UNC Vice Chair for Quality, Equity and Community Engagement

Updated: 2 days ago
Location: Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA
Job Type: FullTime
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Posting Information
Posting Information

Department OBGYN - Administration - 412401
Posting Open Date 03/28/2024
Application Deadline
Open Until Filled Yes
Position Type Permanent Faculty
Working Title UNC Vice Chair for Quality, Equity and Community Engagement
Appointment Type Open Rank
Vacancy ID FAC0005021
Full-time/Part-time Full-Time Permanent
Hours per week 40
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range Commensurate with Experience
Proposed Start Date 08/01/2024

Position Information

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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.
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Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
The UNC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is one of the top programs in the country, with more than 80 faculty in 10 different divisions and more than 50 residents and fellows. The department is known for its innovative clinical care, robust research portfolio in health equity, and outstanding training programs.
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 UNC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is excited to announce the creation of the inaugural position of Vice Chair for Quality, Equity and Community Engagement. Quality improvement and community engagement are critical tools to drive equitable health care and outcomes. The successful candidate will have a pivotal role in shaping and advancing the department’s commitment to provide high-quality, equitable, and safe reproductive health care for the people of North Carolina. The Vice Chair for Quality, Equity, and Community Engagement will collaborate with departmental and healthcare system leaders, clinicians, and administrators to develop and implement initiatives to enhance quality, equity, and safety internally, while also actively engaging and serving the communities we serve.
Protected time will be commensurate with the role and the balance of FTE will be covered by OB-GYN clinical responsibilities and funded time. This is an Open Rank position for either fixed term or tenure/tenure-track appointment.
Key Responsibilities
Strategic Leadership:
* Develop and implement a comprehensive, 3-5-year strategic plan that integrates equity and re-imagines our quality and safety infrastructure to maximize the department’s unique strengths and align seamlessly with our Mission Driven Pillars: Clinical Excellence, Research, and Education Innovation, Community, Culture, and People.
* Work with Division Directors and other department leaders to integrate equity, quality, and safety initiatives into all aspects of departmental operations.
* Collaborate with clinical leadership to guarantee the department’s clinical service adopts and implements best practices for a culture of continuous quality improvement and respectful care, fostering an equitable and inclusive environment.
Quality Improvement:
* Develop and oversee quality improvement programs to enhance clinical processes, patient experience, and reproductive health outcomes.
* Implement evidence-based practices to optimize patient care and safety.
* Monitor and analyze patient safety data, implement corrective actions, and drive a culture of safety. Identify trends, measure performance, and assess the effectiveness of quality improvement initiatives.
* Prepare and present regular reports on quality, equity, and safety metrics to departmental leadership.
Equity and Inclusion:
* Create and sustain an inclusive environment that values and respects diversity in race, gender, religion, socioeconomic status, and other defining features.
* Implement and advocate for policies and practices that promote a culture of belonging for all department members and communities served.
* Engage with key stakeholders and community members to identify and address disparities in healthcare delivery based on race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, socioeconomic status, rurality, and intersectional identities.
Collaboration, Communication, and Community Engagement:
* Serve as the departmental liaison to the communities we serve, fostering partnerships and ensuring that our programs and services reflect the priorities and meet the needs of diverse populations.
* Establish and maintain relationships with community organizations and stakeholders to enhance the department’s community engagement efforts.
* Communicate effectively regarding quality, equity, and safety initiatives in the Department.
Educational Initiatives:
* Develop and implement educational programs to raise awareness and promote understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and quality areas within the department.
* Provide training and resources to support faculty, staff, and trainees in creating an inclusive and culturally aware healthcare environment.
Collaboration and Representation:
* Act as the liaison to the School of Medicine and the Health Care System, advocating for and representing quality and equity and inclusion initiatives at higher organizational levels.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
MD or DO degree with completion of a 4-year ACGME residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Board eligible or Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology is required. Excellent qualifications and letters of recommendation are required.
* Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
* Ability to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders.
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
* Demonstrated leadership experience in the development and implementation of initiatives designed to enhance department quality, equity, and inclusion.
* Strong understanding of issues related to quality, equity, and inclusion in healthcare and education.
* Experience in developing and implementing strategies to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion within an academic setting.
* Experience in quality improvement methodologies .
* Commitment to community engagement and partnership-building, particularly with under-served and marginalized communities. Interest in developing and implementing community-centered initiatives to address health disparities and promote health equity.
* Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to effectively advocate for equity and inclusion principles.
* Understanding of cultural competence and its application in healthcare delivery.
* Commitment to ongoing professional development and staying informed about emerging trends, best practices, and evidence-based approaches in equity, inclusion, and quality improvement in healthcare.
* Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, staff, and community members from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
Special Physical/Mental Requirements
Campus Security Authority Responsibilities
Not Applicable.
Special Instructions
To apply electronically, go to https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/277347 . Please upload a cover letter describing your experience and interest in this position, an updated Curriculum Vitae, and a list of four professional references. The cover letter should be addressed to:
Ebony Carter, MD, MPH
Associate Professor & Search Committee Chair, UNC Department of OB-GYN
Division Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
3010 Old Clinic Bldg./CB# 7570
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7570
Quick Link https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/277347

Department Contact Information

Department Contact Name and Title Ebony Carter, MD, MPH, Associate Professor & Division Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Department Contact Telephone or Email [email protected]
Academic Personnel Office Contact Information
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Equal Opportunity Employer Statement
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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