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#111669 Clinical Quality Improvement Specialist

Initial Review Date: Fri 11/19/2021

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 09/20/2021 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 09/29/2021. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Quality & Patient Safety Department is proud to support the clinicians at the bedside who make a difference in patient care every day. This department shares the great work being done throughout the health system to measure quality outcomes, improve processes of care and ensure patient safety. The team is here to provide data and facilitate change to accomplish clinical excellence and outstanding external ratings.

The Clinical Quality Improvement Specialist (CQIS) role is an important, high-profile position in the organization involved in the establishment and supervision of processes to achieve the optimal degree of excellence in the services rendered to every patient. This person will manage clinical improvement initiatives from data collection, analysis and reporting to improvement plan development and monitoring implementation. The success of this role is dependent upon excellent interpersonal, communication, process improvement and data use skills. In addition to PI initiatives, this role supports medical staff committees, organization-wide Quality & Patient Safety education and regulatory compliance.

Applies skills and experience as a seasoned quality data and/or improvement (QI) specialist to projects of medium size at all levels of complexity, or to portions of large projects. The CQIS independently performs the full range of responsibilities within the function; possesses broad job knowledge; analyzes problems/issues of diverse scope and determines solutions.

While not required, a cover letter is highly recommended when applying to this position.


  • Bachelor's Degree in nursing (BSN) or other healthcare profession; or a combination of comparable clinical education and/or experience.

  • A minimum of three (3+) or more years of relevant clinical experience, ICU or ED experience highly preferred.

  • Experience and proven success in project management, QI standards, clinical chart review and abstraction, and regulatory requirements.

  • Proficiency in the use of computer programs including MS office: Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint.


  • MSN or Master’s Degree in health related field.
  • Core measure sepsis experience or sepsis data analysis experience.
  • Experience with quality improvement methodologies.
  • Lean/Six Sigma training and/or experience.
  • Experience with Epic.
  • Experience managing Medical Staff Committees.
  • Experience with medical record review and data abstraction for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) and The Joint Commission (TJC) ORYX Core Measures (e.g. HBIPS, PCM, ED, SEP-1, OP-29, OP-33, OP-36).
  • Expertise in the development and implementation of complex projects including multi-disciplinary teams to facilitate change throughout the health system.
  • Experience with mortality chart review including the creation and presentation of case summaries that identify system issues through to the development and implementation of action plans.


  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!

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