Cancer Center Director

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Jul 15, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing
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