Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement

University of Colorado Cancer Center



The Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement (AD for COE) position builds upon the UCCC commitment to serve the State of Colorado and address cancer disparities across racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic populations. The AD for COE serves as a vital member of the UCCC senior leadership team and advises the Director, Senior Leaders, and Program Leaders on issues related to cancer incidence, treatment, and survivorship in the UCCC catchment area. The AD for COE will provide overall scientific direction and planning for UCCC community outreach and engagement activities.

The UCCC is an NCI-designated Consortium Comprehensive Cancer center with approximately 250 full members engaged in collaborative cancer research at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The Cancer Center is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). The School of Public Health is a collaborative endeavor involving the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver), Colorado State University (CSU), and the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). The Colorado School of Public Health is the only accredited school of public health in the Rocky Mountain Region.

Specific responsibilities include:
• Develop an enhanced vision for community outreach/engagement for the UCCC. Establish and lead the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement.
• Establish and chair a Community Engagement Committee to build relationships with the community and seek input from community leaders.
• Work with director, senior leaders and program leaders to encourage disparities-focused cancer research within the institution.
• In partnership with the AD for Population Health Sciences, develop evidence-based cancer information relevant to the catchment, including characterizing Colorado’s demographics, cancer incidence and mortality and disparities, and identifying areas where disparities are most pronounced.
• Disseminate UCCC research advances into community settings, to reduce cancer disparities in racial/ethnic minorities and the medically underserved.
• Enhance cancer-relevant health disparities research in the catchment.
• In collaboration with the AD for Clinical Research, undertake activities to increase participation of underrepresented minorities in cancer clinical trials.
• In collaboration with the AD for Education, develop community-focused educational initiatives to foster dissemination of research and advance community understanding of best practices for cancer prevention, control, treatment and survivorship issues.
• Design, plan and evaluate community outreach initiatives to address cancer specific health related risk factors, especially those relevant to minority and underserved populations.
• Develop systems, policies and procedures to work with state legislators and insurers to more comprehensively and effectively address the cancer-related health care needs of the catchment area. Advocate for public policies to reduce cancer disparities.

Experience & Skills
• Demonstrated effective collaboration skills working with internal and external partners including sponsors, state and local health agencies, community and state leaders, and minority organizations.
• Demonstrated research expertise in health disparities, by serving as principal investigator of peer reviewed extramural research, preferably from the National Cancer Institute or other peer reviewed cancer funding organization.
• Experience building, maintaining, and managing collaborative partnerships and interdisciplinary teams in underserved communities.
• Ability to develop and execute an outreach and health disparities strategic plan in a collaborative environment, based upon the assessment of the current and future needs of the catchment area.

Position Requirements
• Full-time faculty member with an MD and/or PhD
• Must devote at least a 50% effort to the position in the first year, with salary support to be provided from the UCCC. In subsequent years, salary support will be 25%.
• Minimum of 5 years of experience in cancer disparities research and community-based interventions.
• Demonstrated experience in advocacy initiatives, development of community engagement strategies, and volunteer management.

Preferred Qualifications
• Cancer center leadership (e.g., program or theme leader).
• Experience working with development and philanthropic donors is preferred.
• Experience working with community organizations.

Salary / Benefits:
The salary range for this position is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at www.cu.edu/employee-services.

Application Material Instructions Review of applications will continue until position is filled. Applicants must apply online at www.cu.edu/cu-careers. Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

Applicants Must Include:
1. A cover letter which addresses the job requirements and outlines relevant qualifications, specifically: statement of leadership and management accomplishments; summary of research accomplishments, interests and goals; summary of teaching and mentoring experience and accomplishments; history of research funding
2. A current full curriculum vitae
3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references in a separate document.
Questions should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Cathy Bradley, Professor of Health Systems Management and Policy, and Associate Director, Population Health Sciences, University of Colorado Cancer Center at cathy.bradley@ucdenver.edu.

We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.