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Vanderbilt University Medical Center Director, Digestive Disease Center in Nashville, Tennessee

Director, Digestive Disease Center - 2101403

Job : Professional and Managerial

Primary Location : TN-Nashville-The Vanderbilt Clinic (TVC)

Organization : Medicine O/P Admin #1 303365

Shift: : Days


Digestive Disease Center (DDC) Director


Your Role:

The Digestive Disease Center (DDC) Director is responsible for providing overall leadership for developing goals, objectives, policies and procedures; supervising, coordinating, and evaluating the activities of each area; supporting expansion of GI services both on and off main campus; preparing operating and capital expenditure budgets; coaching and developing leaders and staff; leading and performing personnel HR/administrative functions.

The Digestive Disease Center (DDC) Director oversees daily operations for the Adult GI Endoscopy Lab on main campus and One Hundred Oaks, plus seven (7) specialty clinics to include General GI (The Vanderbilt Clinic - two areas); Hepatology at The Vanderbilt Clinic; Center for Human Nutrition; Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic; and General GI & Hepatology – Williamson County.

In addition, the Director will support two (2) Patient Care Service Managers, four (4) Assistant Nurse Managers, a Lead Administrative Assistant, 165 staff and approximately 60 providers/fellows/nurse practitioners.

Department Summary:

The Vanderbilt Digestive Disease Center is among the nation’s best. When any part of your digestive system doesn’t work properly, you may suffer difficult, uncomfortable health challenges. We have seven specialty clinics that treat people with especially complex diseases. Our experts offer accurate diagnosis and state-of-the art treatment that’s tailored to your needs. We want you to feel your best.

Position Shift: Full-Time; Days

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  • Develop goals and objectives for the department based on interpretation of institutional policy and goals.

  • Plan to achieve goals or establish priorities.

  • Help department understand, share and support the vision

  • Initiate changes in or develop new policies, procedures and/or methods.

  • Analyze long-range impact of decisions and plans.

  • Ensure the most effective operations of the department through program development, process improvement and coordination/integration of processes with other departments.

  • Design, implement, evaluate and market programs to maximize clinical outcomes, functional status, patient/customer satisfaction and reimbursement.

  • Standardize services, processes, resources, and practice to improve efficiency.

  • Supervision to include responsibility for planning, coordinating, and controlling the work and procedures; provide advice/consultation to staff regarding problems

  • Adjust work schedules or project priorities to meet emergencies or changing conditions

  • Participate on departmental and/or interdepartmental committees to address problems and facilitate information exchange about programs, problems, etc. Provide information to others (oral or written) to explain/clarify problems, issues or requests.

  • Participate in periodic management meetings to keep top management informed of department problems and concerns

  • Analyze and evaluate ongoing department programs to identify areas where adjustments/improvements are needed

  • Develop staffing plans to ensure developmental objectives are being met.

  • Define and achieve financial targets in support of business goals of the institution.

  • Prepare an annual operating budget for a unit or department, including direct labor, material and supplies, services, equipment maintenance and replacement

  • Present and justify a proposed budget (operating and capital expenditure) to a management review committee

  • Evaluate organizational functions and structures to best determine the allocation and utilization of resources

  • Analyze and evaluate budget variance to determine cause,

  • Prepare justification or develop alternatives for cost containment/reduction

  • Project future budgets based upon analysis of current operations.

  • Create and exceed service standards utilizing key service dimension and from knowledge of patient/customer expectations and best practice.

  • Establish service standards for the department and determine if service standards are compatible with financial targets.

  • Ensure that the service standards are met or exceeded by utilizing customer satisfaction, best practices and market information to improve customer service and satisfaction.

  • Create an organizational culture (both within and across departments) that provides a safe, satisfying and enriching environment for employees and provides a qualified, competent staff to meet patient needs.

  • Provide leadership to promulgate the mission and the values of the institution to the department.

  • Model behavior consistent with the mission, vision, and values of the enterprise through leading, coordinating projects, innovation, initiating improvement, and developing new programs.

  • Demonstrate a leadership style that is facilitative and collaborative.

  • Communicate within and across departments to maximize effectiveness, efficiently and information sharing.

  • Ensures all Human Resource and VUMC policies and procedures are followed according to standards.

  • Define the qualifications and performance expectations for all staff positions through the Performance Development system, including department specific job descriptions, measurable performance standards.

  • Create an environment that encourages and supports self-development and learning for all staff through regular feedback, by assuring the development of staff through orientation, training programs, work experiences and assessing competencies by meeting the performance expectations stated in his or her job description in a timely manner (normally annually).

  • Identify, establish and evaluate quality assurance standards, programs, and procedures within department.

  • Establish and evaluate standards of performance to ensure safe, effective, and efficient operation of the department.

  • Ensure that standards are met within area of responsibility to assure clinical enterprise accreditation/licensure.

Basic Qualifications

This position requires a Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience) and 8 years experience.

Preferred Education, Skills, and Experiences:

  • Graduate of an approved Nursing Program (BSN preferred); Master’s degree in Nursing (MSN) or other discipline highly desired

  • Active Tennessee RN license

  • 8 years of nursing leadership experience in an ambulatory clinic setting or procedural experience preferred

Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR):

  • Active Tennessee RN license

  • Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:

  • Movement

  • Occasional: Sitting: Remaining in seated position

  • Occasional: Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.

  • Occasional: Walking: Moving about on foot.

  • Occasional: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another

  • Occasional: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.

  • Occasional: Bending/Stooping: Trunk bending downward and forward by bending spine at waist requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles

  • Occasional: Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.

  • Occasional: Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand or hands. Sensory

  • Occasional: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.

  • Frequent: Noise: May include exposure to occupational noise levels which equal or exceed an 8-hr time-weighted average of 85 decibels, requiring enrollment in VUMC's Hearing Conservation Program which includes training, use of hearing protection, and periodic audiometry.

  • Continuous: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information. Environmental Conditions

Req ID: 2101403

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