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Clinical Instructor – AYA Lead Clinician

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

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Psychiatry - General - 412202

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Position Type:

Permanent Faculty

Working Title:

Clinical Instructor – AYA Lead Clinician

Appointment Type:

Fixed Term Faculty

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Full-Time Permanent

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Position Location:

North Carolina, US

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Be a Tar Heel!:

A global higher education leader in innovative teaching, research and public service, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill consistently ranks as one of the nation’s top public universities. Known for its beautiful campus, world-class medical care, commitment to the arts and top athletic programs, Carolina is an ideal place to teach, work and learn.

One of the best college towns and best places to live in the United States, Chapel Hill has diverse social, cultural, recreation and professional opportunities that span the campus and community.

University employees can choose from a wide range of professional training opportunities for career growth, skill development and lifelong learning and enjoy exclusive perks for numerous retail, restaurant and performing arts discounts, savings on local child care centers and special rates on select campus events. UNC-Chapel Hill offers full-time employees a comprehensive benefits package, paid leave, and a variety of health, life and retirement plans and additional programs that support a healthy work/life balance.

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit:

The UNC School of Medicine has a rich tradition of excellence and care. Our mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of North Carolinians, and others whom we serve. We accomplish this by providing leadership and excellence in the interrelated areas of patient care, education, and research. We strive to promote faculty, staff, and learner development in a diverse, respectful environment where our colleagues demonstrate professionalism, enhance learning, and create personal and professional sustainability. We optimize our partnership with the UNC Health System through close collaboration and commitment to service.

Our vision is to be the nation’s leading public school of medicine. We are ranked 2nd in primary care education among all US schools of medicine and 5th among public peers in NIH research funding. Our Allied Health Department is home to five top-ranked divisions, and we are home to 18 top-ranked clinical and basic science departments in NIH research funding.

Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of North Carolinians and others whom we serve. We accomplish this by providing leadership and excellence in the interrelated areas of patient care, education, and research.

Patient Care: We will promote health and provide superb clinical care while maintaining our strong tradition of reaching underserved populations and reducing health disparities across North Carolina and beyond.

Education: We will prepare tomorrow’s health care professionals and biomedical researchers by facilitating learning within innovative curricula and team-oriented interprofessional education. We will cultivate outstanding teaching and research faculty, and we will recruit outstanding students and trainees from highly diverse backgrounds to create a socially responsible, highly skilled workforce.

Research: We will develop and support a rich array of outstanding health sciences research programs, centers, and resources. We will provide infrastructure and opportunities for collaboration among disciplines throughout and beyond our University to support outstanding research. We will foster programs in the areas of basic, translational, mechanistic, and population research.

Position Summary:

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine is seeking a licensed clinician to serve in a leadership role in the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Program, which is located organizationally within the Comprehensive Cancer Support Program. The AYA program is a well-established inter-professional program provides developmentally- appropriate psychosocial and medical care for AYA cancer patients and their support communities, advances research in the field of AYA oncology, educates providers about the unique needs of young people living with cancer, and improves care for AYAs. The program aims to deliver high-quality cancer care for AYA patients throughout the care continuum and across the state of North Carolina. Members of the UNC AYA program provide direct clinical care, conduct clinical and translational research, educate health care providers and patients, and engage in local and national AYA advocacy efforts. This is a 100% FTE, fixed-term Clinical Instructor position.

The AYA lead clinician will fulfill a critical role in the care of teenagers and young adults treated for cancer at the University of North Carolina. The AYA lead clinician will meet with patients and, in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team, develop a supportive care plan designed specifically for that patient. The successful candidate will develop an extensive knowledge of supportive care resources (e.g., clinical services; psychosocial support; educational programs; financial assistance) for AYA patients offered within and outside of UNC. This position will involve consultation to and
collaboration with oncologists, nurses, mental health clinicians, and other cancer-related clinicians and staff members. Other clinical duties include:

  • Care for patients in the AYA cancer survivorship clinic
  • Staff and supervise cases with the AYA clinical consult team
  • Carry a small caseload of weekly or bi-weekly AYA cancer patients seen for therapy
  • Cover for clinical team when they are out of the office or the clinical service is busy
  • Triage newly diagnosed AYA patients to decide most appropriate system of care (pediatric vs. adult oncology)

In addition to clinical responsibilities, the AYA lead clinician is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the AYA Cancer Program and oversees the program’s overall growth and sustainability strategy. The AYA lead clinician supervises, mentors, and supports the AYA team members in their daily work while also focusing on growth in their individual careers. The AYA lead clinician partners with the AYA Medical and Research Directors to develop and advance an AYA-focused research portfolio. The AYA lead clinician is responsible for marketing and communications (including the development and use of the AYA website) and philanthropic, partnerships and fundraising. The AYA lead clinician participates in larger cancer center initiatives and aligns the AYA Program work with those priorities of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Applicants must be a licensed clinician in the state of NC (ex: nursing, social work, psychology, counseling, physician, or related field)
  • Must be able to work with various populations effectively and professionally
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to think critically and creatively, to help plan the work of others, and to work collaboratively across diverse partners and stakeholders.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience in a leadership and supervisory role.
  • 5+ years of post-Master’s level experience

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience:

  • Strong clinical skills and experience working with an inter-disciplinary team,
  • Experience leading and managing an interdisciplinary group of professionals
  • Experience caring for oncology patients
  • Appreciation of matrix hospital systems and processes
  • Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to develop and execute strategic plans
  • Fundraising and relationships with donors
  • Quality improvement and change-management skills
  • Work with patient advisory boards

Campus Security Authority Responsibilities:

Not Applicable.

Special Instructions:

Interested candidates may apply by going to
and attaching a curriculum vitae and letter of application. Please include the names of 2-3 references.


The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students.

Here, in one of America's most beautiful college settings, we offer exceptional careers in richly diverse fields. Come explore what UNC-Chapel Hill has to offer you.

Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,117

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,894

Total Student Enrollment: 30,011

Founded: 1789, as the first state university in the United States

Type of Institution: Public, four-year

Undergraduate Admission: 15,961

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039

Total Student Enrollment: 26,000

Faculty: 3,000

Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent

Faculty/student ratio: 1/14

Location: UNC is located in the heart of Chapel Hill, the best college town in America! It's a friendly town of about 40,000 in the geographical center of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is at the western point of the Research Triangle, an area of about one million people, comprised of Chapel Hill, the cities of Durham and Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park, home of many corporate offices and scientific research centers. Carolina is about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Chapel Hill's main street, Franklin Street, borders the campus and offers shops, coffee houses, cafés, movie theaters and houses of worship. The town has a historic district, museum, library, parks, malls, and many recreational facilities.

Origins of Carolina's students: 82 percent of UNC's freshmen are from North Carolina and 18 percent are from out-of-state. Our students come from 42 different states and our international students represent 37 countries.

Size of freshman class: Approximately 3,400

Class size: Barely five percent of undergraduate classes contain more than 100 students; two-thirds of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Forty-one percent have fewer than 20 students, including First Year Seminars, in which first-year students work closely with professors.

Sports and athletic programs: UNC is an NCAA Division I school with 28 varsity teams. Carolina is the proud home of the Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Koury Natatorium, and many other fine athletic facilities. Students join more than 60 intramural and club sports, which include baseball, bowling, crew, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, tae kwon do, and ultimate frisbee. The Student Recreation Center offers weight training, aerobics, stair machines, and all the equipment you would expect to find at a great health club! Carolina offers a newly renovated outdoor pool and indoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and the longest zipline in America!

Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television.

Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid.

Special research institutes: Institute for Research in Social Science, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Institute of Government, Institute of African American Research.

Career services: On-campus counseling, job fairs, résumé writing service, internships, placement services.

Technological facilities: Students find multiple uses for Carolina's state-of-the-art technological resources. They can access Carolina's computer services through Academic Technology and Networks, which manages academic computing, e-mail, microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, video and classroom support, and a help desk. The MetaLab oversees the development of SunSITE, one of the world's busiest digital library and electronic publishing projects.

Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.

Carolina Computing Initiative: Beginning with the freshman class of 2000, undergraduates must purchase laptop computers. The University has arranged for IBM to offer computers at excellent prices. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy cost savings, higher quality compatible equipment, and better technical support through CCI.

The Study Abroad program allows students to live and learn in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas.

The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies.

Carolina students spend time in public service through student organizations, the Campus Y, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and courses that incorporate community service.

UNC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national collegiate honor society, is the oldest in North Carolina, dating from 1904. There are many other honorary societies at Carolina.

UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.

Life outside the classroom: More than 370 clubs, teams, and student organizations offer something for everyone! You can choose from among musical and dramatic performing groups, publications, ethnic and religious clubs, the Campus Y and other service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and pre- professional organizations. Whatever your interests, you will find others at Carolina who share them!

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