Vice Chair, Educational Affairs Department of Psychiatry

Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Location: Richmond, VA

The Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Psychiatry seeks a senior level academic psychiatrist to serve as the next Vice Chair for Educational Affairs. Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Psychiatry educational programs include 35+ residents and 7 psychiatric fellows. Virginia Commonwealth University currently offers fellowship in child psychiatry, addition medicine, and consultations-liaison psychiatry. The department previously offered fully accredited fellowships in forensic and geriatric psychiatry and will seek to advance those programs under the leadership of this role.

Under the leadership of 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 VCU main hospital campus; 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 NIC-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 Vice Chair, Educational Affairs will lead educational operations within the department and on behalf of VCU, including undergraduate medical education (UME), graduate medical education (GME), continuing medical education (CME), and pre-medical experience programs. The Vice Chair will work with the Department Chair, other Vice Chairs and Division Chiefs, medical school leadership, and clinical partners.


  • MD/DO or equivalent Medical Degree. Clinical Training in Psychiatry and certification through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Virginia state medical licensure or eligibility.
  • Significant educational leadership experience in a psychiatry program at a major academic healthcare organization.
  • Successful track record in mentoring and teaching physicians and proven background in educational innovation. Passion for psychiatry program development.
  • 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 psychiatry education as evidenced by positions in national organizations, presentations at major conferences/symposia, and scholarly activity in the area of psychiatric health services.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build consensus and cooperation among various stakeholders. Demonstrated leadership, facilitation, and networking skills.
  • A team builder who can mentor and direct others in research initiatives. 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.