The School of Nursing is one of eight schools that make up the Rutgers biomedical and Health Sciences. As part of the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences division, the School of Nursing (Newark) offers unique opportunities in education, research, and practice at a leading national research university which is the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education.
With the advent of value-based care, accountable care organizations, hospital mergers and system realignments, and changing landscape of research priorities from funding agencies, every AAU institution with a concentration on promoting the educational, clinical, and research missions is faced with tremendous challenges and opportunities. Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS with eight schools and Institutes) and the Rutgers School of Nursing, critical players in the healthcare vortex nationally and across the state of New Jersey, fall in this category. Vital questions will need to be addressed. How will RBHS and its schools and Institutes capitalize on the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital and Barnabas Health merger? How will RBHS realize the synergies from all of its assets, including a vibrant behavioral health enterprise? How will the Rutgers School of Nursing continue to offer innovative educational programs and to promote interprofessional education models and deliver clinical care to the most under-served populations? How do research and scholarship activities inform best practices? How does the School or Nursing's research interests and strengths align with those of RBHS?
As one of the nation's largest, most comprehensive nursing schools with four locations, the School of Nursing has a considerable amount of momentum and is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in education, research, evidence-based health care delivery, and the promotion of community health. There is a strong commitment and interest to build the research enterprise in a strategic and thoughtful manner, to strengthen (the six current centers and institutes) and to create new and distinct centers of excellence, and to grow research expenditures (currently $46.9 million in FY2017) with an emphasis on federal grants.
In light of its ambitions and aspirations, the School of Nursing seeks a funded-investigator with a track record with federal grants who prizes collaboration, transparency, mentorship, and teamwork to envision and to implement a research agenda that leverages the School's signature areas and capitalizes on the research activities across RBHS to assume the position of Vice Dean of Research (Vice Dean). Reporting to the Dean, the new Vice Dean must demonstrate a passion for mentoring faculty and doctoral students, for empowering staff in the Office of Research, and for harnessing the intellectual currency of the School.
Specific Responsibilities for the Vice Dean for Research:
Provide leadership and vision in planning and implementing the School's research agenda, including the enhancement of signature areas and the development of benchmarks and outcomes evaluation to advance the School and University's research goals.
Guide and assist faculty members regarding development of their program of research, the continuation of their scholarly research agendas, and grant proposals. Develop a formal peer-review process.
Mentor faculty and doctoral students in the utilization of research resources to enhance and increase extramural research funding with federal agencies and other community sponsors, including proposal development, funding sources, research methods, and institutional review board matters including certification in human subjects protection program.
Manage the daily operations of the Office of Research:
Supervise all support staff (four to six individuals);
Prepare research reports, annual report for the Office of Research, and facilitate the work of the faculty Research Committee;
Maintain the research resource library;
Facilitate the complete processing of grant applications, provision of technical and clerical assistance with the development of proposals for external funding. Provision of statistical and design consultations in relation to proposal and manuscript development; and
Develop strategies to disseminate information on grantsmanship and other scholarly activities, including national and international research meetings, calls for abstracts, papers, and proposals. Coordinate on-line postings of targeted and general funding opportunities and postings of calls for papers/abstracts and research opportunities, as appropriate.
Annually assess overall scholarly productivity of faculty and students.
Strengthen the IRB and post-award processes and systems.
Maintain an active program of research.
Develop collaborative and interdisciplinary research network and initiatives within the School of Nursing community and with other researchers, at Rutgers and beyond in collaboration with appropriate Deans and Directors:
Serve as School liaison to Vice Chancellor for Research and other campus/University level units, including with eIRB, as appropriate;
Actively participate as a member of the School leadership team; and
Serve as an ex-official member of the Research Committee.
Assure compliance with all applicable university, state and federal research policies, regulations and reporting requirements.
Minimum Education and Experience:
A Leader with A Vision for Research: Evidence and/or an ability to develop a distinct narrative outlining strengths for a research agenda and enterprise.
Academic Credibility: Earned doctorate in nursing or health related field, such as psychology, or public health. Eligible for appointment as an Associate or full Professor rank with tenure. RN licensure and graduate degree in nursing preferred.
Scholarship and Grantmanship: Demonstrated track record of scholarship and funded research with a preference towards federal funding. Relevant experience working with federal agencies (i.e., NIH, HRSA, etc.) is important.
A Builder and Mentor: Evidence of mentoring post-docs and junior faculty members with positive results and outcomes.
Collaborative and Collegial: Evidence of building interdisciplinary partnerships and research initiatives in a thoughtful and transparent manner.
Relationship and Stakeholder Management: Demonstrated experience in building, sustaining, and deepening relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders, across a complex landscape.
People and Project Management: The ability to inspire and empower faculty and staff, to ensure the Office of Research is effective, efficient, proactive, service-oriented, and responsive, and to meet deadlines.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Comfortable with ambiguity and embraces change with zeal and enthusiasm.
The ability to balance the need to be strategic with the need to be opportunistic and the judgment to know the difference.
Excellent emotional intelligence skills, culturally aware, inclusive and accepting of diversity of all dimensions, self-directed, adaptable, and flexible.
Inspirational with a sense of humor and humility.
Posting Number: 18FA0274
Location: Rutgers University-Newark
Internal Number: 68492
About Rutgers University
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