The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine and Vice Chancellor of Medical Sciences.
The UCLA medical enterprise consists of the David Geffen School of Medicine, with 22 clinical and basic science departments; four affiliated hospitals throughout the Los Angeles area, including the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, and Mattel Children’s Hospital, five affiliated institutions including Cedars-Sinai, Harbor-UCLA, Olive View-UCLA, the VA Greater Los Angeles Medical System (including Wadsworth), and Kaiser-Permanente; six organized research units; 11 large centers and institutes including the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center; and the UCLA Faculty Practice Group.
UCLA seeks to advance its status as one of the country’s preeminent institutions that provides leadership and fosters excellence in biomedical research, teaching, patient care and community service. Highly ranked in research, it seeks to expand and enhance funded programs of national distinction. Through its distinguished faculty it seeks to continue to excel in education and clinical innovation by training health professionals, teachers and investigators of the highest quality.
As the executive officer with primary responsibility for the UCLA medical enterprise, the dean/vice chancellor exercises responsibility for conceiving and managing policy, programs and resource allocation to achieve its mission. Reporting to the executive vice chancellor/provost, he/she advises the chancellor and executive vice chancellor on all issues relating to academic medicine and health care, serving on the chancellor’s executive committee and the council of professional school deans.
The dean/vice chancellor sets the standard of intellectual engagement and accomplishment for the school of medicine. He/she provides strategic vision and operational leadership for the academic and scholarly program, creating an environment and community that supports the school’s faculty, research agenda, students, residents and patient care in its clinical facilities. He/she ensures that the school continues to provide academic programs of the highest quality and effectiveness. The dean/vice chancellor, with the faculty, defines the standard of excellence for faculty recruitment, promotion and retention and advances the scholarly activities of the faculty, including interdisciplinary approaches. He/she collaborates with the deans of dentistry, nursing, and public health in the creation of increased opportunities for education and research across the health professions, as well as with the dean of life sciences and the affiliated institutions.
The dean/vice chancellor has responsibility for the fiscal integrity of the medical school and the UCLA-owned and operated hospitals, providing leadership and exercising responsibility for fund raising and capital development programs. He/she also provides leadership to ensure the success of the UCLA Faculty Practice Group. In addition, he/she is the public voice of the medical enterprise, communicating its goals, mission and initiatives within UCLA, throughout the University of California system and beyond — articulating its contributions in local, state, regional, national and international arenas of medicine, health care, and health policy. The dean/vice chancellor is responsible for developing strategic relationships with public and private constituencies, including elected officials, policymakers, and corporate and philanthropic foundations. He/she oversees outreach services to the community and serves as a board member of Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science.
The successful candidate will be a nationally-recognized scholar with demonstrated leadership in teaching, research and public service. Minimum requirements include: an earned doctorate in medicine; a record of distinguished teaching and research; substantial administrative leadership, preferably in a research university; proven success in external fund development; credentials that merit appointment at the rank of full professor, and a record of advancing diversity.
Situated on 419 acres, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, UCLA is enriched by the cultural diversity of the dynamic greater Los Angeles area, as well as the geographic variety and temperate climate of Southern California. It is among the most distinguished research institutions in the world, public or private, with 4,100 faculty members who teach 39,650 students in the College of Letters and Science and 11 professional schools and who in 2007-08 generated nearly $900 million in research contracts and grants. UCLA is an international leader in the breadth and quality of its academic, research, health care, cultural, continuing education and athletic programs. Four UCLA alumni and five faculty members have been awarded the Nobel Prize.
Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. The anticipated start date of the position is January 1, 2010. Compensation is highly competitive. To be ensured full consideration, a cover letter and curriculum vita should be forwarded to UCLAmedicine@wittkieffer.com by May 1, 2009. Electronic submission of materials is preferred. Address inquiries to the Witt/Kieffer consultants supporting this search, Mary Elizabeth Taylor (212-686-2676), Anthony Barbato (312-618-2848) or Elizabeth Bohan (630-575-6161).
The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and seeks candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities and to a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.