February 6, 2017

DIRECTOR SEARCH: Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health Position Description The Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH) seeks an experienced and visionary leader with a distinguished academic record for the position of Director. VIGH, based in Nashville, TN, is a world-class research, education and training, and service center within the Institute for Medicine and Public Health of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The Institute has 15 core faculty, 81 affiliated faculty, approximately 100 annual student and trainee engagements, and over $100 Million in funding in more than 15 countries, with a strong presence in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). VIGH maintains a strong commitment to innovative and collaborative interdisciplinary programs that promote health worldwide.

The successful candidate will be a leader with a robust international research portfolio and reputation, a proven track record of securing and maintaining US government-funded grants (e.g., NIH, CDC, PEPFAR, USAID), demonstrable experience of successful mentoring, and a vision for academic leadership. In collaboration with an experienced faculty and staff management team, the Director oversees all research, education, and service activities and executive-level strategy of VIGH. The Director, with other senior faculty, will provide mentorship to junior faculty, post-doctoral scholars and graduate students.

Reflecting the broad interdisciplinary nature of global health, the Director will leverage the existing global health initiatives across the Vanderbilt campus to build cooperative partnerships with departments in a wide range of colleges, as well as collaborative partnerships with universities, non-governmental organizations, governments, and policymakers around the world.  


The Director will be a global health expert of the highest caliber in one or more of the disciplines essential to understanding health challenges in LMICs. (S)he will have a strong commitment to faculty and staff development and the ability to work cooperatively with leadership and colleagues across the University. Applicants must qualify for the rank of Professor at Vanderbilt University (MD, PhD, DO or foreign equivalent), in a discipline related to global health. This is a full-time, tenured position.

Education and Background

  • A doctoral degree is required
  • Global health expert of the highest caliber in one or more of the disciplines essential to understanding health challenges in LMICs
  • A highly regarded basic, translational, and/or clinical research background, with a track record of scholarly achievements, extramural funding, and peer-reviewed publications
  • Clinical achievement, scholarly accomplishments, leadership aptitude and/or experience commensurate with appointment to the faculty at the rank of Professor

Leadership & Management

  • A significant grasp of the challenging issues facing medical science and education today, as well as the dynamics of leading and operating a top-tier medical school department within the confines of an integrated academic health system.
  • A track record of establishing and maintaining an organizational climate that models inclusion, transparency, mutual respect, openness, and clarity of purpose. This includes a visible comfort with matrixed organizational structures and a desire to interact with people at all levels in the organizations. Importantly, VUMC prides itself on being a fully interdisciplinary academic medical center, where historical departmental silos no longer solely define organizational structure and accountability. Integrated service lines shaped around patient/family-centered models form the basis for all clinical care. Scholarly interdepartmental and interdisciplinary collaboration for the advancement of medical science are core to the success of the nationally recognized VUMC research enterprise.
  • A strong commitment to continued diversification of the faculty and trainees of the department, especially regarding recruitment and retention of women and under-represented minorities.

  Behavioral Competencies

  • Given the integrated nature of VUMC, the ability to provide leadership across the institutional landscape and to interact in a highly collaborative way with basic science and clinical chairs, as well as center directors in defining strategic direction and programmatic development is critical.

Personal Characteristics

  • A talent for creative thinking, with a high-energy, open leadership style.
  • Humility, an excellent work ethic and high emotional intelligence.
  • An aptitude and vision recognized for propelling programs and people forward.

Organization Description

VIGH was created in 2005 and has had a single Director since that time. The 15 core faculty members hold academic appointments in Medicine, Pediatrics, Health Policy, Biostatistics and Biomedical Informatics. An additional 81 VIGH affiliated faculty members have appointments in many VUMC departments, as well as all ten schools in the university, engaging the Institute in a wide variety of ways. The mission and activities of the Institute are found at https://www.vumc.org/global-health/about-us.

We value innovative “wrap-around” community and economic development programs in our project locations, and robust educational and training opportunities for Vanderbilt students, trainees and global partners.  These programs all share a goal of implementing holistic, community-wide approaches to improving the health and well-being of people around the world, especially in LMICs and among foreign-born persons in the US.

Qualified applicants should forward a current CV and letter of interest to Robert Dittus, MD, MPH at: robert.dittus@vanderbilt.edu

Vanderbilt University is an Equal Opportunity Employer; women and persons from underrepresented ethnic/racial minority groups are especially encouraged to apply.