Job Description

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$80,000 - $95,000 / ear
La Jolla
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday

#120678 VCHS Operational Strategist - Hybrid/Remote

Filing Deadline: Fri 2/3/2023

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

This position will work a hybrid schedule which includes a combination of working both onsite in La Jolla and remote.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 12/22/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 1/03/2023. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

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


UC San Diego Health Sciences is a multibillion-dollar organization that comprises 3 professional schools, 2 hospitals, 20+ graduate degree programs, and 90+ core facilities and research units all working toward fulfilling its tripartite mission. Led by the Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, it accounts for the majority of the University’s research and philanthropic portfolios, in addition to an expanding clinical footprint that spans the San Diego region. With more than 1,700 faculty and 15,000 staff, the Health Sciences is home to nationally recognized academic and clinical programs, and has been identified as one of the premier biomedical research institutions in the world. As a top-ranking, future oriented organization, UC San Diego Health Sciences offers challenging career opportunities in a fast-paced and innovative environment. The Vice Chancellor’s Office follows a progressive philosophy of career-path development for its employees.

This position is responsible for operational analyses, strategy development, and implementation management for strategic projects and programs on behalf of the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Health Sciences Administration (AVC-HSA). The incumbent will partner closely with the AVC-HSA and collaborate with leaders in the Research and Contract Administration unit, the Health Sciences Finance unit, Physical Resource Management and Planning unit, and Academic Administration unit in the planning and execution of strategic objectives, operational effectiveness improvements, and strategic staff and organization design, including required restructuring and modifications. The position will perform outreach and communication to various areas of Health Sciences, Health, and Campus to coordinate scopes of impact, explore opportunities for collaboration and alignment, and serve as a principal facilitator/advisor with key AVC-HSA stakeholders.

In collaboration with the AVC-HSA and Senior Leadership, partner with Campus, Health Sciences, and Health leadership to help design and support processes that deliver services that generate maximum benefit and value and minimize financial risk for the University. Plans and deploys employee self-service models for programs, efficiencies and cost savings.

Incumbent works with the AVC-HSA's Senior Leadership team and Professional School academic and administrative leadership and subject matter experts, both functional and technical, within the organization to ensure successful outcomes of organizational design projects. This position is part of the AVC-HSA’s leadership team and is responsible for collaborating with the Senior Leaders to direct large organizational projects from design through delivery, while communicating to key stakeholders, department and VC leadership, and internal and external customers. Position will coordinate across with clients, VCHS office, and AVC-HSA units, and serve as a liaison to various internal and external clients and constituents.

Independently uses skills as an experienced organizational development and effectiveness professional with a full understanding of organizational consulting practices within medium to large, complex departments, divisions, schools and colleges to resolve a wide variety of organizational consulting issues and situations. Is proficient in identification and resolution of moderate to complex organizational issues. Works on strategic organizational consulting issues that are diverse in scope, where analysis of situations requires evaluation of various factors. Normally receives little instruction on planning, researching, and resolving organizational effectiveness issues, with general instructions and guidance provided on new assignments and / or more unique situations including strategic planning. Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.


  • Seven (7) years of related experience, education/training, OR a bachelor’s degree in related area plus three (3) years of related experience/training.

  • Has thorough knowledge of the organizational development and effectiveness field, theories, models to assess, design and implement customized organizational interventions. Experienced in human resources and organizational development in a matrixed organization, preferable in an academic institution.

  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, project planning and implementation skills. Ability to analyze highly sensitive and complex management issues; develop project scope and solutions; provide professional advice to organization executives and other senior officials; make critical decisions and effective recommendations. Excellent analytical skills with proven ability to research and interpret data and present analyses both orally and in writing.

  • Skilled in facilitation, consulting and relationship building.

  • Possesses effective verbal and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate tactfully and work cooperatively and effectively with a variety of individuals.

  • Ability to coach, facilitate, and influence people. Proven analytical and conceptual skill applied to the resolution of complex problems including identifying key issues, evaluating options, deriving logical conclusions and initiating strategies for action. Strong track record of successfully delivering on customer expectations, and implementing continuous improvement strategies.

  • Demonstrated leadership, initiative, tact, and planning skills. Proven ability to quickly understand business issues and data challenges, and translate those issues and challenges into process improvement measures and technical solutions. Ability to think independently to design and develop solutions and procedures.

  • Experience interviewing subject matter experts as part of the process mapping and business requirements definition phases of process improvement and technology solution projects. Experience developing detailed functional specifications for business support tools. Experience creating high level and detailed process maps using Microsoft Visio or comparable tools.

  • Experience working with multiple stakeholders to develop and promote networking and problem solving opportunities. Must have effective analytical and investigative skills with the ability to identify variance or process breakdown and provide solutions to avoid future issues. Experience developing on-line communication and feedback processes

  • In-depth knowledge of trends in academia, especially in areas of academic planning, human resource management and administration

  • Proven knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply systemwide and organization policies and procedures which govern academic HR. Understanding of Health Sciences policy, practices and delegations across various offices. Understanding of HS compensation plan.


  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification.
  • Human Resources Certificate (or equivalent experience/training).


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

Pay Transparency Act Full Salary Range: $59,700 - $124,300 Annually

The University of California, San Diego is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience. The full salary range for this position is defined as the Full Pay Range. The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position defined as the Expected Pay Scale. Placement within the Expected Pay Scale is determined by internal equity, relevant qualifications, 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 Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

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