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UC San Diego Medical Center - Director, Project Management Office

San Diego, CA

Job Description

Witt/Kieffer has been retained to conduct the search for the Director, Project Management Office for the University of California San Diego Health (UCSD Health) and the University of California Irvine Health (UCI Health).

This is a newly created role and an exceptional opportunity to make a significant impact and lead project and program management across UCSD Health and UCI Health. UCSD Health and UCI Health are two of five academic medical centers within the 10-campus University of California (UC) system.

The Director is a critical hire and will be tasked with providing the leadership and strategy to build a robust Project Management Office (PMO) serving UCSD Health and UCI Health. The PMO is a key area of focus for leadership across both organizations. As such, the Director will have broad visibility and support to lead in a shared role and provide the project management methodology, processes, governance and reporting to effectively plan and execute on IT initiatives.  The Director will develop a cohesive team and lead a high performing shared services environment that aligns with UC System’s vision to unite all of the UC campuses over time.

Reporting to the Associate Chief Information Officer at UCSD Health with a dotted line to the Chief Information Officer at UCI Health, the Director will serve as a critical link between the health systems’ vision and the work of the IS departments. The Director will work closely with senior leaders internal and external to IS to develop a strategy and ensure an alignment of global IS personnel and services with business priorities. The Director will also provide a standard methodology for planning, executing, staffing, prioritizing, and tracking for all projects.

The ideal candidate will be a dynamic executive with significant experience in a senior project management leadership position working within a large, complex health system. Academic and multi-hospital/clinic experience is strongly preferred. Proven experience and track record of establishing and managing PMO organizations is essential. Additional preferences include a Project Management Professional (PMP) or Program Management Professional (PgMP) certification; Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) certification and/or Six Sigma Black Belt. A bachelor’s degree in Business, Engineering or Computer Science is required and an advanced degree is also strongly preferred. 

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. All application materials should be submitted electronically to consultants Nick Giannas at and Tammy Jackson at Confidential inquiries or requests for additional information may be directed to Tammy by telephone at 630-575-6936.

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