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Dean of the School of Public Health - University of Washington

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Location: Seattle, WA
Full-time position
Closing Date: open until filled
Job #11870
Posted: October 6, 2017


The University of Washington, a world-class public university based in Seattle, Washington, seeks a dynamic, accomplished, inspiring and collaborative individual to serve as dean of the School of Public Health. The dean is the chief academic and administrative officer and leader of the School of Public Health and reports directly to the University provost.

As the state’s flagship university, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest — more than 92,000 annually. The UW is the oldest public university in the Pacific Northwest and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. Celebrating its 156th anniversary, the University is led by a senior leadership team committed to engaging the world’s complex challenges. It has a strong culture of cross-disciplinary initiatives and offers a remarkable environment for collaborative projects and partnerships among colleges, schools and campuses. It’s location in the entrepreneurial and technology-rich Pacific Northwest also provides an excellent environment for the School of Public Health to engage with national and international leaders, to raise private funds to support school and University initiatives, and to collaborate with other academic partners around the world.

Additionally, the UW’s groundbreaking Population Health Initiative, launched in 2016, demonstrates the University’s commitment to addressing the challenges in creating and sustaining healthy populations. The initiative offers the opportunity for School of Public Health faculty, staff and students to pursue collaborative research, teaching and engagement across the University and its campuses, as well as in our communities locally and globally. This initiative builds on the UW’s work with more than 130 organizations focused on population and global health. From the Gates Foundation and PATH, to organizations concentrating on individual nations or specific maladies, few places in the world offer more opportunities for collaboration and collective impact than the UW.

This is a remarkable moment for the UW’s School of Public Health as it holds the potential to build on the strong pillars of its accomplishments to lead new initiatives that will improve the health and well-being of communities around the world. The successful candidate will be a proven leader with the ability to develop and implement, within an institutional context of shared governance, a vision for the future that enhances and expands the strengths of the school’s noteworthy faculty, students and staff. This will require outstanding communication skills, the ability to inspire and collaborate with numerous and diverse stakeholders, within the school, across the University, and in the communities we serve. The candidate should also demonstrate experience in academic and fiscal management, strategic management and managerial skills, and a genuine commitment to advancement and fundraising. The successful candidate will have a distinguished record as a scholar, and the academic achievements that are appropriate for an appointment at the rank of professor at the University of Washington. Moreover, the dean will be expected to demonstrate commitment to advancing the University’s research, teaching and service and engagement missions, as well as a proven track record of addressing and advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the faculty, staff, students, and curriculum. Finally, the dean must be an effective advocate for the School of Public Health as one among the numerous schools, colleges, and programs across the University, as well as among the variety of important national and international constituencies. In short, the new dean will demonstrate the ability to continue the UW School of Public Health on its current trajectory of excellence.

The School of Public Health ranks third in the world and first among public universities, according to the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects for 2017. The school is comprised of five academic departments: Biostatistics, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Global Health, and Health Services. The school’s five interdisciplinary programs include Health Administration, Maternal and Child Health, Nutritional Sciences, Pathobiology, and Public Health Genetics. The Global Health program is shared with the School of Medicine and fosters novel programs including the leading-edge field of implementation science while engaging faculty and students in more than 138 countries around the world. The school’s 1,027 faculty (primary, joint, adjunct, and clinical and affiliate) include 22 elected members of the National Academy of Medicine. The more than 50 research centers and institutes based in the School of Public Health, focus on a wide variety of public health issues including NIH-funded research on HIV/AIDS and other communicable and non-communicable diseases, clean air and water, and agricultural safety and health. The school also houses expertise in health promotion and public health practice and engages in these activities with a broad range of partners locally and globally. Faculty have strong relationships with Seattle-based partners including Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Kaiser Permanente, Washington Health Research Institute, the Veteran’s Administration, UW Medicine, Public Health-Seattle King County and the Washington State Department of Health.

Nearly 1,500 students are enrolled in the school’s graduate and undergraduate programs. Three-quarters of students are women, 60 percent are from the state of Washington, 16 percent are underrepresented minorities and 10 percent are international. Job placement for School of Public Health graduates is excellent, as 95 percent of job-seeking graduates reported being employed within one year of graduation. The school’s alumni exceed 10,000 and many hold faculty positions at preeminent academic institutions, while others are leaders in industry, business, and governmental and non-governmental organizations at local, state and international levels.

How to Apply:

The University of Washington has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is required.

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The University of Washington is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity and strongly encourages applications and nominations of women, individuals with disabilities, veterans and individuals from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

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