Faculty Leader Position
VAW Global Health Alliances (VAW Global) is a global health and development organization committed to cultivating sustainable and equitable partnerships with local communities and professionals through support and capacity-building for essential and accessible health services. Our focus is to work hand-in-hand with local initiatives and leaders to provide communities with improved access to medical, dental, and veterinary treatment, medication, nutritional security, clean water, and health education.
VAW Global is looking for a Faculty Leader to recruit, prepare, and manage a team of interns during the upcoming school year. The Faculty Leader will have a number of responsibilities throughout the year, including: forming a team of interns, establishing VAW Global as an official club and/or class (if possible), setting up the class and trip to be eligible for university credit or unit hours, attending regular online video trainings with the VAW Global staff, and preparing their interns for their Outreach trip through team trainings and workshops. The Faculty Leader will have a number of responsibilities while on their Outreach trip, including: setting realistic expectations for interns, leading in-country reflections, assisting the in-country staff with leading the team, having assertive and open communication with the interns and local staff, being an example of flexibility and adaptability to the local reality, and being an active participant in all work related activities. VAW Global expects the Faculty Leader to have weekly availability for this role.
VAW Global Health Alliances develops community health systems while providing interns the opportunity to work alongside experienced local healthcare professionals. VAW Global Outreach trips provide interns with an opportunity to work first hand with experienced local professionals in the fields of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and sustainable development. Interns will prepare for their trip by attending team training sessions, participating in local community service projects, and developing team building activities throughout the school year. While on-campus, Faculty Leaders work closely with a VAW Global Team Development Coordinator who will guide them throughout the entire process. The team will travel to one of our global locations during the winter, spring and/or summer break to work closely with local healthcare professionals and partners to implement primary care clinics, participate in health education workshops, and/or develop sustainable development projects across LMICs. All intern activities in-country are under the direct supervision of local, licensed professionals and staff.
Each Outreach program provides unique opportunities for interns to work alongside local staff to support and strengthen health systems.
- Through the Medical Outreach program, interns learn about disease diagnosis, treatment courses, and clinic operations through shadowing, measuring vital signs, and learning basic pharmacology.
- Through the Dental Outreach program, interns learn about dental procedures, treatment courses, and clinic operations through shadowing, measuring vital signs, and learning proper disinfection and sanitization techniques.
- Through the Veterinary Outreach program, interns learn about veterinary procedures, treatment courses, and clinic operations through shadowing, measuring vital signs, giving vaccines, and deworming animals.
- Through the Global Health Outreach program, interns learn about increasing access to safe drinking water, planting garden boxes to strengthen nutritional security, and constructing latrines for proper waste disposal, among other healthy living projects.
The Faculty Leader trip fees (program fee, medication & supply fund fee and airfare) are covered by adding an additional $100 “faculty fee” per faculty that travels to each intern’s standard trip fees (see the website for more information on the program fees and our Terms & Conditions).
Join our movement to strengthen your experience in public health and medicine, dentistry, and/or veterinary medicine while supporting healthcare systems around the world. There are several qualities that a successful Faculty Leader should embody:
- Be a leader. A lot of preparation and organization is required for the trip, so it is imperative that you can motivate your team to stay on target. You will need to present VAW Global’s aspirations to students, colleagues, and others, so you will need to feel comfortable articulating ideas and talking to a diverse array of students and faculty.
- Be flexible and reflective. Working within new communities and supporting patients who may speak different languages and have their own customs can be challenging. It is important to, above all else, treat communities with respect and dignity, and be adaptable to their way of life while providing the best quality of care possible.
- Be a self-starter. Much of the work will require you to be self-motivated since you will be working independently on your campus. The staff of VAW Global Health Alliances will provide online trainings and the materials you need to be successful, as well as be available to provide guidance.
- Be committed to health equity. VAW Global Health Alliances is a value-based organization that places patients and communities at the center. This means that Faculty Leaders and the interns they recruit must all be committed to understanding and addressing systemic inequities, including a wide range of socioeconomic barriers and ethnic or cultural factors, and treating all people equally, regardless of their own personal views.
Please note: it is not required that you speak a foreign language.
If you are interested in applying, please find the Faculty Leader application below.