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Associate Dean, Community Health

Apply now Job no: 497498
Work type: Full-Time
Location: Center City - Philadelphia, PA
Categories: Drexel University, College of Medicine

About Drexel

Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, a comprehensive global research university and a major engine for economic development in the region. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Dean of the College of Medicine, the Associate Dean will lead the College's strategic efforts to bring the school into the community and the community into the College. The Associate Dean will organize outreach programs to support the health of the community; facilitate opportunities for staff, students, and faculty to extend their efforts outside the College; engage with the College of Medicine service-learning curriculum and work closely with the dean and other senior leaders to promote integrated, collaborative relationships with affiliates and community stakeholders.

Within the Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM), the Associate Dean will work in the realms of clinical and community service, education and research to address the social determinants of health. The Associate Dean will develop the Division/Section and establish an Office to further opportunities, collaboration, and impact on community engagement.  This office will support community outreach, community clinical service, community-based participatory research, and inter-professional schools, departments and training programs affiliated with Drexel University to meet the needs of the community. The Associate Dean will be working across all schools, colleges, and departments within the University to accomplish the following goals. 

Essential Functions


  • Actively soliciting input from community and clinical affiliate stakeholders regarding value-added activities and roles for the College of Medicine in the community, the Associate Dean will be the essential liaison for community clinicians and facility managers that need to, or are currently, interfacing with the College. The Associate Dean will work toward advancing a culture of professionalism and mutual respect between the school and its partners in support of academic excellence. Through their contributions to optimized community partnership, the vision, mission, reputation, and organizational effectiveness of the medical school will be enhanced.


  • Knowing the commitment to education, the Associate Dean will implement educational and training opportunities for our medical students.  This education and training will take form of bedside teaching, online learning, experiential learning, and classroom settings as well as simulation all through a lens of health equity.  The Associate Dean will also build the opportunities with other Schools and Colleges for interprofessional education.
    • To expand training and service-learning opportunities in the community
    • To strengthen curricula addressing the care of marginalized, underserved, and at-risk populations
    • To support curricula and training in anti-racism, microaggressions, bias, trauma-informed care
    • To provide training for faculty and trainees in community engagement


  • In designing and implementing the Community Health Division under the auspice of the Drexel Medicine Practices in collaboration with the College of Nursing and Health Professions, the Dornsife School of Public Health and the University Office of University and Community Partnerships, the Associate Dean will recruit faculty to staff the Community Wellness HUB, the Drexel Internal Medicine Practice, and the HIV Partnership.  These faculty will be under the supervision of the Associate Dean.  In addition to the designing and implementing of such clinical service, the Associate Dean will recruit well established programs to be extensions of care that promote addressing the social determinants of health such as Healing Hurt People and the Cancer Wellness Project.  The Associate Dean will also nurture relationship with Mainline Health to develop collaborative efforts in West Philadelphia (Calvary Baptist Church) as well as participate in Together for West Philadelphia efforts. The Associate Dean will also partner with Philadelphia urban communities to allow for growth beyond Mainline and West Philly and explore potential collaborative opportunities to build the Division of Community Health in North Philadelphia, including but not limited to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children (SCHC).  This is particularly relevant in the efforts of SCHC to care for the “whole family.”
    • To establish clinical practice designed to provide high-quality care for underserved patients and populations
    • To provide resources and optimize resource utilization among clinical sites and services
    • To foster interdisciplinary and interprofessional care teams within practice sites


  • The Associate Dean will broker opportunities to build research with and for our communities.  This research will be in collaboration with faculty as well as community members and patients; however, dissemination back to the community of findings and ways to address such is and will be imperative.
    • To centralize community-based participatory research and foster University-wide collaboration to improve health outcomes 
    • To promote faculty and trainee research focused on community health promotion & wellness
    • To promote research that addresses barriers to community health and wellbeing that guides health policy

Additional specific activities for the College of Medicine:

  • Develop a comprehensive strategic plan and timeline for specific community-oriented activities
  • Work with faculty to develop a research agenda in support of community initiatives
  • Participate in the service-learning curriculum
  • Support pipeline initiatives
  • Attend community functions for the College for the Dean and publicize community events to the College of Medicine
  • Oversee community-based programs, classes, lectures, and meetings on the College campus
  • Engage with national leaders and programs focused on health professions community engagement
  • Support partnership development with local and regional non-profit and governmental organizations.
  • Enhance the recruitment, appointment, and promotion of clinically active faculty.
  • Support the College’s diversity and health equity activities across education, training, research, and service.

Required Qualifications

  • MD or DO
  • A minimum of 5-years of experience in community organizing and advocacy, leadership, public speaking, and management
  • Board Certified in a primary care discipline

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in public health or health administration is desirable

Physical Demands

  • Typically sitting at a desk/table
  • Typically standing, walking


Center City, Philadelphia, PA

Special Instructions to the Applicant

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

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

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