Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean Reports to: President Primary Leadership Duties and Responsibilities • Provide academic leadership for WVSOM. Develop and implement current and innovative medical school curriculum. Responsible for personnel actions of faculty, and academic budgetary control of WVSOM. Work effectively with the faculty, students, staff, alumni, medical profession, administration, and other constituencies to foster the development and implementation of quality osteopathic medical education, research and scholarly activity, and service learning programs. • Support the mission of WVSOM to educate students from diverse backgrounds as lifelong learners in osteopathic medicine and complementary health related programs; to advance scientific knowledge through academic, clinical and basic science research; and to promote patient-centered, evidence based medicine. • Provide leadership as we serve, first and foremost, the state of West Virginia and the special health care needs of its residents emphasizing primary care in rural areas. • Collaborates and works in conjunction with the Vice President for Graduate Medical Education and Rural outreach to assure strong graduate medical education and rural outreach programs. • Provide leadership in the acquisition of state, federal, and private funds to deliver the collaborative research and training programs of WVSOM. • Fosters positive and productive relationships with various constituencies including but not limited to the Higher Education Policy Commission, WVSOM Alumni Association, WVSOM Foundation, Robert C. Byrd Clinic, West Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association, and legislators as directed by the President. • Oversee the admission process. • This position is responsible for ensuring all American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) academic duties and responsibilities are fulfilled as it relates to academic standards. The Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean in conjunction with the Vice President for Graduate Medical Education and Rural Outreach and the Vice President for Administration and External Relations will serve as liaison officers with accrediting agencies. Additionally this position will work to ensure that WVSOM complies with institutional, state, federal and accrediting agencies' policies, procedures, regulatory and statutory standards as it applies to WVSOM’s delivery of the academic program. • In conjunction with the President and other Vice Presidents, ensures the development and implementation of strategic planning and short-term and long-range operational plans associated with the academic strategic plan. • Inform the President and Board of Governors concerning the status, needs, and accomplishments of WVSOM. • Provide leadership to WVSOM’s "medical home" model for health care. • Provide leadership in creating a diverse workforce in all areas of the medical school especially the academic areas. • Responsible for the appointment of Chairpersons, Assistant and Associate Deans and Directors in the academic program. • Responsible for oversight of processes for staff development, promotions, and appointments within academic affairs. • Formulates policies, procedures and practices for the assigned functional areas within WVSOM and makes recommendations to the President. • Directs training and health care delivery. • Liaison with Vice Presidents, Associate and Assistant Deans, Directors and other WVSOM personnel with regard to policy and operational areas. • Demonstrates an ability to effectively lead faculty and staff in the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of the institution. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the State’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring recommendations, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. • Represents the President in a variety of capacities as assigned and serves or has oversight of various teams and committees. • Active involvement in Management Meetings, Strategic Planning, President’s Forum and other committees. • Convene and directs the Dean’s Advisory Council and other related meetings. • Engage in other related activities as assigned by the President as needed for the benefit of WVSOM. Leadership Skills & Personal Characteristics • Honesty (includes character and integrity). • Commitment to the institution. • A warm and well-rounded personality. • The ability to create a feeling of family with the WVSOM community. • Candor. • A willingness to continue learning. • Excellent communications skills, including listening. • Interpersonal facilitation skills. • Ability to make good decisions. • Willingness to debate alternative strategies. • Salesmanship and a talent for advocacy. • Ability to negotiate in a number of contexts. Position This is a full-time tenure track position, which excludes any other gainful employment outside the institution and is exempt from FLSA provisions regarding overtime. The Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean reports to and serves at the will and pleasure of the President. There is an excellent state benefits package including relocation and educational loan reimbursement. Qualifications • Earned Degree as Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) from a COCA accredited college of osteopathic medicine. Board certified by the American Osteopathic Association. • Eligible for a current license to practice osteopathic medicine in the State of West Virginia. Must possess currently unencumbered Drug Enforcement Agency certification. • A minimum of five (5) years of administrative experience in a D.O. program, at the level of dean, associate dean, assistant dean, or chair of an academic unit at a college of osteopathic medicine, or a military or public health facility. Additional Preferred Qualifications • Demonstrated academic leadership abilities. Significant leadership experience as a senior administrator at a COCA accredited College of Osteopathic Medicine. Record of significant participation in academic leadership role at the state and/or national levels with demonstrated academic leadership abilities. • Significant experience in clinical practice is desired. • Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to develop relationships with the entire medical community for the benefit of the college and its primary teaching clinic, Robert C. Byrd Clinic, as well as MSOPTI Hospitals. • Demonstrated commitment to excellence. Committed to excellence in osteopathic medical education and health care delivery. Demonstrated commitment to innovation in academic affairs. • Published scholarship on medical education, medical research, academic leadership or other related topic is desired. • Proven ability to communicate effectively. Ability to communicate with diverse constituencies. Ability to develop relationships to facilitate positive educational, research, and funding opportunities. Demonstrated evidence of productive community relations and development of service learning programs. Application Qualified applicants should send a letter of interest, vita, and a list of three (3) professional references and their contact information to include addresses, e-mail, and phone numbers. Materials are treated confidentially and references are not contacted until further in the search process. Finalist for this position will participate in a background check to include a review of credentials, references, criminal history, and credit check. Applicants are encouraged to send application packets via e-mail c/o Leslie Bicksler, Associate Vice President of Human Resources at email@example.com. Material that cannot be e-mailed may be sent to: Leslie Bicksler, WVSOM, 400 North Lee Street, Lewisburg, WV 24901. WVSOM’s initial review of applicants will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled. The position becomes available as of July 1, 2014. West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to enhancing diversity among its faculty and staff. WVSOM is a free-standing medical school nestled in the Allegheny Mountains. We are located in "America's Coolest Small Town" (Budget Magazine 2011) just minutes from the famed Greenbrier® Resort, a Five Diamond hotel and spa and host of the PGA’s annual Greenbrier Classic. As one of the original seven colleges of osteopathic medicine founded in this country, WVSOM brings over 40 years of history serving the health and wellness needs of the Greenbrier Valley, the state of West Virginia and beyond. The school’s small-town, rural community cherishes its connection with the college and our students are actively engaged in service outreach and support for over 40 non-profit organizations in this area. Additionally, WVSOM faculty and staff enjoy a vibrant cultural community which features one of only four operating Carnegie Halls in the world, as well as the state professional theatre of West Virginia. Throughout the year, employees can enjoy live plays and musicals, a broad representation of visual artists, an annual chocolate festival, a flourishing literary series, and live music events within a historic preservation area featuring 19th century architecture, unique shops and dining, and limitless outdoor recreation. This one-of-a-kind environment brings together farmers and artists, lumbermen and world-renowned musicians, holistic physicians and thrill-seeking whitewater rafters in a diverse melting pot that is truly unique!