Opportunity:

The University of Colorado School of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, and CPC are inviting qualified individuals to apply for the position of President of CPC. CPC was created as an affiliate of the University of Colorado in 1989 to perform a large, single-site study of the benefits of intensive blood pressure management in type 2 diabetes. Today, CPC is a separate 501(c)(3) organization with a unique dual mission accomplished through two divisions: CPC Clinical Research and CPC Community Health.

CPC Clinical Research is an academic research organization (ARO) whose mission is to unite academic leadership with operational expertise to optimize the quality of clinical research and improve health. In this capacity, CPC has provided academic leadership and operational management of multi-center, international, randomized clinical trials primarily in the field of cardiovascular medicine.

CPC Community Health designs and provides health promotion programs for underserved populations. Its mission is to improve the health of all Coloradans by creating innovative community health programs that deliver evidence-based interventions (see http://www.cpccommunityhealth.org).

CPC functions as a non-profit business with financial independence from the University for industry and foundation grants (federal funds run through the university to CPC as a subcontract). As such, CPC has its own business development and financial departments, systems and infrastructure to ensure that the organization maintains a healthy and sustainable economy.

Environment:

CPC is affiliated with and located on the University of Colorado (CU) Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. It is a part of the two-campus University of Colorado Denver, which includes a liberal arts and sciences campus in downtown Denver. It is also part of the larger four-campus University of Colorado system which includes the University of Colorado-Boulder and the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. The Anschutz Medical Campus features world-class research, educational, and clinical space and is home to the University of Colorado’s six health professional schools— the School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, College of Nursing, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Colorado School of Public Health, and Graduate School.

The Anschutz Medical Campus hosts the University of Colorado Hospital and Children’s Hospital Colorado, both designated as magnet facilities. It also hosts an adjacent bioscience research park and the future Denver Veterans Administration Medical Center. The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado, the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountain region, and one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world.

Historically, and by virtue of the clinical research and community-based missions of the CPC, the organization has been closely allied with the Division of Cardiology in the Department of Medicine, and the President has had a primary faculty appointment in the cardiology division.

Funding for CPC includes industry, NIH, and foundation grants with stable and growing finances over the past decade. The Board of Directors includes the Chancellor of the Anschutz Medical Campus, the Dean of the School of Medicine, the Chairman of the Department of Medicine, and the Dean of the School of Public Health, in addition to several community members.

Position Summary:

The President of CPC will be a visionary scientific leader who will provide clinical and research leadership in the complementary domains of clinical research and public health. The skill sets to accomplish this should include a strong track record and proven experience in the design, conduct, and reporting of multicenter clinical trials in partnership with both academic centers and industry sponsors, as well as financial expertise to direct a multi-million dollar research infrastructure. Also required are significant content expertise and familiarity with regulatory agencies such as the FDA. While the research focus of the organization has historically been in peripheral vascular diseases, this is not a limited focus, and future directions might include complementary cardiovascular, metabolic and other initiatives as well as broad population and/or community-based studies. These focus areas could extend across the developmental continuum from childhood to adulthood.

Applicants should be at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor (qualified research physicians from industry are also encouraged to apply). The position will support approximately 80% time as President of CPC and 20% time for clinical and university administrative duties. The current president of CPC would like to step down after 20 years of building and sustaining the program, but remain active at CPC and in the Division of Cardiology with a focus on continued funding of CPC and faculty development.

At this time, CPC has 2.0 endowed chairs for a total principal endowment of > $3M. The next President of CPC will be considered as the holder of the William R. Hiatt endowed chair in Cardiovascular Research. The terms of all new endowed chairs includes a 5-year review.

Depending upon the applicant, a transition period could be included to develop into the role of President of CPC and as an active faculty member of the Division of Cardiology.

The role of president would need to include the following skills:

  • The President will be expected to develop a clear vision for innovation and growth for CPC as an ARO as well as a community health pioneer over the next decade and beyond.
  • The President of CPC will need excellent organizational, leadership, and business skills, as CPC operates as a non-profit affiliate of the University.
  • The sustainability of CPC requires that the next President aggressively support the development of new business opportunities for CPC Clinical Research and Community Health. In this regard the President is expected to maintain a public profile for clinical trial expertise within academic and industry environments, supported by, though not limited to, established positive relationships with colleagues, presentations at professional society meetings, and publications in leading academic journals.
  • The President will have a strong background in academic medicine, including a track record of excellence in clinical research, medical education and patient care, as well as significant experience as a physician-scientist leader in multicenter clinical trials. At a minimum, the President must have five years of experience in clinical trials research activities with publications demonstrating success in those activities.
  • While furthering CPC’s mission, the President will also work towards preserving the organization’s unique culture and values.
  • D. or D.O. degree in medicine with a minimum of five years of experience in clinical trials research activities with publications demonstrating success in those activities

Key Relationships:

Reporting Relationships: The President of CPC will report to the Board of Directors. He/she will serve as a liaison between CPC and the University of Colorado. In this capacity, the President will report to the chancellor of the Health Sciences Center, the Dean School of Medicine, and Chair of Medicine as to the activities and responsibilities of CPC and how the center can be responsive to appropriate activities involving the university. This communication will primarily occur via the CPC Board of Director quarterly meetings.

Direct reports: Besides overseeing the department of Scientific and Medical Affairs, the President will have several direct reports including the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operational Officer, Director of Quality Control and Compliance, and Director of Community Health.

Other key relationships: The successful applicant will likely have an academic home within the division of cardiology and as such, will report to that division head in his/her academic capacity. There are also a number of physician-scientists from multiple departments who participate in and benefit from the activities of CPC. These relationships can be contractual and/or mentoring with the associated expectations and responsibilities that are implied.

CPC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, CPC complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

CPC Fact Sheet:

  • With over 25 years of successful research experience, CPC is recognized for its expertise in comprehensive clinical trial management for both national and international clinical research. CPC has provided services to over 150 clinical trials in a variety of indications, with an emphasis on cardiovascular, wound healing, diabetes, and more.
  • CPC’s clinical research leadership has decades of collective industry, government, and academic-sponsored clinical trial development and operations experience.
  • CPC’s proprietary database contains more than 1000 clinical investigators located throughout the world.
  • CPC has expertise in managing clinical trials from a variety of funding sources, including Industry, NIH, and Investigator Initiated trials.
  • CPC Community Health is a statewide leader in designing, implementing and evaluating community-based, cost-effective public health programs for the underserved. The statewide program has been recognized by the CDC as a promising practice for cardiovascular disease risk factor control.
  • Over the last 8 years, CPC Community Health’s two programs have reached over 45,000 Coloradans, and have demonstrated improvements in cardiovascular disease risk factors. Program outcomes have been published in the American Journal of Public Health.
  • CPC currently employs 49 staff members and 9 university faculty members.
  • CPC offers full service clinical trial design, oversight, and management with rapid access to Key Opinion Leaders in a variety of therapeutic areas. These university faculty individuals are on the cutting edge of scientific, clinical and regulatory developments. CPC’s university faculty leadership have chaired and/or served on FDA advisory committees including the Cardiovascular and Renal, Endocrine and Metabolism, and Reproductive Health committees.
  • The Scientific and Medical Affairs (SMA) Department has a depth of clinical and clinical research experience in a wide array of therapeutic indications. As a direct affiliate of the University of Colorado, the SMA Department regularly draws upon field-leading expertise across the spectrum of indications, scientific fields, and medical subspecialties, leveraging the strength of the University of Colorado faculty for the benefit of drug/biologic/device development programs.
  • CPC is known for its collaborative approach with sponsors, sites, and vendors providing superior communication and seamless clinical trial management. CPC fosters a team environment both within the organization and with its sponsor partners.