Senior Vice President, Executive Director, Rady Children’s Specialists of San Diego, A Medical Foundation/Dean, Children’s Clinical Services, UCSD/President, Children’s Specialists of San Diego
Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego
 San Diego, CA

This important and significant position encompasses three roles simultaneously for Children's Specialists of San Diego (“CSSD“), Rady Children's Hospital San Diego (“RCHSD“), Medical Practice Foundation and University of California, San Diego (“UCSD“) School of Medicine.

Interested applicants may contact Maitreya Rich at

President, Children's Specialists of San Diego

The Children's Specialists of San Diego (CSSD) President provides leadership and direction in all aspects of corporate performance, reporting to and working closely with the CSSD Executive Committee and Board of CSSD to ensure compliance with access, quality, safety, service, financial and efficiency standards. As CSSD is the contracting partner with RCHSD, the CSSD President is responsible for representing the physicians' financial interests in interactions with CSSD constituents. S/he is the accountable leader focused on performance excellence, physician staffing, physician compensation plans, productivity metrics, clinical resource management, quality assurance/quality improvement standards and operational and financial effectiveness. This leader champions and supports CSSD employee efforts to foster a culture where individuals are energized about their work and their connection to the mission, vision and values of the organizations. S/he ensures physician compliance with all regulatory agencies governing health care delivery with the assistance of the vice presidents and Compliance Officer. S/he also chairs the CSSD Executive Committee and Board meetings. The President represents CSSD in relationships with all third parties, to enhance opportunities for optimizing patient care, research, advocacy and teaching. When seeking to deploy UCSD faculty into the region, the President will coordinate with the AOC to ensure that all requirements of the Regents and the University of California are met. In addition, the CSSD President serves as the Chair of the Network Governance Committee on a rotating basis for two years every six years, alternating with representatives from Rady Children's Hospital and Children's Primary Care Medical Group. The President shares these responsibilities with two Vice Presidents: VP/Medical Director, Medicine and the VP/Medical Director, Surgery. Other direct reports include the VP/Finance and Operations, CSSD General Counsel, and CSSD Secretary. This leader will need to have the confidence of the great majority of the 250+ physician members from 30 different subspecialties within CSSD.

Senior Vice President, Executive Director, Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego, A Medical Foundation

The Senior Vice President, Executive Director reports to the RCHSD CEO and has responsibility for the management and oversight of the Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego Medical Practice Foundation. In this role, s/he has responsibility to align the vision of the three integrated institutions; RCHSD, UCSD and CSSD. As the SVP/Executive Director, this individual has direct oversight and responsibility for working with the BOGC and UCSD Department Chairs to identify annual physician recruitment needs across the Rady Children's network of locations. S/he will serve on the Rady Children's Hospital executive team and will be directly involved in development and implementation of strategic, operating and capital plans to enhance innovative delivery of care to the children in the San Diego region and beyond. The executive will ensure compliance with RCHSD standards regarding clinical care for physician staffing, quality of service, patient access to pediatric care, as well as quality of care. S/he will ensure that all physicians doing clinical care will undergo performance appraisals to identify areas for improvement; impose necessary corrective action, and ensure clinical programs are integrated with and support the clinical, community outreach, educational, and research goals of RCHSD. This individual chairs the MPF BOGC, and collaborates with the Dean of Academic Programs to provide leadership and strategic direction for the Affiliation and provide a report annually to the RCHSD Board. S/he will also report to the Affiliation Oversight Committee (AOC), which is charged with overseeing the relationship between RCHSD and UCSD. S/he is also responsible for modeling and championing the mission and values of CSSD, RCHSD, Medical Practice Foundation and UCSD, and ensuring that all entities are recognized, understood and supported. The Senior VP/Executive Director has two direct reports; the COO, Medical Practice Foundation and the CFO, Medical Practice Foundation (also reports to the RCHSD Chief Financial Officer).

Dean, Children's Clinical Services, UCSD

Reporting to the UCSD Vice Chancellor, Health Sciences, the Dean for Children's Clinical Programs has primary responsibility and authority for all children's clinical service programs provided under the RCHSD-UCSD Affiliation and for advancing the clinical delivery vision as it relates to the strategic plan. This individual will work closely with the Dean, Children's Academic Programs, UCSD Department Chairs, with the responsibility and authority for children's services in both the inpatient and outpatient arenas. S/he serves as a key liaison between the UCSD School of Medicine, UCSD Hospitals, RCHSD and CSSD. In coordination with the appropriate department chairs, s/he will ensure physician recruitment and staffing alignment with the clinical needs. This individual has responsibility for the oversight of the day-to-day operations of the Medical Practice Foundation (MPF), including the development and implementation of strategic, operating and capital plans and ensuring the operations of the MPF comply with the University's policies, procedures and mission. This position also sets standards and implements all necessary actions to meet such standards, regarding clinical care for physician staffing, quality of service, patient access to pediatric care, as well as quality of care.

In collaboration with the Departments, the Dean, Children's Clinical Programs will ensure that physicians and physician leaders are well represented, engaged, and ensuring clinical programs are well integrated with and positioned to successfully support the community providers, patients, and trainees we serve. In partnership with the pertinent UCSD department chairs, this position is intended to focus on achieving the overall goal of moving RCHSD into the 'top 10' of children's hospitals nationwide.

This position includes a requirement of a UC San Diego Faculty appointment within the School of Medicine, credentialing in the Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego Medical Practice Foundation, and subspecialty training or practice in the fields of a medical or surgical subspecialty. Full-time appointment will be at the Associate or Full Professor rank based on the candidate's experience and qualifications. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on the University of California pay scales.


10+ years of progressive administrative/leadership experience

(e.g., CEO/COO of a faculty practice group; department chair, vice chair of division chief in an academic department)

Experience in a large faculty practice group and/or research-intensive academic health system environment

Pediatric hospital experience preferred

10+ years of clinical practice in area of specialty

Academic Health system/School of Medicine and Medical Group leadership preferred

Experience overseeing a P&L of at least $100 million

Experience in a highly competitive health care marketplace

With significant managed care penetration

MD Degree

Licensed by the State of California or eligible for licensure in California; must be in good standing with the Medical Board of California (or current state of licensure). Master's degree in hospital or health care administration, business administration or a related field preferred

Specialty board certification, completion of training or practice experience in a medical or surgical pediatric subspecialty


Driving Results

A results-driven and accountable leader focused on performance excellence. The ideal candidate will ensure operational and financial effectiveness. S/he will have demonstrated success in these areas by:

  • Enabling higher performance by incrementally improving approaches based on calculated risks and benefits.
  • Benchmarking own performance against health care industry best practices.
  • Proactively seeking to improve processes and implementing best-in-class solutions, raising quality and productivity in a calculated and collaborative way.

People Leadership

In a complex, matrixed organization, the ideal candidate will be a credible and collaborative physician leader with strong interpersonal and communication skills, empathy and insight that inspires others to action. S/he will do this by:

  • Engaging and inspiring others around organizational priorities and modeling collaboration and team building to reach a common vision.
  • Demonstrating a visible, authentic and collaborative leadership approach in unifying and engaging leaders, physicians and physician leaders across the organization, and building bridges across departments and divisions to facilitate teamwork and communication.

Strategic Thinking

In a leading academic pediatric health care organization positioning itself for continued success in a competitive and evolving health care landscape, the ideal candidate will collaborate in the execution of strategic initiatives that align with the goal to set RCHSD on a course to be a top 10 children's hospital in the nation. The successful candidate will therefore have a track record of:

  • Explaining specifically how changes in competitors, clients, and market segments affect CSSD, RCHSD and UCSD.
  • Translating broad strategies into clear, specific objectives, and plans.
  • Creating plans that address specific segments or contrasts San Diego market with other locations or segments.


  • A collaborative, politically astute leader with excellent interpersonal, negotiation and stakeholder management skills
  • A style that emphasizes communication, collegiality, flexibility, and resiliency and engenders mutual trust
  • An analytical and independent thinker who is able to identify opportunities and offer potential solutions, and to use data to drive decision-making and problem-solving
  • Entrepreneurial, adaptable, and resilient executive who is comfortable working in a changing environment.
  • Well-organized, with the bandwidth to prioritize, manage, and progress multiple activities simultaneously; able to clarify the complex and ambiguous into clear operational practice
  • Willingness to confront difficult issues and able to facilitate negotiations between diverse opinions, managing conflict and tolerating ambiguity
  • Good judgement and unimpeachable integrity