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    University of Mississippi Medical Center offers opportunities for rewarding careers working with medical professionals who are considered leaders in their field.

    Chief, Division of Speech-Language Pathology

    UMMC is seeking a highly qualified and forward-thinking Chief of Speech-Language Pathology who can lead and expand an experienced and collegial team of 18 speech-language pathologists in various settings including adult/pediatric acute care, adult/pediatric outpatient clinics and the pediatric NICU setting. This full-time position requires a detail-oriented, thoughtful, and dynamic individual who will be responsible for overseeing the Speech-Language Pathology clinics at the hospitals and at external clinical sites. The primary responsibility of the position is the administrative and clinical management, supervision, and direction of the speech-language pathology staff and programs.  In addition, the person holding this position will, among other duties:

    • Oversee scheduling to cover clinical assignments and assist in the development of procedures regarding clinical competency measures
    • Establish policies and procedures for managing the division and enforcing policies
    • Assist the faculty members with successfully obtaining promotion and tenure when applicable
    • Foster faculty satisfaction and quality patient care and satisfaction
    • Assure adequate financing for divisional functions and create a budget that enhances the missions of the division as well as to manage within that budget
    • Articulate a vision for the educational excellence of the division as part of the larger mission of the school
    • Comply and remain current with essentials of accreditation, certification, and the regulatory standards that govern educational programs and the healthcare system at UMMC
    • Ensure the educational programs are evaluated for effectiveness and professionalism, provide resources and support as needed
    • Act as the responsible administrator of divisional research including standards of research integrity and compliance
    • Sustain efficient clinical care and provider productivity
    • Enforce standards of clinical care and help ensure the provision of quality care for all patients served by the healthcare system
    • Lead by setting goals, priorities and standards and support development efforts with excellent leadership and follow though
    • Manage, arbitrate and resolve conflicts
    • Create, motivate and support teams within and among departments and entities in the healthcare system
    • Mentor faculty in achieving their career potential, setting goals for professional development and maximizing their contribution to the institution
    • Act as the responsible administrator in seeking to establish and develop a clinical science doctoral level program

    Qualifications:

    • PhD in Communication Sciences or related field
    • Demonstrated leadership abilities including substantial administrative experience and skills
    • Qualifications to fulfill the UMMC criteria for a faculty appointment
    • Board certified in Speech-Language Pathology, Mississippi license eligible and ASHA certification required
    • Proven background in recruitment, mentoring, research and development of programs
    • Minimum of 10 years of experience in a leadership position; academic and medical center preferred
    • Professional experience in clinical supervision and clinical expertise 
    • The successful applicant must be an innovative leader and scholar with excellent personnel, management and budgetary skills and should be familiar with hospital reimbursement processes 

    Interested candidates should send a Curriculum Vitae and letter of interest that details management, leadership and teaching philosophy to: Josie Alston at jalston@umc.edu.

    Chief, Division of Audiology

    UMMC is seeking a dynamic individual motivated to lead a high-performing Audiology program.  The Audiology Division Chief is responsible for clinical, educational, research and administrative oversight of the Division of Audiology within the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences at UMMC and its satellite facilities. The Audiology Division Chief has accountability for meeting the fiscal, patient care, research and teaching needs of the division within the Medical Center.  Some of the Audiology Division Chief's primary duties include, but are not limited to:

    • Strategic planning:  Determine methods to continually improve the value of audiological care and services provided at UMMC.  Promote both internal and external customer service through the development and implementation of programs and standards which align with the strategic goals of UMMC, the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences, and the Division of Audiology.  Facilitate coordination with the Department of Otolaryngology and the Division of Speech Language Pathology regarding hearing sciences and services. 
    • Leadership:  Strong leadership skills are required.  This includes the ability to communicate efficiently and consistently, acting within professional standards, facilitate positive change, conflict resolution, relationship management, and quality and safety management.  Representation of UMMC's Audiology Division at the local, state, and national level through involvement in professional associations and organizations is also expected. 
    • Human resources management: Assure adequate quality and efficiency of staff by adhering to UMMC standards for recruitment, retention, and department productivity measures.  Complete performance evaluations of all staff in a timely and effective manner.  Assure that staff members are actively engaged in unit, division, and organization-wide goals.  Ensure staff competency and assist with staff professional development through exposure to continuing education events, literature, and seminars.
    • Financial management:   Assure financial accountability for annual operating and capital budgets.  Research and develop opportunities for additional revenue development.  Assist in the monitoring of inventory for the division and review service/maintenance contracts. 
    • Performance improvement/safety:  Assure continual readiness for regulatory compliance and maintain an environment that promotes patient safety.  Determine and enforce policies and procedures protecting patient rights.   
    • Professional and community activities:   Represent the Division of Audiology through attendance and active participation at division meetings and other management meetings.  Actively participate in professional organizations and look to serve on advisory committees for community agencies.  
    • Research and teaching:  Act as responsible administrator of divisional research. Grow the research output of the division and serve as a mentor to faculty members to increase overall research productivity. Pursue opportunities to increase the division's presence and service by providing lectures to UMMC departments, residents, community groups, and local and national professional groups.  Continue to improve our educational programs, working with UMMC's externs/ trainees to foster the development of clinical skills and to facilitate ongoing advancement in the field.  Continually explore opportunities for expanding our teaching programs either internally or in cooperation with external programs.

    Interested applicants should send CV and cover letter to gsturdivant@umc.edu.

    Pediatric Audiologist

    Overview:

    Diagnose and manage auditory disorders for pediatric population (0-21 years), with additional responsibilities for clinic operations, research, and teaching.

    Education, experience and licensure:

    Doctorate degree in audiology, Au.D. or Ph.D. from accredited program. Experience preferred, but will consider graduating Externs with extensive pediatric experience.  Must be eligible for ASHA CCC-A and/or Audiology Board Certification from American Academy of Audiology. Ability to obtain current Mississippi license required.

    Responsibilities:

    Perform high quality standard and specialized audiometric tests on children both inpatient and outpatient. Select and administer appropriate diagnostic procedures for each patient based on age and performance ability. Administer diagnostic auditory brainstem response tests to very young infants sedated and unsedated as well as in the neonatal intensive care unit. Analyze test results and counsel patients and families on results. Refer to appropriate medical entities when necessary. Appropriately refer or make recommendations for various amplification options. Evaluate and fit hearing aids and assistive listening devices. Evaluate and program cochlear implant devices. Appropriately manage outcomes of patients with amplification devices according to department policy and procedures. Generate effective patient documentation according to established hospital and department procedures, and other paperwork needed for patient care. Flexibility to work with various multi-disciplinary teams. Work with audiology students from outside universities and teach within clinical setting. Maintain current best practices through internal and external continuing education specific to areas of service. Facilitate learning and understanding in patients, caregivers, staff, students and community by providing education that is easily understood. Openly share knowledge and expertise.

    Knowledge and skills:

    Knowledge of pediatric audiology testing procedures, counseling, and patient management required. The ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing to inter-department colleagues, intra-department colleagues, and external colleagues of various medical, educational and other health related fields. Basic knowledge of computer skills and typical word processing applications as well as general office equipment. The ability to use and troubleshoot specialized equipment such as audiometers of various types, acoustic immittance bridges, auditory evoked potential units, hearing aid analyzers and fitting equipment, otoacoustic emissions devices, and drills. Effective interpersonal skills are required. Bilingual abilities desirable.

     

    Psychologist

    The Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS is recruiting a licensed or license-eligible Psychologist at the assistant or associate professor level for employment within our ACT Center for Tobacco Treatment, Education and Research (non-tenure track). Potential applicants other than psychologists who are able to meet requirements are eligible as well. The candidate should possess interests and experience broadly related to tobacco dependence and its management. The ACT Center is funded primarily by the Mississippi State Department of Health and Mississippi State Legislature to provide clinical services to those interested in quitting tobacco. Educational events are routinely conducted (including our nationally accredited 5-Day Tobacco Treatment Specialist workshop), and a variety of research efforts are ongoing. Responsibilities associated with this position are:

    • Direct provision of and billing for clinical services.
    • Supervision and oversight of clinical activities within our statewide tobacco treatment network.
    • Developing and conducting educational events for healthcare professionals and the public.
    • Conducting research: The candidate will be expected to participate in our FDA-funded Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS) grant. Other opportunities include publishing findings based on our large clinical database, the Jackson Heart Study, developing an independent line of research, and other options.
    • Assisting the director with administrative requirements.

    The University of Mississippi Medical Center, the state's only academic health science center, is an equal opportunity employer M/F/D/V. Please send CV and a brief letter of interest to Thomas J. Payne, PhD, at tjpayne1@umc.edu.