University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 88287



Working Title:
Director of the WI State Lab of Hygiene
Official Title:
Degree and area of specialization:
MD, PhD or equivalent degree required.
 M.D. will require Wisconsin medical license
Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
Five or more years in a senior administrative or leadership position with strong management skills as well as strong academic skills in pathology, clinical laboratory science, environmental or public health areas. Candidates for associate or full professor must meet criteria for appointment at rank per UW School of Medicine and Public Health guidelines for appointment and promotion on the CHS track in an appropriate academic department, e.g., Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Population Health Sciences, Biochemistry, Pediatrics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology. Prefer candidates that meet federal CLIA and CAP requirements for a laboratory director of a high complexity laboratory.

Demonstrated leadership in laboratory management, public or environmental health administration; a commitment to laboratory excellence; the ability to provide state and national leadership on issues of public and environmental health, emergency preparedness and laboratory practice; the capacity to relate effectively to the WSLH Board, university faculty and staff, state agency personnel, other clinical and public health laboratories, and constituencies such as the general public, media, and legislators; a commitment to public service and outreach activities; and the ability to identify and incorporate innovative concepts and methods into strategic decision making in order to effectively translate vision, mission and strategic plans into an integrated program. We welcome and seek a diverse workforce, and we strongly encourage applications from women and members of minority groups.
Principal duties:
This positon is responsible for directing Wisconsin's public and environmental health laboratory, one of the nation's premier public health laboratories. The director, who reports to the dean of the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, serves as the executive officer of the laboratory and provides strategic and visionary leadership in analytical services, research, teaching and outreach, as well as policy issues impacting public and environmental health in Wisconsin. The director provides counsel to the secretaries of the Department of Health Services, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection on policy issues in which the laboratory has expertise. The director oversees an annual budget of over 40 million dollars and a staff of approximately 350. We seek an entrepreneurial leader who will enhance collaborations with the university and develop strategies to capitalize on the WSLH's innovations.

The laboratory is housed in two buildings, one on the UW-Madison campus and a newer facility located in Madison a few miles from campus. The laboratory specializes in programs involving communicable and chronic disease, environmental health, cytology, cytogenetics, newborn screening, proficiency testing, forensic toxicology, industrial hygiene/occupational health, laboratory surveillance, and preparedness for and analytical support in response to epidemics, biological and chemical terrorism and other emergencies.

Established at the University of Wisconsin in 1903, the WSLH is a leading public sector institution within the public and environmental health community of Wisconsin with a 100+-year tradition as an academic center of innovative research, teaching and laboratory science. A board, consisting of representatives from the university, state and local government agencies, private sector laboratories, occupational health and the public, has oversight of WSLH. The director is an ex-officio board member. The WSLH has a statutory charter and has a dedicated line item in the state budget. It is attached to the UW-Madison for collaborative and administrative purposes.

The WSLH furnishes complete laboratory services and other program functions to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and local health departments. The WSLH is a full service reference laboratory. As part of the UW-Madison, it provides outstanding research and training opportunities in all aspects of public and environmental health. The laboratory also works closely with the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, and with the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in support of the School of Cytotechnology. The impact of the WSLH extends well beyond Wisconsin via federal grants and contracts, principally with the CDC and the NIH, among others. The laboratory also serves national and international customers in the public and private sectors.

The director is highly visible within the public health, environmental, laboratory and university communities at the state and national level. The director's position is currently supported by a leadership team consisting of an associate (deputy) director, a medical director, administrative office heads and five technical divisional directors.

The director will participate in faculty leadership and service activities to the WSLH, the School of Medicine and Public Health, the university, the community, and the profession. The director will pursue scholarly activities appropriate to the mission of the WSLH. As a faculty member, the director will participate in teaching research and service. The director will spend a significant amount of time providing leadership in the area of clinical laboratory training and/or leading efforts on behalf of the WSLH's public health mission.

  Additional Information:
 This vacancy is being announced simultaneously with PVL# 88158; please note that only one vacancy exists. Having two position vacancy listings allows the School of Medicine and Public Health to consider candidates with both tenure-track faculty credentials and non-tenure-track faculty credentials for this position.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.
A period of evaluation will be required

  Employee Class:
 Academic Staff
Full Time Salary Rate:Negotiable
ANNUAL (12 months)
Term:This is a renewable appointment.
Appointment percent:100%
Anticipated begin date:JANUARY 01, 2017
Number of Positions:1

Application must be received by: NOVEMBER 30, 2016
To apply for this position, please send a c.v., a letter of interest outlining relevant experience, and the names, addresses, emails, and telephone numbers of five professional references. Candidates will be informed before references are contacted. Send materials to the Search Committee for the Director of the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene c/o Andrea Poehling, search coordinator, at the contact listed below. Questions about the position can be directed to:

Andrea Poehling
4119 Health Sciences Learning Center
750 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI 53705
Telephone: 608-262-2628
Questions about the position can be directed to:
Andrea Poehling
Phone: 608-262-2628
750 Highland Ave   
Fax: N/A
Health Sciences Learning Cnt   
Madison, WI 53705-2221   
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