• Chief Academic Officer, RUSM

    Location US-FL-Miramar
    Job ID
    Ross University School of Medicine
    Employment Type
    Regular Full-Time
    FLSA Status
  • Opportunity at a Glance

    Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM), one of the oldest and most accomplished Caribbean-based medical schools serving students primarily from the U.S. and Canada, seeks an innovative and experienced medical education leader for their newly created position of Chief Academic Officer (CAO).
    RUSM, part of Adtalem Global Education (formerly known as DeVry Education Group), is committed to educating a diverse group of skilled physicians. It has more than 12,000 alumni practicing all over the United States, Canada, and beyond. RUSM is also proud to stand out by fulfilling a societal mission by educating large numbers of doctors who principally practice primary care, work in medically underserved areas, and are more representative overall of the communities in which they serve.
    The CAO will provide intellectual leadership and support for all academic departments and linked multi-disciplinary programs at RUSM; and will act as the face of the RUSM academic community to internal and external constituencies. The CAO is responsible for leading the faculty, staff, and administrative teams on academic and instructional matters relevant to student success. The CAO will report directly to Dr. William F. Owen, Jr., MD, FACP, RUSM’s new Dean & Chancellor. Dean Owen is a globally experienced academic health system leader who is focused on the continued transformation of RUSM to forge for pedagogical innovation to create a medically competent and socially engaged physician workforce.
    The position is based in Miramar, FL, USA and serves medical students sequentially studying basic sciences on the island of Dominica, West Indies, internal medicine foundations in Miramar, FL, and their core and elective clinical rotations in a strong network of US teaching hospitals across the country. Travel to Dominica and the current and future clinical sites domestically and globally is expected.
    The successful candidate will be an MD with an active medical license in the US, UK, or Canada (non-MDs with exceptional experience in medical education may be considered); a strong academic record and reputation, as well as a proven track record as an administrator; and academic credentials supporting eligibility for appointment at the rank of Professor within a RUSM department. It is preferred that the candidate will have at least 15 years of direct participation in medical education; knowledge of contemporary medical pedagogical issues involving medical education; experience in curriculum assessment and evaluation with a focus on improving measurable student outcomes; familiarity with budget development, capital planning, and fiscal oversight; and an understanding of medical school accreditation.
    Expectations of Leadership
    The following represent primary areas of focus and expected impact of the CAO over the first 12 to 18 months in the role and beyond (not listed in any particular order of significance):
    Lead the advancement of medical education at RUSM 2

    • Working with the basic science chairs on Dominica and the clinical chairs at the US clinical sites, continue to develop and implement an integrated and comprehensive four year medical education that focuses on the entire student experience.
    • Lead the effort to modernize the curriculum and ensure students are trained and educated to practice in a changing healthcare environment.
    • The CAO will lead and support the process of curriculum mapping and assessment of student competency. 

    Recruitment, retention and development

    • Develop an approach to faculty recruitment and professional development that accommodates for possible fluctuations in student enrollment and the unique features of recruiting to the island of Dominica. 
    • Creatively find opportunities for faculty to participate in continuing medical education.
    • As a member of the senior administration and the Dean’s cabinet, be the voice for the faculty and champion their continued development. 

    Ensure excellent academic outcomes

    • Working with the clinical chairs, the CAO will ensure the core clinical experiences are consistent at each of the clinical sites that are part of RUSM’s network.
    • The CAO will update and expand quality indicators for the education programs and incorporate them into a continuous quality improvement process. 

    Develop personal and professional credibility, gain respect, and build trust internally and externally

    • Understand, acculturate, and positively contribute to the culture of RUSM and to Adtalem.
    • Develop significant, positive and trustworthy relationships throughout the organization. One important relationship to note is with the Board of Trustees, which is responsible for overseeing the Ross University School of Medicine and the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Exposure to this engaged and passionate group will be refreshing and provide added opportunity. (To review the current Board of Trustees: http://medical.rossu.edu/medical-school/Board-of-Trustees1.cfm ) 

    Reporting Relationships
    The CAO will report to: Dr. William F. Owen, Jr., MD, FACP, Dean & Chancellor. As a member of the senior administrative team and the Dean’s Cabinet, the CAO works in close partnership with the Chief Operating Officer and collaboratively with RUSM leaders in finance, human resources, medical pedagogy, admissions, and residency placement.
    Direct Reports:
    Reporting to the CAO are the Associate Dean of Student Services, Senior Associate Dean (Dominica campus), Director of Internal Medicine Foundations, Associate Dean of Clinical Services, Associate Dean of Simulation, and the Director of the Health Clinic and Counseling.



    • Develop and implement strategic planning for RUSM education across the organization.
    • Lead the faculty, staff, and administrative teams on academic and instructional matters relevant to student success.
    • Provide oversight and leadership of curricular development (planning, revision, evaluation, and implementation) as well as instructional design and innovation.
    • Establish and champion system standards for medical education and ensure accountability to set standards.
    • Ensure continuous review processes to evaluate education programs on Dominica and at each clinical site.
    • Ensure the collaborative and effective operations in support of academic success with an understanding of the effect of fluctuating market influences.
    • Ensure effective faculty development plans for medical education at all levels.
    • Review existing partnerships and affiliations to evaluate their effectiveness and alignment with organizational goals.
    • Determine priorities for medical education based on organization strategic priorities and contemporary learning needs.
    • Lead recruitment and retention strategies for faculty and students.
    • Lead and ensure continued success with the accreditation process.
    • Champion RUSM’s academic mission and promote RUSM’s program across the country. 

    Completes other duties as assigned.


    • MD with an active medical license in the US, UK, or Canada. Non-MDs with exceptional experience in medical education may be considered.
    • Certification by a recognized medical board of the US, UK, or Canada.
    • Strong academic record and reputation, as well as a proven track record as an administrator.
    • Academic credentials supporting eligibility for appointment at the rank of Professor within an RUSM department.
    • At least 15 years of direct participation in medical education with a demonstrable record of increasing authority, responsibility, and accountability.
    • At least three years of service as a medical school Associate Dean or equivalent is preferred.
    • Knowledge of contemporary medical pedagogical issues involving medical education.
    • Familiarity with shared faculty professional growth and development, and shared academic governance.
    • Experience in curriculum assessment and evaluation with a focus on improving measurable student outcomes.
    • Track record of leading and engaging faculty to successful outcomes.
    • Familiarity with budget development, capital planning, and fiscal oversight.
    • Understanding of medical school accreditation.
    • Strong written and large group presentation skills.


    Competencies and Characteristics

    • Highly energetic, innovative and entrepreneurial.
    • Excellent communication skills.
    • Proven creative thinker in problem resolution and team management.
    • Ability to work very collaboratively, influencing decisions and outcomes, and facilitating consensus.
    • A leader, not a manager.
    • Student centric.
    • Values professional development.
    • Committed to inclusion and diversity.
    • Dynamic, strong leadership skills are required with the ability to work effectively within a multi-facility system.
    • High visibility throughout the organization with an approachable, personable, and positive demeanor.
    • Must be prepared to challenge conventional wisdom when necessary and have the ability to command respect through presence, business knowledge, and a practical understanding of the financial aspects of healthcare business.
    • Excellent analytic and complex problem solving skills.
    • A team player and broad thinker who is not only focused on their own areas, but is also aware of the needs of others and acts as a resource, supports the needs of the whole organization, and has respect for the clinical enterprise.

    We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing. Thank you for applying for this outstanding opportunity today.

    Who We Are

    Founded in 1978, Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) has more than 11,000 alumni who are practicing in all 50 U.S. states, Canada, and beyond. The mission of Ross University School of Medicine is to prepare highly dedicated students to become effective, successful physicians. We do this by focusing on imparting the knowledge, skills, and values required for our students to establish a successful and satisfying career as a physician.


    RUSM students begin their journey to become physicians on the school’s campus in Dominica, located in the West Indies. Students complete a rigorous basic science curriculum, supported by cutting-edge instructional technology, including an anatomy and medical imaging laboratory and a simulation center where students begin to develop clinical skills. Students then complete their medical education by taking core and elective clinical rotations in U.S., Canada, and UK.


    In 2013, RUSM achieved a first-time pass rate of 97 percent on USMLE, which is on par with the rate achieved by US and Canadian schools, and above the rate achieved by osteopathic schools (94 percent) and international schools (79 percent).In 2014, RUSM graduates earned more than 800 residency positions; the largest number for any medical school in the world.




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