Assistant Vice Chancellor, Health Sciences Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

University of California San Diego Health
San Diego, California
Nov 24, 2021
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UC San Diego Health Sciences is one of three academic units at UC San Diego. Health Sciences includes three professional schools; 90+ research institutes and core facilities; and a growing clinical practice that boasts two hospitals and dozens of clinical sites across the region, all working toward fulfilling its tripartite mission. Led by the Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, it accounts for the majority of the University’s research and philanthropic portfolios, in addition to an expanding clinical footprint that spans the San Diego region. Health Sciences has more than 1,600 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, and its Health System is ranked among the best in the region for quality and safety. The organization's leadership embraces a culture of academic excellence coupled with innovation and collaboration, and continuously seeks to align its educational programs with cutting-edge research, new clinical technologies and techniques, and hands-on experience through pioneering programs that emphasize compassionate, personalized patient care.

The dynamic Health Sciences enterprise comprises the School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and UC San Diego Health. Its patient care locations include the UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest; 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.

The Office of the Vice Chancellor is responsible for leading the Health Sciences’ overall strategic vision; developing and implementing initiatives that enhance teaching, research, and clinical care across its multiple divisions; and establishing collaborative partnerships across campus and the community to advance its mission.

The Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is responsible for the overall strategic direction and support of equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism initiatives in the Health Sciences. Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, the Assistant Vice Chancellor will lead efforts to develop new initiatives to foster an open and inclusive environment across the Health Sciences. The incumbent will work with the Vice Chancellor’s senior leadership team to enhance existing diversity programs, identify and develop solutions to structural and systemic issues that lead to racial inequities, and partner with Health System and campus leaders to address structural, systemic, and personally mediated issues of bias and racism. As a member of the Vice Chancellor’s executive team, the Assistant Vice Chancellor will also work to position the Health Sciences as a thought leader both locally and nationally in creating innovative solutions pertinent to diversity, equity, inclusion, racism, as well as develop a scientific vision to eliminate health disparities across the spectrum of biomedical education, research, and clinical care.

As the inaugural Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, the incumbent will work in partnership with the Vice Chancellor’s Office to identify the appropriate organizational structure and requisite leadership/administrative team to accomplish these goals and responsibilities, with appropriate resources made available to do so.

The successful candidate must have a broad skillset to navigate a highly complex organization. In addition to having the ability to collaborate in close partnership with the leadership of the Health Sciences units, the Assistant Vice Chancellor must also foster strong relationships with senior campus administrators at UC San Diego; student, resident, and affinity groups in each of the Health Sciences’ academic schools; and key external constituencies including the Veterans Administration San Diego Healthcare System, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, and the institutions that surround the UC San Diego campus.

The Assistant Vice Chancellor serves as the Health Sciences’ liaison to the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, acting as an ambassador on these issues for the Health Sciences. The incumbent will also work in close partnership with the Chief Administrative Officer for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to coordinate programs and address issues of health inequities and racism in the clinical environment.

The successful candidate will have a national or international scholarly reputation in areas related to the etiology of health disparities, mechanisms to improve minority health in community and clinical care settings, and/or diversity education, as well as a demonstrated ability to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the biomedical workforce. The Assistant Vice Chancellor must have a demonstrated understanding of the unique challenges of historically excluded and under-represented groups within a medical school and healthcare setting, ability to productively manage and engage in difficult conversations that challenge racist notions and persons, and knowledge of best practices for creating inclusive environments within that framework.

The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment.

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