Department Chair- Health Administration & Health Policy (Associate/Professor Rank)

University of North Texas Health Science Center
September 24, 2023
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Department Chair- Health Administration & Health Policy

(Associate/Professor Rank)

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Posting Title Department Chair- Health Administration & Health Policy (Associate/Professor Rank) Department HSC-Dept of Hlth Admin&Hlth Policy-303500 College/School School of Public Health Job Location Fort Worth Full Time/Part Time Full-Time Retirement Eligibility ORP Eligible Additional Retirement Information

As a full-time employee, you can enjoy a robust benefits package, including:

· tuition benefits

· paid time off plus paid holidays

· 100% state-paid medical insurance premium for eligible employees and 50% premium paid for eligible dependents

· State of Texas retirement and optional plans

Salary Information Salary Commensurate with Experience Department Summary

The inaugural Chair of the Department of Health Administration and Health Policy at UNTHSC SPH will be a recognized thought leader and practitioner in the fields of health administration and health policy, and serve as a strategic thought partner with, and reporting to, the SPH Dean.

The Department of Health Administration and Health Policy will house SPH's CAHME-accredited MHA program, the first in the nation to partner with the National Association for Healthcare Quality and fully integrate a pathway to Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) into its curriculum. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to academic excellence, an unwavering ethical compass, a deep commitment to interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration, and executive experience in the health sector.

Position Summary

The Chair will develop and implement a bold strategic vision for the Department's future in consultation with the Dean, Executive Director of the Center for Health Policy, faculty, staff, students and external stakeholders, helping to establish well-defined strategic priorities, and raise and manage resources to steadily advance those priorities.

Among the Chair's core responsibilities will be to help develop and advance SPH 2030 – the School of Public Health's new strategic plan – focusing on strategic priorities for the new department; lead the recruitment, development and retention of distinguished faculty and staff; establish a transformative, entrepreneurial agenda for the new department; advance high impact teaching practices; establish robust industry partnerships, consulting opportunities, internships, and community engagement; steward the department's resources and undertake diverse and creative fundraising activities to increase those resources; cultivate strong relationships with the school's alumni, friends, and donors; help establish interdisciplinary/interprofessional programs, joint faculty appointments, and new academic, research and consulting initiatives in partnership with HSC Centers and Institutes, internal and external academic and non-academic organizations, community agencies, and industry; and serve as a visible exemplar of engaged, high performing, entrepreneurial, and positive academic citizenship within the SPH and across the HSC.


1. Leadership:

  • Provide visionary, entrepreneurial, engaged, and transformative leadership, working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to develop strategic goals and priorities for the department in alignment with the overall mission, vision, and goals of the SPH and emerging trends within the field of health administration and health policy.
  • Foster the development of a high performing team of faculty, staff, and students, building collaborative and transformative academic, practice, applied research, and consultancy opportunities, and promoting teamwork, open communication, and professional development.
  • Oversee the administrative functions of the department, including budgeting, resource allocation and management, and fundraising, ensuring efficient and impactful operations and adherence to HSC and SPH policies and regulations.
  • Represent the department in school-wide leadership meetings, committees, and external engagements, advocating for SPH interests and contributing to the overall organizational decision-making processes.
  • 2. Industry Engagement and Partnerships:

  • Utilize executive experience in the health sector to foster strong connections and partnerships with industry leaders, health organizations, and professional associations.
  • Collaborate with industry partners to develop internship programs, experiential learning opportunities, and executive education initiatives that bridge the gap between academia and industry.
  • Seek opportunities for faculty and student engagement in industry projects, consultancies, and applied research efforts that address current health sector needs and contribute to evidence-based health management and policy initiatives.
  • Apply executive experience to provide insights on the importance of linking theoretical and practical knowledge, bridging the gap between academic theory and practice across the health sector.
  • 3. Policy Engagement and Practice:

  • Provide policymakers, government agencies, healthcare organizations, and other stakeholders with the knowledge and expertise to inform and shape health policy development and implementation at the local, regional, national, and global levels toward solutions to pressing societal problems.
  • Collaborate with external partners to conduct policy analyses, evaluate healthcare programs, and provide evidence-based recommendations to improve health systems and policies.
  • Contribute to policy dialogues, public debates, and expert consultations, and offer the Department's expertise around evidence-informed and equitable health policies.
  • Engage faculty and students in policy-related activities, such as policy research, briefings, and testimony, to promote their involvement in shaping health policy and addressing health disparities.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with the HSC Center for Health Policy to engage faculty and students in policy-related activities, such as policy research, briefings, and testimony, to inform health policy development and address health disparities.
  • 4. Academic Excellence and Program Development:

  • Prepare students for careers in the public sector, non-profit sector, and consulting to improve health systems and organizations.
  • Develop and implement innovative and rigorous academic programs within the Department, ensuring alignment with real-world problems, emerging trends, competencies, and accreditation requirements.
  • Stay abreast of emerging trends, research, and best practices in health policy, health systems, and health equity, fostering the Department's reputation as a thought leader in the field.
  • Lead curriculum analysis and revision efforts, integrating interdisciplinary approaches, industry best practices, and emerging trends.
  • Recruit, mentor, and support a diverse and talented faculty, fostering their professional growth, and promoting excellence in teaching, scholarly activity, consultancies, and community service.
  • Promote a culture of excellence, enabling faculty, staff, and students to engage in impactful projects, securing external funding through grants, contracts, and consultancies, and disseminating results widely to academic and non-academic audiences.
  • Foster a culture of intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and interdisciplinary collaboration within the Department, encouraging innovative approaches to addressing complex health and administration and policy challenges.
  • 5. Collaborative Partnerships and Community Engagement:

  • Establish and nurture collaborative partnerships with industry leaders, local, national, and global healthcare institutions, government agencies, community organizations, and professional associations to enhance the relevance and practicality of the Department's programs.
  • Leverage executive experience to identify opportunities for industry partnerships, internships, consultancies, and experiential learning initiatives that provide students with real-world exposure and enhance their career readiness.
  • Engage with the local and regional healthcare community, working closely with industry stakeholders to identify emerging trends, address industry needs, and contribute to policy and practice discussions.
  • Foster community engagement initiatives, working with community leaders and organizations to address social determinants of health outcomes and inform health policy, promote health equity, and support sustainable health systems.
  • Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's or Doctoral degree, in health administration, business administration or related field.
  • Experience in program development, community and partnerships engagement.
  • Experience in industry engagement and partnerships
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's or Doctoral degree, in health administration, business administration or related field.
  • Develop and implement innovative and rigorous academic programs health policy and health system administration
  • Experience in program development and growth
  • Familiarity and success with program accreditation
  • Required License / Registration / Certification Physical Requirements Carrying, Lifting up to 10 pounds, Sitting, Standing, Walking, Talk or Hear, Ability to communicate Area of Specialty Health Administration, Public Health, Healthcare Management Security Sensitive This is a security sensitive position. EEO Statement

    The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

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    Interested applicants should submit 1) a cover letter describing their background and experience; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) contact information for three references.

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