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Director, Center for Disaster Medicine

School, College or Department: School of Health Sciences and Practice
Date Posted: Date: Tue, 04 Dec 2018 14:27:24 EST
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Reports To: Dean, School of Health Sciences and Practice (SHSP) and Chair, Department of Public Health (SHSP)
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Location: Valhalla, NY

The Center for Disaster Medicine is a specialized academic and professional space at the cutting edge of disaster medicine, operational medicine and public health preparedness. Recognized and funded as a Center of Excellence by the New York State Office of Science, Technology, and Academic Research (NYSTAR), the Center conducts interdisciplinary research, training, technical assistance, and educational activities related to emergency preparedness for disasters, terrorism and public health emergencies. The Center fulfills a unique role in the region, nationally and internationally as a multi-disciplinary resource for academic and applied knowledge across a considerable range of issues in emergency preparedness, public health preparedness and operational medicine. The Center provides intensive reality-simulated training for responders, law enforcement, public health workers, hospitals and healthcare providers, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations, such as children, the disabled, and frail elderly. The Center also provides scholarly research and publications in the field, with linkage to ongoing campus research and development of medical countermeasures to specific biological and chemical threat agents.

New York Medical College is the leading academic biomedical sciences institution and academic public health resource in New York’s Hudson Valley. Founded in 2005 by Dr. David Markenson and SHSP Dean, and former regional ESF-8 commanding officer, Dr. Robert Amler, the Center for Disaster Medicine is a recognized national and international leader in the field and a source of technical expertise and consultation to governmental and non-governmental entities at local, state, federal and international levels.

The successful candidate will establish and maintain an informed and responsive vision for evolving changes and innovative new directions in disaster medicine and its component disciplines of mass-casualty management, all-hazards preparedness and response.

Responsibilities of the Director include, but are not limited to:

  • Directs the day-to-day operations of the Center and supervise all Center fellows, Assistant/Associate Directors and Staff including recruitment, mentoring, and evaluation.
  • Oversees grants and contracts including submissions and applications, required reporting, and deliverables.
  • Prepares and submits progress and final reports for NYSTAR and other funding programs as required requested by the funding agencies.
  • Provides clinical and educational oversight of Center’s and NYMC’s educational programs including updates and evaluation
  • Provides expert briefings and recommendations to elected officials, agency heads and organization leaders, often in Albany and Washington DC, under direction by the NYMC senior leadership.
  • Ensures the Center is active in scholarly activity including peer-reviewed publications, research, Center publications, and presentations at regional, national, and international meetings
  • Collaborates with all relevant academic and administrative departments within NYMC as well as relevant federal, state and local officials and agencies.

As a faculty member in the Department of Public Health, the candidate will serve as Program Director of the Advanced Certificate Program in Emergency Preparedness and will, under direction of the department chair, supervise all relevant adjunct teaching faculty, plan course work, and advise students matriculated into the Certificate program.

Candidates must have:

  • Doctoral degree in an appropriate health-related field or comparable field-leadership experience in disaster planning, mitigation, response, and recovery
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in disaster medicine, operational medicine and public health preparedness including health system preparedness
  • Proven academic track record of grant awards, scholarly publications and presentations
  • Experience in overseeing an educational program at the graduate level or equivalent experience administering advanced professional training programs
  • Qualifications for an appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor

In addition, it is desirable that a candidate have:

  • MD, DO, PhD degree
  • First-hand experience as responder to disaster, terrorism, or public health emergency
  • Leadership position in Disaster Medicine professional organizations
  • Knowledge of operational and tactical medicine including formal training in these areas
  • Experience in online course delivery
  • Experience in managing a research/academic center, section or department or equivalent managerial experience
  • Certification in emergency management

NYMC is located on a suburban campus, within 25 miles from the one of the world's largest, most diverse, and exciting cities in the world. Opportunities are available to collaborate with more than 10 local health departments, as well as health-care facilities, government agencies, and NGOs in the region. In addition, the campus provides opportunities for collaborative efforts with other Centers of Excellence (Disability and Health, Long-Term Care, Children's Environmental Health), as well as NYMC academic departments in the Schools of Health Sciences and Practice, Basic Medical Science, and Medicine, and the Touro University College of Dental Medicine.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Send: (1) a letter that states your interest in the position and summarizes your experience, education, past positions and academic activity as it relates to the qualifications required for this position, (2) curriculum vita, and (3) contact information for three references to:

Mark J. Kittleson, PhD, MCHES®, FAAHB, FAAHE
Professor & Chair, Department of Public Health
c/o Human Resources
NYMC Administration Building
40 Sunshine Cottage Road
Valhalla, NY 10595
Phone: 914 594 2809
Email Address: hrrecruiter@nymc.edu

Contact Info

Mark J. Kittleson, PhD, MCHES®, FAAHB, FAAHE at: hrrecruiter@nymc.edu