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University of Utah Academic Community or Emergency Psychiatry Program Lead, Rank DOQ - University of Utah Health (HMHI) - School of Medicine - Psychiatry in Salt Lake City, Utah

Position/Rank Academic Community or Emergency Psychiatry Program Lead, Rank DOQ - University of Utah Health (HMHI) - School of Medicine - Psychiatry

Department 00865 - Psychiatry - Adult Clinical

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Track Dependent on Qualifications

New Position to Begin FY 22-23


Academic Community or Emergency Psychiatry Program Lead, Rank DOQ -

University of Utah Health ( HMHI ) – School of Medicine – Psychiatry

The Huntsman Mental Health Institute and the Adult Psychiatry Division in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Utah School of Medicine is looking for a leader in Community or Emergency Psychiatry to help develop the program for a new crisis stabilization and transition of care facility. We are seeking a qualified physician candidate at the Associate Professor or higher rank to lead the clinical team providing high-quality psychiatric emergency services to improve community access to real-time care and post-treatment resources to improve overall health and quality of life for patients in crisis. This person will also be charged with the development of an interdisciplinary community psychiatry clinical, training and research program.

Successful candidates will have a faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry with rank based on academic experience and qualifications. The faculty member will provide oversight and leadership of the clinical, research, and teaching services offered through University of Utah Health at the new Salt Lake County Crisis Center (54 bed facility) at the Huntsman Mental Health Institute’s Campus of Hope, scheduled for opening in the Fall of 2023 and located in the heart of the Wasatch Front.

The University of Utah is located in the capital city, Salt Lake City – one of the most beautiful cities in the world, surrounded by mountains, with world-class skiing, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, and mountain biking. The city also enjoys the Sundance Film Festival, a vibrant music scene, excellent restaurants, one of the largest LGBT communities in the country, the Utah Symphony/Utah Opera, professional basketball, baseball, and soccer teams, Ballet West (one of the premiere ballet companies in the country), a vibrant art and theater community, and many other cultural attractions.


Applicants should hold or be eligible to apply for a current, unrestricted license to practice medicine in the State of Utah and have expertise in community and/or emergency psychiatry. Experience in developing and/or leading programs in either community or emergency psychiatry. Completion of a residency in Psychiatry is required. The candidate must be board certified in Psychiatry. Previous Assertive Community Treatment experience, 15 or more years of experience with the severe and persistent mentally ill population, and a graduate from a community psychiatry training program preferred.


Clinical care:

Use excellent clinical skills in psychiatry to treat high need indigent, mentally ill adults as part of a multidisciplinary team to facilitate consumer recovery and reduce or eliminate psychiatric hospitalizations and/or incarceration. The successful candidate will be responsible to provide site leadership and oversight of physician-led care teams providing treatment plans, assessments, prescribing medication, and evaluating progress; Show a strong commitment to clinical care; Call is an expected clinical responsibility for all faculty members. Provide cross coverage for vacations and meetings. Specific assignments will be coordinated through the Division Chief of Adult Psychiatry.


Spearhead Center of Hope research initiatives (outcomes, QI, clinical and translational). Engage in scholarly activities; Develop durable materials (papers, courses, presentations, posters, games) based on scholarly activities. A history of peer-reviewed funding is preferred.


Provide leadership and oversight of Center of Hope interdisciplinary education and training opportunities. Engage in patient care activities with learners. (Residents, medical students, and fellows and trainees from other disciplines); Serve as medical student and resident mentor; Teaching/supervising medical students, residents and fellows in psychiatric clinical rotations


Administrative duties associated with clinical care provided including physician model leadership to Center of Hope staff that promotes a culture of a high performing team that works both independently and together to efficiently and effectively meet patient needs; Administrative service to the Department of Psychiatry, the School of Medicine and the health system, including peer review and participation on committees; Report to and be reviewed annually by the Division Chief as part of School of Medicine faculty appointment.

The percentage of effort spent in clinical, education, investigation, and administrative activities will be negotiated annually. Specific assignments will be coordinated through the Division Chief of the Psychiatry department.

Candidates should apply on-line by sending a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to:

Inquiries may be directed to:

Jason Hunziker, MD, Adult Psychiatry Division Chief

University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

501 Chipeta Way

Salt Lake City, UT 84108

The University of Utah Health (U of U Health) is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. The U of U Health values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to our mission.

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students, staff, faculty and patients from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education, employment opportunities, and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented groups.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, ( or call 801-581-2300.


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“ URS ”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Open Date 10/06/2021

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN02776F

Type Faculty