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Cancer Project Director

Apply now Job no: 494468
Work type: Full-Time
Location: University City
Categories: College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University, Professional Staff

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Job Summary

The College of Nursing and Health Professions is seeking to hire a Director of the newly funded cancer initiative, Community Impact: Conquering Cancer Together, which is implemented in partnership with the College of Nursing and Health Professions Community Wellness HUB, College of Medicine, Dornsife School of Public Health, and the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships.

The Director will supervise and evaluate the performance of direct reports, provide feedback and mentoring, and develop educational opportunities that contribute to professional staff development, as well as, interview and hire staff to ensure that all staff are appropriately skilled and trained.

Responsibilities on this initiative will include:

• Coordinate, lead and oversee all aspects of organizing, planning, implementing, and evaluating the Community Impact: Conquering Cancer Together initiative programs, including overseeing the day-to-day operations, determining and reviewing all schedules and programming priorities.
• Assist with the development, implementation, and evaluation of all materials to ensure they are culturally appropriate and reflect the voices of the community.
• Review and provide input into the outreach and community engagement plan, navigation, and training of Neighborhood Health Ambassadors.
• Interview and hire direct report staff to ensure that they are appropriately skilled and trained.
• Lead collaborative relationships with stakeholders; nurture relationships with professional and political leaders, service providers; health professional student training programs, participate on community committees and coalitions related to the cancer initiative, as needed.
• Collaborate with the 11th Street Clinic and their community partners to establish a full schedule of innovative programming in their community.
• Oversee the case-management, navigation, and data tracking procedures.

The Director will report to the Vice President for Health and Health Equity with a dotted line to the Wellness HUB Director.


Essential Functions

  • Lead and assist with the development and implementation of all phases of the cancer initiative programming and evaluation, including outreach and marketing, navigation tracking and follow-up using a case-management approach, educational program and brochure development and implementation, evaluation, and report submission.
  • Lead the implementation and operation of the cancer initiative, including overseeing day-to-day operations, determining schedule and programming priorities.
  • Create linkages to Drexel's academic programs and by partnering with residents and non-profit organizations seeking to bring health programming to this community to fulfill the cancer initiative and the Wellness HUB’s mission of promoting health and reducing health disparities.
  • Work with Community Wellness HUB staff, the staff at the Dornsife Center, and academic partners at Drexel University to develop and coordinate program ideas and program sustainability, connected to Drexel's teaching, research enterprise, and community engagement programs.
  • Coordinate with Community Wellness HUB Director, the Dornsife Center staff, neighborhood and non-profit partners to establish a full schedule of innovative programming.
  • Cultivate new relationships and partnerships to support the aims of the Cancer Initiative.
  • Provide leadership; hire and supervise essential staff members; ensure a positive working environment through the management and training of programmatic and administrative staff; delegates responsibility with a willingness to step in as needed.
  • Partner with the HUB Director to convene the Community Health Advisory Board for the Wellness HUB, leading monthly meetings; work in coalitions with neighborhood partnerships to promote engagement and full participation.
  • Lead collaborative relationships with stakeholders; nurture relationships with professional and political leaders, service providers, health professional student training programs; participate in community committees and coalitions, as needed.
  • Assist with developing annual goals and work plan; implement the collection and maintenance of participant data to track effectiveness for research and fundraising.
  • Work with the Dornsife Center facilities and staff and the CNHP clinical oversight team to oversee maintenance of the cancer initiative facilities to ensure proper operation, safety and utilization of physical space.
  • Serve as principal spokesperson for the cancer initiative and represent it at relevant meetings and events.
  • Work with the Office of University Communications and CHNP to promote the work on the cancer initiative.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree, Public Health, Social Work, Nursing or related health field
  • 5 years of experience in cancer education, prevention, navigation, screening, treatment and clinical trials
  • Minimum of 5 years of health care experience, program development, evaluation, and progressive management role
  • Must have experience in health promotion and disease prevention program development and implementation, health screening, community based participatory research methods, community engagement, leading partnerships and collaborations with community leaders and multiple partners including businesses, organizations, residents and academic institutions using a culturally congruent, health equity and social justice framework.
  • Strong organization, project and staff management, and leadership skills; cultural competence; flexibility and adaptability; leads by example and with integrity.
  • Strong collaborative skills; comfort and ability to relate, communicate and appeal to diverse individuals and groups in a range of forums.
  • Strategic thinker with vision to create and accomplish long-term goals while supervising day-to-day operations in a multi-service University-affiliated organization.
  • Knowledge and experience in higher education, along with direct understanding of challenges and issues facing urban communities.
  • Demonstrated track record in program development based on the voices of the people.
  • Ability to write grants and other development awards from a broad range of funders including government, corporate/private foundations; familiarity with emerging funding trends and priorities in the field.


University City

Additional Information

This position is classified as Exempt with a salary grade of M. For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure,

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure you upload your resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified.

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