Chair of the Department of Pediatrics

The Chair of the Department of Pediatrics is the chief academic and administrative officer responsible for the Department’s leadership and direction. The Chair must establish, maintain and grow important relationships within the College of Medicine, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and other academic and clinical units, colleges, institutes, and centers to strengthen the collaboration between multidisciplinary teams. The Chair of Pediatrics office will be located on the Arkansas Children’s Hospital campus in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The Chair will provide strategic vision and operational leadership for the academic, clinical, and scholarly programs, creating an environment and sense of community that supports the Department’s faculty, staff, students, and residents. Supporting the University’s research mission and the opportunities for clinical research with affiliated partners, the Chair will advance the faculty’s scholarly activities, including opportunities that interdisciplinary approaches afford. The Chair will understand the importance of the greater good for UAMS and the interdependences of a matrixed organization.

With an operating budget of $100 million, the Department of Pediatrics’ 250 employee faculty members, and more than 900 non-faculty staff members, serve children and their families at Arkansas Children’s, UAMS, Kids First, Head Start locations, and clinics and hospitals throughout the state. The next Chair will build upon a strong history of partnership and effective integration of teaching, research, and clinical activities.

About the Department of Pediatrics

The Department of Pediatrics is the largest department of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Department's main offices are located on the campus of Arkansas Children’s Hospital, a long-time clinical and teaching affiliate of UAMS. The two institutions coordinate clinical service, educational programs, and research initiatives among pediatric faculty and other university faculty. Pediatrics’ faculty is also assigned to selected areas within the UAMS Medical Center. Physicians from the Department provide clinical services on a regular basis to regional clinics around the state.

Pediatrics’ staffing totals more than 1,100 employees, including 250 faculty members and 900 professionals, paraprofessionals, and support staff working in 26 sections in the department.

Goals and Objectives

  • Formulate, in conjunction with the faculty and administration, a clear vision and strategic plan of the short and long-term goals and objectives of the Department and provide regular feedback on performance - jointly identifying goals and monitoring progress toward goals.
  • Demonstrate the leadership, management ability, and administrative experience to take the Department to the next level of achievement.
  • Be supportive of the educational needs and contributions of students, residents, faculty, and staff in the Department.
  • Develop a Departmental research portfolio that stresses collaboration and maximizes the opportunity for synergistic productivity across the University’s campuses.
  • Oversee clinical operations in conjunction with practice management partners to optimize effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Remain abreast of the essentials of accreditation, certification, and regulations.
  • Promote and support advances in clinical care while maintaining fiscal responsibility.
  • Lead projects and initiatives as requested by the Dean of the College of Medicine.

Candidate Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following professional qualifications and personal characteristics:

  • M.D., M.D./Ph.D., or equivalent degree
  • Board Certification in Pediatrics and, if appropriate, a subspecialty and licensure or eligibility for licensure in the state of Arkansas
  • Progressive administrative leadership experience in an academic medical center environment
  • National recognition for achievement in clinical, educational and/or research pursuits that would warrant an appointment at the professorial rank
  • Track record of obtaining external research funding and ability to recruit funded investigators
  • Excellent strategic skills and financial acumen.

Preferred Professional Experience and Characteristics

  • A distinguished record of research, teaching, and clinical care with national and international stature
  • Strategic planning skills and expertise in management, finance and clinical operations
  • Exposure to, or strong commitment to, a fully integrated, service-line structure
  • Commitment to employee, environmental and patient safety, and quality initiatives
  • Strong commitment to interdisciplinary cooperation and learning
  • A successful track record of recruitment and development of faculty, trainees and students, with evidence of promoting and supporting teaching and scholarly activities
  • Understanding of compliance requirements at the federal and state levels
  • Knowledgeable and articulate about policy and state politics.

Personal Characteristics

  • Well-developed emotional intelligence with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Passion for excellence and a high level of energy and enthusiasm
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a matrixed organization with multiple lines of reporting
  • Demonstrated record of promoting collaboration and cultivating strong internal and external relationships
  • Capacity to embrace change with an appropriate respect for culture and tradition
  • A clear commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment
  • Analytical and intellectual skills to lead cogent planning and sound management systems
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity
  • Motivator and mentor capable of developing strong teams and developing others
  • Unquestioned personal integrity

Procedure for Consideration

Interested individuals are asked to submit their CV and a letter addressing their experiences that fulfill the criteria for this position to search committee chair Stephanie Gardner, Pharm.D., Ed.D., Provost and Chief Strategy Officer at
The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Central Time, Monday, March 1, 2021.

Written nominations, inquiries, and applications (including emails) may be subject to disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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Did You Know?

UAMS was founded in 1879 by eight physicians. Today UAMS is the state’s only academic health center, part of a statewide network of postsecondary education institutions of the University of Arkansas System governed by a 10-member Board of Trustees.

About the University

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is the state’s only academic health sciences center, comprised of five health professions colleges (Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions, and Public Health), a graduate school, six institutes, eight Regional Centers (six of which include family medicine practices and residency programs), and a comprehensive Medical Center. Its College of Medicine has held a unique and vital role in Arkansas for more than 130 years. UAMS is the largest public employer in the state of Arkansas with more than 11,000 employees. UAMS and its clinical affiliates: Arkansas Children’s and the VA Medical Center, are an economic engine for the state with an annual economic impact of $3.92 billion. Centrally located within the state, UAMS’s Little Rock campus is a tertiary referral center and the only Level 1 adult Trauma Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center for Arkansas.

In 2019, UAMS completed a 10-year strategic planning process resulting in Vision 2029. This document can be found at UAMS Vision 2029. Included in this plan was the organization of all of UAMS’ clinical assets into a single entity termed UAMS Health. Information about UAMS Health is available at

About Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Children are at the center of everything we do. Arkansas Children’s is the only hospital system in the state solely dedicated to caring for children, which allows our organization to uniquely shape the pediatric care landscape in Arkansas. We are driven by four core values: safety, teamwork, compassion, and excellence. These values inform every decision and every action, from the aggressive pursuit of zero hospital infections to treating each family with dignity, kindness, and concern. These core values fundamentally guide our work at Arkansas Children’s.

For more than a century, we have continuously evolved to meet the unique needs of the children of Arkansas and beyond. Today, we are more than just a hospital treating sick kids – our system includes two hospitals, a pediatric research institute, a foundation, clinics, education and outreach, all with an unyielding commitment to making children better today and healthier tomorrow.