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Chief Strategy Officer

Wichita, KS, USA | Ascension Healthcare

  • Industry:
    Healthcare - Hospitals
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
  • Experience:
    10-12 years
Job Description:
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Responsible for developing the overall Kansas Market strategy and ensuring implementation of strategic initiatives that position the Ministry Market for accomplishment of company's Strategic Direction. Has leadership accountability for delivering on the 10 key responsibilities* of the Strategy Ministry-wide Function within the Ministry Market. Ensures coordination and alignment with Ascension on the overall Ministry Market strategy, clinically integrated system of care partnerships, and fee-for-value arrangements.Serves as a subject matter expert within the Ascension’s Strategy MWF to support the MWF’s leadership responsibilities across Ascension. 

  1. Leads the development of the overall Ministry Market strategy and strategic plan, working in partnership with the Ministry Market Executive, Ministry Market Board, and Ministry Market leadership team.

  2. Leads the strategic aspects of the annual Integrated Strategic, Operational and Financial Plan (ISOFP) development process, including identification of high priority strategic opportunities, risks, key capital projects and potential acquisitions and partnerships.

  3. Co-leads with the Ministry Market Chief Financial Officer the development of the three-year capital plan and ensures alignment with the Ministry Market strategy. 

  4. Co-leads with the Clinically Integrated System of Care dyad the development of service line strategic plans and clinical programs.

  5. Leads the periodic assessment of the Ministry Market’s Clinically Integrated System of Care, including the identification of high priority gaps/opportunities.

  6. Leads the development of the Ministry Market’s overall ambulatory strategy, including the services to be offered and the partnerships that will be required, and ensures alignment with Ascension.

  7. Leads the process to identify the Ministry Market’s provider needs and which specialties/practices/provider-types should be pursued to implement the provider development plan.

  8. Champions the Ministry Market’s transition to value-based care and population health and ensures alignment to Ascension’s Strategic Direction; partners with Finance and Ascension Care Management to pursue Market payer and employer opportunities.

  9. Leads efforts to identify merger or acquisition targets, partnerships, joint ventures and other strategic partnership opportunities.

  10. Ensures the Master Facilities Plan process is conducted in a manner that aligns with the Ministry Market strategic plan.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelors degree required

  • Master's Degree in Business Administration, Health Administration or a related field is preferred. 

  • A minimum of 10 years of demonstrated leadership in strategic planning and business development in a complex healthcare organization.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ascension is committed to virtuous servant leadership as an essential enabler of our Integrated Ministry, and provides opportunities for leaders to grow in virtue. These behaviors are enabled by trust between and among community members.These virtuous servant leadership capacities are demonstrated in the following expected behaviors which include, but are not limited to: (i) maintains a centered presence; (ii) commits to effective interactions and decisions; and (iii) holds oneself and others accountable.

  • A strong commitment to the mission of Catholic healthcare and a personal and professional presence to provide leadership on behalf of Ascension and the Strategy MWF; a values driven, authentic leadership style which is guided in thinking, and in acting, by a sensitivity to the Mission and core Values of Ascension.

  • Highly strategic: demonstrated track record in assessing complex, competitive markets and in developing related growth initiatives in partnership with physicians, payers, and/or other providers.

  • Strategic vision, with an understanding of the future direction of healthcare and the ability to motivate and engage others in a common vision in response to such changes.

  • Demonstrated ability to gain broad stakeholder support when developing, implementing, and promoting strategies, initiatives, projects and new ventures in a shared leadership environment.

  • Systems oriented thinker with the ability to analyze complex relationships and situations, think outside the box, take action, and promote entrepreneurial and innovative approaches at the system level and across the Ministry Market.

  • A history of seeking out and developing collaborative relationships with internal and external constituencies in order to accomplish a common goal.

  • Superb communication, facilitation, negotiation, and listening skills, accompanied by the ability to know how and when to influence, persuade, direct, challenge, and relinquish control.

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