Division Chair, Geriatric Psychiatry

Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Location: Richmond, VA

Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA)  is seeking a Division Chair to lead and grow the Geriatric Psychiatry division. Apply within!The Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Psychiatry is seeking a senior level academic psychiatrist to serve as the next Division Chair, Geriatric Psychiatry. VCU’s Division of Geriatric Psychiatry is uniquely qualified to handle psychiatric disorders in the senior population through the utilization of a multidisciplinary team for each patient, including a geriatric psychiatrist, physician, neuropsychologist, nurse practitioner, social worker, dietitian, chaplain and pharmacist. The division prides itself on taking a holistic, family-oriented approach to care that is provided in a variety of locations, including the 12-bed inpatient unit specifically designed for geriatric psychiatry patients, outpatient locations and by a specific long-term care team.

Under the leadership of VCU Alumnus Robert Findling, MD, MBA, Chair and Professor of Psychiatry, the department includes 73 faculty and 104 affiliated faculty.
The Department of Psychiatry offers clinical care and educational opportunities at The Jackson Center, a 34,000 square foot, outpatient facility newly opened in 2016; 40-bed adult inpatient unit on the main hospital campus of VCU Health; and inpatient and outpatient services at the McGuire Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center. In addition, pediatric and adolescent services are offered at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children, which includes a 120,000 sq foot facility opened in 2018 with 32-beds and over 14,000 ambulatory visits.

VCU Health and VCU Medical Center includes an 820-bed academic flagship facility, with the region’s only Level I Trauma Program and the VCU Massey Cancer Center, Virginia’s first NCI-designated cancer center. The VCU School of Medicine includes over 800 medical students, 500 residents, and 150 fellows. VCU has approximately $310 million in research funding with over half from federal funding sources.

Position Overview

The Division Chair will oversee geriatric psychiatry care across the spectrum of clinical services, educational and research initiatives within the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry. This leader will be looked upon to build and grow a program of excellence, innovate, and to foster collaborative relationships between the department and their clinical partners, the community served, and the academic medical center.


  • MD/DO or equivalent Medical Degree with Virginia state medical licensure or eligibility.
  • Clinical Training in Psychiatry and certification through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Advanced fellowship training in Geriatric Psychiatry with ABPN certification in Geriatric Psychiatry highly preferred.
  • Significant academic and clinical leadership experience in a psychiatry program at a major academic healthcare organization. Leadership experience should include geriatric psychiatry service oversight, strategic planning, direct faculty/provider oversight, managing staffing and recruitment, and faculty and trainee mentoring.
  • Proven background in care optimization, quality, safety and patient engagement.
  • Academic credentials and experience to qualify for appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor at VCU School of Medicine. Appointment rank will be commensurate with academic accomplishments and experience.
  • Nationally recognized leader in the field of geriatric psychiatry practice as evidenced by positions in national organizations, presentations at major conferences/symposia, and scholarly activity in the area of psychiatric health services.
  • Demonstrated track record of active participation in multidisciplinary clinical programs focused on patient-centered care.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build consensus and cooperation among various stakeholders. Demonstrated leadership, facilitation, and networking skills.
  • Acumen in providing outstanding clinical care, quality and service to patients and referring providers. Ability to think strategically.
  • Demonstrated analytical and financial management skills. Demonstrated competence in written, oral and electronic communication skills.