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Director, Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center (Tenured)

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Director, Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center (Tenured)
Department Center for Toxicology (1907)
Medical Sub-Speciality
Location University of Arizona Health Sciences
Position Summary

The University of Arizona has an opening for a SWEHSC Director; we seek an established scientist and visionary leader with a strong record of funding in environmental research with clear applications to human health.

Preference will be given to individuals who embrace a collaborative and inclusive approach to interdisciplinary research. Candidates should have additional experience in faculty development and mentoring. Reporting directly to the Dean of the College of Pharmacy and the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, the Directors will have his/her academic appointments in one or more of the departments of the University of Arizona Health Sciences Colleges (Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, or Public Health) and will likely hold multiple joint appointments that facilitate intra-university interaction.

The University of Arizona is a research one university and member of the Association of American Universities. The university has an active community of basic and clinical scientists in academic departments across the university who together provide a strong foundation to maintain the center. Collaborations with faculty in the Collaboratory for Metabolic Disease Treatment and Prevention, Sarver Heart Center, UA Cancer Center, Arizona Center on Aging, UA Arthritis Center, Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention and Health Promotion, Steele Children’s Research Center, Arizona Center for Rural Health, Center for Applied Genetics and Genomic Medicine, the BIO5 Institute, the Diabetes Program, Arizona Prevention Research Center, Native American Research and Training Center, and the Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence, and the Cooperative Extension and the Center for Physical Activity & Nutrition at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, as well as other units, enrich the interdisciplinary opportunities for scientists at the university.

The University of Arizona Health Sciences have proven interdisciplinary strengths in imaging, bioinformatics, genomics, and precision medicine, with particular focus on chronic diseases and related behaviors impacting environmental and general health in diverse populations. The directors will have the opportunity to build a program that will put Arizona at the forefront of environmental health research, education, and clinical care in the 21st century.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Provide executive-level leadership of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center toward the definition of organizational goals, targets and key strategies focused on toxicology and environmental health science. These activities would be expected to drive collaboration across all UAHS units and disciplines (including institutional leaders in rural health, minority health, basic medical sciences, and informatics), the Phoenix Biomedical Campus (PBC), and the University’s broad biological sciences community.
  • Drive strategic program development and resource allocation decision-making that enhances and improves the University’s competitive position and overall ranking for extramural (e.g., NIH, DOD, etc.) funding across the health and biological sciences disciplines.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with senior leaders, directors, managers, and external stakeholders to meet and exceed University and UAHS goals and objectives.
  • Promote the vision of the UA/UAHS to local, regional, national and international constituencies through networking, speaking engagements, and representation in professional associations/publications.
  • Act on behalf of the College of Pharmacy Dean and Senior Vice President for Health Sciences on various committees and in discussions with various stakeholders.
  • Perform other related duties and responsibilities appropriate for the Center Director position.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications
  • Advanced health professions or science degree (e.g., MD, PhD, PharmD, DNP, etc.) and eligibility for a University of Arizona academic appointment at the Associate Professor level or higher.
  • Demonstrated relevant experience in toxicology and/or environmental health sciences research and program management, preferably in an academic institution.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in faculty development and mentoring.
  • Strong record of NIEHS and extramural funding in translational research.
Rank Professor
Tenure Information Tenured (T)
FLSA Exempt
FTE 1.00
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Job Category Faculty
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F20366
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Nathan Cherrington

Open Date 12/23/2015
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 01/11/2016
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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Can you perform the essential functions (job duties) of this position with or without accommodation?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  3. * Do you have an advanced health professions or science degree (e.g., MD, PhD, PharmD, DNP, etc.), and are you eligible for a University of Arizona academic appointment at the Associate Professor level or higher?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have demonstrated relevant experience in toxicology and/or environmental health sciences research and program management?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents