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Chief Admin Officer, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

San Diego, CA, USA | University of California

  • Industry:
    Education (Higher)
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
  • Experience:
    10-12 years
Job Description:
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The CAO will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer of Health, and the Vice Chancellor of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and will serve as a member of the Health System Executive Team. It is expected that the CAO will partner closely with senior leaders in the office of the Vice Chancellor of Health Sciences to ensure there is alignment of anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion efforts across the health system.

The successful candidate will be a thought leader and/or scholar in the field of health equity, diversity and inclusion, and a proven record of accomplishment while partnering with key stakeholders at all levels of an organization, including experience working with an executive leadership team. The CAO must be comfortable with ambiguity and possess a spirit of innovation. Additionally, this person will show evidence of successfully leading, developing, and implementing evidence-based equity, diversity and inclusion strategies within large, complex organizations and an ability to manage and influence change throughout an organization through effective relationship building skills. Candidates must have a minimum of eight years of relevant experience. Prior experience in an academic health system with five or more years of direct equity, diversity and inclusion experience are preferred.



  • A Bachelor's degree in business, healthcare administration or related area; or equivalent combination of experience and training is required. An advanced degree in relevant field is preferred.

  • Ten (10+) or more years of relevant professional experience.

  • Five (5+) or more years directly related EDI experience, preferably in a healthcare setting.

  • Proven experience in an academic health system or complex, integrated healthcare delivery system.

  • The CAO, Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion must possess a combination of skills and abilities to successfully manage a complex set of responsibilities in a high profile, academic health sciences organization, including:

  • Professional experience successfully leading, developing, and implementing evidence-based equity, diversity, and inclusion strategies, programs, and tools at large, complex organizations.

  • Regional or national visibility as thought leader and/or scholar in health equity, diversity, and inclusion.

  • Proven track record to partner with and influence key stakeholders at all levels of the organization, including prior experience working with an executive leadership team.

  • Ability to manage and influence change throughout the organization with effective relationship building skills across the organization.

  • Disciplined, data-oriented, analytical leader who possesses business intelligence that is equally as strong as their emotional intelligence. Strong ability to translate data into strategy and action plans.

  • Strong project/program management skills with demonstrated effectiveness in the following: written and verbal communication, internal consulting, facilitation, influencing, and people leadership.

  • High degree of cultural intelligence and technical mastery of diversity and inclusion strategy in academic medicine.

  • Experience and understanding to navigate the hierarchy, tradition, competitiveness, and culture of academic medicine.

  • Excellent collaboration skills; ability to work effectively across teams.

  • Ability to work in a fluid, fast paced, matrixed environment.

  • Demonstrated track record of spirit of innovation, openness to experimentation and trying new ideas to spark change.

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