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Sr Director, Cancer Control

ACS - American Cancer Society

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Position Description

Responsible for providing strategic direction for an enterprise-wide portfolio for the prevention and early detection of breast, colorectal, lung, prostate, and cervical cancers. The incumbent will have responsibility for leading and implementing high-impact cancer control initiatives working in collaboration with the ACS Divisions, community health centers, academic health centers, public health groups, and hospitals to promote ACS prevention and early detection goals in communities that experience a high burden of cancer. The incumbent will also provide leadership in strategic decision-making by identifying emerging science and trends, translating applied research, developing and nurturing appropriate internal and external collaborations, and formulating science-based public health strategies and guidelines designed to advance the Society’s mission.

  • Provides strategic oversight and direction for the Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE Program);
  • Supervises the CHANGE Program staff;
  • Collaborates with the ACS Division Health System leaders and staff, Headquarters’ Health System leaders, Statistics and Evaluation, and Development, and other ACS Cancer Control Departments to implement the CHANGE program;
  • Oversees and manages the budget resources for the CHANGE program working in collaboration with Finance, SPO and Development;
  • Provides leadership to workgroups, committees, and internal and external stakeholders that support the Society’s prevention and early detection goals and priorities;
  • Promotes ACS cancer control programs, activities and recommendations through presentations at public, community, and professional meetings;
  • Develops and implements projects and initiatives which provide the science base around cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and cancer-related disparities in prevention, detection, treatment and outcomes;
  • Collaborates with Corporate Communications and Marketing to develop messages and media, brand awareness, and communication strategies;
  • Develops recommendations, programs and activities that address the needs of underserved populations with the goal of elimination of cancer-related disparities in prevention, early detection, treatment and outcomes;
  • Serves as a scientific expert on internal and external groups engaged in cancer control efforts;
  • Reviews new scientific literature and data, as well as media reports, related to cancer to assess potential impact on Society programs, strategies, and recommendations;
  • Participate in the development and promulgation of the Society’s prevention and early detection guidelines;
  • Interpret results of cancer related studies for the media and provide input on the implications of these findings to the nation’s health and the healthcare system;
  • Assignments are in the form of broad goals or areas of responsibility. There is considerable latitude for decision making. Significant independent action and judgment are required.

Position Requirements

  • Doctorate in medicine;
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in relevant clinical practice, primary care, public health organization or academic/research environment;
  • Extensive knowledge of current and emerging scientific evidence related to cancer prevention, early detection and treatment;
  • Knowledge of public health principles and practice;
  • Knowledge of primary care training and practice;
  • Knowledge of clinical and operational aspects of federally qualified community health centers;
  • Knowledge of data and evaluation approaches to assess the impact of the CHANGE program and other public health initiatives and projects;
  • Knowledge of budgetary and grant making processes and practices;
  • Understanding of multiple facets of the U.S. health care system and health care financing;
  • Understanding of project budget development and management;
  • Strong experience working with or in primary care and public health organizations;
  • Ability to translate/communicate complex scientific information to a lay audience;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong creative problem solving, presentation, and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong program and project management skills;
  • Ability to manage budgetary resources and a grant program;
  • Ability to work in a team environment;
  • Ability to develop, negotiate and monitor program specific budgets;
  • Ability to operate independently;
  • Ability to juggle multiple responsibilities and meet deadlines;
  • Frequent travel required;
  • No or very limited physical effort required;
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.

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