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Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement - Associate Professor or Professor (Tenure Track)

at University of Colorado Boulder

Posted: 2/1/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 14601
Keywords: teaching

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Anschutz Medical Campus

Colorado School of Public Health

Associate Director for CommunityOutreach and Engagement

University of Colorado Cancer Centerand

Associate or Full Professor (Tenure Track)

Colorado School of Public Health



The Associate Director forCommunity Outreach and Engagement (AD for COE) position builds upon the UCCCcommitment to serve the State of Colorado and address cancer disparities acrossracial, ethnic, and socioeconomic populations. The AD for COE serves as a vitalmember of the UCCC senior leadership team and advises the Director, Senior Leaders, andProgram Leaders on issues related to cancer incidence, treatment, andsurvivorship in the UCCC catchment area. The AD for COE will provide overallscientific direction and planning for UCCC community outreach and engagementactivities, including methods for including the catchment area in research, andestablishing outreach and educational activities to engage minority andunderserved populations. Must devote at least a 50%effort to the position in the first year, with salary support to be providedfrom the UCCC. In subsequent years, salary support will be 25%.


TheUCCC is an NCI-designated Consortium Comprehensive Cancer center with approximately250 full members engaged in collaborative cancer research at the University ofColorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The Cancer Center is a member of the NationalComprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN).


The School of Public Health, celebrating its 10thanniversary, is a collaborative endeavor involving the University of ColoradoDenver (CU Denver), Colorado State University (CSU), and the University ofNorthern Colorado (UNC). The Colorado School of Public Health is the first andonly accredited school of public health in the Rocky Mountain Region,attracting top tier faculty and students from across the country, and providinga vital contribution towards ensuring our region's health and wellbeing.Collaboratively formed in 2008 by the University of Colorado Denver, CSU andUNC, the Colorado School of Public Health provides training, innovativeresearch and community service to actively address public health issuesincluding chronic disease, access to healthcare, environmental threats,emerging infectious diseases, and costly injuries.


The University of Colorado Anschutz MedicalCampus is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado,the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountain region and one of thenewest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. Currentlyhome to 21,000 employees, more than 4,000 degree-seeking students and twonationally recognized hospitals that handle 1.7 million patient visits eachyear. CU Anschutz features schools of medicine, pharmacy, dental medicine andpublic health, a college of nursing and a graduate school.



Public health in any of the following areas: communityand behavioral health; epidemiology; health systems, management and policy.


The incumbent will report to the Chair of theappointing department in its faculty appointment and to the Director of the Universityof Colorado Cancer Center in the role of Associate Director for CommunityOutreach and Engagement.



The Associate Director will supervise staffassociated with activities related to community engagement and outreach asdescribed below.



Specific Responsibilities:  

  • Develop an enhanced vision for communityoutreach/engagement for the UCCC. Establish and lead the Office of Community Outreachand Engagement.
  • Serve as advocate and content expertfor addressing disparities in the UCCC catchment area (Colorado) and beyond.
  • Establish and chair a CommunityEngagement Committee to build relationships with the community and seek inputfrom community leaders.
  • Work with director, senior leadersand program leaders to encourage disparities-focused cancer research within theinstitution.
  • Works across the university tofacilitate UCCC initiatives that complement and do not overlap with otherinstitutional efforts in disparities and community outreach/engagement.
  • In partnership with the AD forPopulation Health Sciences, develop evidence-based cancer information relevantto the catchment. Activities include characterizing Colorado'sdemographics, cancer incidence and mortality and concomitant disparities, andidentifying areas where disparities are most pronounced. Ongoing assessment isrequired to ensure current information from year to year.
  • Disseminate UCCC research advances into communitysettings, to reduce cancer disparities in racial/ethnic minorities and themedically underserved.
  • Enhance cancer-relevant healthdisparities research in the catchment, including culturally appropriate andadaptive education and outreach initiatives.
  • In collaboration with the AD forClinical Research, undertake activities to increase participation ofunderrepresented minorities in cancer clinical trials.
  • In collaboration with the AD forEducation, develop community-focused educational initiatives to fosterdissemination of research and advance community understanding of best practicesfor cancer prevention, control, treatment and survivorship issues.
  • Design, plan and evaluate communityoutreach initiatives to address cancer specific health related risk factors,especially those relevant to minority and underserved populations.
  • Foster research initiatives toaddress cancer specific issues in the catchment and engage members of thecatchment.
  • Develop and maintain communitypartnerships focused on cancer prevention and detection.
  • Develop systems, policies andprocedures to work with state legislators and insurers to more comprehensivelyand effectively address the cancer-related health care needs of the catchmentarea. Advocate for public policies to reduce cancer disparities.
  • Identify faculty outside of UCCCmembership who are working in areas relevant to the catchment area andfacilitate their recruitment to the appropriate Program and to a cancer focus.


Outcomes Assessment:

Evaluation of Community Outreachand Engagement Success such as (examples):

  • Increased enrollment ofunderrepresented minorities onto clinical trials.
  • Increased uptake of cancerprevention strategies such as mammography, colorectal cancer screening, HPVvaccination, etc.
  • Increased peer-reviewed fundingin research to address issues relevant to the catchment.
  • Advocacy at the state level forimproved cancer screening, early detection or risk reduction, e.g. tobaccoadvertising, reduced teen access to tobacco products, tanning boothrestrictions, improved access to cancer screening services.
  • New community partnerships topromote cancer risk reduction and/or increased access to cancer preventive andmedical care.


  • Ability to effectivelycommunicate to the catchment area community and to policy making audiences.
  • Demonstrated experienceaddressing issues that affect underserved populations, particularly thoserelevant to rural residents and underrepresented minorities.
  • Demonstrated effectivecollaboration skills working with internal and external partners includingsponsors, state and local health agencies, community and state leaders, andminority organizations.
  • Demonstrated research expertisein health disparities, by serving as principal investigator of peer reviewedextramural research, preferably from the National Cancer Institute or otherpeer reviewed cancer funding organization.
  • Experience building,maintaining, and managing collaborative partnerships and interdisciplinaryteams in underserved communities.
  • Demonstrated ability leadingmultidisciplinary teams and mentorship.
  • Knowledge of health disparityfunding mechanisms (local, state, federal, foundation, non-profit).
  • Excellent written, verbal andmanagement skills.
  • Ability to develop and executean outreach and health disparities strategic plan in a collaborativeenvironment, based upon the ongoing assessment of the current and future needsof the catchment area.

Salary and Benefits:


Salary iscommensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers afull benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, includingeligibility, is located at Employee Services.


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The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz MedicalCampus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body,faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a cultureof inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourageapplications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and allveterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality ineducation and employment.


  • MD and/or PhD in one of therelated fields of public health, medicine, communications, economics,sociology, or anthropology.
  • An establishedrecord of excellence in research, teaching and leadership and service;specifically, academic and scholarly accomplishments commensurate with thecriteria for appointment at the academic rank of full Professor at theUniversity of Colorado, Colorado School of Public Health.
  • Minimum of five years of experiencein cancer disparities research and community-based interventions.
  • Demonstrated experience inadvocacy initiatives, development of community engagement strategies, andvolunteer management.


  • Cancer center leadership (e.g., program or theme leader).
  • Experience working with development and philanthropic donors ispreferred.
  • Experience working with community organizations.


Questions should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Cathy Bradley, Professor of Health Systems Management and Policy, and Associate Director, Population Health Sciences, University of Colorado Cancer Center at of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.