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UMass Chan Medical School New 600 positions in Worcester

Source Masslive:

At a presentation about Worcester’s growth Tuesday, University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School Chancellor Michael Collins made it clear that his school is part of that growth.

“If you look at the economic multiplier of the medical school, you know, it’s close to, it approximates $2 billion...we’re building a 350,000 square foot research building now right outside the door, and there are so many construction workers out there right now putting up the steel,” Collins said at the Emerging Worcester presentation hosted by Worcester Business Journal and State House News Service on Tuesday.

That growth has led to approximately 600 employment opportunities, according to a press release from the school, with the majority being newly created positions.

UMass Chan currently has 5,000 employees, according to Sarah Willey, a spokesperson for the school.

The school is hosting a career fair on March 30 at the Beechwood Hotel from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. to help fill the open positions.

“Pretty much every skill imaginable is needed,” Barbara Guertin, executive recruiter for UMass Chan’s Talent Acquisition and Employee Engagement team, said in a press statement, “We created this open house career fair so that candidates could meet UMass Chan’s faculty and staff, who are eager to share their passion for innovation and serving the mission of our institution with the community.”

Willey echoed Guertin’s statement Tuesday, saying the jobs are across different divisions of the medical school, including at Commonwealth Medicine, MassBiologics, and its animal medicine facilities, among others.

“The medical school is really thriving right now,” Willey said.

During the Emerging Worcester presentation, moderator Carrie Saldo asked the presenters what gave them pause when looking at the economic revitalization in Worcester.

One of Collins’ answers was workforce.

“In order for use to continue to populate the specific needs we have, it’s very important for us to be able to continue to recruit a workforce,” Collins said, “I’m concerned about what it’s going to cost to, to pay for that workforce because it’s going to cost more than it cost in the past.”

The economic growth in Worcester has led to an increased cost of living, meaning employers like the medical school have to increase wages if they want their employees to live in the city where they work.

At the job fair next week representatives from the school’s two business divisions and several departments will be there to answer potential applicants questions and even interview them right at the event.

Jobs listed on its advertisements for the event include clinical research assistants and coordinators; data and business system analyst; research lab techs and associates; admin assistants; and more.

“Through the UMass Chan People Strategy, UMass Chan Human Resources provides our employees—our people—with support and professional development while fostering and nurturing a diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment where all are empowered, valued and recognized for their contributions,” Deborah L. Harnois, JD, deputy executive vice chancellor of people strategy, said in the press statement.

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