Director and Chief Executive Officer

University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center

The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center (UNMCCC), in partnership with Korn Ferry, invites nominations and expressions of interest for the position of Director and Chief Executive Officer (Director and CEO).

The UNMCCC is the official Cancer Center of New Mexico and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in a 500-mile radius. New Mexico is one of the nation’s 6 majority-minority states and the 5th largest state in landmass, with a population of only 2.1 million people dispersed across a strikingly beautiful landscape of high desert plains, mesas, and the southern Rocky Mountains. 

The UNMCCC Director and CEO is responsible for providing the overall leadership, vision and direction for the UNMCCC, including oversight and development of cancer-focused training and education, research programs, multidisciplinary clinical service lines, and community engagement. In addition, the UNMCCC Director and CEO serves as the Principal Investigator of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Center Support grant and is responsible for ensuring the UNMCCC retains its designation as an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

The UNMCCC Director and CEO reports directly to the UNM HSC EVP/CEO, functioning at a level equivalent to and in collaboration with the Deans of the UNM Health Sciences Schools and Colleges, as well as the Health System CEOs. The UNMCCC Director and CEO oversees and integrates the cancer mission institution-wide, influencing cancer policies, cancer research, education and training, and clinical practice across UNM, including Health Sciences and the Health System.  Above all, the next Director and CEO must be committed to reducing the cancer burden and overcoming the tremendous cancer health disparities in New Mexico and the nation.

The successful candidate will possess a terminal degree (an MD and/or PhD, or equivalent); be an accomplished cancer investigator with a strong record of productivity; have a track record of peer-reviewed cancer-related extramural funding, including ongoing R01 or equivalent grants; have a strong cancer-related publication record in high impact factor journals; have a national and international presence; and have a track record of program development in cancer research. The successful candidate will also have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.  Having experience in developing an NCI Cancer Center P30 support grant application or renewal is preferred. 

Korn Ferry is assisting the UNMCCC with this important search.  Applications should include a detailed curriculum vitae and a letter of interest.  The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce and is an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

The search committee will begin reviewing candidates and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, send curriculum vitae, inquiries, and nominations, in confidence, to: tonika.lam@kornferry.com.