Head, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

The Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applications for the position of Head, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences. 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 S. M. Drance Chair in Ophthalmology 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 UBC Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences includes members at teaching sites distributed across the Province of British Columbia. Altogether, there are 222 faculty members – 17 full-time academic appointments, 187 clinical appointments, 16 emeritus/honorary appointments and 2 associate members. The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is associated with several teaching facilities, including Vancouver General Hospital, St Paul’s Hospital (Providence Health Care group), UBC Hospital, BC Children’s Hospital, Royal Columbian Hospital, Victoria General Hospital, Royal Jubilee Hospital, Lions Gate Hospital, BC Cancer Agency-Vancouver Site and private clinics.

The UBC Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science is the only academic Ophthalmology Department in the province, providing teaching to undergraduate medical students, Ophthalmology residents, postdoctoral research fellows and Ophthalmology clinical fellows both locally and internationally.

The Faculty of Medicine is seeking applicants with a strong record of research and innovation in Ophthalmology 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.

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 Nadia Sheikh, Assistant Manager, Searches and Reviews
Email: fom.searches@ubc.ca
Subject Line: Head, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

Candidates, internal or external to the University, are eligible to apply. Review of applications will begin February 14, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2022, or upon a date to be mutually agreed.