Duke seeks Chief of Speech Language Pathology

Otolaryngology
Physician

Duke Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences is seeking a dynamic and accomplished individual to lead a high impact Speech Language Pathology program at Duke University Health System. This position is a combined position including the Chief of Speech Language Pathology in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences and Co-Chief of the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Duke University Hospital.

The Chief is responsible for direct strategic growth of the program, in partnership with the Chair and faculty in the Department, as well as the operational efficiency and coordination of services across all provider sites.  Research to improve patient care is a central tenet of the Department, and the successful candidate will have a strong research skill set and portfolio of funded or previously funded projects.  The Chief is expected to have administrative experience or other demonstration of leadership ability, with a skill-set to manage peers, direct reports and higher-level leadership.  The Chief should possess a basic knowledge of budgets and fiscal accountability so that program budgets can be managed in a sound and responsible manner, in concert with administrative staff. 

The Chief of Speech Language Pathology is responsible for the planning, execution, and management of the functions of the Speech Language Pathology at our main campus as well as our satellite locations. The Chief of Speech Language Pathology will closely collaborate with the Medical Director of Communication Sciences, the Chief of Audiology, and other inter-professional leadership (e.g., Neurology, Pediatrics) in strategic planning and management of world-class clinical, research and education programs. The Chief’s primary duties will include, but will not be limited to:

Strategic Planning:

Determine methods to improve the value of care and services provided at Duke Health. Develop and implement new programs and services, which align with the strategic goals of the organization. Interface with multiple locations and missions to plan and foster Speech Language Pathology services, research and education across Duke Health. 

Human Resource Management:

Lead the hiring and performance evaluation of Speech Language Pathologists at all locations in the medical center.  Maintain quality of personnel and standards for recruitment, retention, and productivity measures. Engage staff through professional development, continuing education, and research opportunities. 

Financial Management:

Provide financial accountability for revenues and expenses. Research and develop opportunities for revenue improvement for all services. Assist in the monitoring of inventory for the department and review service/maintenance contracts.

Professional and Community Activities:

Represent Speech Language Pathology through attendance and active participation at faculty meetings and other management meetings. Actively participate in national and state professional organizations and look to serve and interface with the community.

Research and Teaching:

The successful candidate will have significant research activities and scholarly publications and will be expected to lead an externally funded Speech Language Pathology research program that leverages other academic and clinical expertise in Head and Neck Surgery and Communication Sciences and Duke at large.   He/she will provide and direct educational lectures across the medical center including residents, faculty and staff and will also provide educational content to community groups as well as local and national professional groups. She/he will work with speech language pathology trainees, medical students, and residents to foster development of clinical and academic skills.

Clinical Service:

The candidate will also provide speech language pathology services in a busy clinical outpatient setting and also be capable of leading or developing a clinical subspecialty program while performing complex diagnostic evaluations and acting as a support and clinical reference to other speech language pathology colleagues.  

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience as a clinical speech language pathologist is required
  • Terminal degree in Speech Language Pathology (or related degree), preferably a PhD, and significant research and clinical and administrative experience, preferred
  • The Chief qualifies for a faculty position at the Associate Professor level or higher based on Academic productivity included funded research.  Initially, non-tenured but could lead to a tenured appointment depending on productivity.
  • The candidate must hold the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Certificate of Clinical Competence
  • The candidate must hold or be able to obtain a North Carolina License for Speech Language Pathology

Reporting Structure:

The Chief of Speech Language Pathology will report to the:

  1. Chairman of the Department of Head and Neck Surgery and Communication Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine, and
  2. Vice President of Ambulatory Services, Duke University Hospital.

Effort Allocation:

It is expected that this appointment will include at least a 25% effort in direct clinical contact with patients and staff speech language pathologists.  It is important that the Chief be seen as accessible to staff who look for leadership in the clinical setting.  It is also expected that existing program based Directors of existing speech pathology programs and the Director of Clinical Operations will report to the Chief of Speech Language Pathology, to assist with scheduling, other day to day management, and assist with strategic planning and coordination of services.

Roughly 25% effort is allocated for administrative duties and clinical strategic planning, with the balance of time (50%) spent in research.  Research efforts should be externally funded within 3-5 years, either as the PI or co-I; funding as the PI is expected within 5 years, with further funding to sustain a life-long career as a funded academic clinician investigator.  Clinical research, including health services research, is a strength of our program, and such an interest and funding portfolio on the part of the Chief would create a mutually supported research program.

The Chief of Speech Language Pathology should be able to lead a program that adheres to the following tenets of the Duke Department of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences:

Vision:

The vision of Duke Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences is to be a global leader in promoting healthier connections with the world.

Mission:

  • Care for patients, their loved ones, and each other
  • Advance and share knowledge about ear, nose and throat related diseases and communication disorders
  • Promote virtuous professional development, collaboration, and leadership

 

Location

Durham
NC

Contact Information

Sherri Smith

Equal Opportunity Employer

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individuals age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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