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Chief Operating Officer

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-09-02
Req: R0027250

As a member of the Dean’s Cabinet, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) plays a key leadership role in strategic planning, policy development, issue management, and executive problem solving. The COO maintains the School’s sound financial condition by developing short-and long-term funding strategies that achieve the School’s goals and missions. This key executive develops, implements, and sustains an administrative infrastructure for the School that enables excellence and innovation in research, education, and clinical care.

The next COO of the School of Medicine will join the University at an exciting time of growth, opportunity, and a shared sense of vision. UVA Health welcomed EVP for Health Affairs, Dr. Craig Kent, in 2020 and the new Dean of the School of Medicine, Dr. Melina Kibbe, joins UVA in September 2021. In June 2021, One Future Together was launched as an effort to develop and define a shared vision for the future of UVA Health. There is great energy across the organization to embark on this enterprise-wide strategic planning effort that encompasses all four mission areas: community & health equity, education, patient care and research. The COO will be an integral partner in aligning SOM strategy with UVA Health and UVA strategy.

The COO is both an internal and external representative partnering with School leaders to facilitate successful implementation of School strategic initiatives and representing the School with the community, UVA, affiliated institutions, and hospital partners in matters of importance, which reflect the School’s priorities and strategic objectives. The COO works closely with the leadership of all clinical, basic science, and business partners to expand and optimize the mutual benefits of collaborative programs and initiatives.

University of Virginia School of Medicine

Since it was founded in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Medicine’s mission has been to provide excellence in patient care, education, and research. For over 200 years, the School of Medicine (SOM) has worked to provide outstanding care to patients, educate and train physicians and research scientists, generate biomedical discovery that betters the human condition, and partner with the community.

The SOM is the graduate medical school of the University of Virginia. The SOM’s facilities are on UVA’s grounds adjacent to Academical Village in Charlottesville. The SOM is the 10th oldest medical school in the United States and is consistently ranked among the top quartile of medical schools by U.S. News and World Report. The annual revenue of the SOM exceeds $500 million.

The School of Medicine (SOM) has a NCI-designated Cancer Center, a Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), and a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program. With six cutting-edge research centers and eight basic science departments, and 21 clinical departments, the School of Medicine strives to generate innovative and effective medical advances that will have a lasting impact on patient care.

The SOM includes approximately 1,200 faculty and approximately 1,000 students. For the 2020-2021 academic year, UVA School of Medicine had 621 medical students, 252 Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program students, 75 Master of Public Health students, and 11 Master of Clinical Research students. A variety of degree programs are offered, including MD, MD/JD, MD/MBA, MD/MS (clinical research), MD/MS (data sciences), MPH, PhD, and MD/PhD through a NIH-funded Medical Scientist Training Program.

Planning for the UVA School of Medicine Inova Campus (“Regional Campus”) in Fairfax began in 2016 when then-Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Richard Shannon, MD, and then-Inova CEO, Knox Singleton, entered into discussions to formalize an academic affiliation between the two entities. The Regional Campus, which was approved by all of the necessary accrediting agencies in 2018, provides the option for 36 medical students to complete the last two phases of their medical education (clerkships and post-clerkship requirements and electives) at the Inova Regional Campus. The first cohort of 36 third-year students began their clerkships in February 2021 and will be scheduled to graduate in May of 2023. The next cohort of clerkship students will begin in January of 2022 when we will have the full complement of 72 students assigned to the Regional Campus.

For FY2020, the School had total extramural funding of $236 million ($147 million NIH) and was ranked 43 for NIH funding, per the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. The SOM has 11 NIH-sponsored T-32 training grants in biophysics, biotechnology, cancer, cardiovascular, cell and molecular biology, data sciences, global biothreats, immunology, infectious diseases, pharmacology, and Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP).

The School of Medicine’s business intelligence (BI) program supports the achievement of strategic objectives and informed decision-making. The BI infrastructure delivers administrative data to the end users more dynamically, thereby reducing bottlenecks, making data actionable, and enabling the use of trusted information to understand and analyze organizational performance against set goals, make better and faster decisions, gain new insights, and optimize business processes.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Mission

Through a series of institutional and departmental steps, the School of Medicine has made a focused effort to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion among both students and faculty. The SOM’s progress in increasing diversity has been noticed. It has received the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine for nine consecutive years. included the UVA Health System in its list of 60 Top Hospitals for Diversity two years in a row (2018-19 and 2019-20). The Medical Center was named a Health Equality Leader in 2019 by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for equitable treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer patients and team members. UVA’s Health Equality Index (a nationally recognized benchmarking tool to gauge progress in serving the unique needs and expectations of LGBTQ patients) climbed from 60/100 in 2017 to 100/100 in 2019.

Position Summary

The SOM has increased the percentage of traditional underrepresented minorities (URM) in their undergraduate medical class from 5.7% in 2003 to 24% today, making it one of the nation’s most diverse medical schools. Under a broader definition of diversity, which includes LGBTQ+ students and Virginians from rural/disadvantaged backgrounds, over 40 percent of each matriculating class qualifies as diverse. The incoming BIMS class has 29% URM, an increase from 18.8% in 2015. Residents and fellows also have strong URM representation with 15.3% and 14.6%, respectively, up from 7.2% and 8.7% in 2015. The number of female full professors increased from 45 in 2015 to 97 in 2021, exceeding the national average for the percentage of women professors.

The SOM recently developed highly successful programs to increase diversity, equity and inclusion including the nationally recognized “Stepping In 4 Respect” workshop which focuses on positive, evidence-based approaches for responding to disrespectful, discriminatory behavior in the health care environment. Individualized diversity, equity, and inclusion programs have been created in every basic science and clinical department to meet the needs of each team.

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Key Responsibilities

Strategic Planning
  • Implement strategic initiatives of the Dean. Lead strategic decision-making regarding use of the School’s resources (facilities, funds, and people).
  • Ensure resources are being used to best and highest use to achieve School’s mission and goals.
  • Preserve and enhance School’s financial assets, including controls and management reporting.
  • Oversight of consolidated budget, capital plan, annual capital budget, fund application, expenditures, and compliance.
  • Management and allocation of School reserves and use of the School’s endowment.
  • Development and analysis of models for new algorithms for operating budget and funds flow.
  • Work with UVA development staff to ensure alignment of fundraising activities with the School’s financial goals and strategic initiatives.
Collaboration with School’s Partners
  • Create alignment with the School’s partners: Health System, practice plan, University, and other health science schools.
  • Partner with internal and external entities to ensure alignment with key stakeholders for the School to successfully accomplish its mission.
  • Collaborate with all key constituencies on strategic plans and associated resource requirements.
  • Collaborate with partners regarding funds flow allocations with the School, sharing of resources and provision of services.
Organizational Excellence
  • Responsible for developing, implementing, and sustaining administrative structures, systems and processes across the School that enable the School to achieve excellence in research, education, and clinical care.
  • Responsible for linking all the institutional changes to the School’s priorities.
  • Work with department leaders to develop a work environment that promotes and supports continuous change and improvement throughout the School.
Space Planning and Utilization
  • Provide space planning and management.
  • Development of capital plans and annual capital budgets and oversight of School-supported construction and renovation.
  • Maintain utilization of high-quality contracting and project management control processes that support completion of capital projects on time and within budget.
Decision Support
  • Develop and maintain systems that enable data driven decisions and aid in problem solving.
  • Develop systems that enable analytical capabilities to be used in planning and programing.
Human Resources
  • In conjunction with the Dean, responsibility for faculty compensation and related issues.
  • Development of internal programs and policies and setting standards for carrying out University personnel philosophy.
  • In conjunction with the Dean, negotiation of compensation and perquisite packages for all department chairs and direct reports to the Dean.
  • Implementation of talent recruitment, retention, and development programs for staff.
  • Oversight of compliance with all applicable labor laws and AAMC guidelines.
  • Ensure School’s compliance with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations including health regulations and research regulations, including oversight of conflict of interest.
  • Ensure that all School activities are conducted such that the health and safety of employees, students, visitors, the public, and environment are protected.
Information Technology
  • Ensure information technology systems in School support organizational excellence, decision analysis and strategic initiatives of the School.
  • Develop and implement internal and external communication systems and vehicles for the School.

Candidate Profile

We seek a dynamic candidate with a demonstrated record of creative, inspiring, and accomplished leadership in complex environments; someone with exceptional integrity who possesses the highest level of commitment to advancing organizational priorities and whose previous experience is consistent with the University’s commitment to be both great and good. Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree in related field preferred.

While no single individual will possess all the desired qualifications, the successful candidate will have many of the professional experiences needed to address the key priorities above, along with the following attributes.

Interpersonal Characteristics
  • Visionary leader with ability to think strategically, combined with understanding of day-day operations and capacity to execute
  • Highest level of integrity
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities; self-directed and motivated
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a high level of emotional intelligence
  • Excellent verbal and written communication; ability to deliver a clear and compelling message
  • Thoughtful, transparent, and exceptionally collaborative
  • Personal humility and sense of humor
  • Supportive of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment

Experience and Education
  • At least 5 years of administrative and supervisory experience
  • A Bachelor's degree and a graduate degree in business, accounting, or related discipline

To Apply or Nominate

UVA Executive Search Group, an internal search firm in the Office of the President, is assisting in the recruitment of the next Chief Operating Officer of the School of Medicine.

Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to Catherine Lindqvist and AJ Davidson at

To apply, submit a CV and letter of interest. The search will be carried out with full confidentiality.

Additional information can be found at:

COVID Vaccination Requirement

The University of Virginia expects all current and new employees (UVA Health System and Academic), to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

If hired to work within the University Health System, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to receive the vaccination. Employees may request a medical or religious exemption from vaccination.

If hired to work on the Academic side of the University, excluding the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, UPG, and the Health Systems Library, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to submit to mandatory, weekly prevalence testing. Employees that are working 100% remotely will not be subject to weekly prevalence testing; however, if the employee works on UVA Grounds (including the Medical Center) even intermittently, then they are required to be tested for COVID-19 once per week on an indefinite basis and follow masking mandates.

NOTE: Some medical and safety-sensitive positions require vaccination and are not eligible for an exemption. For more information on how the vaccination and testing requirements will apply to you at your work location, see the UVA New Hire Vaccination Requirements webpage.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


In 1819, the University of Virginia established a new model for intellectual exchange and cross-disciplinary collaboration in higher education. Two hundred years later, as a major research institution, we continue to challenge conventions, lead with ingenuity and advance knowledge for the common good.

What began as an innovative idea has become one of the nation’s leading public research universities, with over 21,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UVA also has over 3,000 full-time faculty offering more than 400 degrees.

Each of the University’s eleven schools has its own distinctive mission, working together to garner consistently high rankings—including #2 Best Value Public College (Princeton Review, 2016), #3 Public University in the Nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2016), and #3 Best Value Among Public Colleges (Kiplinger’s, 2016).  

As we invest in and strengthen our research capabilities, UVA seeks new faculty ready to uncover new insights, rewrite old rules and collaborate on intellectual discoveries.


As an R1 institution, the University’s research centers, consortia and laboratories are on the leading edge of discovery and technology, offering collaborative spaces for students and faculty to solve global problems.

Our professors are recognized members of major national scholarly and professional organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Our faculty’s engagement in interdisciplinary research is being facilitated by new research institutes specializing in everything from big data to brain functioning, and by cluster hires across schools.


UVA is also home to a nationally renowned academic medical center and the UVA Health System, which serves a three-part mission to treat patients, conduct translational research and train medical practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines.

Established as the nation’s 10th medical school in 1825, the institution has since grown to include a 612-bed hospital and a Level I trauma center, nationally recognized cancer and heart centers, a Children’s Hospital, and primary and specialty clinics throughout Central Virginia.

The UVA Medical Center is consistently ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report magazine and has been named among the top 25 percent in seven specialties.


The vast majority of UVA students come from the top 10% of their high school class, as well as from all 50 states, over 142 countries and a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Despite their diversity, all UVA students share a love of learning and a drive to achieve.

One of the reasons students choose Virginia is our unique residential culture. At UVA, the community of students, faculty and staff personifies the Jeffersonian idea that living and learning are connected. The Academical Village was constructed to support a unique residential experience, with faculty living in the Pavilions, students occupying Lawn rooms and the world-famous Rotunda at its heart. The University’s residential culture continues to support this experience today—strengthened by students, faculty and staff rich in backgrounds, ideas and perspectives. Our unique culture is also paying dividends in innovation:  UVA’s faculty have generated more than 130 patents since 2010.

Perhaps most importantly, faculty come to UVA knowing that instruction is as important as research, and they pride themselves on their many teaching awards.  Our best professors look for ways to encourage, mentor and develop tomorrow’s leaders inside and outside the classroom.


Living in Charlottesville you’ll find sophisticated restaurants, world-renowned wineries and breweries, cosmopolitan arts and music, friendly urban and suburban neighborhoods and a Piedmont landscape that has lured adventurous souls for centuries.  No wonder the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research named Charlottesville the “happiest city in America” in 2014.

In addition to UVA and its health system, several major employers have facilities in Charlottesville, including State Farm, Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Department of Defense, GE and others.  Charlottesville is also becoming a center for innovative start-up businesses.  The University also actively helps spouses and partners of faculty members build their networks and pursue employment opportunities with a wide variety of area employers. 

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and may be entitled to reasonable accommodations to assist in their pursuit of employment at the University. This includes assistance in completing the online job application as well as reasonable accommodations during the interview process. Please contact the UHR Service Center: 434.982.0123 to request assistance.

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