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Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Howard University College of Medicine

Application Deadline: 6/30/2017

Reporting to the Dean, College of Medicine, the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences will be responsible for the attainment of all Departmental academic and operational goals; providing leadership essential to building programs and services; and is accountable for the overall clinical, research, administrative and educational direction of the Department and its Divisions. The Chair is accountable for positioning the Department for its future success and to oversee its efficient operation. Further, he/she will be committed to supporting the mission and vision of Howard University and organizational diversity initiatives. The Chair will collaborate effectively with the College of Medicine and the University.

General responsibilities:
• Lead the Department to national prominence;
• Guide the successful functioning of the Department in its various missions;
• Define a vision and strategic plan for the Department;
• Financial management;
• Hire, evaluate and lead/mentor faculty;
• Monitor and review professional performance of all practitioners with clinical privileges
in the Department in accordance with the established QA provisions;
• Lead the teaching, education and research programs;
• Adhere to institutional policies and procedures; principles of clinical practice; regulations
designed for patient protection and safety; and ongoing quality assurance/performance
improvement initiatives;
• Establish committees and/or additional policies necessary for proper performance of
Departmental functions or responsibilities;
• Develop the full potential of various psychiatric sub-specializations;
• Analyze information for capital improvement and equipment needs;
• Ensure compliance with the standards of accreditation organizations; and
• Be an active collaborator with clinical colleagues; ready to provide clinical expertise,
education and coverage at the Hospital and Clinics.

The ideal candidate should be nationally recognized in areas which are consistent with Howard University College of Medicine?s mission by providing education, service and research for the underserved and underrepresented group in medicine. The selected candidate must have extensive administrative experience as a Division Chief or Program Director of a Department of Psychiatry. The successful candidate will be expected to have the ability to build faculty to provide outpatient, inpatient and consultative clinical services. In addition, the candidate will have a strong commitment to the education and mentorship of students, residents and faculty and a distinguished research record.

The selected candidate will:
• Have an MD or MD/PhD degree from an accredited institution;
• Have or be able to obtain an unrestricted District of Columbia (DC) medical license;
• Must be certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
(ABPN) and have seven (7) or more years of experience working in academic settings;
• Have a successful record of mentoring faculty, residents and students;
• Have a track record of extramural grant funding and scholarly publication; and
• Must be eligible for promotion to a faculty appointment in the Department at the rank of
Full Professor or have already obtained the rank of Professor in a Department of Psychiatry.
Personal characteristics sought in the ideal candidate include: • Visionary; change agent;
• Flexible and resilient;
• Enthusiastic; high energy;
• Collaborative; works well with people at all levels of the organization;
• Comfortable working in a highly matrixed environment;
• Willing to roll up his/her sleeves to get the job done; ?can-do? attitude;
• Possesses passion for clinical excellence and innovation;
• Fiscally and politically astute;
• Excellent communicator;
• Trustworthy, honest, straightforward;
• Good sense of humor; and
• Mission driven to serve healthcare needs of medically underserved communities.

Home of the White House, host to 176 diplomatic missions, and more than 600,000 residents, Washington, D.C., is more than ?A Capital City? ? it is the heartbeat of the United States. The District of Columbia is surrounded by Maryland to the northwest, north, northeast, east and southeast and Virginia to the south, southwest and west. The Potomac River divides the District of Columbia from Virginia. The area is served by three major airports ? Dulles International, Baltimore-Washington International and Reagan National Airport.

The Washington metropolitan area offers an assortment of housing styles and neighborhoods. Whether one prefers the quiet family living of the surrounding Virginia and Maryland areas or the excitement of city life in historic Georgetown, the DC area has a wide range of housing styles from which to choose. From historic-district row houses to prestigious executive homes, the area can meet one?s needs in terms of location and price.

Recreational activities are also numerous. The DC area is one of the greenest metropolitan regions in the United States. No other urban county in the nation has legally protected as much green space as Montgomery County, a northern DC suburb. Hiking trails are plentiful. One can enjoy canoeing on the Potomac River or boating in the Chesapeake Bay. Washington is second only to New York in total public performances. It also has over 90 museums and public galleries. From outdoor activities to nightlife, Washington, DC offers something for everyone.

Approximately 87 percent of Maryland?s five million+ residents live in the consolidated Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, making the region the fourth largest retail market. The economic base of the region is rooted in high technology, education, life sciences and services as well as manufacturing and international trade. The region has one of the nation?s most educated and productive work forces.

There are many wonderful communities surrounding Washington, DC, including Annapolis, Arlington, Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Rockville (to name a few). The communities have strong public and private schools and are located near several universities, including Georgetown University, George Washington University, University of Maryland and the University of the District of Columbia. Washington, DC and its surrounding communities are a wonderful place in which to live, work or play. Thanks to beautiful parks, a variety of recreational and leisure activities, a thriving retail corridor, and a healthy and growing corporate sector, the area truly has something for everyone.

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The search committee will accept nominations and applications until the position is filled. Nominations should include a statement of the attributes and qualities of the individual relevant to the position and his/her curriculum vitae.

Howard University is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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