Associate Director of Community Outreach and Engagement

Associate Director of Community Outreach and Engagement

Posting Date: 04/23/2021

Closing Date: 07/31/2021

Job Information/Description:

The Froedtert Health Network (FHN), Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (CHW) and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Cancer Center (CC) are launching a $20M transformational Population Sciences (PopSci) and Community Outreach and Engagement (COE) Initiative in cancer research. This PopSci & COE Initiative will extend our already robust PopSci and COE programs, which include a strong cadre of health care delivery, patient reported outcomes, biobehavioral oncology and survivorship researchers, as well as an expansive set of shared resources, including a regional Biorepository Core, GeoSpatial Epidemiology Core and a robust investigator-initiated clinical trials pipeline.
With the launching of this initiative, MCW CC seeks the recruitment of an outstanding community engaged researcher to serve as Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement (AD COE). This senior leadership position is charged with engaging MCWCC’s catchment area communities to develop, implement and evaluate initiatives to better understand and address the cancer burden in Eastern Wisconsin. Consideration of urban and rural communities most vulnerable to cancer disparities is central to this position, as is appreciation for the value of partnerships to build trust and collaborative efforts.
The AD COE reports directly to the Cancer Center Director and works closely with other MCWCC senior leaders. Candidates must have a PhD, MD, or MD/PhD or equivalent degree with a training focus on public or community health, medical sociology/anthropology, behavioral sciences, health communications or other related fields with interest and expertise in health disparities research and community-based interventions. The ideal candidate will have a track record of peer-reviewed research and publications focused on cancer prevention and control, cancer disparities, and/or social determinants of health among underrepresented groups.

Additional Information:

Our Community Outreach and Engagement guiding framework is grounded in deep equity, a biology to policy perspective and systems change thinking. We seek to build capacity, identify knowledge gaps and create feedback loops within and outside our institutions leading to transformed partnerships. Through these partnerships, we seek to co-develop, deliver, evaluate and disseminate relevant programming to eliminate cancer disparities and achieve health equity. MCW ( is the only academic medical center in eastern Wisconsin, a diverse region of 25 counties which include urban, African American, Latinx, Tribal and rural communities. Some of these communities are challenged by significant disparities in cancer incidence and outcomes.
Cancer is the top strategic priority at MCW. The Cancer Center is comprised of more than 250 cancer research scientists and physicians at MCW, Froedtert Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Clement Zablocki VA Medical Cancer Center, Genome Sciences Precision Medicine Center, the Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin and the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR), and has an ambitious plan for growth, including achieving NCI-designation. As one of the largest US metro areas without a designated cancer center, NCI designation of the MCW Cancer Center would have a significant impact on the health and quality of life of the people of Southeastern Wisconsin and beyond.
A competitive salary, benefit, incentive and relocation package is offered. In addition, a program development package will be provided commensurate with the candidate’s research program and vision. MCW is committed to fostering and maintaining a diverse work culture that respects the rights and dignity of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender expression, height, weight, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status. MCW is also supportive of the needs of dual career couples and is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer.

Contact Information:

Interested applicants should apply with a cover letter describing qualifications and curriculum vitae to the MCW Job Site at: The requisition ID is Job # 27262. Questions regarding the position can be addressed to Marilyn Larson, Associate Director of Administration at [email protected] MCW is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and strongly encourages applications from individuals in groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. The posting will remain open until filled.