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#115218 Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences

Filing Deadline: Mon 5/23/2022

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

For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications (including Contributions to Diversity statements) by May 23, 2022 to:

All candidates must formally apply via the University of California San Diego’s application portal.


The University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) is launching a search for its next Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences (VCHS). This is a tremendous opportunity for an accomplished, pioneering academic healthcare leader to open the door to a new chapter of success in the storied history of an extraordinarily dynamic and successful campus of the University of California System. The Chancellor, Dr. Pradeep K. Khosla, has articulated a dynamic vision for the campus at the university-wide level -- one that elevates UC San Diego’s work across all mission areas to new levels of prominence; makes the campus an international destination for faculty, students, and staff; and enables the campus community to boldly identify and implement unprecedented solutions to pressing global challenges.

During Khosla’s 10-year tenure, the Chancellor has transformed this campus physically, intellectually and culturally. This intellectual and cultural transformation has resulted in eliminating traditional academic silos and establishing several campus-wide multi-disciplinary initiatives and institute articulating the vision of a single, unified campus with multiple pillars of excellence. The campus has experienced tremendous physical changes, including two new undergraduate colleges, new buildings for research in engineering, sciences, humanities and medicine, and state-of-the-art healthcare facilities, including a new hospital. Currently, UC San Diego has launched a multi-billion effort to redevelop its Hillcrest medical campus as part of its continued commitment to providing outstanding healthcare delivery to the San Diego community. Matching the tremendous ambition and achievement of the UC San Diego campus -- while fulfilling the progressive mission of the University of California as a whole -- the VCHS, working with and as a direct report of the Chancellor and member of his Cabinet, will support the vision and develop novel strategies for the Health Sciences that include establishing institution-wide priorities, cross-campus partnerships, and community outreach programs in alignment with the UC San Diego Strategic Plan. This vision and strategy will forge targeted, bold new initiatives in research, education, training and service, ultimately creating accessibility to extraordinary patient care and significant health benefits for the citizens of the San Diego region and nation. This is an opportune time for the next VCHS to join UC San Diego as it is on a trajectory of growth and impact that is unparalleled when compared to the best across the nation and around the world.

Since its relatively recent founding in 1960, UC San Diego has become one of the preeminent institutions in the United States for higher education and research - a rapid ascent that is a testament to the excellence and entrepreneurial nature of UC San Diego’s faculty, staff, and students. The campus comprises seven undergraduate colleges, six academic divisions, and seven graduate and professional schools, which together enrolled over 42,000 students in the fall of 2021. UC San Diego is also an academic and research powerhouse, generating $1.54 billion in sponsored research funding in FY2021. With over 34,000 full and part-time academic and staff employees, UC San Diego is one of the largest employers in San Diego County, bringing with it a significant economic footprint on the region. In addition, the close access and affiliations UC San Diego has with world class research and industry collaborators adjacent to the UC San Diego campus sets this opportunity apart from others. Leveraging the entire UC San Diego community is what makes this opportunity extraordinary and is key to the success of the health science enterprise going forward.

As one of three academic vice chancellor units on campus, Health Sciences comprises the School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, UC San Diego Health, and 90+ research centers and institutes. Patient care locations include the UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest; the Jacobs Medical Center, Moores Cancer Center, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center and Shiley Eye Institute in La Jolla; and many other centers, clinics, and affiliates throughout Southern California. Health Sciences accounts for the majority of the University’s research and philanthropic portfolios, in addition to its outstanding clinical enterprise, which ranks #1 in San Diego according to U.S. News & World Report. Health Sciences has more than 1,700 physicians and scientists who serve as faculty members for more than 900 residents and fellows, 600 medicine and pharmacy students, and 1,400 graduate students. Its academic programs rank among the best in the country for primary care and research.

The incoming VCHS must have a broad and diverse leadership skillset to manage this highly complex and matrixed organization, ensuring UC San Diego Health Sciences’ realization of its commitment to advancing the tripartite mission of research, education, and clinical care. The VCHS should be a highly accomplished physician scientist with exceptional communications, relationship-building, and management skills. The successful incumbent must have a strong track record of actionable impact in equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts, and bring a proven commitment to the UC San Diego Health Sciences’ mission: to deliver outstanding patient care through commitment to the community, groundbreaking research, and inspired teaching.

The VCHS will focus on the key opportunities and challenges listed below:

  • Develop and drive an overarching strategic vision for Health Sciences that integrates the education, research, and clinical missions and aligns with the ambitions of UC San Diego as a whole;
  • Lead, engage, and support a dynamic senior leadership team;
  • Ensure a significant resource base and sustainable funding model in support of UC San Diego Health Sciences’ ambitious plans to promote the scientific preeminence of UC San Diego;
  • Leverage opportunities for collaboration and partnership across UC San Diego;
  • Recruit, engage, and support a vibrant community of renowned scholars and practitioners;
  • Drive education innovation and support learner success;
  • Support strategic growth initiatives that establish San Diego as a regional, national, and global destination for outstanding patient care and quality;
  • Nurture an equitable, diverse, and inclusive community that reflects the diversity of San Diego and California;
  • Serve as a compelling and effective external ambassador for UC San Diego Health Sciences to the San Diego community and its philanthropic supporters.


The successful candidate will possess all or most of the following:

  • Visionary and strategic thinker and leader with knowledge and experience in integrated academic medical centers or comparable complex systems; ability to support and advance all missions of an academic medical center - education, research, clinical care, and community outreach.

  • Deep appreciation for and understanding of the challenges and opportunities in healthcare delivery, including health policy, appropriate service models and funding in the context of academic healthcare.

  • Ability to build consensus, including an understanding of issues and opportunities facing medical/pharmacy schools and their affiliated hospitals, with the interpersonal and communications skills required to form productive partnerships.

  • Ability to build effective partnerships across professional disciplines, within and throughout academic units, the university, and the broader community; an inclusive management style with demonstrated ability to build strong teams.

  • Demonstrated ability to utilize political processes effectively to promote institutional missions and goals.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with faculty in an environment of shared governance, demonstrating transparent and respectful bidirectional communication.

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in promoting diversity and inclusion among faculty, students, and staff as well as health equity for clinical populations served.

  • Keen interest in fundraising and proven ability to succeed in development and fundraising activities.

  • Leadership and success in securing internal and external support for instruction, research, service, and outreach, including significant development and fundraising experience.

  • Ability to grow the research enterprise and a personal history of NIH or comparable research support; a significant understanding of the research process.

  • Experience with health-related research and education; the capability to integrate effectively the academic and research missions with the clinical enterprise.

  • A distinguished record of academic teaching and research appropriate for appointment at the academic rank of full professor with tenure.

  • M.D. or MD-Ph.D., or relevant terminal degree in the health sciences.

  • If appropriate, certification required to practice in the state of California and eligible for a professional licensure in California.

  • National, and preferably, international stature in academic health sciences, is preferred but not required.

For more information about UC San Diego's Office of Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, please visit

Vice Chancellor administrative positions at UC San Diego Health Sciences are considered at-will. This position will have annual performance reviews with a formal committee review every fifth year.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales.

Candidates must submit a CV, letter of interest, and a separate statement describing past experience in activities that promote diversity and inclusion and/or plans to make future contributions. For further information about contributions to diversity statements, see

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

The University of California 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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