Faculty Position Director, Memory Counseling Program

Wake Forest Baptist Health
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Sep 14, 2020
Sep 14, 2021
Full Time
Position Type

Faculty Position – Director, Memory Counseling Program

The Section on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine of Wake Forest School of Medicine/Wake Forest Baptist Health is recruiting for a Director of the Memory Counseling Program (MCP). Established in 2011, the MCP provides mental health services and psychosocial support for individuals and families affected by a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia (see https://www.wakehealth.edu/Locations/Clinics/m/Memory-Counseling-Program-Sticht-Center). The MCP is staffed by four mental health professionals (social workers, licensed professional counselors), an administrative coordinator, and 1-2 graduate students. The Director position is endowed by the Rebecca E. Shaw professorship that will provide approximately 50% salary support. The responsibilities of the position will include research, administration/fundraising, and potential clinical practice. The effort associated with each area is negotiable based on the candidate’s experience and interests. This is a tenure-track faculty position. 



Qualifications for the position:

  • Doctoral degree in an area related to aging/dementia, including but not limited to Mental Health (Psychology, Counseling, Social Work), Gerontology, Nursing, Public Health, Medicine, and related disciplines.
  • Applicant may be at the level of assistant professor (with at least 5 years following attainment of doctoral degree), associate professor, or professor
  • Clinical experience (individual, couples, and family counseling; support groups) with people living with dementia and their family care partners.
  • Research interest in dementia and caregiving (including program evaluation) with proven ability to generate significant extramural funding. (NIH or equivalent grant funding preferred)
  • Interest and experience in program development for persons living with dementia, dementia care partners, and/or healthcare professionals working in dementia-related disciplines
  • Interest and/or prior experience cultivating relationships with individuals or foundations for generating philanthropic support (in collaboration with the Office of Philanthropy).
  • A collaborative leader with a strong ability to develop and build relationships (including with community organizations)

The Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is located in Winston Salem, North Carolina, with a population of approximately 220,000 in Winston Salem and over 1.6 million in the Piedmont Triad area. Winston Salem is in the northwestern region of North Carolina and is within easy driving distance of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the beaches of North Carolina. It is known as the “City of the Arts” with a vibrant arts community, a thriving downtown entertainment district, and the newly developed Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.



Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (www.wakehealth.edu) is a nationally prominent academic medical center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with an integrated health care network that serves the residents of 24 counties in northwest North Carolina and southwest Virginia. The Medical Center’s primary divisions are Wake Forest Baptist Health, a regional clinical system anchored by the 885-bed tertiary care hospital in Winston-Salem that includes Brenner Children’s Hospital, five other hospitals throughout the region, more than 300 other primary and specialty care locations, more than 2,000 physicians and 1,535 acute care beds; Wake Forest School of Medicine, a recognized leader in experiential medical education and groundbreaking research; and Wake Forest Innovations, the school’s commercialization enterprise focused on advancing health care. Wake Forest Baptist clinical, research and educational programs are consistently rated among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report.



Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a summary of research interests to Dottie Jones (dojones@wakehealth.edu) and John Pantoja (jpantoja@wakehealth.edu). Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


It is the policy of Wake Forest Baptist Health to administer all educational and employment activities without discrimination because of race, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.


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