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Associate Director, Community Outreach and Engagement, Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center

Job ID 304845 Date posted 05/03/2023
  • Rochester, MN
  • Full Time
  • Research
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The Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center is seeking candidates to serve as Associate Directors for Community Outreach and Engagement in two group practice locations - Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona and Rochester, Minnesota.

The Associate Director will:

  • Lead and sustain an extramurally-funded research program.
  • Define sustainable, impactful targets and strategies for MCCCC COE, in alignment with the primary Mayo Clinic mission to provide the advanced and complex cancer care to all, through community partnerships, use of innovative platforms, and capabilities that reach beyond traditional geographic boundaries.
  • Augment innovative external community-facing data warehouses, and platforms and data visualization tools for surveillance, hypothesis generation, and guidance of community interventions and trials.
  • Engage communities to identify cancer priorities and needs; consider structure, expansion, or creation of cancer-focused subcommittees of current community advisory boards or create new community advisory boards aligned with current advisory boards; coordinate with CCaTS and institutional Community Engagement efforts.
  • Guide MCCCC Programs and Center Components (CPDM, PRMC, CRTEC) to develop scientific aims/goals relevant to catchment area priorities; facilitate interactions with Research Program representatives to COE.
  • Foster the activities of the Population Science/Community Clinical Trials group and expand the community-facing clinical trials infrastructure with the goal of serving and meeting the community’s needs and achieving trial accruals that are reflective of the populations served by the catchment area.
  • Augment strategies and partnerships to enhance patient access and increase minority accrual to trials and interventions.
  • Enhance the diversity of trainees through partnership with other MCCCC programs.
  • Foster the Global Oncology activities of MCCCC members in concert with NCI guidelines/expectations.
  • Track the progress of MCCCC COE activities for continuous improvement.

The Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center (MCCCC) is one of the largest, most comprehensive cancer centers in the world, treating more than 122,000 cancer patients each year. More than 1,200 physicians, care providers, and researchers at Mayo Clinic collaborate across cancer programs and specialties to help cancer patients, their families, and caregivers find individualized solutions that address all aspects of their cancer journeys, from early cancer detection and interception to treatment and survivorship. In U.S. News & World Report's rankings of top hospitals, Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center has been ranked #3 for the past ten years. The Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center in the nation with three geographic sites and three distinct catchment areas: Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ; Jacksonville, FL; and Rochester, MN. Each of these sites are considered NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers (; NCI-Designated Cancer Centers). The catchment area of the Rochester site also includes the Mayo Clinic Health System (a Mayo Clinic-owned, operated, and staffed community-based healthcare system with 70 hospitals and clinics across 77 counties spanning the upper Midwest in MN, IA, and WI). As each of these sites draws patients from only from their same region but across the United States and the world, together they create a national catchment area. The Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center is thus a single, fully integrated center with a unified vision and transformational strategic plan that builds off of the strengths and opportunities at each site, with deep integration of research and practice at all three sites leading to continual discovery, translation of new knowledge to cures, interception of early-stage cancers before they progress, and delivery of the finest advanced and complex cancer care in the world. MCCCC currently has 365 Center Members, nine Research Programs, 15 Disease and Discipline Groups, and 13 Shared Resources.

The Mayo Clinic Cancer Comprehensive Center features a culture of innovation and collaboration that drives research breakthroughs in discovery science, population science (with particular emphasis on cancer epidemiology, molecular epidemiology, genetic and environmental risk assessment, early detection and interception, cancer survivorship and symptom control, implementation science and cancer care delivery research), and translational and clinical science, including novel therapeutics and means of therapeutic delivery, and the conduct of over 1,100 clinical trials annually. 

In 2021, the Center reported a total of $144.3 million in annual research funding. These funds included $61 million in annual peer-reviewed funding, of which $42 million was funding from the National Cancer Institute. The Center also reported $61.7 million supporting 1,117 clinical trials and interventions. With significant philanthropic support to the Center from many foundations and individuals, the Center reported $83.4 million in annual operational dollars from philanthropic support for its research programs. In 2021, Center investigators published 2026 publications, of which 31% were intra-programmatic, 24% inter-programmatic, and 55% were either intra- or inter-programmatic. Over 45% of the publications of the Center were collaborative with other NCI-designated Cancer Centers across the country, and strikingly, 27% were in high-impact journals.

Mayo Clinic is top-ranked in more specialties than any other care provider according to U.S. News & World Report. With a 73,000-person workforce, Mayo Clinic cares for more than 1.3 million people each year with serious or complex illnesses from all 50 U.S. states and 130 countries. Mayo Clinic is the largest not-for-profit, multidisciplinary academic medical center in the world with over 4,000 physicians and scientists in an integrated multi-campus system spanning the globe. 

At Mayo Clinic, we believe there is a better path to healing that humanizes the practice of health care and inspires hope in the people who need it most. You will be part of an amazing diverse team committed to solving the most serious and complex medical challenges – one patient at a time. Practicing at Mayo Clinic provides a rewarding career that promotes excellence in patient-centered care. You can thrive in an environment that supports innovation and has a wealth of resources available to you – including an integrated EHR and collaboration with top specialists – to give your patients the quality of care you want to achieve.

Our unified mission is to provide the best patient care, backed by our expertise and supported by innovation in education, research and practice, to bring hope and healing in times of need. We embrace collegial relationships among campuses (Arizona, Florida and Minnesota) allowing for best practices and innovation to help solve the most serious complex medical challenges-one patient at a time. Mayo Clinic is an excellent choice for any physician who is seeking a career with a premier medical center and collaborative work environment focused on integrated patient care and innovation.

We support a vibrant and diverse research enterprise, with programs in basic, translational, clinical, population, and data sciences. In 2022, the institution received over $679 million in extramural research awards, supplemented with over $421 million of institutional support. Laboratories and shared resource facilities are state-of-the-art, including those for microscopy and imaging, cell and molecular biology, animal models, production of iPS cells and clinical grade MSCs, biomedical engineering and mathematics, materials testing, a Medical Genomics Facility, a Mouse Modeling Facility, Molecular and Microscopic Core Facilities, and unique Human Disease Tissue Banks. Mayo Clinic supports innovation and has a wealth of resources available – including an integrated health record.

Mayo Clinic offers a highly competitive compensation package with substantial long-term institutional and departmental support for salary, personnel, equipment, and travel as well as a competitive startup package all designed to ensure immediate and continued success of the candidate. Additional benefits for faculty at Mayo Clinic include intramural funding opportunities for research and innovation. We provide an outstanding, comprehensive benefits package that includes plenty of options for medical, dental and vision care; flexible spending accounts; life insurance; short- and long-term disability coverage; travel allowance; generous time away; and more! We are proud to be among the few U.S. companies to provide a pension benefit at no cost to employees plus you can add the Mayo 403(b) plan which features an employer match.


Candidates are expected to be outstanding scholars with a proven record of achievements and demonstrated ability to lead and sustain an extramurally-funded research program.  Success will be measured by securing extramural funding, providing major contributions to the candidate’s field of science, national leadership, and having translational impact on clinical practice and public health.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • MD, PhD, MD/PhD, or equivalent degree in a relevant discipline including social or behavioral science, basic science, epidemiology, health services research, and clinical research.
  • National and/or international reputation to be appointed to the rank of associate professor or professor.
  • Track record of community engagement, community-based participatory research, and the conduct of patient/community interventions.
  • Track record of significant peer-reviewed funding, current peer-reviewed external funding, and/or national and institutional leadership in the design and conduct of patient or community-facing interventional clinical trials.
  • Professionalism and excellent leadership, mentorship, management, strategic planning, writing, and communications skills.
  • Experience in faculty recruitment and mentoring and management of faculty and staff.
  • Strategic, innovative, collaborative thinker; highly collaborative.

Successful candidates could come from a variety of academic disciplines and could also have a clinical practice.

Applications should include a full CV/Bibliography, statement of research interests, statement of contributions to equity/inclusion/diversity, and the names/contact information of five references. 

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