University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 87976

Please Note: A change was made to this position announcement on 11/30/16


Working Title:
Director, Center of Human Genomics and Precision Medicine
Official Title:
Degree and area of specialization:
Terminal Degree in Human Genomics, Human Genetics, Cancer Genetics, Molecular Genetics, Medical Genetics, or a related scientific or clinical area. MD and/or PhD or equivalent preferred.

Board Certification in relevant field (e.g. Clinical Molecular Genetics and Genomics, Clinical Genetics and Genomics, Cytogenetics and Genomics, Molecular Genetic Pathology, etc.) desired

 WI Medical license for candidates with MD or MD/PhD degree.
Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
Leadership experience in academic medicine, cancer genomics, human genomics, genomic medicine, or molecular medicine, or related program within a medical school, health system, cancer center, or genome institute and at least 10 years of first-hand knowledge of and experience with the development, operational management, or oversight of applied clinical, laboratory, or medically relevant research-based human genomics initiatives. Tenure eligible.
Skills to lead major new interdisciplinary initiative in Human Genomics and Precision Medicine. Ability to create a clinical, research, or education program in area of specialty to meet fulltime effort within a School of Medicine and Public Health Department.
Principal duties:
We seek an exceptional clinically and translationally focused physician scientist, physician, or scientist with significant expertise in applied human or cancer genomics who has the proven potential to be a visionary leader serving as the inaugural Director for the University of Wisconsin Center for Human Genomics and Precision Medicine. The goal of the new center is to positively impact the health and well-being of citizens across Wisconsin and beyond by using genomic information to address medical and public health problems, from rare heritable conditions such as multiple congenital anomaly syndromes to common complex diseases such as cancer, that collectively impact the health and well-being of individuals and populations. The Director will be expected to develop, implement, monitor, and lead a well-crafted innovative vision to effectively assess, apply and analyze new knowledge and discoveries in human genomics and related disciplines to optimize health outcomes in an ethical and effective manner to deliver precision molecular and cell based medicine in collaboration with others. Determining how to effectively harness genomic information to improve health outcomes through precision medicine through the creation of an appropriate center infrastructure with strategic partnerships aligning priorities of health care providers, scientists, ethicists, patients, and communities will be necessary. Under effective leadership, the center is expected to become a world-class nationally recognized institution for genome based precision medicine, discovery and treatment.

This interdisciplinary interprofessional center will be housed at the School Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) where the director will report to the Dean or the Dean's designee. There will also be a matrixed reporting structure to the CEO of UW Health, our academic health system, or his or her designee. The Director is expected to partner closely with leaders of statewide health care systems and academic campuses, health care providers, scientists, ethicists, genetic counselors, and others across UW Health, the UW-Madison Campus, and the state, to build this new center. Thus, the director will need to engage SMPH departments as well as multiple schools, colleges, programs, centers, institutes across the campus and the state to recruit faculty and staff to participate in and partner with the center.

Principal Responsibilities and Duties:

The individual in this position will be expected to:
- Serve as the inaugural Director for the Human Genomics and Precision Medicine in the School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH).
- Demonstrate visionary leadership and expert managerial skills.
- Articulate an understanding of the importance of, and deep commitment to, the values and strengths of a shared investment by departments, centers, and institutes across the School of Medicine and Public Health, the University of Wisconsin - Madison (UW-Madison), UW-Health, and statewide partners in building the Center of Human Genomics and Precision Medicine.
- Recruit, support, and develop outstanding external and internal faculty and staff to develop an effective center infrastructure synergistically with other departments, schools, and colleges.
- Embrace opportunities to build or enhance innovative collaborative programs, such as existing cutting-edge clinical genomics and cancer genomics programs; new translational human genomic initiatives; and innovative clinically relevant research portfolios with other individuals and programs across departments, centers, colleges, schools, campuses, and state.
- Accept responsibility to establish, enhance, maintain, and build the appropriate balance of high quality clinical and research portfolios across the missions of the institution, including the delivery of clinical service, research, educational, and service/outreach programs within the departments and across the University through the thoughtful phased recruitment of new faculty and development of existing faculty.
- Demonstrate accountability for supporting outstanding interdisciplinary and interprofessional clinical, diagnostic laboratory, research, and educational programs relevant to the mission of the center.
- Appreciate the importance of and demonstrate the commitment to support for clinical, translational, and basic science research programs in driving discovery and innovation that will improve health.
- Provide effective senior administrative and fiscal oversight for the center and its programs that are developed, including seeking extramural funding opportunities, participating in institutional advancement programs, and reaching out to communities and donors to best meet the needs of the center and the public.
- Build and maintain a national reputation of excellence among academic university programs in human genomics and precision medicine.
- Accomplish center-related objectives in achieving selected performance targets established by the dean of the SMPH, working with faculty and staff and advisory board members on planning and setting strategic priorities for the center, and serving on college/school and university committees and panels.
- Provide leadership, mentoring, guidance, and oversight of all center personnel, as well as administrative, budgetary, and financial matters.
- Provide strong leadership to ensure that all of the above responsibilities are achieved/fulfilled with a clear commitment to the important functions of clinical service, research, education, and outreach, as well as professional and university service as appropriate to faculty rank.
- Determine appropriate support, resources and programming to meet center needs within a defined budget.
- Support continuous quality improvement with vertical and horizontal integration between and within school wide programs and campus initiatives through a diverse range of activities that enhance center outcomes.
- Conduct needs, opportunity, and financial assessments and to strategically and synergistically design, implement and assess comprehensive programs to meet the needs of diverse stakeholders.
- Collaborate with the graduate and health profession education programs to create effective pipelines for emerging junior faculty who are well-equipped for careers in human genomics, genetic counseling, and precision medicine.
- Create educational opportunities in human genomics and precision medicine.
- Monitor programs and assess program outcomes to ensure compliance with regulatory, school, university, and health system missions, guidelines, and goals.
- Proactively support the recruitment of female and ethnic minority faculty and staff to meet diversity goals in accordance with university and school policies.
- Assure a gender friendly environment and gender pay equity for all faculty members and provide leadership on diversity, inclusion, and employee engagement in the departments.
- Provide leadership for the centers' advancement activities, coordinating with appropriate staff in SMPH and on campus on issues related to alumni relations, development, and stakeholder engagement.
- The successful candidate will also participate in professional, public, and university service appropriate to the faculty rank.
  Additional Information:
 Candidates must demonstrate:
- An ability to articulate and realize a promising vision for the future of human genomics and precision medicine at the School of Medicine and Public Health, its academic health system (UW Health), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- Strong visionary leadership and highly effective management skills, problem-solving capabilities, collaborative and participative team building skills, effective and respectful interpersonal communication and a commitment to high quality and exemplary service.
- Significant experience interacting with medical school, university, and health care administrators at the highest level in complex organizations as well as with stakeholders in communities.
- A clear commitment to interprofessional partnerships and interdisciplinary collaboration.
- Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
- A history of developing and/or overseeing successful large-scale interdisciplinary and interprofessional programs with attention to positive outcomes, ideally in an academic medicine or health system environment.
- Expertise in and knowledge about applied human genomics as demonstrated by an established national reputation in human genomics or genomic medicine.
- Intimate familiarity with clinical issues relevant to one or more areas of applied human genomics, such as cancer genetics and genomics, large scale human genome analysis, genome based DNA diagnostic testing, genomic or molecular medicine, clinical genetics, genetic counseling, and/or molecular genetics and genomics.
- A proven ability to assess, implement, and/or analyze new genomic technologies for clinical and research settings.
- An awareness of current and future trends in genomic medicine, cancer genomics, human genomics, precision medicine, large scale genome analysis, ethical issues in genome based testing applications and research, big databanks and biorepositories, functional genomics, and human genome research.
- An understanding of and appreciation of clinical, public health, ethical, and policy issues relevant to human genomics and precision medicine.
- Experience in recruiting and mentoring faculty at all levels.
- An outstanding scientific background, including past or current experience with federally funded initiatives relevant to clinically relevant research.
- Excellent academic credentials consistent with a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A hiring unit will be determined based on the best fit for the candidate. The Directorship includes a base adjustment that is coterminous with this administrative role.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.

  Employee Class:
Full Time Salary Rate:Negotiable
ANNUAL (12 months)
Appointment percent:100%
Anticipated begin date:DECEMBER 20, 2016
Number of Positions:1

Application must be received by: DECEMBER 15, 2016

In order to apply, applications must be submitted online at
Please upload a letter of application or nomination, with curriculum vitae.
Questions about the position can be directed to:
Kristen Vieth
Phone: 608-262-7705
750 Highland Ave   
Fax: N/A
4155 Health Sciences Learning Cnt   
Madison, WI 53705-2221   
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

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UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.