Department Chair for Clinical Sciences

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Job Title:  Department Chair for Clinical Sciences

Department:  Clinical Affairs Date: October 1, 2021

Work Location: Virginia Campus

Employee Category:  T/R Faculty 

Reports to:  Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs

Job Summary:  The primary role of the Clinical Sciences Department Chair is to promote and advance the development of the clinical faculty for teaching, scholarship and service. The appointment of the Clinical Sciences Chair is by the Dean but includes consideration input provided by the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and the Associate Dean for Medical Education.


Duties:  The duties of the position include: 

  1. Assuring the orientation of new faculty, the education and faculty development of all new campus clinical faculty.  (includes those on educational objectives, syllabi, IT instruments, and all basic faculty development documents).  
  2. After initial orientation, provides weekly meetings and one on one assistance to faculty as they orient to their new position in the first six weeks. 
  3. Assures the new faculty have an appropriate on-boarding process including access to the services offered by the CIFSS office, by Human Resources.
  4. Assures all new clinical faculty have the basic faculty development for syllabi, teaching resources, medical education resources, orientation to teaching instruments by IT, and the organization of the clinical academic program.
  5. Assisting all new faculty with their needs related teaching, scholarship, and service.
  6. Assures all new faculty have an appropriate orientation to their role and to their expected duties.
  7. Assists the Associate Deans in assuring faculty prepare annual performance documents for review, assisting faculty with preparing their documentation for review.
  8. Assists faculty with development of documents for periodic promotions when preparing for the Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure Committee.
  9. The Clinical Sciences Department Chair makes recommendations to the Dean and Associate Deans on the needs of their department members.
  10. The Clinical Sciences Department Chair assists the Dean with conducting annual clinical faculty meetings, with planning appropriate on-campus CME events, and clinical faculty development programs on campus.
  11. The Clinical Sciences Department Chair assists the Center for Institutional, Faculty, and Student Success in the planning of the Faculty Development and Continuing Medical Education according to overall clinical faculty needs.
  12. Assists the Dean in planning of Clinical faculty social events.
  13. Provides a leadership role in the mediation of conflicts between clinical faculty and in consulting with Human Resources as necessary.
  14. Serves as an advocate for faculty resources including library and information technology resources.
  15. Gain a sound knowledge of the “Faculty Promotion” process to model by example the desire and motivation to be involved and invested to assist their faculty and preceptors in seeking “advancement” and “promotion in rank”, as well as be involved and invested to assisting faculty in preparing an application for promotion
  16. The Clinical Sciences Department Chair also serves as an educator and may serve as a Discipline Chair.  Discipline Chair duties are provided in a separate document.

Required Qualifications: 

Education: Must have a Doctoral Degree and five years of experience in teaching and academic leadership experience in a medical education setting. Must be board certified in their field of medicine and hold a medical license in the state.

Additional Skills required for this position: 

  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
  • Strong team player
  • Commitment to company values
  • Basic computer proficiency 

Preferences may be given to applicants who are enthusiastic, energetic, have a strong work ethic, and open to constructive advice. Additional educational post-graduate degrees.

Successful candidate will be subject to a criminal history background check. 

Regular, reliable or predictable attendance is an essential function of the job.

Working Conditions and Efforts:  The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The position requires a rapid pace, some days with long hours to meet expectations, long distance driving to rural sites, and the ability to organize, interpret, and utilize a large volume of information.


Physical demands:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to ambulate (may be with use of assisted devices); sit; stand (or accommodate for standing); use hands and vision for teaching the osteopathic examination and for teaching / providing treatment; use office equipment such as computers; speak to large and small groups of individuals for teaching; hear heart sounds, lung sounds and conversation for the purpose of teaching students how to hear and interpret those sounds and for practice; perform moderate telephone and poly-com communication / usage; occasionally be required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds; drive distances up to five hours or to fly on occasion to clinical sites, depending upon the location of the core teaching hospitals.

Work environment:  Office, clinical practice, classroom, laboratory, clinical skills teaching environments and clinical sites constitute working environments. Outside travel required is 15% to 20% of time. The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.  The pace of the work requires a rapid pace to synthesize and organize large volumes of material, while includes those required for clinical practice and clinical teaching and prioritizing duties. 

This position is classified as exempt, at the Professional level, because it requires the advanced knowledge of a “learned professional” in which to meet the job duty requirements.

Employment with VCOM is “at-will”.  This means employment is for an indefinite period of time and it is subject to termination by the employee or by VCOM, with or without cause, with or without notice, and at any time.  Nothing in this position description or any other policy of VCOM shall be interpreted to be in conflict with or to eliminate or modify in any way, the “at-will” employment status of VCOM employees.

VCOM Core Values:  The employee is expected to adhere to all VCOM policies.  As the environment is a professional college, VCOM faculty / staff are expected to dress and behave in a professional manner at work. VCOM faculty / staff are expected and VCOM employees, to be a person who obeys all laws and professional expectations of an upstanding citizen of the community.  VCOM expects all employees to maintain a positive attitude in all working relationships with all VCOM departments, employees, medical students, prospective medical students, interns, and residents and to treat all other engaged in the duties of the employment, with mutual respect.

I am notified that the College is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or disability.

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