The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM), a private college of osteopathic medicine in Las Cruces, New Mexico, invites nominations, inquiries and applications for Dean and Chief Academic Officer responsible for executive management of BCOM and its full range of programs and initiatives.
Reporting to the President, the chosen academic executive will be responsible for providing transformative leadership, focus, and strategic vision to lead the College with an informed vision of the skills, expertise and knowledge that will be needed by the osteopathic physician of the future. BCOM is a developing medical school and the Dean will be responsible for the progress and growth of the school. The Dean provides oversight of all programs within BCOM, including curriculum, planning and management of the operating budget, development and implementation of strategies to promote the growth of BCOM’s academic, clinical and research programs, and working collaboratively as a member of BCOM’s leadership team to advance the college’s mission and its strategic plans. The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine seeks a dynamic leader with impeccable integrity and a proven record of successful leadership, orchestrating well-planned growth in academic programs, student enrollment, accomplishments in garnering financial support, and achievements in building a research infrastructure, with strong fiscal management skills, demonstrating a collaborative leadership style, and possessing a deep commitment to teaching excellence, research, student success, and professional preparation.
Duties and Responsibilities
The successful candidate will be an innovative, strategic, decisive, respected and visionary leader of high integrity and will demonstrate the capacity to:
• Serve as the chief academic and administrative officer of BCOM, with primary responsibility for implementing the mission of BCOM.
• Maintain open and effective communication with the student body concerning the operation, curriculum, plans and development of BCOM.
• Lead the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine to be regionally and nationally recognized for significantly impacting physician workforce needs of the Southwest and access to quality medical services while increasing workforce diversity, particularly among Native American and Hispanic populations.
• Develop a student-centered, broad-based medical educational program integrating osteopathic practice and principles and encompassing the necessary pre-doctoral didactic material to enable learners to become osteopathic physicians at the highest standard of excellence.
• Prepare students to function effectively to address the health needs of the Border, Hispanic and Native American populations.
• Oversee and orchestrate a professional team including Senior Associate Deans of Academic Affairs and Clinical Affairs; Associate Deans of Students, Learning/Evaluation/Outcomes, and Graduate Education; Executive Director of Enrollment Services.
• Create an environment that fosters research of particular relevance to the area and provides the essential tools for students to both understand the scientific method and design and conduct biomedical, behavioral and public health research projects.
• Guide BCOM to be a clinical resource for the delivery of osteopathic medical care to the community.
• Develop new graduate medical education (GME) opportunities for students and other students desiring to work in the region, with special emphasis on primary care and culturally humble methods.
• Lead a program that prepares students to perform at the highest levels of accomplishment, as measured by standardized testing and other measures of success.
• Help increase diversity and retention in the regional physician workforce.
• Hold primary leadership responsibility for BCOM’s educational, research, health care, and service programs; for the development of teaching and research affiliations; for administration of BCOM; for promotion of BCOM’s development and effectiveness; and for maintaining accreditation with appropriate groups or agencies.
• Oversee the management, and evaluation of a leadership team of associate / assistant deans, department chairs, faculty and other non-faculty administrative staff who are, themselves, appropriately experienced in higher education and/or osteopathic medical education, in accordance with the approved organizational structure.
• Make recommendations to the President and the Board of Trustees regarding appointment, reappointment, and promotion of the faculty and/or administrators of BCOM.
• Oversee the design, implementation, evaluation, and revision of the curricular model and delivery modalities of BCOM in collaboration with the faculty.
• Develop, evaluate and implement the mission, vision, goals, budgets and strategic plans, and related assessments of each, for the COM.
• Oversee a system of review of the effectiveness of performance of faculty and staff members, and of a system of career development for faculty and staff members.
• Develop and recommend an annual budget, sufficient to meet the needs of BCOM and to achieve its mission, and hold primary budgetary authority as necessary to fulfill the Dean’s responsibility for the management of BCOM, through a process designed to support the mission of BCOM, and in compliance with the Bylaws of the governing Board.
• Be the external face of BCOM in all interactions with outside entities, and build and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with appropriate factions, including BCOM affiliates, NMSU, donors and benefactors, and the broader communities of New Mexico and the southwest region.
• Promote and enhance diversity and inclusion among faculty, staff and students and in the process of education, conduct of research and provision of patient care services.
• Foster and develop innovation with an eye towards creating unique partnerships and ventures with industry or other local, national or international business partners and foundations.
• Maintain open and effective communication with the President and Board of Trustees concerning the operation, plans and development of BCOM.
Required Qualifications and Experience
• An earned DO degree from a COCA-accredited COM.
• At least five (5) years’ experience in an academic leadership role that includes budget management authority, with demonstrated skill in providing effective leadership in education, scholarly activity and patient care. This experience will usually include, but is not limited to, holding a position as dean, associate dean or assistant dean of an academic division at a college of osteopathic medicine or college of allopathic medicine.
• AOA board certification in his or her primary specialty.
• An active medical license issued from an approved licensure agency in a state within the United States.
• Qualified to hold the rank of Full Professor on the BCOM faculty and viewed as a respected thought leader in Academic Medicine as well as a leader in his or her own specialty area.
Those human traits and abilities which appear to be most important for the success of this position.
• Student oriented with a constant focus on student success.
• Demonstrates support for BCOM’s Mission through his or her actions.
• A servant-leader. Demonstrates candor, fairness, authenticity, and passion that focuses on mutual respect and nurtures the success of colleagues and students while fostering excellence within the community and beyond.
• An energetic, well-grounded, success-oriented personality who is approachable.
• Initiative and self-discipline, with confidence and charisma to lead, encourage and empower.
• Highly motivated and driven. Enthusiastic and optimistic. A visionary. Highly visible throughout the entire organization.
• A consensus team builder and leader who seeks collective wisdom and input. Excellent listener. Understands and respects shared governance with faculty and track record of excellent faculty relationships.
• Flexible and able to facilitate multiple competing priorities and divergent viewpoints.
• Possesses leadership and courage to make the tough decisions and yet maintain the respect and admiration of those who work with him/her.
• Possesses a strong moral compass with unquestionable integrity and high professional standards.
• Can sell a point in a non-polarizing manner. Effective social skills.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to communicate complex or technical information clearly to a range of audiences. Comfortable, effective and engaging in public speaking.
• Working knowledge of the accreditation processes. Experience in leading a program to a successful accreditation or reaccreditation is highly desired.
• A respect for diverse cultures and inclusivity and a commitment to a diverse faculty, staff, and student population. Key Attractors to the Role
• This is a career-making opportunity to lead, enhance, promote and grow one of the newest medical colleges in the United States and the only one with a mission focused on healthcare in the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico. The selected leader will serve as a key catalyst in determining the future course and culture, and in elevating the brand of Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine.
• The executive appointed to this role will enjoy the autonomy to bring their best ideas to advance the mission, vision, brand, and efficacy of BCOM. This is an opportunity to take the institution to the next levels of accomplishment and achievement while building a sure foundation of success and innovation for future generations to enjoy.
• The selected Dean and Chief Academic Officer will enjoy the opportunity to work in a collaborative, collegial environment with strong support at the board level and the highest levels of administration and influence within the NMSU community and across the state.
• Geography, climate, demographics, and ambiance combine to offer a truly excellent place to live. Family members will discover a warm, open community that offers an attractive array of activities, amenities, services and opportunities whether they are looking for top-notch education, meaningful employment, or simply a safe and comfortable place to live.
The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in our faculty and staff as an important aspect of the educational process. The COM encourages individuals with varied backgrounds and experience to apply.
How to Apply: Application materials should include: cover letter, resume and brief bio.
Please send your cover letter, resume and brief bio to the search firm at the following email address:
For a complete description and additional information, please visit : http://bcomnm.org/bcom-dean-and-chief-academic-officer-search/
Internal Number: Dean/CAO
About Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) at New Mexico State University is one of the newest medical colleges in the United States and the only one with a mission focused on healthcare in the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico. Although the BCOM is free-standing, privately-funded, separately licensed and indepedently operated college that is not a part of New Mexico State University (NMSU), it is very closely affiliated with NMSU and students enjoy the student life and campus community benefits that come with a major public research university as well as joint faculty appointments between NMSU and BCOM.
The COM started with a vision to improve the health and wellbeing of the Southwestern U.S. and Northern Mexico by increasing both the number and diversity of physicians in the
regional workforce. BCOM’s Mission statement declares:
Para la gente y el futuro: For the people and the future, the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University is dedicated to improving the health of the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico through culturally humble undergraduate, graduate and continuing osteopathic medical education, resea...rch and clinical service to the Community. BCOM is focused on increasing diversity in the physician workforce and fostering a practice of life-long learning, compassion, respect and excellence in its students.
In a unique public-private partnership, BCOM’s students have access to many university facilities and services, such as library study spaces, athletics, intramural sports, some health services and recreational facilities. Students can also utilize NMSU’s housing and meal services, at an additional cost. BCOM’s 80,000 square foot newly constructed building is located at the Arrowhead Research Park on the NMSU campus – Arrowhead Center is focused on entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development.
Among the tools and resources available to students are: a state-of-the-art simulation center, incorporating both standardized patients and high-fidelity mannequins and evaluation systems; a complete medical library; a hybrid gross and virtual anatomy lab, including MRI, CT and other medical imaging; and an OMM facility, led by professional, university experienced clinicians. BCOM has developed a large clinical clerkship network, with sites in New Mexico, Texas and Arizona. These experiences vary from the core general medicine and surgery basics to electives in fields as specialized as cardiology, anesthesiology and radiation oncology. Similarly, BCOM is facilitating the development of numerous residency opportunities throughout the region that include this spectrum of practice, from Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery and OMM in Las Cruces to OB/GY, Emergency Medicine in El Paso, to name just a few. BCOM’s physical location in the Land of Enchantment permits a wealth of outdoor experiences and adventures on both sides of the border in a culture of joy and passion for life.