The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Health Professions invites nominations, applications, or expressions of interest for the position of Chair of the Department of Health Services Administration.


The Alabama State Legislature created the School of Health Professions (SHP), in 1969 to prepare healthcare professionals and technicians for medically underserved areas of Alabama and to assure consistent academic and clinical training in a medical center setting. Today, students continue to develop skills and expertise in some of healthcare’s most challenging fields. Since SHP is one of the six schools comprising the world-renowned UAB Academic Health Center, students are exposed to vast resources, state-of-the-art facilities, and progressive research during their academic and clinical education.

Marking a distinguished 40 year history, the UAB School of Health Professions is one of the largest health professions schools in the nation with more than 1,500 students enrolled in over 20 innovative programs at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree levels within five departments. The school’s research programs are nationally renowned.
SHP is proud of many accomplishments including:

• U.S. News & World Report ranks several SHP programs in the nation’s top 30;
• The Master of Science in Health Administration program has been ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News since the early 1990s and is currently ranked 5th in the nation;
• The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is ranked 19th;
• The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program is ranked 25th and the Occupational Therapy program is ranked 28th;
• The Department of Nutrition Sciences is among the nation’s top 10;
• Research funding is rapidly approaching the $12 million level;
• The school is at the top of the list in research funding from the National Institutes of Health for schools of its type and among the top three schools in funding since 1969;
• All of the school’s programs with professional accrediting agencies are fully accredited by those associations; and
• The school has a long history of excellence in international education outreach.

In its most recent strategic plan the school identified four priority areas for strategic focus.

1) Health Care Leadership and Management
2) Obesity and Obesity-related Diseases
3) Rehabilitation and Disability
4) Signature Workforce Programs


The Chair of the Department of Health Services Administration will be a full-time, twelve-month faculty position overseeing all administrative responsibilities for the department as well as participating in and providing academic leadership for teaching, service, and scholarly activities. Responsibilities will include:

• Providing leadership to departmental program directors in the day-to-day management of departmental programs;
• Managing personnel-related activities, such as recruitment, new hire recommendations, and departmental performance evaluations;
• Coordinating and managing the departmental budgeting processes, and overseeing departmental financial processes;
• Providing leadership for academic and professional development, and departmental curriculum review/development;
• Developing and maintaining key relationships with affiliating institutions and agencies;
• Providing constructive feedback and assistance to faculty, staff, and students on professional development, performance, and projects;
• Identifying and establishing fundraising priorities and securing gifts from alumni, corporations, foundations, and/or supporters;
• Designing processes that increase the representation of diversity within the student body and departmental personnel.
• Direct the department’s efforts to further establish its leadership in ongoing health care leadership and management education;
• Continue to support the growth of the department’s international healthcare system leadership profile;
• Leading the development of a stronger departmental research agenda.


Qualified candidates will have previous experience as part of a leadership team in an academic administrative leadership role with a high level of demonstrated successes. Previous experience in an academic department with all levels of programs is highly desired. The successful candidate will understand and be familiar with academic accreditation processes and curriculum development, university teaching, and collaboration within a complex organization. Demonstrated success in leading a program of scholarship with a record of publication and success with obtaining extramural funding is also desired. The successful candidate will be an innovative person with the personnel management skill to build a shared vision that includes sensitivity to and competence with individuals of diverse backgrounds and cultures. Doctoral qualifications from an accredited institution are required.

The Chair will also possess the following characteristics:

• An entrepreneurial spirit;
• Ability to organize and present ideas clearly;
• Experience and success with extramural grant proposal writing;
• Skill in budgetary planning and fiscal management;
• Appreciation for practitioner needs;
• Excellent interpersonal skills; and
• Demonstrated ability and inclination to provide collaborative leadership.


The Search Committee invites nominations, applications (a letter of interest, comprehensive curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of five or more references) or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the UAB School of Health Professions (electronic submissions preferred). Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted to the search firm prior to September 16, 2013.

Katie Bain, Vice President
Jacob Anderson, Associate
Parker Executive Search
5 Concourse Parkway Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30328
Phone: (770) 804-1996 X 111; Fax: (770) 804-1917

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of ethnicity, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans. A pre-employment background investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.
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