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Posted: Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Assistant Director of Health Care Ethics

Sunday, April 7th, 2013
Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA, United States

Human Resources

Assistant Director of Health Care EthicsMarkkula Center for Applied EthicsFull-Time l $53,382.00/year
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Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offering its 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s, Ph.D., and law degrees.Distinguished by the highest retention rate and ranked second among all master’s universities in the West by U.S. News and World Report, Santa Clara University is California’s oldest operating institution of higher-education. The University is focused on creating an academic community that educates citizens and leaders who will build a more just, humane, and sustainable world.Purpose:This position will assist the Director of Bioethics in managing the Health Care Ethics program for the Ethics Center. Areas of responsibility will include undergraduate, professional, community, and on-line education.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Provide ethics education and policy review and development for the Ethics Center’s contracted health care partners.
•  Support clinical ethics consultation for the Ethics Center’s contracted health care partners.
•  Serve as faculty of record for the Health Care Ethics Internship including facilitating biweekly ethics reflection sessions.
•  Participate in the development of the Ethics Center’s on-line education program.
•  Conduct research and prepare materials for the Ethics Center website on health care ethics.
• Respond as appropriate to media and other inquiries received by the Ethics Center regarding health care ethics.
• Other duties as assigned by Director of Bioethics.

Specific Responsibilities
• Clinical Ethics Education and Policy Development
• Develop health care ethics education at contracted sites, both acute care and hospice.
• Engage in policy development and review on behalf of contracted sites and in response to other requests.
• Provide medical ethics education in both clinical and community settings.
• Manage contracts and billing for contracted sites.
• Assume responsibility for ethics consultation and call as requested.
• Represent the Director of Bioethics as requested.
• Other duties as assigned by the Director of Bioethics.
• Website Development and MOOCs.
• In collaboration with the Director of Bioethics and with the Communications Director, develop and coordinate desired materials for website.
• Research and write materials for Ethics Center website on health care ethics.
• Participate in the development of the Ethics Center’s MOOCs program.
• Review and assess health care ethics content on website periodically.
• Other duties as assigned by the Director of Bioethics.
• Serve as Faculty of Record for the Health Care Ethics Internship.
• Serve as the faculty of record, including course registration and student evaluation.
• Facilitate and monitor students’ participation in ethics reflection sessions and monitor completion of written assignments.
• Monitor students’ activities and evaluate their participation quarterly.
• Recruit students to participate in program, as needed.
• Develop additional clinical opportunities and sites for student interns, as needed.
• Participate in annual program evaluation.
• Prepare reports on program for the Ethics Center, as necessary.
• Monitor development, fulfillment, and renewal of relevant contract(s).
• Other duties as assigned by the Director of Bioethics.
• Health Care Ethics Program Administration.
• Assist the Director of Bioethics with overall planning and administration of program as directed.
• Confer frequently with the Director of Bioethics.

• Advanced training in medical ethics as demonstrated by a master’s  or doctoral degree in medical ethics or a relevant area; or, a relevant master’s or professional degree, preferably along with formal training in clinical ethics, e.g., successful completion of an intensive program in clinical ethics.
• Experience and demonstrated skill in health care ethics in an academic or clinical setting, preferably both.
• Experience and demonstrated skill in ethics education and policy development or equivalent.
• Experience and demonstrated skill in teaching.
• Excellent written and oral communications skills.
• Excellent interpersonal skills.
• Experience and demonstrated skill in program administration.
• Ability to work collaboratively with Ethics Center staff and community partners.
• Ability to work within a diverse and multicultural work environment.
• Experience and understanding of the Catholic health care setting highly desirable.
• Experience addressing ethical issues regarding end of life care and hospice care highly desirable.
• Experience and understanding of ethical issues in the health professions, e.g., nursing ethics, surgical ethics, highly desirable.
• Experience in qualitative research highly desirable.
• Appreciation of and commitment to further the mission, values, and goals of Santa Clara University and the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

To apply visit  Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.

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