Job Description

Payroll Title:
Quality & Patient Safety
Hiring Pay Scale
$100,000 - $160,000 / Year
Towne Centre Drive
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 Hour Shifts, Monday-Friday

#121579 RCA/Significant Event Specialist

Extended Review Date: Thu 3/23/2023

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

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 2/21/23 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor. Only applicable if considered a Patient Safety Professional 3.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 3/2/23. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Placement within the range is determined by internal equity, relevant qualifications, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

Depending on the experience and qualifications of the selected candidate, this position will be hired at the Patient Safety Professional 3 or 4 level.


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 RCA/Significant Event Specialist is a high profile and highly visible role that serves as a leader or experienced professional in sentinel events or significant adverse event reviews. This role also serves as a lead or a resource on patient safety operational activities, projects, and initiatives. Leads or participates in projects of large scope and/or significant complexity or risk. Has clinical licensure to provide expertise on events. The ideal candidate is aware of the complex nature of decision making in an academic healthcare organization and is able to apply sound and principled approaches to solving problems.

The RCA/Significant Event Specialist is responsible for effectively and professionally communicating and interacting with Senior leaders, physician leaders, and other leaders across the organization. May be required to present data and analyses to director level and above leaders.

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


  • Three(3) years of relevant clinical experience or licensed clinician in the State of California (e.g., Nursing, Pharmacy, Respiratory, Physical Therapist)

  • Bachelor's Degree in nursing (BSN) or other health disciplines.

  • Experience and demonstrated proficiency in data analysis, event investigation, facilitating group work, and working in a hospital environment with systems improvement.

  • Demonstrated experience in the investigation of adverse events or root cause analysis.

  • Familiar with navigation of Epic and the medical record.

  • Thorough knowledge of clinical improvement issues and patient safety methodologies, tools, regulatory requirements, and policies.

  • Strong project management skills and the ability to effectively manage time, organize competing priorities, address complex issues as they arise, and see projects through to completion on schedule.

  • Effective interpersonal skills for collaborating effectively with a broad range of clinical and technical staff, representatives of external regulatory agencies, and mentoring staff.

  • Excellent communication skills. Proven ability to effectively convey complex clinical, technical, and educational information both verbally and in writing and to produce high-quality reports, documentation, and presentations.

  • Strong knowledge of various clinical and business software packages and of the specialized applications and data management programs used in patient safety and quality improvement systems.


  • MSN or Master’s Degree in health-related field.
  • Experience with a just culture/patient safety culture.
  • Experience with quality improvement methodologies.
  • Exhibits advanced organizational and project management skills. Possesses the ability and expertise in developing and implementing complex projects, leading multi-disciplinary teams, prioritizing tasks, and seeing projects through from inception to completion on schedule.
  • Advanced skills in data analysis, project management, facilitating group work, andworking in a hospital environment with systems improvement.


  • 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.
  • Selected candidate may be hired at the Patient Safety Professional 3 or 4 level depending on experience.

UC San Diego Health was recently recognized as sixth among the top academic medical centers in the U.S. for excellence in delivering high-quality care. The ranking is based on the Vizient Quality and Accountability dashboard, which measures safety, mortality, clinical effectiveness, efficiency, and patient centeredness.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $71,000 - $160,000 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $34.00 - $76.63

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

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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