UNIV - Executive Director - Integrated Center for Health Equity

Medical University of South Carolina

Charleston, SC 29409

Posted 1 month ago

Job Description

**FLSA:** Salaried

**Job Summary:** The Founding Executive Director of MUSC’s Integrated Center for Health Equity will be a key member of the MUSC Health System and University leadership teams. Reporting to the Health System CEO & Vice President for Health Affairs, and the Vice President for Research, the Founding Executive Director will oversee the development and implementation of MUSC’s Center for Health Equity. As a leader of a key MUSC initiative, they will have a dotted line report to the President of MUSC. In this highly visible role, the successful candidate will provide strategic leadership and facilitate collaborative practice to continuously improve health equity and eliminate health care disparities in the communities that MUSC serves and across the state of South Carolina. This position will further align and prioritize an integrated, system wide, infrastructure that addresses healthcare access, disparities, research, and outcomes.

The new leader will ensure that the vision, mission, and values of MUSC are infused throughout our system wide policies, processes, standards, services, and programs to enhance health equity and eliminate disparities. In leading the Integrated Center for Health Equity, candidates must be an innovative and responsive leader who collaborates with diverse stakeholders to ensure that we build upon the ongoing work that is currently underway and create new opportunities to address health equity.

The leader will be an integral member of diverse teams that drive MUSC’s multifaceted and strategic approach to increased organizational capacity that elevates how we successfully address health equity. The Executive Director will be responsible for oversight and execution of exemplar standards and principles of health equity through the development of strategic, sustainable, and compassionate pathways that improve health outcomes for the communities we serve and build healthy communities across South Carolina.

**Key responsibilities of the Executive Director include:**

+ Developing, implementing, and evaluating clinical, social, and physical efforts to eliminate health care disparities in the state of South Carolina.

+ Serving as a convening nidus for coordinating diverse system wide disparity reduction efforts and disseminating effective interventions across internal and external communities.

+ Implementing robust efforts that build a diverse, inclusive, and culturally competent care team, and faculty and student body.

+ Becoming a leading center in research that identifies causes of health disparities and tests efforts to mitigate the impact of health inequity.

+ Supporting and partnering with local, state, and regional community providers and groups mitigating health disparities and ameliorating health equity.

**Opportunities and Expectations for Leadership**

**Programmatic Leadership and Oversight**

+ Provide leadership in the areas of strategic planning, strategy execution, and operational implementation for the health disparities programs.

+ Lead the Health System Health Equity Council, which reports to the senior leaders’ council, Team System Council. The Health Equity Council oversees all health equity care disparities strategic and operational plan across the entire health system.

+ Ensure integration of OneMUSC health equity plan across the clinical and academic missions.

+ Implement robust recruitment and retention efforts to achieve diverse, inclusive, and culturally competent faculty and staff.

**Leadership and Mentoring**

+ Serve as a member of Team South Carolina, and Charleston’s Division’s Performance Excellence Team and collaborate effectively with the Health System’s Regional Health Networks (RHN), as well as all colleges and MUSC Physicians, to enhance integration of OneMUSC for both the clinical and academic missions.

+ Serve as a member of the University Research Council (URC) and work to synergize and coordinate relevant health disparities and health equity research across colleges.

+ Collaborate with key leaders from the Health System, University, and MUSC Physicians to develop physician and care team member performance standards associated with “best of best” clinical care related to eliminating health care and care disparities outcomes.

+ Lead and support a behavioral framework for all medical staff members who practice within the MUSC Health System.

**Network and Programmatic Growth**

+ Provide strategic leadership and engage in collaborative practice to continuously improve healthcare and eliminate health care disparities in the communities that MUSC serves and state of South Carolina.

+ Serve as primary liaison with Health System leadership for clinical activities and outcomes related to health care disparities.

+ Drive system integration of health equity through collaboration with the Chief Medical Officers, other key leadership across the health system, and the Director of the Center for Care Disparities Research.

**Drive Innovation and Partnership**

+ Encourage the staff and faculty across the enterprise in a spirit and culture of entrepreneurism consistent with MUSC’s brand, “Changing What’s Possible.”

+ Work across the Health System and University to build positive collaborative relationships and shared accountability to achieve excellence.

+ Serve as the primary liaison between Medical Center administration, Medical University Hospital Authority (MUHA) medical staff, MUSC physicians, all college leaders, as well as the office of the Vice President for Research to include the Director of Care Disparities Research.

+ Embrace innovation in new models of healthcare delivery and ensure that MUSC is positioned well to address the challenges and opportunities for health care disparities reform.

**Quality Care and Operational Excellence**

+ Collaborate with Integrated Center of Clinical Excellence (ICCE) chiefs, medical directors and other key inpatient and ambulatory divisional leaders to minimize health care disparities outcomes and optimize patient care delivery, experience, and outcomes.

+ Identify system level solutions that address health care inequities.

+ Advance equity in health care innovation in partnership with the Chief Equity Officer and Chief Innovation Officer.

+ Advance service excellence, patient safety, and exceptional quality outcomes.

+ Collaborate with the Office of Institutional Advancement to identify opportunities for philanthropic giving that elevate outcomes and goals identified by the Integrated Center for Health Equity.

+ Develop an expectation for continual performance improvement and collaborate to implement robust recruitment and retention efforts to achieve a diverse, inclusive, and culturally competent care team across the Health System.

+ Utilize metric data and benchmarking to drive a culture of continuous improvement.

+ Enhance diversity initiatives and be a champion in embracing diversity as a key institutional and cultural competency.

+ Provide leadership in the areas of strategic planning, strategy execution, and implementation of performance improvement programs.

+ Work with the Chief Quality Officer to oversee and develop regulatory and policy recommendations to implement health system interventions that address health care disparities.

+ Work closely with principal investigators involved in collaborative health disparities research within MUSC and across academic institutions to ensure consistency and to bolster the success of the Integrated Center for Health Equity.

+ Promote development, adoption, dissemination, and implementation of practice guidelines, clinical pathways, and protocols to promote best practices.

+ Participate in professional organizations and represents the MUSC and MUSC Health System locally, regionally, and nationally.

**Fiscal Management**

+ Promote an expectation of fiscal stewardship.

+ Work collaboratively with the Health System Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer to enhance fiscal accountability and drive performance improvement across the division.

+ Utilize established benchmarks to drive performance improvement.

+ Actively participate in the quarterly flex budgeting process with appropriate MUSC stakeholders.

**Education and Experience:**

+ **Board certified physician with health system experience.**

+ **MD/DO (or equivalent) required; Master’s degree a plus.**

+ A minimum of five years of leadership experience in progressively complex and increasing responsibility of senior leadership positions, ideally gained in a major academic medical center. Relevant professional experience within community research.

+ Experience in translational, clinical or health services research, supervisory experience and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders.

+ Considerable knowledge of and experience with teaching hospitals, academic physician group practices, as well as medical schools and university cultures and operations is expected, as is a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with internal and external constituencies.

+ Demonstrated broad and intimate understanding of emerging health care issues, health system models, regional and national trends, and regulatory and legislative changes.

+ A strong strategic sense with a proven track record of growing a system both organically and through innovative shared alliances and partnerships across a diverse region.

+ Demonstrated ability to assemble a highly qualified and effective management team and the corresponding ability to mentor, develop and delegate to that team. Will have a demonstrated track record of fostering a culture and working environment focused on inclusivity.

+ Demonstrated outstanding leadership skills with a track record of team building and experience using lean management systems.

+ A record of implementing effective cost management, utilizing metrics to drive results.

+ Intellectual and analytical skills to drive cogent planning and establishment of disciplined management systems.

+ Demonstrated political acumen and necessary skills to orchestrate, optimize, and constructively balance the interests of diverse stakeholders.

+ A mentor and developer of people, motivating people to be team players. One who will ensure accountability, as well as be supportive and open with staff.

+ A true sense of mission – to patient care access, equity, and outcomes, to the broader community, to medical and health education, to care equity innovation, and to research and the discovery of knowledge in an academic setting.

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