University of California Office of the President - UC Health Chief Transformation Officer

February 26, 2019


University of California Office of the President

Oakland, CA

The UC Health Division of the University of California Office of the President seeks to appoint a Chief Transformation Officer (CTO) who will lead an array of programs and initiatives that will maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of operations across the University’s health systems. Reporting to the Executive Vice President of UC Health, the CTO will establish and implement systemwide operational policies and procedures and oversee complex processes that advance a number of discrete initiatives relating to the overarching goal of achieving targeted areas of “systemness” among the organizations comprising UC Health.  Two key areas of focus are increasing revenue and achieving significant cost savings for UC Health systemwide through efficiencies and economies of scale.  The CTO will also develop a mechanism for assessing and reporting return on investment for UC Health systemwide initiatives. The scope of the CTO’S impact encompasses the University’s six health systems, which together generate more than $14B in revenue, employ 5,000 faculty physicians and 12,000 nurses, and educate nearly 14,500 students. UC’s health enterprise constitutes the nation’s largest health-sciences instructional program and one of the nation’s largest healthcare delivery systems.

The CTO holds a highly visible, strategic, interactive, and inclusive position that requires direct and continuous collaboration with the leadership of all components of the UC Health system. The CTO must possess a unique combination of skills and abilities to successfully manage a complex set of responsibilities for a large academic health system in a role that requires the ability to engage, influence, align, and inspire as much as or more than it rests on positional authority. Core skills and qualifications include the following:

  • - At least 10 years’ experience in healthcare operations, such as senior-level experience in a large healthcare system that includes responsibility driving business-process reinvention across multiple support functions and service lines;

    • - Demonstrated ability to drive large-scale transformational organizational change at the enterprise level;

  • - Program management experience and the ability to orchestrate complex processes that involve large numbers of discrete initiatives across multiple locations and stakeholders;

  • - Excellent communication and team-building skills; experience with communications at all organization levels from strategic leadership to support functions;

  • - Knowledge of the issues and challenges facing the clinical, education, and research components of the health sciences;

  • - Business acumen and good judgment necessary to support, expand and improve the operational performance of the enterprise;

  • - Knowledge of, and ability to effectively respond to, elements that drive competitive advantage under dynamic conditions, such as industry changes, competitor actions, legal/regulatory changes, and technological trends;

  • - Experience working with advisory and governance boards;

  • - Bachelor’s degree (required);Master’s degree in business administration or health administration, CPA, or other relevant experience preferred;

  • - Passion for and commitment to the mission of the University of California including its strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


UCOP has retained Opus Partners ( to support this recruitment. Craig Smith, Partner, and Neeta Mehta, Principal, are leading the search.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume to:

Confidential inquiries and nominations should go to the same address.

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