Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement

Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement

Posting Date: 05/21/2020

Job Information/Description:

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute seeks an outstanding public health research leader to serve as Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement (AD COE). This newly created leadership position will have the opportunity to build and lead statewide efforts to better understand the burden of cancer in the state of Arkansas and impact cancer outcomes by partnering with community stakeholders.

The AD for COE is a senior leadership position within the Cancer Institute, reporting directly to the Cancer Institute director. The AD COE works closely with other Cancer Institute senior leaders and the Cancer Institute Director to implement the strategic goals of the Cancer Institute. This recruiting effort is made possible through significant institutional support and a $10M annual commitment from the state of Arkansas to support the Cancer Institute’s efforts to attain NCI Designation. Some of these resources will be prioritized to be available to the AD COE in the building of a COE program. The activities and strategic goals of the Cancer Institute’s COE program are generally defined by the NCI Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG), and it is the responsibility of the AD COE to adapt those expectations to impact cancer outcomes in Arkansas.

The ideal candidate will possess a track record of peer-reviewed research and publications focused on cancer control, cancer disparities, or social determinants of health among underserved and underrepresented minorities, rural or other special populations. Specific responsibilities of the AD COE include the following:

  • Directs the development and maintenance of community relationships
  • Oversees statewide cancer education activities
  • Establishes and oversees community advisory board (CAB) activities; Cancer Institute leaders and the CAB must engage in regular bidirectional communication for the purpose of driving research priorities and strategic goals of the Cancer Institute
  • Works with community and institutional stakeholders to identify opportunities to impact cancer outcomes across the state
  • Engages Cancer Institute members across research programs to target the cancer burden in Arkansas and partners with them to facilitate community engaged research
  • Builds a COE program within the Cancer Institute through their own research, recruitment and collaboration with existing COE researchers within the Cancer Institute and across campus
  • Works with the Cancer Institute director to set the strategic mission of the COE program
  • Builds a COE office through hiring of staff and oversees its operations to ensure appropriate support of COE program activities and alignment with strategic vision of the Cancer Institute
  • Represents COE research and activities in all CCSG related efforts


The successful candidate will join Arkansas’ premier cancer institute founded more than three decades ago. The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute is the only cancer center in the state of Arkansas with a robust cancer research portfolio and a mission to improve cancer outcomes for all Arkansans. The Cancer Institute treats over 2,500 new cancer patients annually and has an extensive effort focused on delivering cancer care and conducting research in underserved populations. Its 135 members conduct outstanding cancer research in multiple scientific programs. Cancer Institute members receive more than $10 million in extramural cancer research funds annually, including multiple “team science” grants. The Cancer Institute has 5 institutional shared resource facilities. A robust clinical trial infrastructure currently supports nearly 270 cancer clinical trials. With strong investment from the state of Arkansas, UAMS and philanthropy, these research operations are rapidly expanding, and the Cancer Institute is in a period of extraordinary and exciting growth. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is one of 57 institutions with an NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award, which supports translational research and creates a supportive environment that synergizes with the Cancer Institute to promote junior investigators and transdisciplinary research. Community engagement efforts have been established for many rural and/or impoverished areas of the state including the Delta region and for unique populations, such as the Marshallese Pacific Islanders. In addition, a robust implementation and dissemination program exists, with great potential for further expansion into the cancer arena.

UAMS is an inclusive Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence.

Contact Information:

Applicants should send their Curriculum Vitae, a letter of interest that includes a vision statement and 3 professional references directly to Jennifer Moulton at [email protected]. Application deadline is September 1, 2020.  Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Applicants must have a PhD, or equivalent. Applicants must be able to work in a team environment. Selected applicants will join a diverse and vibrant academic community that values its researchers and is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.

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