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Job Title: Dean, School of Public Health
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Organization: SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Posted: 3/13/2018
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Public Health - General
Industry: Academic Institutions
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Brooklyn, NYC,  NY   
Position Description: The State University of New York Downstate Medical Center ("Downstate") announces a search for the next Dean, School of Public Health and invites dynamic leaders to apply for the position of Dean of the School of Public Health. The next dean will have an opportunity to strengthen and shape the direction of a school of public health whose focus is on the health and well-being of urban and immigrant populations. Led by President Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP, the organization's energy and optimism is palpable. Downstate seeks a leader who can think globally and act locally in a complex and changing public health environment. Such a leader must have an understanding of the accreditation-agency mandated changes in public health education and possess the strategic thinking and insights to lead the process for their implementation.

The School of Public Health, with roots beginning in 2001, now stands at the forefront of public health education for students seeking solutions to the unique health problems of urban and immigrant populations. The School's mission is to advance public health knowledge, promote health and well-being, and prevent disease and disability within communities, particularly in urban and immigrant ones. The School's exciting vision is one full of hope, possibility, challenges, and eventually, greater health equity for all.

To provide the necessary leadership in this transformative period, Downstate seeks a distinguished figure in public health to serve as the ambassador for the diverse and local urban community, the School, the faculty, and the students. Reporting to the President of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, the Dean will be influential at local, state, and national levels in communicating the current research expertise and interests of the faculty and students. In addition, the successful candidate must possess the political skills to navigate conversations with external and internal stakeholders, including government figures, donors, and affiliated community organizations on behalf of the School. The Dean will have an understanding of issues and challenges facing underserved populations of color and will bring passion for the education and research missions. The successful candidate will promote knowledge and understanding of current issues in health care, public health, health science, and education in public health in Brooklyn, New York City, and beyond.

Qualifications: Applicants should possess relevant terminal doctoral degree(s) (eg. MD, PhD, DrPH) with a sustained record of scholarly activity and reputation in public health. The ideal candidate will have significant national and/or international recognition and a demonstrated track record of successful competitive extramural research funding for diverse public health issues.

Organization Description: New York has always been the gateway for those seeking new opportunities without losing their heritage. Brooklyn, one of the five New York City boroughs, is the equivalent of the 3rd largest city in the United States. Over 100 different racial and ethnic groups from around the world join those already making their home here. The State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center ("Downstate") is one of four academic health centers in SUNY's 64- campus system.

Reflecting its location and multiple missions, the campus strives to: (1) foster an environment that embraces cultural diversity while providing excellent education for healthcare professionals; (2) advance research in biomedical science, health care and public health; and (3) deliver the highest quality, patient- centered care.

Downstate joined the SUNY system in 1950 with a single college and has grown over the years. It now encompasses the College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Health Related Professions, School of Graduate Studies, School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and several research and biotechnology centers. Today, Downstate enrolls close to 1,800 students, has over 4,000 faculty (including full-time, part-time and voluntary), and employs some 3,000 support staff. It grants the BS, MS, MPH, RN, MD, DrPH and PhD degrees, among others, as well as advanced certificates, with approximately 80 percent of students enrolled in graduate-level programs.

Located in the heart of Brooklyn, Downstate was founded in 1860 to help people make their way in the new world by treating health problems carried from the old. Downstate has never wavered from this mission to improve the lives of those it serves. As one of only 126 academic medical centers across the country, Downstate has five colleges: Medicine, Nursing, Health Related Professions, Graduate Studies, and the School of Public Health. Downstate is first and foremost an institution of higher learning for health-care professionals, with five academic units. Collectively, Downstate's Colleges and Schools offer over 40 health-focused programs:

The School of Public Health is the first new school established at SUNY Downstate since 1966. Launched in 2001 as a single-track MPH program in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health in the College of Medicine, it formally declared for school status in 2008, and was fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in 2010. The School offers five MPH concentrations and three Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) concentrations, and is dedicated to improving health and the quality of life in the communities that Downstate serves.

The College of Medicine is the thirteenth oldest college of medicine in the country. It is the largest college of medicine in New York State. Downstate ranks ninth out of 134 accredited U.S. medical schools- ahead of highly-rated institutions such as Johns Hopkins, NYU, Cornell-Weill and Yale- in the number of graduates who hold faculty positions at American medical schools. It has trained more physicians practicing in New York City than any other medical school.

The School of Graduate Studies, offers tracks in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Neural and Behavioral Science, and Biomedical Engineering. It grants the PhD degree and, with the College of Medicine, sponsors a combined MD/PhD degree. In 2011 two new MD/PhD tracks were added in concert with SUNY Albany's College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering.

The College of Nursing offers upper-division undergraduate and master degrees or certificate programs in all advanced nursing specialties. The second largest of Downstate's schools, it is noted for its innovative programs, including a 15-month accelerated BS program. The number of minority students is well over 50 percent. Many are the first in their family to attend college, and many pursue their academic goals while working full-time and caring for their families. Because of the College's deep roots in the community, most College of Nursing alumni remain in Brooklyn and the metropolitan New York City area after graduation.

The College of Health Related Professions (CHRP), since its inception in 1966, has graduated over 4,000 healthcare professionals. The school offers courses of study leading to both the bachelor's and master's degrees in six disciplines- physical therapy, occupational therapy, midwifery, physician assistant, diagnostic medical imaging, and medical informatics. Through CHRP, Downstate developed the nation's first direct-entry midwifery program. CHRP is an upper division undergraduate and graduate college. About 80 percent of CHRP's students already have four-year college degrees in other fields when they enroll. Like the College of Nursing, the College of Health Related Professions attracts a diverse student body, representing a wide range of ethnic and minority backgrounds.

Closing Date: 4/30/2018
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Contact Name: Tonika Lam,  Dean, School of Public Health
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Contact Phone: 215-656-5315 
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