Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Professional Integrity

SWOG Cancer Research Network, a member of the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI’s) National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN), seeks a 0.25-FTE vice chair to lead the group’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and to serve in an ombudsperson role as a neutral and confidential resource for SWOG members.

SWOG’s mission is to significantly improve lives through cancer clinical trials and translational research. SWOG and The Hope Foundation, its charitable arm, are pursuing multi-phased, multi-year initiatives to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in group leadership and membership and in clinical trials. SWOG seeks candidates for a new vice chair position to align its DEI and integrity initiatives.

The vice chair for diversity, equity, inclusion, and professional integrity will provide oversight of DEI initiatives to support SWOG’s strategic plan and will hold an ombudsperson position, as a neutral and confidential resource for SWOG members. By integrating these key areas within a single leadership position, SWOG seeks to center diversity, inclusion, and integrity within its operational and scientific infrastructure, supporting a research and work environment in which all have an opportunity to succeed.

The new vice chair will also

  • champion the importance and value of a diverse, inclusive working environment and guide the development of a vision and effective strategy to create a culture for DEI and ethical behavior across leadership, including leadership of SWOG committees and subcommittees. 
  • assess potential barriers and recommend systems change to recruit and retain a diverse SWOG leadership and membership. 
  • recommend systems change for a neutral, impartial, and confidential pathway to support leaders and members in upholding SWOG’s values of integrity and accountability. 
  • have extensive knowledge in areas of cultural competency, critical race theory, gender differences, dis/ability, sexual harassment, and other topics related to increasing awareness and support of DEI network wide.

SWOG seeks a candidate with a research or health-professional doctoral degree or its equivalent (e.g., MD, PhD, or DO). Experience with faculty-level management is strongly preferred. Experience with the NCTN or another similarly complex, multi-institutional setting or consortium is essential.

Location: Applicants will be accepted from any U.S. region or territory and must be willing to travel twice a year to group meetings and to other SWOG and NCI meetings as necessary.

Salary: Effort is 25 percent, compensated per scaling set by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

To apply, submit a CV or NIH biosketch and a one-page statement of vision and intent to lesliew@ohsu.edu no later than close of business on January 15, 2022.

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