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Associate Director of Community Outreach and Engagement

Medical College of Wisconsin

Last Updated: 6/17/21

Job Description

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Cancer Center (CC), Froedtert Health Network (FHN) and the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (CHW) 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. MCW is a vibrant institution intent on attracting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce and faculty body. We welcome and encourage diversity of experience, thought, and perspectives to advance excellence in science and medicine. As Eastern Wisconsin’s premier academic medical center, MCW seeks to live out the values of equity, diversity and inclusion to create a welcoming campus community with a strong culture of collaboration, partnership, and engagement with our surrounding community.

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.

Background: 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 CC 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. Please direct any questions to Dr. Melinda Stolley, chair of the Associate Director of Community Outreach & Engagement search committee ( Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter of interest, CV, summary of research accomplishments and goals, and names and contact information of five references to the MCW jobsite Requisition #27262. 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 Medical College of Wisconsin is an affirmative action / equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment based on age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, disability, or sexual orientation.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Every great life-changing discovery begins the same way—with new knowledge. It can change everything, from a single life to the future of entire communities. That’s why academic medicine, and the continuous pursuit of knowledge, is at the center of everything we do. The Medical College of Wisconsin brings a synergy between the best medical education, research and patient care. Tomorrow...