The Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC) was established by Steve Schroeder, MD, in January 2003 with a mission to work with clinical organizations, governmental agencies, and advocacy groups to encourage smokers to quit and to maximize the odds that those quit attempts will succeed. The SCLC was initially funded with a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and has garnered significant support from the American Legacy Foundation (now known as Truth Initiative). It currently has a five-year grant (2018-23) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as a National Center for Excellence in Tobacco-Free Recovery; a five-year (2018-2023) grant from the state of California to help substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities go smoke-free, and their clients quit tobacco use; and multiple other smaller grants. The Center has a current endowment of $4.7 million. The academic home for the SCLC is in DGIM of UCSF Health. The Director is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Medicine and reports to the Chief of DGIM. In addition to the Director, the Center currently has seven full-time staff, including a Deputy Director.
Applicants must have an MD (board-certified) and/or PhD, and should have demonstrated experience and ability in smoking cessation and in working with both public and private organizations. They should preferably be eligible for a full professor appointment in DOM, although an outstanding senior associate professor might be considered. The position comes with a Distinguished Professorship (equivalent to an endowed professorship). Successful candidates should have a background in policy, and experience working with both internal and external organizations, at the local, state, and national level, to enact policy change.