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Deputy Chief Privacy Officer

Sacramento, CA, USA | Sutter Health

  • Industry:
    Healthcare - Hospitals
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
    Legal / Compliance
  • Experience:
    3-5 years
Job Description:
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 The Deputy Chief Privacy Officer (DCPO) works directly for the Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) and collaborates with key organizational stakeholders to ensure integration of the privacy compliance program into Sutter Health (SH) operations. The DCPO has responsibilities for overseeing activities related to the development, implementation, maintenance, and improvement of the SH privacy program in compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations and SH information privacy and security policies. The DCPO represents the SH privacy program on behalf of the CPO in his/her absence and at his/her direction.



BA/BS is required and health related field is desired.

MA/MS/JD is desired.


• Will be a member of the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) after hire

• Certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC)

Required Experience:

• Significant experience in the discipline’s professional field, health care regulatory compliance, and privacy compliance program management

• A minimum of four years’ experience in a healthcare role with an emphasis on the privacy and security of health information; at least two years of this experience must have been as a Privacy Officer or in an integrated healthcare system

• 5 years in leadership and management role in a privacy program

Desired Experience:

• A demonstrated ability to manage a privacy program in an integrated healthcare delivery system with experience in auditing and monitoring activities and developing training programs for all levels of staff and physicians

• 5 years in privacy leadership role

Required Knowledge:

• Knowledge of healthcare operations and healthcare privacy issues and requirements

• Demonstrated current knowledge of business ethics and legal and privacy risks and the knowledge to manage those risks in a dynamic health care environment

• Working knowledge of the principles of health information management and program planning and management

• Working knowledge of and experience implementing and operating a privacy compliance program based on HIPAA privacy regulations and other pertinent and applicable state and federal laws, including California law, and regulations related to the protection of health information

• Working knowledge of electronic systems and emerging technologies that impact privacy

• Working knowledge of management of an effective ethics and privacy program, including training, monitoring, conducting and documenting investigations, addressing violations, and monitoring corrective actions

• Demonstrated ongoing competency in compliance and risk management

Desired Knowledge

• Knowledge of other disciplines outside own area of expertise, including business planning, clinical disciplines, human resources, finance, clinical and financial auditing, and information technology

• Knowledge of process improvement methodologies such as LEAN or Six Sigma

Required Skills

• Reputation for integrity and willingness to challenge existing policies and leadership to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements

• Demonstrated ability to function effectively in a dynamic and challenging environment and to affect change

• Ability to analyze problems and issues from a variety of perspectives and to understand the legal and operational impact of decisions from different perspectives

• Demonstrated ability to initiate, plan, execute, and control activities to meet requirements and timelines of system-wide initiatives or projects that are frequently driven by new or changing regulations

• Leadership skills

• Strong judgment and interpersonal communications skills

• Experience leading multiple levels of personnel in a complex, dynamic environment

• Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work with a wide range of staff, including clerical staff, peers, physicians, senior management, and governance boards

• Excellent and dynamic verbal, written, and presentation skills, including the ability to translate complex legal and regulatory requirements and issues into terms readily understood by all personnel

• Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize, plan, and coordinate the work flow of others and the ability to work effectively with managers and directors to achieve compliance with objectives

• Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive material and exercise good judgment as it relates to handling of sensitive material

• Excellent computer and office equipment skills, including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and office communications applications, preferably Microsoft Office Suite

• Ability to translate and provide sound advice to senior management regarding the impact of emerging industry trends in compliance enforcement, legislation, and regulations on Sutter Health business strategies and its not-for-profit mission

• Demonstrated ability to understand and lead by communicating vision, exhibiting decisiveness, sponsoring change, and supporting the larger organization’s success

• Seasoned investigative skills, including the ability to skillfully obtain accurate, complete, and detailed information necessary to make accurate and well-founded determinations about compliance failure

• Ability to translate vision into a tangible plan and develop clear goals and objectives supportive of the Sutter Health strategic plan

• Demonstrated ability to exhibit a credible leadership presence and to respond to questions with logic, clarity, calmness, and authority leading to desired support of and actions by others

• Well-developed skills in problem identification, analysis, and resolution

• Effective time management skills, including organization and prioritization to ensure timeliness

• Ability to multitask while maintaining attention to detail

• Adept at complex project planning and management with the ability to effectively delegate

• Effective consulting skills

• Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, implement, and evaluate compliance and risk management programs in a healthcare setting

• Demonstrated ability to supervise and manage personnel, prepare non-clinical and operating budgets, and operate within a complex environment

• Conceptual, analytical, and problem-solving skills in a complex environment

• Tact, diplomacy, and ability to work with individuals in all levels of the organization

• Demonstrated ability to work with confidential information

• Ability to lead diverse ad-hoc teams and facilitate through conflict resolution to create successful team results

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