Senior Medical Director, Education & Research

Washington D.C.
Aug 19, 2020
Sep 18, 2020
Full Time
Position Type

Bust out of the four walls of your institution and come join us at Special Olympics—where inclusion is the revolution—so you can start improving lives on a global scale.

Do what you were planning to do your whole life—work to do good for some of the most deserving people in the world—and instill joy into their lives and yours by including them in health care to help them reach their potential on a massive, worldwide scale.

We are working with 6 million athletes of all ages with intellectual disabilities in 193 countries and territories across the globe helping them to have healthier, happier, longer lives, and to eliminate the health disparities that they experience. If we can do this with and for people with intellectual disabilities, we can do it for everyone.

Work alongside some of the best people you will ever meet—motivated, fun, creative, deep thinkers, doers, logisticians, researchers, programmers, communicators, educators, evaluators, analysts and improvers. We have the deep research and evaluation capacity of a university department, with colleagues and hundreds of partner organizations that logarithmically multiply our scope. We have clinicians experts across multiple health disciplines—medicine, nursing, dentistry, mental health, optometry, audiology, physical therapy, podiatry, nutrition, and more—to serve and guide on our interdisciplinary team. We have the power of community--programs in almost every country in the globe to partner with, energize and carry out the work we do. We have the partnerships at high governmental levels to amplify our messages and affect policy change.

We are looking for a Senior Director of Global Programs for Health Professionals. We are looking for an entrepreneurial spirit, a go-getter; an educator, an executer, a thought partner, a convener, a leader. Someone who wants to take on tough problems with one of the world’s most marginalized populations and work with our worldwide movement, our volunteers, our partners, our funders to find solutions that with scale. Someone who will bring a paradigm shift to health so that people with intellectual disabilities will be first in line to get the innovations instead of last. Someone with a track record of moving forward, creating networks, taking ideas to fruition and leading great teams.

This may come from within the community of those working in disabilities or it may not—we are open to either.

Here are the specifics:

We need a strategy on how to change health professionals’ mindsets and behaviors and drive systems toward inclusion of people with ID so that they can get to better health outcomes.

We need a plan of action.

We need you to lead this plan.

We need you to evaluate the work, make it better, take it to scale and convince others that it is worthwhile.

We need you to be part of a team of others working towards the same goals.

We need you to be comfortable speaking and writing your ideas to a wide variety of audiences. In fact, it’s a bonus if you are funny—yes, a little “haha” funny. Humor is not only welcomed and respected, but also valued. It makes our work environment more creative and can get us to a better result.

*This is a Senior Medical Director position*

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  • Clinical degree, licensure or certification, MD or DO preferred, with history of clinical work including primary care, population health, or field in which coordination of care is required
  • Terminal scientific degree, PhD preferred; at least Masters-level or equivalent with experience.
  • Demonstrated prior experience working in health care provider programs, education and training
  • A record of increasing leadership and management responsibility, including budget, personnel, visioning and strategy
  • Global health experience preferred
  • Track record of increasing project oversight with outcomes
  • Experience with quality measurement and improvement preferred
  • Proven ability to manage workloads and organize work efficiently under pressure and deadlines.
  • Excellent communications (oral and written) skills