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Associate or Full Professor (without tenure), Department of Pediatrics, Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, Seattle Children's

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School / Campus / College: School of Medicine

Organization: Pediatrics

Title: Associate or Full Professor (without tenure), Department of Pediatrics, Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, Seattle Children's

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Position Description

Seattle Children’s, one of the premier children’s health systems in the nation seeks a Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) to provide innovative, strategic, and collaborative leadership for the Seattle Children’s Research Institute (SCRI). Reporting to the CEO of Seattle Children’s, Jeff Sperring, MD, the CSO is the principal scientific executive of the health system. The CSO, in concert with Chief Research Operations Officer (CROO) Eric Tham, MD, provides scientific leadership for the SCRI and is a member of Seattle Children’s Executive Leadership Team. Seattle Children’s serves the largest region of any pediatric health system, covering nearly one million square miles across four states. In 2021, Seattle Children’s generated almost $3 billion in gross revenue and had over 370,000 patient visits. The 407-bed hospital in Seattle anchors Seattle Children’s, but care is also provided at 43 outreach sites across the Pacific Northwest.


The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington is seeking an Associate Professor (without tenure by reason of funding) or Full Professor (without tenure by reason of funding) on the Faculty Scientist pathway in conjunction with  Seattle Children's.  Academic rank at the time of appointment is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Anticipated start date is Fall 2023.

All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service

Salary and rank of Associate Professor or Professor (without tenure by reason of funding) on the Faculty Scientist pathway at the University of Washington will be commensurate with experience and accomplishments.

Associate and Full Professors  hold indefinite appointments that align with a 12-month service period (July 1-June 30). Faculty with 12-month service periods are paid for 11 months of service over a 12-month period (July-June), meaning the equivalent of one month is available for paid time off.

The Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer will function in a highly matrixed environment, reporting to the CEO of Seattle Children’s, Dr. Jeffrey Sperring, and to the Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine/Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Dr. Leslie Walker-Harding. The CSO serves in a dyad leadership structure with the CROO to oversee the SCRI. This position is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for all seven research centers within the SCRI. As Senior Vice President, the CSO also serves as a member of the Executive Leadership Team, providing key insights for the strategy and operations of Seattle Children’s.

The estimated total cash compensation for this position is $510,000 - $660,000 annually, commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination. Offers are crafted using multiple factors including equity, related skills, experience, and qualifications. This role also comes with relocation and signing bonuses. Ranked as one of the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s offers a generous benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision, retirement, life insurance, paid time off, tuition assistance, and more.


 Successful candidates for this position will possess the following characteristics:

  • MD, DO, or foreign equivalent. A PhD in a relevant field (or foreign equivalent) is also acceptable.
  • Ten years of increasing management responsibility and experience in academic research.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide strategic leadership in multi-disciplinary and academic research and scholarship and strong skills in planning, communication, and organization.
  • Expertise in leading equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism initiatives.
  • Broad knowledge of the healthcare industry, research, academic medicine, health policy and regulation, and finances.

In order to be eligible for University sponsorship for an H-1B visa, graduates of foreign (non-U.S.) medical schools must show successful completion of all three steps of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE), or equivalent as determined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.


Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and diversity statement through Interfolio. The diversity statement should address past and potential commitment to and experiences with diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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