Medical Institute for Sexual Health
The Medical Institute for Sexual Health (MI) is the preeminent source of medically accurate information equipping influencers to empower youth—and others—to achieve optimal sexual health so they can enjoy lives with more promise of freedom and success. It was founded in 1992 by Joe S. McIlhaney, Jr., M.D.—a prominent obstetrician/gynecologist and infertility specialist—out of his frustration that no national medical organizations were warning young people (especially) that their sexual involvement could cause them great pain and life limitations later on.
What began as a presentation at a local high school has evolved into what has become a leading voice providing medically accurate, research-based sexual health information to diverse audiences, ranging from healthcare professionals and educators to policymakers, parents and youth through conferences, trainings, brochures, videos and books. Their materials are science-based, medically accurate, and age-appropriate.
MI has partnered with many prominent individuals and institutions over the years—including former President George W. Bush, former Surgeon General David Satcher, former HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson, Dr. Julie Gerberding, former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family & FamilyTalk—to promote and expand its message and influence. They continue to maintain complete and accurate sexual health information and producing materials to disseminate that information.
The organization is currently led by Dr. McIlhaney, and has recently relocated its headquarters from Austin, TX to the North Dallas area. They are in the process of rebuilding their staff team there. Over the years, the organization’s budget has ranged from $250,000 to $2 million annually, depending on projects and initiatives, with funding being provided by individuals and foundations as well as federal and state grants. This position is required to be located in the DFW area.
The Science Director serves as a key member of the leadership team. Their knowledge, influence, and work in gathering, interpreting and disseminating the best available data on sexual health is critical to the organization’s effectiveness and success, helping them accomplish their mission. S/he serves as a team leader, researcher, teacher and subject matter expert. Reporting to—and working closely with—the Founder & CEO, the Science Director is one of the public faces of the organization and is integral to maintaining and growing the credibility and reach of MI.
The ideal candidate must have a huge vision about the power of legitimate science; how it can be used and what science is needed. They must be creative regarding new ways to get this information disseminated broadly. S/he needs the personality to meet with constituents and represent the power of good science to further their work, and to draw out from them what additional science and information they need. S/he may currently be serving in a role similar to the Director of a State or University Health Department, the Director of the Communicable Disease Division of a State Health Department, an academic at a University STI clinic, or an Epidemiologist at the CDC or similar regional or national health organization.
- Ten (10) years of experience in STI, communicable diseases or public health.
- A Master’s or PhD in Public Health, Health Education, Health Promotion or Epidemiology, or an MD with an MBA.
- Experience with grants, grant writing and grant management.
- Familiarity with publications such as medical, psychological, sociological and health education peer review journals and with organizations like the Center for Disease Control, National Institute of Health, Pew Research and the National Center for Sexual Exploitation.
- A willingness and ability to travel within the United States and Canada.
- Proficient in online research engines such as Pub Med and Google Scholar.
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To learn more about the work of the Medical Institute, please visit their website at www.medinstitute.org.