Division Chief of Pediatric Oncology
University of California Irvine School of Medicine
United States

Pediatric Oncology Division Chief, UCI School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics; Oncology Division Chief, CHOC Children’s Specialists/Medical Director, CHOC Children’s Hyundai Cancer Institute

Job #JPF06958
  • Dean's Office / School of Medicine / UC Irvine

Application Window

Open date: August 2nd, 2021

Next review date: Thursday, Sep 2, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Oct 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The University of California Irvine (UCI) School of Medicine and the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children’s) seek to recruit a national leader to hold the positions of Pediatric Oncology Division Chief, UCI School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics; Oncology Division Chief, CHOC Children’s Specialists/Medical Director, CHOC Children’s Hyundai Cancer Institute. This leader will provide overall leadership for pediatric oncology across UCI and CHOC Children’s, overseeing clinical excellence, faculty recruitment, strategic planning and program development, and ensuring the integration of training and research with clinical services.

UCI and CHOC Children’s desire to recruit an accomplished physician-scientist with strong leadership skills, who will oversee clinical, research, and education programs as well as administrative and financial affairs. They will provide the overall direction for clinical programs, research, recruitment, outreach, other program development, and ensure compliance with all governmental and institutional policies. They should have strong interpersonal skills, be able to effectively communicate a vision, and have demonstrated leadership capabilities in previous academic appointments.

This leader must be a persuasive advocate for pediatric oncology at UCI and CHOC Children’s, able to articulate goals, inspire progress, and respond nimbly to change. Working with CHOC Foundation, the Chief/Medical Director will be an active partner in fundraising to support and endow programs.

The successful candidate must share and demonstrate a personal commitment to the shared values of excellence, innovation, service, scholarship, collaboration, compassion, and accountability. Candidates should have strong clinical, research, and leadership/management experience in a children’s hospital or academic pediatric department affiliated with a university medical school, with a minimum of 10 years of progressive experience and an increasing scope of responsibility including faculty and trainee mentoring and program development.

• Exhibits leadership and management skills with the ability to inspire and align staff, both within the Divisions and Institute and across the organizations
• Operates effectively in a highly matrixed environment, identifying and engaging key stakeholders for Divisions and Institute
• Understands the local and national forces shaping pediatric oncology in the US and the potential impact on the future of the Divisions and Institute
• Identifies opportunities for growth, develops specific plans, and monitors the progress of the Divisions’ and Institute’s clinical, research, and educational programs
• Creates a positive environment that promotes achievement of Division and Institute missions
• Recruits and retains faculty and staff to fulfill the Divisions’ and Institute’s mission and responsibilities
• Provides appropriate mentorship for and monitors progress of faculty and fellows across research, education, and clinical functions
• Develop and nurture interactions/collaborations with the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center(CFCCC) at UCI

Clinical Care
• Oversees the operations and delivery of Division and Institute clinical care, ensuring high quality and state of the art care
• Evaluates and optimizes access, clinical productivity, quality, safety, and patient/parent satisfaction across the Division and Institute in accordance with appropriate benchmarks
• Ensures compliance with appropriate medical record documentation, submission of charges, and all internal policies and procedures promulgated by the organizations and external regulatory agencies
• Promotes outreach to and ensures positive working relationships are maintained with referring physicians

• Develops a research vision in collaboration with UCI/CHOC scientific leadership, that integrates clinical with translational science and health services research opportunities
• Enhances the culture of academic inquiry through faculty engagement and mentorship as well as fostering intra- and inter-institutional research collaborations
• Promotes faculty involvement in national organizations, including active participation in Children's Oncology Group (COG)
• Advances research infrastructure, as needed, in concert with scientific leadership and research administration
• Maintains individual clinical/translational research program in defined area of scholarly focus as evidenced by a track-record of academic productivity

• Cultivates a culture of mentorship and life-long learning across the education and training continuum
• Develops opportunities for faculty and trainees to meet academic goals and responsibilities
• Ensures Division faculty participation and compliance with Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and Liaison Committee on Medical Education training requirements for successful program continuation

Administration & Finance
• Develops Division and Institute budgets for approval and monitors the financial status on an ongoing basis, creating corrective action plans to address deficits
• Provides Division and Institute annual reports across research, education, and patient care, including notable awards and accomplishments
• Works together with administrative departments (e.g., Marketing, Finance) in achieving Division and Institute goals
• Actively participates in philanthropic efforts with the CHOC Foundation and UCI
• Participates in healthcare system, hospital, medical school, or department committees as requested or appropriate
• Other duties as may be required or assigned by the Chair or other leadership at CHOC or UCI

Qualified candidates will: have earned an MD or MD/PhD (or equivalent), be board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, and currently be eligible for a medical license in the state of California. Candidates must demonstrate a record of scholarly productivity, be eligible for appointment in the Health Sciences Clinical Professor or Professor of Clinical X series as an associate or full professor and be involved in academic societies at a national level. Titles in the Professor of Clinical X Series are academically qualified individuals whose predominant responsibilities are in teaching and clinical service, and who also engage in creative activities. Titles in the Health Sciences Clinical Professor Series are faculty who make substantial contributions to the University through excellence in teaching, clinical expertise, scholarly or creative achievement, and engagement in service.

Applications or nominations of appropriate candidates may be sent to:

David Bellshaw
Isaacson Miller

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Document requirements include:
•Curriculum Vitae
•Cover Letter
•Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to diversity will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence.

Reference requirements:
•3-5 required (contact information only)

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment as well as a commitment to addressing all forms of academic misconduct, UC Irvine conducts institutional reference checks for candidates finalists to whom the department or other hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer of appointment into Ladder Rank Professor or Professor of Teaching series, at all ranks (i.e., assistant, associate, and full). The institutional reference checks involve contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Irvine requires all candidates of Ladder Rank Professor or Professor of Teaching series, at all ranks (i.e., assistant, associate, and full) to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into AP RECRUIT as part of their application. If the candidate does not include the signed authorization to release information with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete. As with any incomplete application, the application will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists (i.e., those to whom the department or other hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer) considered for Ladder Rank Professor or Professor of Teaching series, at all ranks (i.e., assistant, associate, and full) positions will be subject to institutional reference checks.

CHOC Children's is an equal opportunity at will employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, mental or physical disability, citizenship, national origin, ancestry (including language use restrictions), race, color, religion, religious creed, religious dress or grooming, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, military and veteran status.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Qualified candidates will: have earned an MD or MD/PhD (or equivalent), be board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, and currently be eligible for a medical license in the state of California.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • Teaching Statement - See our guidance for writing a reflective teaching statement.
  • Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement - Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to inclusive excellence will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence. See our guidance for writing an inclusive excellence activities statement.
  • Authorization to Release Information Form - A reference check will be completed only if you are made a tentative offer to a Professor or Professor of Teaching series, at any rank. Download, complete, sign, and upload the form: https://ap.uci.edu/wp-content/uploads/AuthReleaseForm.pdf
  • Misc / Additional (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF06958

Campus Information

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Job location

Orange, CA

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