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As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#119258 Chief Human Resources Officer

Filing Deadline: Fri 12/2/2022

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 12/02/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS: UC San Diego Health has partnered with Grant Cooper/Diversified Search Group for this recruitment. Applicants should email a resume with "UC San Diego Health CHRO" in the subject line to: by 12/2/2022 for full consideration.


UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. The facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and numerous 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. UC San Diego Health is ranked the top health care system in San Diego by U.S. News & World Report, which also ranked UC San Diego Health as among the nation's best in 10 medical and surgical specialties, more than any hospital system in San Diego. The system has also achieved a hospital safety "A" rating from The Leapfrog Group.

For decades, UC San Diego Health Sciences, including the School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health have been advancing medicine through breakthrough discoveries - including pioneering firsts in surgery, imaging, cancer treatment and cardiovascular care. Health Sciences offers 20+ graduate degree programs including master’s and doctoral programs, employs 1700 faculty members and over 3000 postdocs, residents, fellows and students.

The Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) reports to the Chief Executive Officer, UC San Diego Health and the Vice Chancellor, Health Sciences, and is a member of the Health Executive Team. The CHRO is the main architect for UC San Diego Health's human resource strategy, and initiates and leads key human capital initiatives in support of UC San Diego Health’s operational and strategic priorities.

The CHRO is responsible for providing all human resources leadership and services for over 20,000 employees in both the Health system and Health Sciences (excluding academic faculty) including human capital strategy and planning, talent strategy development and implementation, full cycle talent acquisition, organizational development, development and execution of leadership development programs, compensation and classification, employee advocacy, workers compensation, disability accommodations and leaves, labor relations, and HR operations (includes HR transactions, HR generalist services and shared services operations). The Health organization is part of a broader campus ecosystem, requiring collaboration and coordination with campus partners.

The CHRO develops organizational policies and authorizes their implementation. In addition, the CHRO will be expected to provide advice, guidance and assistance to senior leadership; establish the direction, policies and procedures of the Human Resources department; represent Human Resources in organization-wide and/or system-wide meetings and discussions; plans, design and implements the programs of the Human Resources department; and manage through multiple senior managers. The CHRO is recognized as an influential leader with decision making capabilities that will have a serious impact on the overall success of functional, division, or organization operations.

Key Responsibilities
* Functions as a key member of UC San Diego’s Health’s leadership team, which has collective responsibility for supporting UC San Diego Health in achieving its vision, commitments, and goals
* Through direct reports, leads a team of approximately 115 team members
* Manages a $19 + million HR budget
* Directs improvements or changes that are consistent with Health Sciences, Health and university goals
* Directs the activities of HR through several subordinate leaders/managers, and has overall responsibility for functional programs, planning, budgeting, implementing and maintaining costs, methods, and employees
* Sets priorities for the achievement of objectives (operational and budget processes, staff FTE, finance, human resources and space planning)
* Develops programs, procedures, and practices for the HR department that affects a broad number of employees
* Directs other department HR managers; represents the HR department in organization meetings and at system-wide meetings on matters pertaining to personnel policies and practices
* Determines objectives for the organization in several HR functions, and develops long-term strategies for achieving those objectives
* Interactions regularly involve sensitive or controversial situations, negotiations, and/or influencing and persuading senior level leaders
* Regularly interacts with executives and/or major client groups
* Creates a work environment that is inclusive
* Makes final decisions on HR administrative and operational matters and ensures effective achievement of operation's objectives


  • Advanced degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum of 12 years of progressive human resources experience, including at least five or more years of senior management responsibility in a complex, multidisciplinary organization
  • Excellent leadership acumen and management skills that include collaboration, coaching and developing subordinates
  • Expert communication skills with a diversity of communication styles; demonstrates a high level of political acumen; communicates effectively verbally and in writing. Adept at public speaking and presenting information to various audiences.
  • Proven ability to lead complex, collaborative initiatives across multiple locations with stakeholders from a variety of functional areas
  • Proven ability to anticipate and respond to challenges and opportunities associated with the evolving work environment
  • A demonstrated record as a champion for initiatives and programs that promote equity, diversity and inclusion across the organization
  • In-depth knowledge of specific functions in HR management information systems
  • Demonstrated ability to make decisions regarding hiring, evaluating, and development of subordinate managers and team members
  • Ability to build and develop relationships with various constituents throughout the organization
  • Demonstrated ability to handle extremely sensitive, difficult or volatile situations and/or individuals effectively.


  • Experience working in a complex health system, academic health system or public health organization
  • Experience leading HR functions in a unionized environment
  • Direct experience with change management models and leading a large organization through change


  • Must pass a background check.
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical, drug screen and TB test.
  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs.

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

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

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, the only Burn Center in the county, and and dozens of outpatient clinics. We invite you to join our team!

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To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

UC San Diego Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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