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Director of the Center for Personal and Professional Development

Winston Salem, NC, USA | Wake Forest

  • Industry:
    Healthcare - Hospitals
  • Position Type:
    Full-Time
  • Functions:
    General Management
    Biotech/R&D/Science
  • Experience:
    5-7 years
Job Description:
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The Center for Personal and Professional Development's mission is to build a culture of and capacity for compassion and responsibility among medical professionals. It will pursue this aim by integrating opportunities for character and leadership development throughout the curricular, extracurricular and professional development experiences of Wake Forest School of Medicine students and faculty. In particular, the Center will develop and carry out a holistic, 4-year coaching program, enabling School of Medicine students to identify and live out their personal values in their professional lives. In so doing, the Center aims to provide a national model for medical education which can shape the culture of the medical professions.


Essential Functions:



  • Manage Center in accordance with grant requirements including budget management and effective program implementation, execution and evaluation.

  • Collaborate with senior leaders in the School of Medicine and Program for Leadership and Character to develop and implement a strategic vision for the Center that will serve MD students in Winston-Salem and in the new School of Medicine campus in Charlotte, non-MD students such as PA and CRNA students, medical residents, and medical professionals in the broader Atrium Health network.

  • Serve as a liaison and make connection to Personal and Professional Development (PPD) thread director to collaborate and facilitate the curriculum design with the Visiting Scholar.

  • Partner with Student Affairs, Faculty Affairs and program leaders to provide faculty with professional development opportunities (workshops, pedagogical coaching, course redesign grants, etc.) to support character-focused teaching.

  • Serve on the curriculum design team for the new Charlotte-based MD program to ensure that leadership and character content is built into the new curriculum from the outset.

  • Ensure the Center is learning from and contributing to national and international efforts related to character-based learning and professional identity formation in medicine.

  • The Director will be responsible for all CPPD employment decisions and will facilitate with Student Affairs leadership to recruit, hire, and train new staff.

  • Collaborate with coaches to craft the content and format of the coaching program.

  • Build a warm and supportive team culture that encourages staff to contribute their insights to the Center.

  • Familiarize the entire staff with the vision of the CPPD; ensure all team members understand their respective roles in accomplishing the Program’s goals.

  • Facilitate healthy patterns of organizational learning and development: create venues for staff and student communication and feedback.

  • Serve as a liaison between the Program for Leadership and Character and Wake Forest School of Medicine.

  • Ensure the CPPD staff track and supply all information and products needed for grant reporting purposes. 


Specific Job Duties:



  • Display commitment to the mission of the Center for Personal and Professional Development by providing clear direction to staff, students and stakeholders while demonstrating good character, sound judgment, and a strong work ethic.

  • Responsible for providing direction of all work and staff of CPPD including the design and implementation of staff performance reviews and staff development programs.

  • Support the professional and personal development of staff and students by developing programs with tracking and outcome measures.

  • Track and integrate current national trends in leadership and character development into School of Medicine for students into CPPD.

  • Effectively manage multiple and diverse priorities, programs, and projects

  • Provide excellent bidirectional communication across a wide variety of formats: emails, public presentations, grant reports, one-on-one meetings, etc.

  • Represent the program and University in a professional manner.

  • Work occasional weekend or evening hours as needed.

  • Responsibilities require this position to work primarily on site with occasional remote opportunities available.  


Minimum Requirements:



  • MD, DO, PhD, EdD, another management-focused master's degree.

  • 5+ years of experience in organizational management, or other related discipline, specifically related to higher education and/or other student life development experience with graduate and professional students.

  • Budget management experience.

  • Supervisory experience.


Preferred Requirements:



  • Experience supervising and mentoring staff and students.

  • Experience in curriculum development.

  • Experience in writing, implementing, and assessing execution of a strategic plan.

  • Experience with, and sensitivity to, diverse populations and the ability to build inclusive and equitable communities where differences are appreciated and engaged.

  • Openness to feedback and a commitment to personal and professional growth.

  • Effective conflict management skills.

  • Familiarity with oversight of iterative curriculum design, curriculum implementation, program evaluation theories and best practices.

  • Advanced study in organizational management, psychology, and/or design.

  • Knowledge of leadership theories and best practices.

  • Knowledge of character education, character interventions, and/or character assessment.

  • Deep understanding of academic cultures, rules, and regulations.


About Us


Wake Forest Baptist Health and Atrium Health have joined forces in a strategic combination that will enhance care, transform medical education and create economic opportunity for countless lives in North Carolina and beyond. As a part of that combination, the two health systems will be integrating technology and platforms, including our career sites.


This means that although you are applying on the Wake Forest Baptist Health Career Site, you receive communications from the Atrium Health Recruitment Team. Please know that this is an expected process, and thanks in advance for your flexibility.


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