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Associate Professor or Professor/Director Center for Health Disparities

East Carolina University
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Associate Professor or Professor/Director Center for Health Disparities

Position Number: 600192
Vacancy Open to: All Candidates
Department: EHH BSOM Public Health
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Advertising Department: PUBLIC HEALTH, DEPT OF
Division: ECU Health/BSOM
Classification Title: Associate Professor; Professor
Working Title: Associate Professor or Professor/Director Center for Health Disparities
Number of Vacancies: 1
Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1.0
Full Time or Part Time: Full Time
Anticipated Recruitment Range. Salary offered may be outside of this range as impacted by budget, UNC salary administration, and/or candidate qualifications.: Commensurate with Qualifications
Position Location (City): Greenville
Position Type: Faculty (Teaching)
Job Category: Faculty (Teaching)

Organizational Unit Overview
The ECU Center for Health Disparities Research (CHDR) was established to combine and organize campus and community efforts around the goal of improving quality of life, promoting health equity, and eliminating health disparities in eastern North Carolina through conducting relevant research and applying the findings.

The Director of CHDR will play a lead role in the Center's mission by overseeing the development of comprehensive programs that focus on three key areas: I) Research aimed at identifying and disseminating drivers of and interventions to increase health equity; 2) Education/Training for medical, academic, and lay populations on empirically supported strategies for increasing health equity, and 3) Development and sustainability of effective service models for the delivery of empirically supported strategies for eliminating health disparities and promoting health equity.

Job Duties
Primary Purpose of the Position:

The primary purpose of the CHDR Director is to play a pivotal role in advancing the Center's mission. This involves overseeing the development of comprehensive programs that focus on three key areas:

Research Leadership: Directing research efforts to identify and disseminate drivers of and interventions for enhancing health equity. The goal is to actively contribute to the implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of findings in the field of health disparities research.

Education and Training: Establishing an educational and training environment to encourage individuals at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels to pursue health careers. This includes supporting curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation related to health disparities.

Service Model Development: Ensuring the creation and sustainability of effective service models for delivering empirically supported strategies to eliminate health disparities and promote health equity.

In addition to these core responsibilities, the Director is tasked with:
Developing the CHDR as a valuable resource for population health-level research.
Collaborating with partners and stakeholders to secure and maintain access to relevant data sources for addressing stakeholder needs.
Building and maintaining campus and community partnerships at local, regional, and state levels, particularly with historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Hispanic and/or Native American serving institutions, and local community-based organizations addressing disparities.
Supporting ECU campus-wide priorities related to community outreach and collaboration.
Leading the University by coordinating efforts with regional, state, and national partners to advocate for health equity through scientific support for policy and leadership initiatives.

The Center Director will have demonstrated dedication to health equity with skills in leadership and partnership, research methods for a variety of data types, grant writing, mentorship, and scholarly productivity.

20% Mentoring, developing research capacity and collaborations. Serve as a central resource to provide infrastructure for multidisciplinary students and faculty to be exposed to, develop skills in, and participate in productive scholarship and mentorship around health disparities. The Center Director will lead Center faculty and staff to help develop ideas, provide guidance, conduct analyses, and shepherd faculty and student learners to complete products (abstracts, presentations, and manuscripts) for career development and to spark future interest in research. Projects would be selected around unifying themes chosen by the Center director with stakeholder input.
20% Community engagement, partnership development: Interacting with local/regional healthcare agencies (Brody School of Medicine at ECU, ECU Health, state, and county health departments), faith-based organizations, priority population agencies and community organizations, Area Health Education Centers, and clinical departments to inform curricula and training initiatives related to promoting health equity in health care. Leading by example in community engagement and partnerships to address health disparities, utilizing an "open door" policy that promotes inclusivity, mutual respect, and free exchange of ideas within and between campus and community entities. Representing the CHDR at local and regional events and in national/international forums to increase awareness of the Center, and to foster collaboration in pursuit of its mission. Actively supporting, organizing, and promoting events aligned with the CHDR mission, such as research seminars, symposia, and conferences.
40% Research: The director will be responsible for building and leading a collaborative, interdisciplinary health disparities research center. This will entail the support of faculty affiliate research programs and surveillance and evaluation data resources that reflect the combined resources, strengths, best practices, and expertise of the people, institutions, and communities in eastern North Carolina. Supporting the dissemination of CHDR research findings and best practices through scholarly publications, presentations at professional conferences/meetings, and community/stakeholder dissemination both internal and external to ECU. The director will develop a needs assessment and a CHDR strategic plan for research, education, and service in collaboration with all major stakeholders throughout eastern North Carolina (i.e., academic, clinical, and community constituents).
20% Center administration: Collaborating with ECU leadership to develop a sustainable annual budget for Center growth. Overseeing the efficient management of the Center, which includes supervising staff, managing budgets, coordinating reporting processes, and providing leadership for various events. This entails ensuring smooth administrative operations, fostering a cohesive team environment, and upholding accountability in financial and operational matters.

Contingent upon the availability of funds

Minimum Education/Experience
Ph.D., a DrPH, and/or M.D., DO or equivalent doctoral degree, and, expertise in clinical or applied research in any of the social or life sciences (the following are examples but are not an inclusive list: medicine, nursing, public health, psychology, sociology) and demonstrated experience in biomedical and/or behavioral research is required. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

License or Certification Required by Statute or Regulation: N/A

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education
Track record of writing, obtaining, and managing grant funding from a variety of sources.
Strong publication record in the peer-reviewed literature.
Experience in health disparities research is strongly preferred.
Experience with interdisciplinary collaboration and research mentorship.
Additional public health/research education in related fields such as MPH, epidemiology, biostatistics
Health at the Associate Professor level or above.
Experience building community and academic-practice partnerships.
Experience in community impact, outreach, and engagement.
Familiarity with IRB principles and processes and NIH grants and contracts language.

Special Instructions to Applicant
Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. At the time of employment two to three original letters of reference, official transcripts, a criminal background check, and proper documentation of identity and employability are required. Please be aware that if selected for an interview, an automatic e-mail will be sent to the individuals entered by the applicant in the references section of the PeopleAdmin applicant tracking system. Letters of reference submitted via the PeopleAdmin applicant tracking system will be verified and considered towards meeting this requirement.

Additional Instructions to Applicant
In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

Job Open Date: 06/26/2024
Open Until Filled: Yes
Job Close Date - Positions will be posted until 11:59 p.m. EST on this date. If no closing date is indicated, the position may close at any time after the initial screening date.
Initial Screening Begins: 07/26/2024
Rank Level: Professor, Associate Professor

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East Carolina University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration. We encourage qualified applicants from women, minorities, veterans, individuals with a disability, and historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race/ethnicity, color, genetic information, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, political affiliation, or veteran status.

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Eligibility for Employment
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. ECU participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Office of Human Resources Contact Information
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