This position will assist the Director of Bioethics in managing the Health Care Ethics program for the Ethics Center. Areas of responsibility will include undergraduate, professional, and community education.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
1. Serve as instructor, i.e., “faculty of record,” for the Health Care Ethics Internship including facilitating biweekly ethics reflection sessions.
2. Prepare materials for the Ethics Center website on health care ethics.
3. Develop and execute research regarding ethical dilemmas encountered in health care and health care delivery.
4. Provide clinical ethics consultation for the Ethics Center’s contracted health care partners.
5. Provide ethics education and policy review and development for the Ethics Center’s contracted health care partners.
6. Develop materials and opportunities for bioethics education for local and global communities.
7. Respond as appropriate to media and other inquiries received by the Ethics Center.
8. Other duties as assigned by Director of Bioethics.
A. Serve as Instructor for the Health Care Ethics Internship.
1. Serve as the faculty of record, including syllabus preparation, course instruction, and student evaluation.
2. Develop and deliver ethics curriculum.
3. Facilitate and monitor students’ participation in ethics reflection sessions and monitor completion of written assignments.
4. Monitor students’ activities and evaluate their participation quarterly.
5. Co-supervise a student fellow.
6. Recruit students to participate in program, as needed.
7. Serve on the “admission committee” for the Internship and selection committee for the annual undergraduate fellow.
8. Develop additional clinical opportunities and sites for student interns, as needed.
9. Participate in annual program evaluation.
10. Prepare reports on program for the Ethics Center, as asked.
11. Manage development, fulfillment, and renewal of Internship contract(s).
B. Media Commentary & Website Development.
1. Provide commentary on current and emerging issues in health care ethics including op-eds and blog posts.
2. In collaboration with the Director of Bioethics and with the Communications Director, develop and coordinate desired materials for website.
3. Research and write materials for Ethics Center website on health care ethics.
4. Review, assess, and make recommendations regarding bioethics content on the Center’s website.
5. Explore and, if indicated, facilitate the development of one or more bioethics MOOCs.
C. Clinical Ethics Consultation, Education, and Policy Development
1. Provide ethics expertise and consultation services to the Center’s contracted partners.
2. Develop health care ethics education at contracted sites.
3. Engage in policy development and review on behalf of contracted sites and in response to other requests.
4. Provide health care ethics education in both clinical and community settings.
5. Manage contracts and billing for contracted sites, including active participation in the contracting process and contract renewals.
6. Represent the Director of Bioethics as requested.
1. Develop and execute research projects in health care ethics.
2. Manage research protocols including IRB approvals.
3. Explore funding sources for specific research projects.
4. Direct student research assistants, as needed.
E. Health Care Ethics Program Administration.
1. Assist the Director of Bioethics with overall planning and administration of program as directed.
2. Confer frequently with the Director of Bioethics
3. Other duties as assigned.
1. Identifies and determines cause of problems; develops and presents recommendations for improvement of established processes and practices.
2. Maximizes productivity through use of appropriate tools; planned training and performance initiatives, including preparation and administration of program budget
3. Researches and develops resources that create timely and efficient workflow.
4. Prepares progress reports; informs supervisor of project status; and deviation from goals. Ensures completeness, accuracy and timeliness of all operational functions.
5. Develops and implements guidelines to support the functions of the unit.
Provides Work Direction
May supervise students
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The items below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, education, and experience required or preferred.
This position requires the ability to effectively establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment.
The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, the California Fair Employment & Housing Act, and all other applicable laws, SCU provides reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities. A qualified individual is a person who meets skill, experience, education, or other requirements of the position, and who can perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
• Considerable time is spent at a desk using a computer terminal.
• May be required to travel to other buildings on the campus.
• May be required to attend conference and training sessions within Bay Area or in- or out-of-state locations.
The work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
• Typical office environment – shared office
• Experience and understanding of ethical issues in the health professions, e.g., nursing ethics, surgical ethics, highly desirable.
• Appreciation of and commitment to further the mission, values, and goals of Santa Clara University and the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.
• Experience and demonstrated skill in teaching.
• Experience and demonstrated skill in health care ethics in an academic or clinical setting, preferably both.
• Experience and demonstrated skill in ethical decision-making, education, and policy development in clinical settings.
• Excellent written and oral communications skills.
• Excellent interpersonal skills.
• Experience and demonstrated skill in program administration
• Experience in qualitative and/or quantitative research highly desirable.
• Experience addressing ethical issues regarding end of life care and hospice care highly desirable.
• Ability to work collaboratively with Ethics Center staff and community partners.
• Ability to work within a diverse and multicultural work environment
Education and/or Experience
• Bachelor’s Degree required;
• Preferred: Advanced training in medical ethics as demonstrated by a master’s or doctoral degree in medical ethics or a relevant area; or, a relevant master’s or professional degree, preferably along with formal training in clinical ethics, e.g., successful completion of an intensive program in clinical ethics.
Years of Experience
• 5 – 6 years of related experience in health care ethics, clinical ethics, or related area
Hiring range: $2668.83 - 3137.67 semi-monthly, commensurates with experience
Posting Detail Information
Open Until Filled: Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
This is a fixed-term position ending one year from hire. Extensions or conversion to regular status is dependent on funding and/or business need.
Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected category in accordance with applicable law. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.
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