University of Colorado Aunschutz Medical Campus Hiring Director, Division of Addiction Science, Prevention and Treatment

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Department of Psychiatry is seeking a new Director, Division of Addiction Science, Prevention and Treatment.

Position Title: Open Rank, Associate Professor/Professor – Director

Position Number: 00801709

Department: Division of Addiction Science, Prevention, and Treatment

Reports To: Robert Freedman Endowed Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, C. Neill Epperson, MD.

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at

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The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with a demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment.  We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty, and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The University of Colorado Denver seeks individuals with a demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment.  We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty, and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a public education, clinical and research facility serving 4,500 students, and a world-class medical destination at the forefront of life-changing science, medicine, and healthcare. CU Anschutz offers more than 42 highly rated degree programs through 6 schools and colleges and receives over $500 million in research awards each year. We are the single largest health professions education provider in Colorado, awarding nearly 1,450 degrees annually. Powered by our award-winning faculty, renowned researchers, and a reputation for academic excellence, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus drives innovation from the classroom to the laboratory to the delivery of unparalleled patient care. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

Department Of Psychiatry Diversity Equity Inclusion Information:

The purpose of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is to hold the Department of Psychiatry’s faculty, staff, and trainees accountable for promoting a culture of inclusive excellence and respect.  We are committed to continuous education, sustaining cultural humility, and action related to DEI topics including a systematic review of policies and procedures to ensure they are in alignment with the Department of Psychiatry DEI mission and vision.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Department of Psychiatry is seeking a new Director, Division of Addiction Science, Prevention and Treatment.

 The CU Department of Psychiatry sets the standard for Education and Training of leaders in psychiatry and mental health care, conducts ground-breaking Research that aims to eradicate suffering due to psychiatric and substance use disorders, provides ready access to state of-the-art mental health preventions and interventions across the continuum of care, and collaborates with the community and other key stakeholders to promote well-being among all Coloradans. We accomplish this vision in a manner that respects, values, and advocates for the dignity and worth of each individual and family.

Nature of Work

The Division of Addiction Science, Prevention, and Treatment is the largest research-focused Division in the Department of Psychiatry with 9 research faculty and 15 federally funded grant awards among them. The Division also provides an unparalleled addiction research training and mentorship environment for medical students, residents, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty. The Division’s research programs include basic science (i.e. genetics, epigenetics), human laboratory studies, medication and behavioral treatment development, deep brain stimulation, and clinical trials research, including affiliation with the NIAAA and NIDA Clinical Trials Networks. The Division is also known for research expertise in the effects of cannabis on neurocognition and health across the lifespan.

The Division of Addiction Science, Prevention and Treatment is comprised of three strong & inter-related components: Clinical/Treatment, Research, and Education/Training. The strong relationship between the Division’s research and clinical programs facilitates & accelerates the pace at which research is translated into clinical practice. The Division’s community- based medication assisted therapy program serves more than 1000 individuals throughout the Denver/Metro region. The 40-year-old Addiction Research Treatment and Services (ARTS; program for individuals with complex psychiatric and substance use disorders emerging from a prison setting has been a stalwart collaborator with the Division of Community Corrections and the Justice Department in Colorado. In total, the Division includes 31 faculty and an Addiction Fellowship program with funding for 3 fellows per year.

In collaboration with the University of Colorado Hospital, the Center for Dependency and Rehabilitation (CeDAR; has been ranked by Newsweek as the number one facility to receive substance abuse treatment in Colorado, particularly for those with a comorbid psychiatric disorder in Colorado. This year, CeDAR was ranked #2 nationally. In addition to its clinical excellence, CeDAR is known as a preferred site for medical students, psychiatry residents, psychiatry and addiction medicine fellows to train. CeDAR provides an interdisciplinary training site for physician assistants, social workers, and nurse practitioners.

A new Division Director would have access to clinical populations across the Denver/Metro region, particularly in the area of opioid and cannabis use disorders. Current senior faculty are resubmitting a P50 application to examine the impact of cannabinoids on health outcomes across the lifespan. Recent NIDA funding to the Department will accelerate the exploration of deep brain stimulation in methamphetamine addiction. NIAAA funding ensures that the Division is on the cutting edge of research related to alcohol use disorders. Finally, NIMH funding supports research examining the genetic contribution substance use disorders.

School of Medicine investment in PET/MR imaging and advanced multimodal imaging has created a new interdisciplinary center for brain neuroscience. Recent Department of Psychiatry recruitment for senior faculty provides opportunity for collaboration in areas such as cannabinoid sciences, novel drug development for SUDs and neuropsychiatric conditions, and intergenerational impacts on neurodevelopment and health, to name a few. The campus has made extensive investments in innovations, supporting the transition of investigator driven technology and therapeutic into industry and bringing industry investment into department/division endeavors. The Department of Psychiatry is creating a psychedelic research laboratory that will support current NIH-funded investigators in Psychiatry and General Internal Medicine. Recent philanthropy and industry partnerships support the program’s success.

Finally, under the leadership of C. Neill Epperson, MD, Robert Freedman Endowed Professor and Chair of Psychiatry, the Department of Psychiatry has experienced a period of substantial growth in all mission areas over the past 4 years. The number of lives touched by the Department’s clinical, research, education and community outreach initiatives has increased by 427% to engage roughly 200,000 unique individuals in FY 22. Support for the Psychiatry Research Innovations (PRI) has provided core support for pre- and post-award activities for junior and senior faculty (

With 5 cores, Biostatistics, Research Operations, Clinical Research Support, Research Education, and Grants and Contracts, the PRI has aided more than 144 unique faculty, staff, and trainees to submit 118 grants (57% of the Department’s total volume), 20 publications, and 16 regulatory documents in 2 years.

The Division Director for Addiction Science Prevention and Treatment would join other Division Directors, mission area Vice Chairs, the Director of Finance and Administration and the Chair of Psychiatry as a member of the Department of Psychiatry’s Executive Leadership Team (ELT). The ELT is responsible for creating goals and objects that move the Department towards its strategic vision of Brain Health for All for Life. Each year ELT members work with their administrative dyadic partner to put forth FY goals that are then presented to the ELT. Accountability for meeting FY goals rests with the Division Director or Vice Chair. The entire ELT as well as Department cores such as the Program Management Office, Revenue Cycle Management, and the PRI are engaged to support the success of Divisional leadership.

The Department of Psychiatry is comprised of 5 Divisions and two, soon to be three offices. Divisions include Adult Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Addiction Science Prevention and Treatment, Neuroscience, and Community Population and Public Mental Health. The two current offices are the Office of Education, and the Office of Psychological Science and Practice. The new Office of Innovations will be officially established with a new Vice Chair appointment in November 2022.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Serves as the Director of the Division of Addiction Science, Prevention and Treatment with oversight of the division’s research, clinical operations, and administrative activities.
  • Provide clear vision and leadership in all aspects of the academic mission. Ensuring alignment of the division’s research and clinical activities with departmental goals and mission areas.
  • Integration of the Division into the overall functions of the Department of Psychiatry
  • Development and implementation of policies and procedures that guide and support the division and department.
  • Leadership in strategic planning regarding division activities in all mission areas.
  •  Work collaboratively with the directors of services within the Division, as well as hospital partners.
  • Maintaining a sufficient number of qualified and competent staff to provide care.
  • Transmitting the criteria developed for clinical privileges by the department to the Medical Board.
  • Monitoring the professional performance of all individuals who have clinical privileges in the division.
  • Assuring mechanisms are in place to involve the members of the division in monitoring and evaluations activities including the identification of important aspects of care provided by the division, the identification of indicators to be used to monitor quality of care, and the evaluation of the care provided.
    • Periodic review of care to draw conclusions, formulate recommendations and initiate actions, and
    • Communicating to appropriate members of the division, department, and hospital findings, conclusions, recommendations, and actions taken
  • Monitoring the orientation and continuing education of all persons in the division.
  • Monitoring the teaching, education, and research programs in the division.
  • Creating opportunities for faculty development and ensuring a culture that is consistent with the Department’s Vision and Mission.

Supervision Received

The Addiction Science Division Director reports to the Robert Freedman Endowed Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, C. Neill Epperson, MD.

Salary and Benefits:

MD and/or DO

The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at

Associate Professor: $220,000 to $245,000.

Professor: $250,000 to $300,000.

PhD and/or PsyD

The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at

Associate Professor: $120,000 to $130,000.

Professor: $162,000 to $200,000.

This information represents the 25-50 percentile of the salary range which is reflective of a candidate with 1-7+ years of experience. The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty, and training.  The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.


  • Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.
  • Associate Professor:
    • 4-7 years of related experience at rank or equivalent experience
    • Minimum degree qualifications: PhD and/or PsyD, or MD and/or DO
  • Professor:
    • 4-7+ years of related experience at rank or equivalent experience.
    • Minimum degree qualifications: PhD and/or PsyD, or MD and/or DO
    • Applicable for all ranks:
      • MD, CO Physician License or Eligible for CO Physician License
      • Meeting Requirements for faculty appointment at Professor level

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2-3 years in an academic leadership position
  • Demonstrated success in procuring research or QI funding; ideally a track record of securing consistent NIH funding
  • Demonstrated success in managing growth of research and clinical programs within an academic institution, including programmatic development
  • Demonstrated success in leading interdisciplinary teams
  • Demonstrated successful mentorship
  • Demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion including culture change initiatives in this area
  • At least 5-years of addiction research and clinical experience
  • Experience with clinical trials in addiction research

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent negotiation and communication skills
  • Ability to identify, recruit and retain superior faculty members
  • Ability to collaborate and develop successful relationships with many stakeholders
  • Highest integrity, ethics, and professionalism
  • Commitment to community service
  • Outstanding writing and speaking skills
  • Strong organization and program management abilities
  • Ability to establish and maintain an environment that ensures mutual achievement

Special Instructions to Applicants: Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at Refer to requisition number: 27291.

Computer and Technology Skills Required:

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office

Special Instructions to Applicants

  • Application Deadline: Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at Refer to requisition number: 25924
  • Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References
  • Application Required Application Materials: To apply, please visit: and attach: 1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2. A current CV/resume 3. List of five professional references (we will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references) Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process. Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora


Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Sep 7, 2022

Unposting Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Brandon Fenner

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00801709