Director, Public Health Sciences | Public Health Sciences job

Director, Public Health Sciences | Public Health Sciences
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Winston-Salem, NC
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Wake Forest Baptist Health



Company Description

At Wake Forest Baptist Health, we recognize that businesses and corporations depend on a healthy workforce to succeed. It is our mission to promote and manage the health and wellness of employees by providing integrated healthcare solutions. By using our various services, companies and organizations can give employees with poor health practices and high risk factors the knowledge and support they need to adopt a healthier lifestyle, while encouraging those with good health habits to continue these practices.

Job Description

Job Description

Located in Winston-Salem, the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (WFBMC) is a nationally recognized academic medical center with an integrated enterprise including educational and research facilities, hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centers, and other primary and specialty care facilities serving 20 counties in northwest North Carolina and southwest Virginia. The academic flagship of WFBMC is Wake Forest School of Medicine and among its most highly regarded units is the Division of Public Health Sciences, which includes 63 faculty and 176 staff in four vibrant academic departments: Biostatistical Sciences, Epidemiology & Prevention, Implementation Science, and Social Sciences & Health Policy. In FY2017, $43M in extramural funding was awarded to the PHS. Consistently for the last decade, the Wake Forest PHS has ranked in the top 10 for organizations of this type.

After 27 exceptionally successful years as Director of the PHS Division, Dr. Greg Burke has assumed the role of Senior Associate Dean of Research and the recently appointed CEO of the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine, Dr. Julie Freischlag, now seeks a nationally recognized, world-class scientist and seasoned leader to serve as the next Director of Public Health Sciences (PHS).

Functioning as a 'school within a school', the PHS brings a unique, interdisciplinary approach to population health and clinical research and to the generation, management and interpretation of basic science, clinical and health-related information. Its multidisciplinary public health scientists have international and national renown in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, substance abuse, cancer control, community-based participatory research, health-related quality of life, women's health, population genetics, statistical methods, study coordination, bioinformatics, and neuroepidemiology. The new Director will be expected to enhance and deepen collaborations with the Wake Forest School of Medicine, health system, and cross-university research initiatives and serve as a bridge to the community at large. PHS has a unique opportunity to directly impact and transform medical care delivery to patients in the surrounding areas (and beyond) by directly implementing the results of investigations of its faculty and measuring results. It is actively evolving into a learning healthcare model. The synergy between the newly created Center for Healthcare Innovation and PHS's Department of Implementation Science figure prominently in this evolution in cutting-edge clinical research in an ever-changing healthcare environment.

The successful candidate will demonstrate passion for the research and educational missions of PHS and will have the business acumen and cultural sensitivity to manage a well-honed, complex and diverse organization. The new Director will demonstrate the interpersonal skills that will assure successful relationship building with leadership, as well as the faculty and staff of the Division of Public Health Sciences. Engagement with a variety of stakeholders including affiliated community organizations and government figures will also figure prominently. The successful candidate will share his/her energizing vision in mapping the PHS roadmap to the future, coupled with an ability to communicate in a fashion that inspires others to follow in uncertain times. Familiarity with the latest challenges presented to its researchers, including the keen competition for funding is essential. The new Director must be a consensus builder, respectful of the institution's history and accomplishments, and also effective in leading through change.



  • Provide strategic leadership for the institution with the ongoing efforts to grow and collaborate with colleagues across the entire health system.
  • Provide strategic leadership for PHS, fostering innovation and scientific discovery while maintaining a large and diverse portfolio of research funding.
  • Lead the PHS Executive Committee and in collaboration with the 4 Department Chairs, oversee the operations of its four departments, promoting sound fiscal management and efficient administration.
  • Further the development of bioinformatics and computational science support for quantitative decision making.
  • Promote excellence in the PHS faculty and staff by nurturing professional growth, attracting talented recruits, and developing a robust leadership pipeline.
  • Conduct high-impact, collaborative public health research.


  • An energetic personality with an ability to provide inspired leadership.
  • A relevant terminal degree (e. g. MD, PhD, DrPH) or equivalent at the rank of Professor (or equivalent) with a sustained record of scholarly activity and reputation in public health that has resulted in significant national and/or international recognition.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of experience in an academic environment, including five (5) of progressive leadership/administrative experience.
  • Experience in leading and conducting team-oriented research, developing early-career scientists, and financial management.
  • Active independent and well-funded research portfolio in public health sciences.

Reporting Relationship: The Director of Public Health Sciences will report to Julie Freischlag, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and Dean, Wake Forest School of Medicine.


Compensation arrangements are competitive and commensurate with both experience and achievement. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and School of Medicine are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers and Educators. Women and members of underrepresented minority groups are encouraged to apply.


All applications and nominations will be reviewed in strict confidence. For priority consideration, please apply by March 31, 2018. Applications should include a detailed curriculum vitae and a 2-3-page letter of interest that highlights the applicant's relevant leadership experience and accomplishments and a clear statement of interest. To ensure full consideration, inquiries, nominations and applications should be submitted electronically in confidence, to: Pamela Rumney at pam. rumney@kornferry. com.

This job was posted on Mon Mar 19 2018 and expired on Mon Sep 03 2018.


  • Identify main client groups and audiences, determine the best way to communicate publicity information to them, and develop and implement a communication plan.
  • Develop and maintain the company's corporate image and identity, which includes the use of logos and signage.
  • Manage special events, such as sponsorship of races, parties introducing new products, or other activities the firm supports, to gain public attention through the media without advertising directly.
  • Write interesting and effective press releases, prepare information for media kits, and develop and maintain company internet or intranet web pages.


  • Reading ComprehensionUnderstanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active ListeningGiving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • WritingCommunicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • SpeakingTalking to others to convey information effectively.


  • Administration and ManagementKnowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • ClericalKnowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Economics and AccountingKnowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
  • Sales and MarketingKnowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

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