Head, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

The Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applications for the position of Head, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at UBC.  The successful candidate is expected to have a strong background in academic leadership as well as experience in sustaining and strengthening collaborations with other academic units. The successful applicant is also expected to establish strong clinical and administrative linkages with all six Health Authorities at a provincial, regional and community level across British Columbia. This position is for a five (5) year term with the possibility of renewal, subject to satisfactory review. It is expected that the successful candidate will qualify for and be offered a full-time UBC appointment at the rank of Professor with tenure and will also hold the Dr. Victor Gomel Professorship in Obstetrics and Gynaecology within the Faculty of Medicine.

This position is located within a health-care facility. Therefore, this position requires successful verification of full vaccination against Covid-19 provided prior to the start date, as required by the provincial health mandate.

The UBC Faculty of Medicine is committed to fostering excellence in education, research, and service that contributes to the health of individuals and communities locally, nationally, and internationally. The Faculty of Medicine, together with its partners including B.C.’s Health Authorities, provides innovative programs in the areas of health and life sciences through a province-wide delivery model. The Faculty teaches students at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels and generates more than $350 million in research funding each year. The Department Head will provide leadership by creating and advancing a provincial departmental mission, strategic plan and goals that align with the Faculty and the University. The Head will create an environment that promotes the Faculty’s values of excellence, mutual respect, caring, and integrity where civility, diversity, opportunity, and inclusion are valued and central to all encounters across the Faculty, the University, and the communities.

The vision of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology is Advancing excellence in women’s health care, education, and research. The Department’s academic programs at an undergraduate, postgraduate, graduate, advanced practice and continuing professional development level are respected and highly desired educational programs. The Department’s research accomplishments are broad-based, encompassing the breadth of the specialty and spanning the spectrum from basic, to translational, to clinical to health services research. The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology is committed to: putting our patients first; promoting education and mentorship; pursuing discovery and innovation; transferring knowledge into care; cultivating partnerships and fostering an ethical and respectful culture. The Department provides excellent clinical care with exemplary collaboration across sites within British Columbia.

The Faculty of Medicine is seeking applicants with a strong record of research and innovation in obstetrics and gynaecology and a background of proven productive collaboration with clinicians and basic scientists. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in an academic and/or administrative leadership roles and a demonstrated ability to support the career development and mentorship of faculty members, with excellence in teaching and a commitment to undergraduate and graduate education. The successful candidate will have a proven record of scholarly excellence in research at an international level and have demonstrated experience in fostering engagement and inclusivity across the working and learning environment. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in working with the leadership of Health Authority partners to create academic integration of teaching and research into clinical service delivery and Health Human Resource Planning, particularly in areas of academic expertise. The successful applicant will show evidence of building, managing and maintaining high-quality and productive relationships across cultural differences, and having the ability to communicate and interact with empathy, understanding, and respect of diverse perspectives and behaviours.

A more detailed job description is available in the Dean’s Office, Faculty of Medicine. Please enquire at the email address below.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. A letter of application that addresses scholarly, professional and creative work, teaching, administrative service, experience fostering collaboration, inclusiveness, equity and diversity, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae, and the names of four referees (at arm’s length), should be directed to:

Dermot Kelleher, MB, MD, FRCP, FRCPI, FMedSci, FCAHS, FRCPC, AGAF
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Vice President, Health, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
c/o Yichen Zhang, Interim Assistant Manager, Searches and Reviews
Email: fom.searches@ubc.ca
Subject Line: Head, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Candidates, internal or external to the University, are eligible to apply. Review of applications will begin August 15, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is April 1, 2023 or upon a date to be mutually agreed.