Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
The School of Medicine has an outstanding opportunity for a Director, Learning Environment.
The School of Medicine (SOM) director for the learning environment reports to the associate dean for student affairs in the dean's office, School of Medicine, and is responsible for ensuring compliance with the AAMC and LCME guidelines on learning environment. The director for the learning environment meets frequently with medical students, listening to concerns and providing students with information on available resources specific to their concerns. The director monitors student experiences in the learning environment, designs intervention plans, and generates reports for various constituents. This 1.0 FTE position serves as the primary liaison on the learning environment for the School's 1,000+ medical students and thousands of faculty distributed across the five state WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) region including six Foundations campuses and over 200 clinical training sites.
CONSULT, DESIGN, AND IMPLEMENT LEARNING ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMS
Review School of Medicine and AAMC data, materials, and best practices to conduct analyses to provide feedback to improve the medical student experience.
Oversee, coordinate, and monitor the School of Medicine's initiatives and activities (workshops, seminars, publications and events) designed to improve and support learning environment program needs across WWAMI campuses and clinical training sites.
Establish and maintain close working relationships with administration and faculty to address medical student learning environment concerns.
Collaborate with associate dean for student affairs, associate dean for curriculum, associate dean for educational strategy, associate dean for educational quality improvement, associate dean for the colleges, regional deans, chief diversity officer, Department of Medical Education and Biomedical Informatics researchers, department chairs, clerkship directors, and medical student counselors to identify learning environment issues and trends.
Develop and maintain evaluation and tracking systems of the medical student experience at each of the WWAMI campuses, and collectively as one medical school. Identify positive and negative influences. Develop and recommend appropriate strategies to enhance positive and mitigate negative influences.
Ensure that policies are maintained and updated to meet accreditation standards and foster a conducive medical student learning environment.
Create and maintain informational tools and training modules to improve student and faculty knowledge and comprehension of policies and procedures, and to ensure regional students and faculty have access to the same level of training available in Seattle.
Provide policy guidance and expertise.
Advise departments, deans and committees on LCME standards related to mistreatment.
Participate in faculty development activities around enhancing the learning environment.
Provide monthly reports to the associate dean for student affairs of productivity accounting, consisting of the number and type of in-office appointments, phone consultations, and group presentations.
Collects data on reports on mistreatment and other issues related to the learning environment. Conducts surveys on students' satisfaction with services and implements Total Quality Management initiatives.
Partners with academic affairs deans and the department of Medical Education and Biomedical Informatics on longitudinal studies which may result in peer-reviewed published research.
LEARNING ENVIRONMENT PLANNING
Oversee, manage, and administer weekly learning environment review and committee meetings. Develop agenda, determine long-term strategy, track progress, and provide communication updates to key stakeholders.
Participate in monthly academic affairs deans/managers meetings and monthly Continuous Professionalism Improvement meetings.
Participate in School of Medicine, academic affairs, and faculty committees as requested.
Serve on broader UW and Health Sciences learning environment-related committees.
Coordinate meetings with other foundations campuses or regional WWAMI deans, faculty, and staff to discuss learning environment initiatives and issues.
Participate in other activities within the student affairs and curriculum offices, including but not limited to: medical school orientation and transition-to-clerkship programs, student affairs weekly staff meeting, class meetings, staff retreats, and faculty and staff development.
Participate in national professional development conferences as needed.
Coordinate with GME around learning environment issues related to resident-physicians' treatment of medical students.
Coordinate with department chairs and clerkship directors around physician and resident physician treatment of medical students.
Plan and execute quarterly and annually communication strategies around the status of the learning environment to medical students, faculty, administration, and other high-level executive staff.
Masters in education administration, health sciences, counseling, social work, clinical psychology, or other related field with at least three years' experience in medical education.
Three to five years' experience working in undergraduate or graduate medical education.
Ability to handle highly confidential information responsibly.
Knowledge of and familiarity with implicit bias and institutional racism and their impacts on the student experience in the educational environment.
Proven administrative and problem-solving skills.
Ability to interpret and communicate to others complex program policies and procedures.
Proven leadership and strong oral and written communication skills.
Demonstrated experience working in large, highly complex environments.
Ability to work independently with a high degree of reliability, accuracy and productivity.
Demonstrated ability to maintain harmonious working relationships and effectively address complex and sensitive administrative issues.
Proven track record in exercising discretion and independent judgment effectively in decision-making processes.
Ability to work across multiple levels of an organization to achieve results.
Evidence of ability to be innovative in the work place.
Effective at dealing with sensitive issues and maintaining collegial relationships.
Experience working with students from diverse racial, cultural, educational and geographic backgrounds.
Demonstrated project management skills.
Computer proficiency with word processing in a Windows and/or Mac environment.
Professional background in medical education.
Experience with program implementation and evaluation.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT The position intermittently requires evening and weekend time to participate in medical student programs, meet project deadlines and attend meetings. Travel to regional WWAMI sites and national meetings may be required.
A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification will be required prior to hire.
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