Duke University Medical Center, Family Medicine and Community Health

Position ID:Duke University Medical Center-Family Medicine and Community Health-VCDEI [#19669]
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27710, United States [map]
Subject Area: Administrative / Diversity
Appl Deadline: (accepting applications posted 2021/09/20, listed until 2022/03/20)
Position Description:    

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Duke Department of Family Medicine and Community Health


The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health in the Duke University School of Medicine is a diverse, robust, interdisciplinary academic department with programs focused on education and training, patient care and community health, consultations and collaborations, and research and scholarship. The Department is composed of five interdependent divisions — Community Health, Family Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, PA Studies, and Student Health — with a shared mission to partner with communities to improve health outcomes.

The Duke Department of Family Medicine and Community Health seeks a Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) to continue to build, advance, and elevate the strategic vision of the department toward our goal of inclusive excellence. The Vice Chair will be expected to address issues of a variety of cultures and identities embedded—particularly issues embedded within learning and curriculum, research, recruitment and retention of faculty and students, and the department culture. Additionally, the Vice Chair will be expected to incorporate the School of Medicine’s focus on anti-racism into a DEI strategic plan for the department. This individual will serve as a key advisor and partner to the Chair, the other Vice Chairs, and be part of the department leadership team.

The time commitment to this Vice Chair role is negotiable and is expected to be a minimum of 40% of full-time effort, with 60% of effort being some combination of clinical, teaching, other funded service, research, or other contract.




  • Expertise in DEI with evidence of experience in leadership, management, health professional education, equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Strong history of bridge-building, mentorship, sponsorship, building trust and credibility, and understanding the unique needs of traditionally marginalized groups
  • Proven ability to navigate institutional and local climate, particularly, circumstances involving sensitive situations
  • Ability to work towards consensus, manage competing interests, and resolve conflict
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication skills with detail oriented and strategic aptitude
  • Prior supervisory responsibility for a department or interdisciplinary team
  • Completion of at least a master’s or professional degree required


  • Administrative experience in a professional setting to include overseeing programs and collaborative project management
  • Experience with strategic planning
  • Experience writing and submitting grants



  • Chair the FMCH DEI Committee that includes faculty, staff, and trainees
  • Lead the committee in strategic planning for DEI goals
  • Attend Vice Chair and Department Executive Committee meetings
  • Advise the Chair on matters of DEI and anti-racism
  • Serve as a liaison to School of Medicine leadership, the Vice Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Duke Office of Institutional Equity and Duke Primary Care 
  • Develop Department’s goals of DEI and ensure these embrace the strategic goals of the Duke School of Medicine
  • Establish collaborative relationships with other departments that have similarly dedicated roles to share best practices
  • Disseminate information to the Department regarding broader School of Medicine and Duke Health initiatives and opportunities in the DEI sphere
  • Participate in creation of annual School of Medicine diversity metric report and create annual Department specific Review and Outlook reports
  • Collaborate with other Department leaders and trainees working in the DEI sphere


  • Catalog educational opportunities hosted/sponsored by the Department regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Collaborate with Vice Chair for Education & Faculty Development to provide developmental and educational opportunities in structural competency and implicit bias for faculty, staff, and trainees
  • Work with Program Directors and Division Leaders to promote an inclusive learning environment for trainees, faculty, and staff, and work to ensure that evaluation systems are unbiased and promote equitable approaches during matriculation and/or employment 

Data Collection

  • Analyze Departmental demographics related to race, ethnicity, gender, rank and tenure status for faculty, trainees, and staff and provide national comparative information to inform Department’s strategies, challenges, and opportunities
  • Evaluate DEI-relevant departmental goals and implementation of DEI strategies, ensuring accountability for follow through


  • Assess the Department’s past successes and challenges in recruiting faculty and staff, and develop effective strategies for outreach and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented backgrounds
  • Engage leadership regarding best practices for recruitment, ranking, and retention of faculty, staff, and trainees as well as assist in creation of key search committees and search committee processes
  • Perform exit interviews of faculty, staff, or trainees to identify workplace factors that may have contributed to attrition/turnover


  • Collaborate with other Vice Chairs to ensure structured mentoring and equity in advancement for underrepresented trainees, faculty, and staff
  • Work with Chief Department Administrator to evaluate salary equity
  • Conduct focus groups (or similar assessments) to capture perceptions of inclusion across different identity demographics (gender/race/ethnicity/LGBTQ+/role/function etc.)
  • Collaborate with other Vice Chairs to foster climate of inclusive excellence in the Department

Scholarly pursuit

  • Collaborate with colleagues within and outside the department on scholarly activities to include presentations, manuscripts, and digital media
  • Engage with local DEI scholars and programs, and greater Durham community leaders
  • Advocate for resources from School of Medicine and beyond to support scholarly efforts in DEI

Other special projects to be determined in consultation with the Chair.

Duke FMCH seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to inclusive excellence. Duke University School of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, diversity statement or diversity philosophy, and CV to: Patty Mason (email: patty.mason@duke.edu)

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

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Contact: Patty Mason, 9196131788
Email: email
Postal Mail:
DUMC 104006
Durham, NC 27710
Web Page: fmch.duke.edu