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Chief Strategy Officer - Administration - 20863-1A

University of California-Irvine

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Updated: Jul 14, 2021
Location: Orange
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Department: Administration


Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of University of California Irvine (UCI) Health, the Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) will lead efforts to drive strategy development and oversee the implementation of plans to position, grow and differentiate UCI Health as a premier academic and regional healthcare system. The CSO will provide visionary leadership and strategic direction that fosters innovation, diversity and engagement, and supports UC Irvine Health's mission, vision and values of Quality, Value, and Innovation. Through collaborating across the organization and partnering with clinical and operational leaders, this leader defines the collective strategies which include clinical program enhancements, payer and population health strategies and business development opportunities to establish strategic partnerships, innovative business models, and interdisciplinary program development with increasing focus on the strategic ambulatory growth plan for the enterprise. This highly visible role will work collaboratively across the enterprise and externally to grow UCI Health’s geographic footprint in the community and enhance the reach of UCI Health through effective brand positioning to facilitate the organization’s goal to enable patients and consumers to get world-class care much more easily, closer to home. The CSO will participate in UC statewide collaboratives including coordination and evaluation of strategic planning efforts, regional program development and pursuit of partnership opportunities.


In addition to the overall strategic growth plan of UCI Health, the CSO will also lead the strategic ambulatory growth plan for the enterprise, increasing UCI Health’s geographic footprint in the community and facilitating the organization’s goal to enable patients to get world-class care much more easily, closer to home.

The CSO will also partner with other UCI Health executives and School of Medicine leaders to identify and pursue affiliations, partnerships and other business relationships with healthcare providers and related entities which support the three organizational pillars: Quality, Value and Innovation.

Immediate priorities will be related to the opening of the new UCI Medical Complex by 2025, the planning of transitions of certain services from UCIMC-Orange to the new campus and the development of a comprehensive back-fill strategy for the Orange campus.

UCI Health currently has relationships with local hospitals and medical groups to provide access to specialty services, teaching and research, including a significant long-term partnership with Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). The CSO will actively participate in or lead ongoing oversight of the performance and expansion of such partnerships.



    Ten (10) or more years of increasingly responsible healthcare leadership experience, with a proven track record in strategic planning, business development and contracting, as well as clinical program development.Ability to understand patient, consumer, and community needs, as well as and understanding of scope and level of care and settings required by patients served.Sound financial acumen through solid financial management experience (i.e., budgetary responsibilities; interface with decision support functions; pro forma evaluations).Proven strength in critical thinking as demonstrated in strategy development, business planning and payor contracting.Comprehensive and thorough understanding of all elements of health care delivery, including strategy, business planning, operations and finances coupled with an ability to effectively respond to elements that drive competitive advantage under dynamic conditions, such as health care industry changes, competitor actions, legal/regulatory status and changes and technological trends. Operations Management experience and/or experience in an academic health system are preferred.Excellent presentation and communication skills, both in one-to-one and group settings. Exceptional analytical skills and a demonstrated expertise in health care financial operations. A solid understanding of national health care issues. Proven record of selecting and developing high performance teams. Proven track record of developing and implementing strategies that led to expansion, increased market significance and improved performance of a complex healthcare enterprise. Record of success in developing community physician partnerships, including familiarity with legal models for practice acquisitions and/or affiliations. Excellent customer service skills to understand and articulate diverse clients’ needs and objectives; set and manage expectations and deliver as promised on time and on budget. An Advanced Degree in Business, Health Care Administration; or an equivalent combination of education and experience


Founded in 1965, UC Irvine combines the strengths of a major research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern California location. Over five remarkable decades, UCI has become internationally recognized for efforts that are improving lives through research and discovery, fostering excellence in scholarship and teaching, and engaging and enriching the community.UC student center

With more than 33,000 students, 1,200 faculty members and 10,000 staff, UCI is among the fastest-growing campuses in the University of California system. Increasingly a first-choice campus for students, UCI ranks among the top U.S. universities in the number of undergraduate applications and continues to admit freshmen with highly competitive academic profiles. Orange County’s second-largest employer, UCI generates an annual economic impact on the county of $5 billion.

UCI is a center for quality education that honors classic instruction while incorporating the best new scholarship. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UCI among the nation’s best universities. Achievements in the sciences, social sciences, social ecology, arts, humanities, medicine and business also have garnered numerous national rankings for UCI’s schools, departments and programs. Three UCI researchers have won Nobel Prizes – most recently Irwin Rose, in chemistry, in 2004.

Interdisciplinary research, a UCI hallmark, is evident in the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, or Calit2, Newkirk Center for Science and Society, Center for the Study of Democracy, Institute of Transportation Studies, Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics, and innovative instructional programs in biomedical engineering, international studies, global cultures, arts and technology, and other collaborations.

The university is dedicated to excellence through diversity and to the goal of reflecting equity and inclusion in our faculty, staff and student populations. Faculty and staff diversity affinity groups foster cross-departmental social interaction, professional networking, cultural competencies, recruiting and mentoring.

Committed to the Community

UCI reaches beyond the classroom and laboratory to help solve societal issues and support human development. In the health sciences, UCI is noted for its research on cancer, the neurosciences and the genetic underpinnings of disease. UCI Medical Center, Orange County’s only university hospital and Level I trauma center, has been ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for 16 consecutive years.

UC Irvine parkA major intellectual and cultural center, UCI engages the community through public activities and events. Speakers on campus, for example, have included Nobel Peace Prize winners His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and Iranian human rights activist Shirin Ebadi, all of whom also received the UCI Citizen Peacebuilding Award for their efforts toward world peace.

The university is also addressing the needs of the community and growing world population in an environmentally sustainable way. From the development of new and reliable processes for electricity and alternative fuels to critical water and waste management solutions, UCI consistently tops the list in Sierra magazine’s “Coolest Schools” report, its annual sustainability ranking of U.S. colleges and universities.  

A hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, the university collaborates with the community on many strategic partnerships such as UCI Applied Innovation , a center which brings campus-based discoveries together with Orange County’s vibrant business sector to support job creation and economic growth. Development also continues on the 185-acre University Research Park adjacent to campus, where R&D companies enjoy collaborative opportunities in medical research, biotechnology, engineering, computer science and business.

UCI is benefiting the community and the world in countless ways through its scholarly, scientific, creative and economic contributions. On its way to becoming a flagship UC campus and one of the nation’s very best universities, UCI has embarked on a strategic plan that will ensure the campus continues to inspire excellence as it fulfills its research, teaching and public service missions in the decades ahead.

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