Director of the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center
TL Jones and Associates, LLC
April 23, 2018
New Orleans, Louisiana
Full Time - Experienced
Academic / Research
Dillard University, classified by the Carnegie Commission on Higher education as a balanced arts and sciences/professions institution, has engaged TL Jones and Associates, LLC to conduct a national search for the Director of the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center (MHHDRC), for Dillard University. Located in the culturally rich and diverse city of New Orleans, Louisiana, the Director is responsible for executive leadership and actualization of the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center’s vision and mission. Many populations in America, whether defined by race, ethnicity, immigrant status, disability, sex, gender, or geography, experience higher rates of certain diseases and more deaths and suffering from them compared with the general population. While the diversity of the American population is one of the Nation’s greatest assets, one of its greatest challenges is reducing the profound disparity in health status of its racial and ethnic minority, rural, low-income, and other underserved populations.
This position provides an opportunity for a visionary, experienced leader in minority health and health disparities. The director will provide executive oversight over the conceptualization, planning, management, and execution of research, training and programmatic work for the MHHDRC and will collaborate with Dillard University academic programs and external stakeholders and partners. The director will provide strategic leadership and be responsible for the programmatic and financial sustainability of the MHHDRC.
The MHHDRC is primarily supported by proceeds from a $25 million endowment established through the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities. The MHHDRC has successfully facilitated and participated in a number of NIH-supported research, training, and outreach initiatives.
The remainder of this document outlines information about the organization, the position, qualifications, and specifications for the role.
Since1869, Dillard University has been committed to providing students with a quality four-year liberal arts education. Dillard is a fully accredited private, historically black university. In 2010, U.S. News & World Report ranked Dillard among the nation’s Top 10 HBCUs, based on comprehensive undergraduate studies. Dillard also was awarded a Top 10 Ranking in 2010 for liberal arts schools in the social mobility category by Washington Monthly. Located on a 55-acre tract in Gentilly, a residential area of New Orleans, Dillard’s campus is a beautiful setting for academic study and learning. Handsome white buildings, stately live oak trees, large open spaces, and sweeping green lawns create a picture perfect college environment. With students and faculty crossing paths each day on foot, the campus is a walker’s delight. From the center of campus, every building is within a five-minute walk. Dillard students go on to some of the best graduate schools in the world. Dillard currently has alumni studying at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Johns Hopkins, and the London School of Economics, among others. Dillard University is also the only university in the United States that is a partner in the Melton Foundation. Dillard students who become Melton Fellows participate in intercultural training, leadership development, and global education through symposia, travel, online activities, project grants, and social service. Host countries include China, Chile, Germany, India, and the United States. Dillard University's mission is to produce graduates who excel, become world leaders, are broadly educated, culturally aware, and concerned with improving the human condition. Through a highly personalized and learning-centered approach, Dillard's students are able to meet the competitive demands of a diverse, global, and technologically advanced society. The Position
The Director is responsible for executive leadership and actualization of the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center’s (MHHDRC) vision and mission. This position provides an opportunity for a visionary, experienced leader in minority health and health disparities. The director will provide executive oversight over the conceptualization, planning, management, and execution of research, training and programmatic work for the MHHDRC and will collaborate with Dillard University academic programs and external stakeholders and partners. The director will provide strategic leadership and be responsible for the programmatic and financial sustainability of the MHHDRC.
Position Accountabilities/Essential Functions include:
•Develop and implement the MHHDRC’s strategic plan as aligned with the Dillard University institutional strategic plan. •Provide leadership for the development of programming efforts, specific to institute initiatives. •Provide leadership and oversight for the development and integration of all aspects of programming macro and micro design, including: idea generation, analysis and research, networking with key internal and external resources, advocacy, monitoring approach, and evaluation strategy. •Provide vision and current knowledge about trends, movements, and developing policies to stimulate appropriate programming directions and capitalize on emerging opportunities. •Ensure MHHDRC programmatic efforts are compatible with Dillard University’s niche, mission, vision and values. •Bring a broad public health and social determinants of health lens to the programmatic and policy work of MHHDRC. •Shape MHHDRC efforts based on current social and economic factors that shape programming efforts.
•Provide executive leadership over MHHDRC research, fundraising, sustainability, and expansion strategies, including the identification, development, and submission of grants, contracts, cooperative agreements, and major gifts. •Provide executive leadership and vision in programmatic design and planning, management, and evaluation. •Serve as MHHDRC ambassador among key internal and external partners and stakeholders, while clearly articulating the center’s mission and vision. •Articulate explicit change strategies and convene key stakeholders and intermediaries as appropriate. •Identify and examine the opportunities and challenges in coordinating and leveraging human and financial resources for grant making and change making emphasizing implementation, outcomes, impact, and linking knowledge to practice and policy. •Facilitate development of a university-wide collaboration and interdisciplinary research with multiple academic programs and areas within the university.
•Oversee and support MHHDRC-specific programs. •Forecast resource requirements related to planning and design work. •Provide executive oversight and support to MHHDRC staff to achieve the center’s mission and goals, ensuring appropriate accountability, evaluation, and reporting. •Provide effective communication with key internal and external stakeholders and intermediaries. •Develop and maintain strategic relationship to leverage human and financial resources (internal and external) that support institute directives. •Provide an appropriate level of transparency through open communication, appropriate sharing of information, and conflict both with core programmatic areas and across the center and university. •Form, manage, and support sub-teams consisting of diverse individuals/programs/skillsets to address core priority and core focus areas as appropriate. •Appropriately and responsibly manage obligated allocations and resources, including executive oversight of MHHDRC personnel, and direct oversight of selected core/administrative personnel. •Facilitate a research agenda. •Cultivate and train junior faculty on facilitating research.
Opportunities for Leadership include:
Ensure continued growth and sustainability of the MHHDRC
The director will work to envision a long-term growth strategy for receiving extramural grants and contracts which will include providing the infrastructure, support and mentorship needed for staff to expand on existing funding as the center grows, promoting MHHDRC within the national health community and taking the lead on institutional and program grants.
The director will also work to substantially increase the center’s endowment by engaging in direct fundraising.
Oversee development of the Dillard University Biomedical Scholars Institute
Dillard University is actively working towards the development and launch of a biomedical scholars institute that will nurture and educate for success through access to academic, research, and service programs those students who aspire to eliminate health disparities through research, medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, and the social sciences.
Broaden the reach and scope of the MHHDRC
The director will work to establish research and programmatic areas within the center that advance minority health and health disparities policies.
Enhance scholarship and build collaborations
The director will enhance scholarship within the center to position staff and associated faculty for success for competitive federal grants and to advance their careers.
The director will have the opportunity to work with other university units to further enhance multi-disciplinary collaborations in research and programs. In addition, the director will be expected to strengthen existing and forge new partnerships nationally.
Personal Qualifications and Qualities
The successful candidate will demonstrate passion for the mission, values, and principles of MHHDRC and have a strong record of scholarship and research appropriate for faculty appointment. Familiarity and/or experience with historically black colleges/universities is a plus.
In addition, candidates should meet the following requirements: •Minimum of a PhD, DrPH, EdD or equivalent terminal degree in a field relevant to community or public health, education, or related fields.
•Demonstrated work experiences (10 - 15+ years) in fields relevant to the assigned responsibilities, especially organizational fiscal sustainability, as well as a broad, generalist background (e.g., academic, policy, practice experience) with deep and comprehensive understanding of program design and development, systems and networking. Distinguished in relevant field or practice, with a preference for expertise in public or community health. •Successful experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team and working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds. •Demonstrated experience with health policy development and implementation. •Experience advancing community/public health research, advocacy, and/or practice, and the ability to advance a vision for advancing health equity globally. •Track record of attracting and managing extramural support including federal, state and local research grants and contracts, foundation programmatic and research funding, and philanthropic support.
Core competency requirements sought include:
•Visionary thinker with demonstrated ability to develop and implement impactful programs. •Ability to represent MHHDRC on a national stage and to communicate to a wide range of constituents in a compelling way. •Demonstrated problem-solving skills, including the ability to develop novel approaches. •Sound judgment and the ability to make clear decisions regarding complex, multidimensional issues, based on facts and an understanding of contextual and political factors. •Demonstrated knowledge and grasp of systems changes and the ability to orchestrate the levers of change. •Capacity to effectively use research and evaluation. •Demonstrated ability to establish policy frameworks and targets. •Demonstrated risk-taking and flexibility, with a high tolerance for ambiguity. •Demonstrated organizational, administrative and management skills. •Team-effectiveness skills and the ability to use interpersonal and political skills in cooperative, collaborative, and diplomatic ways. •Demonstrated ability to serve as spokesperson and subject matter expert in relative areas while representing Dillard University and MHHDRC to a variety of stakeholders and intermediaries in a credible and influential way. •Organizational savvy and constructive political skills. •Demonstrated ability to integrate knowledge and learning. •Demonstrated effectiveness in written and oral communication.
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