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Director, UCLA Simulation Center

Los Angeles, California
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Sep 30, 2022
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Director, UCLA Simulation Center
University of California Los Angeles

Requisition Number: JPF07781

DGSOM is recruiting an individual to assume executive leadership of the UCLA Simulation Center.

Primary Function:
The Director, UCLA Simulation Center is responsible for the overall leadership of the UCLA Simulation Center. In this key role, the Director will provide vision, direction, and strategic planning to ensure collaborative integration, alignment, and full utilization of the Center to meet the vision, mission, and goals of UCLA Health. The Director will interface closely with leadership from hospital administration, health science schools (Medicine, Nursing, Public Health and Dentistry), the Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology (CASIT), and clinical departments, as well as oversee partnerships with campus departments (Center for Prehospital Care, Engineering, Education, Psychology, Design & Architecture, UCLA Extension, etc.), affiliated hospitals, community groups and national societies. The Director will oversee the operations and budget of the simulation center, supported by the Operations Director and the Standardized Patient (SP) Program Director. The Director reports to the Vice Dean for Education in the David Geffen School of Medicine. Time commitment will be 75% effort.

Job Duties:

  1. Act as a thought leader who uses systems thinking, creativity and broad collaboration to take the UCLA Simulation Center to the next level.
  2. Work closely with the Simulation Steering Committee and the Vice Dean for Education to set and work toward strategic goals and priorities for UCLA Simulation Center education and research.
  3. Collaborate with leaders from all four health science schools to advance interprofessional education at UCLA.
  4. Champion a safe and respectful learning environment via deliberately crafted educational activities focused on teamwork and communication.
  5. Create educational programs which lead to improved patient safety and clinical outcomes.
  6. Design, develop and teach core programs including TeamSTEPPS and simulation instructor training.
  7. Mentor faculty in simulation curriculum development and deployment.
  8. Oversee Simulation Center research.
  9. Seek funding opportunities to support innovation and research related to simulation and patient safety.
  10. Mentor faculty, staff and students in publications related to simulation training.
  11. Work with faculty, students and staff to assure that the UCLA Simulation Center shares advances in research and education at national and international conferences.
  12. Represent the UCLA Simulation Center in local and national simulation and medical education societies.
  13. Provide direction and oversight of Simulation Center staff.
  14. Oversee the operations budget of the simulation center.
  15. Oversee accreditation efforts, renewals and reviews and provide an annual report to the DGSOM Dean's Office and UCLA Health leadership.
  16. Provide oversight of simulation resources.
  17. Evaluate new and emerging simulation technology and lead decisions on equipment and resource procurement.
  18. Develop a clear vision for sharing the UCLA Simulation Center's vision, resources accomplishments and opportunities for engagement via web and media platforms.

Qualifications & Key Competencies:

  • Ed.D., Ph.D., M.D. or M.D./Ph.D.
  • 10 or more years of leadership experience in healthcare simulation education
  • Experience in medical education administration/educational leadership positions and teaching medical students, residents and faculty
  • Understanding of the evolving role of technology in health professions education
  • Ability to apply adult educational principles to healthcare education
  • Strong organizational and managerial skills with a record of success in leading a team and managing partnerships
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and work with members of the academic and clinical community
  • Strong service orientation and commitment to teamwork
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in interpersonal and group communication that reflect a commitment to cultural humility
  • Model and promote the values of the DGSOM Cultural North Star. The Cultural North Star was developed by members of our community and affirms our unswerving commitment to doing what's right, making things better, and being kind. These are the standards to which we hold ourselves, and one another.

    How to Apply:
    Interested faculty should submit the following materials to Narchelle Velasquez at no later than Tuesday, September 20th
  • CV
  • Letter of interest, including a statement of your guiding philosophies for teaching, learning, mentorship and research in the realm of medical simulation
  • An equity, diversity and inclusion statement.
  • Reference Check Authorization Release Form
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