Department Chair of Osteopathic Practices & Principles

Job Description

Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine

Department Chair for Osteopathic Practices & Principles

Full-time Salary Exempt 

This position is responsible for directing the respective department’s operations with a focus on student relationships, ensuring academic achievement, building collaborative partnerships, and contributing to institutional service activities; fulfills duties to further the mission of the department, and College by participating in student education, scholarly activities, and service. Department Chairs are encouraged to conduct original research/scholarly activities and pursue extramural funding in their areas of interest.


1.0 Directs all administrative duties under Osteopathic Practices and Principles

1.1. Directs the day-to-day management of department(s) (facilitating meetings, ensuring adherence to college policies, practices and protocols, preparation of annual departmental report and all other reporting requirements).

1.2. Develops departmental budget recommendations for approval and assumes fiscal accountability for prudent management of financial resources, ensuring adherence to college practices (preparing and submitting annually, monitoring expenditures, reconciling monthly, examining income/expense statements, assessing needs [operating and capital], ensuring optimal utilization of facilities and resources, following protocols, formulating recommendations, effectively documenting, etc.)

1.3. Oversees/manages direct reports and assigned department(s) (defining/outlining roles and responsibilities, assigning tasks/ projects, coordinating cohesive productivity, providing guidance toward optimal performance, clarifying/instructing on duties, deadlines, and expectations; reviewing/conducting performance evaluations.)

1.4. Assisting with and serving as a resource for problem resolution (trouble-shooting problems, changing duties as demands dictate, delegating and /or re-distributing tasks/projects due to volume or extenuating circumstances, personnel issues administering “due process” protocols, crisis management, etc.)

1.5. Oversees personnel recordkeeping (vacation, holiday, sick time, etc.) monitoring activities, recording absences, directing the updating of files, etc.

2.0 Serves as an educator ensuring the quality, integrity, and defined standards within faculty’s discipline

2.1. Develop and deliver content in Osteopathic Practices and Principles across all four (4) years of the curriculum.

2.2. Ensures teaching is current and appropriate for the context of the curriculum and increases student understanding of subject matter.

2.3 Provide curricular structure and experiences that integrate emerging knowledge with practical longitudinal clinical experience, aligning curriculum and process to prepare learners for the fast-paced evolution of biomedical advances.

2.4. Works effectively as a team member to enhance and improve curricula, including potential opportunities for collaborative efforts within the department or with outside individuals, programs, or departments, maintaining a climate hospitable to creativity and innovation.

2.5 Develop and maintains a working knowledge of various teaching and assessment approaches (small group, bedside teaching, mentoring, lecture, independent practice-based learning, evidenced based medicine approach, simulation including institutional simulation, online learning and interactive video scenario, standardized patient).

3.0 Serves as a clinician ensuring the quality, integrity, and defined standards within faculty’s discipline

3.1 Maintains professional knowledge (attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, maintaining active membership within applicable professional societies, and participating in professional organizations)

3.2 Performs within the scope of clinical practice and under licensure by the relevant Utah state regulatory board; provide patient care within the standards of the profession, rigorously contributing to the defense of any claims made while representing the College in any official capacity.

3.3 Provide medical services to include all duties and responsibilities reasonable and customary in the execution of clinical practice (documentation, billing, utilization, and peer review, fulfilling compliance requirements) to meet or exceed standard of care within the faculty clinical area of specialization.

4.0 Opportunity to accomplish research

4.1 Opportunity to Collaborate and/or mentors with faculty, staff and students (internal and external) to develop and implement research topics (including formulating concepts, brainstorming approaches, organizing ideas, collecting, analyzing and synthesizing data) in support of preparation of manuscripts for publication and submission for intramural and extramural educational grants leading to the execution of scholarly research (facilitating the preparation, modifying and refining of proposals and applications, seeking external funding, developing and maintaining positive rapport with funding agencies, etc.)

4.2 Present on a variety of research topics at various conferences locally, nationally, and internationally including developing content, submitting for consideration, finalizing presentation, and delivering on time.

5.0 As relates to the department, actively engages in the advancement of the College

5.1 Builds collaborative partnership opportunities across and among various entities participating in networking opportunities, [internal and external partners [elected officials, state constitutional officers, business, and community leaders] other colleges and universities, hospitals, local organizations, societies, etc.] promoting relationships with the College.

5.2 Refers to and coordinates in advance with the Communications team in the Office of the President on all media contacts, communications, and/or interactions to include message, promotion, etc. in which asked to serve as an official representative, content expert, or spokesperson on behalf of the College.

5.3 Coordination in advance with the Communications team in the Office of the President on all Noorda-COM related legislative issues to include contact with the national, state, and local government officials, in which asked to serve as an official representative, content expert, or spokesperson on behalf of the College.

5.4 Serves on various committees and teams within the College as assigned (attending meetings, contributing to discussions, sharing/exchanging information, and leading constituents toward goal attainment) to include advising and mentoring (Students, clubs, campus organizations)

5.5 Contributes to College’s compliance with and in the development of required documentation as related to accreditation of the College to which departmental content is contributed. (Faculty adequacy model, gathering data, self-assessment, peer review, providing input/feedback, etc.) aiding in the attainment of academic compliance

5.6 Participates in the production of various College materials [academic calendar, strategic planning, directory, College website, etc.] (collecting/preparing materials, organizing/formatting data, adhering to various deadlines, reviewing drafts, providing input/feedback, etc.).

5.7 Contributes to the College’s reputation/image of being one of the best osteopathic medical colleges (monitoring outcomes, partnering with internal and external stakeholders, modifying techniques, etc.)

5.8 Is knowledgeable of and remains in compliance with all institutional policies and procedures as outlined in the Employee Handbook for Noorda-COM

6.0 Contributes to team effort by performing other duties as needed/assigned.


Education:         D.O. degree from a COCA accredited COM

Completion of an AOA or ACGME accredited residency

Active board certification from the American Osteopathic Board of Neuromuscular Medicine (AOBNMM) or a Certificate of Special Proficiency in OMM (C-SPOMM) with Maintenance of Certification

Active medical license with the ability to accomplish an unrestricted license to practice medicine in the state of Utah.

US citizenship or permanent residency is required.

Skills & 

Abilities:            Highly professional with honest, genuine, direct communication style, excellent interpersonal skills, and emotional maturity with the essential ability to demonstrate tact, discretion, and job diplomacy. Ability to institute a comfortable learning environment necessary to maintain a dynamic curriculum with a vision for growth. Must have the ability to work diplomatically and effectively with a variety of internal and external constituents. Proven track record of quality, integrity, and trustworthiness. Ability to make common sense, consistent and fair decisions (based on fact and data) and have courage of convictions and tolerance for ambiguity.

Must be:

·       Able to institute a comfortable learning environment necessary to maintain a dynamic curriculum.

·       Self-confident, strong leader, skilled decision-maker with ability to lead by influence and effectively communicate with various constituencies across the college

·       Exceptional listening, written and oral presentation skills

·       Able to work independently yet is an effective participant in cross-functional teams

·       Self-motivated, self-disciplined, have a strong work ethic and capable in establishing priorities in an executive setting

·       Flexible and able to adapt to changing priorities and effectively handle frequent interruptions

·       Innovative, resourceful, detailed oriented, with excellent follow through skills

·       Capable of balancing multiple projects in stressful situations while meeting deadlines, achieving desired results, and maintaining positive relations while understanding of the importance of confidentiality of data and information

Type: Full-time

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Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine

The Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine is seeking qualified candidates to support our unique, innovative curricular model designed for a modern-day medical school. We have received pre-accreditation status with the Commission for Osteopathic College Accreditation and enrolled our first 90 medical students in Fall 2021. Located in the beautiful Utah Valley in Provo, the campus is surrounded by the Wasatch Mountain range and Utah Lake. We will admit our second cohort of 135 medical students in Fall 2022 and have a new academic building under construction which is scheduled to open in Summer 2023.

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