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Position Title:

Division Chief – Developmental and Behavioral Sciences

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Job Description Summary:

The Division Chief will lead the clinical, research and educational activities of the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Kansas Medical Center. The Division Chief is accountable to the Chair and Associate Chair of the Department of Pediatrics in fulfilling the mission and values of the Department and the School of Medicine.

The successful candidate will interact and collaborate with all levels of the Department of Pediatrics as well as build relationships with partners in other departments on campus. The successful candidate will solidify and expand the division’s current programs, oversee the development of new lines of clinical services as well as mentor faculty in developing their careers.

The Division of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences offers a full scope of clinical services with a focus on common behavioral diagnoses of childhood as well as autism diagnosis and treatment. There is a robust research effort focused on healthy lifestyles, providing telehealth services to rural communities and adherence to medical regimens. Educational efforts include the clinical teaching of medical students, management of post-doctoral fellows and interfacing with multiple learners who are part of our active LEND program.
The division currently has 17 psychologists, 3 developmental pediatricians, 1 nurse practitioner, 1 social worker and 2 speech language pathologists. Also under the division is the Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training, with a team of 2 BCBAs, an autism service provider, a behavioral health tech, a program assistant and a research assistant. Inpatient services are provided at the University of Kansas Hospital and at the Marillac Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Hospital.

The KUSOM DOP has 52 faculty members with particular depth in developmental and behavioral pediatrics and general academic pediatrics. There is a 19 bed pediatric inpatient unit at KUH with an adjacent 6 bed pediatric intensive care unit. A 32 bed level 3 neonatal intensive care unit and busy well baby nursery (approximately 2500 deliveries per year) on the KUHS campus is augmented by three pediatric primary care sites in the greater Kansas City area. Together the DOP supports wraparound care for patients and families, and ample opportunity for the Division of DBS to improve the health and well-being of Kansans. The Department of Pediatrics is affiliated with Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City Missouri with opportunities for expanding collaborations between the two institutions.

Job Description:

Required Qualifications:

The successful candidate will be an outstanding, board-certified senior faculty member with either an MD/DO degree from an accredited medical school and be board certified in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics or a PhD/PsyD in Clinical, Counseling or School Psychology with an emphasis in Pediatric Psychology.

The ideal candidate will have 10-15 years experience in a successful interdisciplinary program and have a compelling vision for future state of the Division. The Division Chief will maintain an active clinical practice in their area of expertise and will be appropriately licensed or eligible for licensure to practice in Kansas and Missouri.

Exemplary interpersonal and professional skills are required and the successful candidate will be experienced at   providing teaching within the clinical setting for graduate level learners from a variety of disciplines. An active research program is not a requirement but will be strongly considered in the review process.


Required Leadership Competencies:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills conducive to development of relationships and strong collaborations throughout the organization.
    Proven track record of clinical, research, and academic excellence
    Ability to provide leadership and direction in an academic medicine environment.
  • A record of mentorship, professional development and growth in others by setting a personal example; motivating and empowering faculty, staff and students.
  • Demonstrates advanced skills and practice in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in patient care, research and medical education.
    Strong written and oral communication skills.
    Strong organizational and planning skills. 

Job Duties Outlined:

  • Provide patient care in a clinical setting
  • Provide inpatient consults on medical floors
  • Provide medical student education
  • Attend and participate in departmental meetings, seminars and divisional meetings
  • Serve on department committees
  • Serve on KUMC committees
  • Other duties as assigned 

Required Documents:

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Lette 


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