Executive Vice President, University of California Health

Req Number: MRCEVA
Location: Oakland
Posted: 5/3/2023
Category: Life Sciences/Healthcare : Hospital/Health Systems
Job Type: Permanent

University of California – Office of the President
Executive Vice President, University of California Health

University of California Health (UC Health) represents and promotes collaboration amongst the University’s clinical and health professional education arms, consisting of the University of California’s six academic health systems and twenty health professional schools at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, and UC San Francisco.

Reporting to the President of the University of California, the Executive Vice President (EVP) maintains collaborative relationships with the Chancellors, Vice-Chancellors of Health, health professions Deans, Academic Medical Center CEOs, and the Academic Senate.

Under the EVP, the UC Health Division in the UC Office of the President focuses on four priorities: positioning UC as a partner to the State to realize health improvement goals, facilitating collaborative investments that increase fiscal resilience of each of the health campuses, advancing distinction and excellence through collective action, and increasing access to health services in regions that have been underserved. The EVP achieves these objectives by providing policy leadership, fostering systemwide collaboration, and catalyzing innovation across the health campuses. 

This is a highly visible, interactive, and inclusive position that requires direct and continuous interaction with leadership of all components of the University of California. 
EVP Position Responsibilities
  • Represent UC Health and serve as spokesperson for the health campuses to the UC Regents and external stakeholders
  • Lead an effective coalition across the UC’s health campuses for solutions and initiatives which position UC as a partner to the State on public health and health care priorities.
  • Facilitate collaboration amongst the campuses, advance distinctive programs, and increase access to the underserved.
  • Oversee and maintain an effective organization, directing the selection, employment, compensation, and evaluation of employees in areas of direct responsibilities which currently include the following major programs:
    • Leveraging Scale for Value: the shared services supply chain organization which encompasses pharmacy, laboratory services, capital initiatives, and information technology procurement
    • CDI2 Center for Data-driven Insights and Innovation: the centralized clinical data warehouse and analysis services which supports operational and research initiatives ranging from cost-reduction to patient-care optimization
    • Clinical Strategy & Operations: the development center for innovative cross-UC initiatives including the UC Health Cancer Consortium, Population Health Consortium, and clinical programs
    • Academic Health Sciences: coordination and advancement of the PRIME and GME programs, DEI in health sciences, and the Global Health Institute
    • Health Policy: the locus for developing and executing policy positions relating to Medi-Cal, and other State and Federal policy issues
    • Finance and Administration: oversight and implementation of commercial payer contracting on behalf of the medical centers collectively, coordination between UC Health and UC-wide climate and sustainability policy and implementation, and other strategic initiatives

Strategy and Execution
  • Provide government relations leadership, contracting expertise and facilitation, and select shared services implementation for the collective health enterprise
  • Represent UC in State and Federal health care forums
  • Cultivate coordination amongst the campuses to improve health sciences education, research, patient care, and community collaboration
  • Ensure the facilitation and execution of a UC Health strategy to stabilize and sustain the clinical enterprises at UC Riverside and UC Merced
  • Develop and ensure the implementation of the UC Health Strategic Plan
  • Catalyze transformational change, linking stakeholders and finding common needs and goals to create alignment and achieve superior results
  • Represent the health campuses in UCOP Labor Relations strategies and initiatives
  • Coordinate a UC Health obligated group and develop strategies for optimal capital/debt allocation among campuses

Patient Care
  • Lead collaborative efforts amongst health campuses, counties, the State, and key constituents to increase health services access in regions that have been underserved
  • Maintain a systemwide focus on clinically proven, effective care with an emphasis on strategies to enhance disease management, care coordination and population health improvement
  • Support initiatives leveraging the UC Health clinical data warehouse that effectuate reductions in harm, mortality, variations in care and readmissions
  • Coordinate and direct future public health emergency responses and health security initiatives

  • Establish and promote methods to enhance clinical research coordination across the UC campuses
  • Develop programs on behalf of the campuses to leverage collective patient services and health services research data

  • Develop and coordinate proposals and programs to address the State’s workforce challenges
  • Support planning and development across UC’s 20 health science schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, public health, and veterinary medicine

  • Provide leadership on issues of State and Federal policy
  • Serve as the primary UC advocate for health care financing from Medi-Cal and Medicare
  • Leverage the innovative data analytics of 16 million+ unique patient records within the system to advance California health care policy

Relevant Experience
  • A proven leader in an academic medicine environment with relevant health care financing, policy, and advocacy expertise
  • A visionary and strategic thinker with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and administrative leadership.
  • A senior leader with first-hand experience in, knowledge of, and appreciation for the research, education, clinical, and community missions of a preeminent academic health system.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with the complexities of health care financing including Medicaid and Medicare
  • Proven experience with complex contracting negotiations and commercial payer relationships
  • Experience building coalitions and establishing effective working relationships with legislatures, State health officials, associations, and other external stakeholders.

Please note that this application requires the submission of each of the following 4 items to be complete. Only complete applications will be considered.

  1. University of California applicant Self-Identification Survey
  2. Cover letter
  3. Resume
  4. Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement (prompt provided below)

We recognize that excellence is inextricably linked to the diversity of our faculty, staff, and student body. The University of California defines diversity very broadly and takes seriously Regents Policy 4400 which states:

“The diversity of the people of California has been the source of innovative ideas and creative accomplishments throughout the state’s history into the present. Diversity – a defining feature of California’s past, present, and future – refers to the variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and geographic region, and more.”

In a “Statement of Contributions to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion,” please describe your understanding of the barriers that exist for historically excluded populations who are currently underrepresented in faculty, student, and staff groups in higher education and health care. Include past, present, and/or potential future contributions to promoting an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment, which is a key requirement of the role of every leader at the University of California. 

There are numerous ways to demonstrate contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). A commitment to this part of the University of California mission can be reflected through leadership, research, teaching, health care, supervision, mentoring, community engagement, service, and any of the other varied activities that are a part of one’s career, or personal and other professional experiences. Please be specific about the context; your role, scope, or level of effort; and the impact. In describing your future plans, please discuss activities you plan to pursue and how they fit into your vision for the position of Executive Vice President – University of California Health at the Office of the President and for the University of California. 

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