The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) seeks a strategic and influential leader to serve as the Director for the newly formed Genetic Counseling Master’s of Science (GCMS) Degree Program. This extraordinary opportunity to develop and lead the first program of its kind in the area. The Director of the GCMS Program will be a strategic thinker and possess skill to build an innovative, sustainable, program which will produce graduates ready to meet the workforce demand for the execution of precision medicine in the State of Wisconsin and beyond. The Director must also be able to lead effectively in an academic medical center setting, be outcome-oriented, an excellent communicator and act in a transparent manner.
MCW is a private, health sciences academic institution located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. MCW has a long-standing reputation of providing outstanding medical and graduate education, conducting cutting-edge biomedical research, providing innovative and compassionate patient care, and improving the health of the communities it serves. MCW employs over 5,200 faculty and staff members and has a total enrollment of approximately 1,200 students working toward MD, PhD, PharmD, MS, MPH and MA degrees, and more than 670 physicians and 180 physicians in fellowship training through the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals. The quality of the student experience and preparedness is a central value of MCW, which is demonstrated in its progressive and innovative approach to medical education.
Candidates must possess a minimum of a Master’s Degree in Genetic Counseling with at least 5 years experience as a genetic counselor. The successful candidate will be distinguished in their field of practice and demonstrate progressive experience in educational program development. They will have keen knowledge of the trends in education as well as a commitment to inspire innovation and collaboration. Importantly, the candidate should possess exceptional communication, consensus building and strategic skills in setting forth the vision and execution of the GCMS Program.
The GCMS Program Director will set the vision, provide the strategic leadership and head the development, accreditation, program assessment and continued enhancement of the program. The Director will have the authority to oversee all activities of the program and be accountable for the comprehensive management and functioning of the program. The position will provide direction and guidance to the program faculty and staff to facilitate the achievement of the program’s goals. This will involve evaluation of performance, effectiveness and outcomes of the program to enhance long term growth and identify opportunities for innovation.
Administration & Program Development
Oversee initial and ongoing program accreditation, academic and administrative policies and assessment process with commitment to continued improvement.
Foster and support faculty and staff development.
In collaboration with program governance, faculty and colleagues across the institution, develop strategies for recruitment and retention to ensure a diverse student body and practice ready graduates.
Serve as a leader and consultant to the organization on understanding and anticipating needs and trends in genetic counseling education and key contributors to the care team. Participate in local, regional, national and institutional committees as appropriate for the advancement of the program and the genetic counseling profession.
Ensure compliance with regulatory and institutional policies.
Develop and manage program budget.
Oversee and approve communications plan including an updated, relevant program website and newsletters contributing to the strategic communications with genetic counseling stakeholders and the community.
Supervise the admissions process, recruitment and orientation of new students.
Develop and maintain program policies and procedures to support admissions, student success and academic progress.
Direct the development and implementation of continuing education, networking and professional development activities for program faculty, staff, clinical supervisors and other program contributors.
Plan, design, develop and monitor the curriculum in alignment with the practice-based competencies and an interdisciplinary approach to learning.
Develop and review pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles utilizing new technologies and alternative delivery methods.
Engage diverse communities by integrating multicultural and gender inclusion experiences into instructional methods.
Generate novel clinical practicum training and experiential opportunities.
Establish collaborative partnerships with internal and affiliate clinics and hospitals to ensure students have access to comprehensive, robust clinical experiences. Oversee and assess relationships with affiliated clinical training site, including all legal agreements.
Review student practicums, ensuring proper clinical internship placement and student performance in both clinical and classroom settings.
Provide assessment of and contributions to student scholarly work and research program.
Serve as a course director, instructor and student research mentor.
Program & Student Evaluation
Responsible for program oversight, maintain an active steering committee and external advisory board, to ensure the long-term success of the program.
Receive feedback from external advisory board and implement necessary changes to program.
Lead the program's faculty and staff in ongoing review and development of curriculum, program goals and objectives, program self-study and evaluation, and document review processes accordingly.
Provide academic advising.
Guide student professional development.
Lead student evaluation process.
Knowledge – Skills – Abilities
Motivated, collaborative, innovative leader able to build and lead teams for advancement of a goal.
Knowledge of technical, business, consultation, project management.
Outstanding organization skills, trustworthy, effective communication, strong critical thinking, and interpersonal skills.
Appropriate education and/or experience may be substituted on equivalent basis
Minimum Required Education: Master's degree in genetic counseling
Minimum Required Experience: 5 years as a genetic counselor
Certification: Certification in genetic counseling by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) or the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG)
Preferred Experience: The preferred applicant will have experience with one or more of the following; University/Collegiate course instruction, administration, course development, curricular design, new program development, and program accreditation procedures. Furthermore, the applicant will have demonstrated through coursework, research and/or outreach, the participation of members of under-represented groups as well as the integration of multicultural experiences. Candidates must be familiar with current trends in Genetic Counseling, including curricula, pedagogy, licensing/accreditation requirements, and career paths.
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is one of the largest healthcare employers in Wisconsin. We are a distinguished leader and innovator in the education and development of the next generation of physicians, scientists, pharmacists and health professionals; we discover and translate new knowledge in the biomedical and health sciences; we provide cutting-edge, collaborative patient care of the highest quality; and we improve the health of the communities we serve.
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