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Executive Director, Computational Precision Health (0379U) 45602
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Nov. 18, 2022
Title Executive Director, Computational Precision Health (0379U) 45602
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Public Health/Biostatistics/Epidemiology
    Informatics - All Categories
    Health Sciences - General

Executive Director, Computational Precision Health (0379U) 45602

Departmental Overview

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) seek a dynamic and distinguished executive to serve as the Executive Director of the UCSF UC Berkeley Joint Program in Computational Precision Health (CPH). CPH leverages the world leadership in computer science, engineering and statistics at UC Berkeley, clinical care, research and informatics at UCSF, and population health at both institutions to transform personal and public health through computation. Our mission is to apply computation to real-world settings to prevent disease, improve prognosis, and reduce health inequities. CPH's novel bi-campus departmental structure blends over 40 top computational and health faculty from both institutions into a singular unparalleled intellectual community, and recruits new world-class faculty into joint appointments at both UCSF and UCB. The deep partnership with UCSF Health provides a real-world laboratory for testing and deploying artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) tools in clinical practice and beyond to public health. Graduate programs that bridge the two campuses will train a new class of talent to think and live at the intersection of health and computation, providing an engine for innovations and a powerful draw for the best faculty in the world.

The Executive Director will help CPH realize its vast potential and meet its mission. The Executive Director develops and implements CPH's long-term strategic vision and research impact areas, under the direction of the Faculty Directors. This requires designing, funding, and overseeing the implementation of research and strategic programs. Additionally, the Executive Director works closely with the Senior Administrative Officer to oversee administrative operations, finance, human resources and facilities for the Program. Specific responsibilities include ongoing landscape analysis, partnership development, technical grant writing including center and training grants, donor and sponsor stewardship, and personnel management. The position fosters linkages between faculty researchers and their counterparts in Foundations, NGOs, governments, and the private sector. They maintain relationships for evidence dissemination among academic partners and with journalists, policy-makers, and other decision-makers. In addition, the Executive Director develops and contributes to scientific conferences and publications that enrich the research community and broader computational health ecosystem. This position reports to the UCSF and UC Berkeley faculty directors of CPH.


Core functions of the Executive Director include:

Strategic Planning and Fundraising. The Executive Director leads strategic planning, partnership development, and fundraising efforts on behalf of the Program. The incumbent:

  • Works with Faculty Directors to identify long term goals and objectives within the mission and aligned with the vision of CPH.
  • Creates annual tactics and action items; implements steps toward long-term objectives; identifies meaningful opportunities for growth and ensures alignment of programmatic activities with this vision;
  • Stewards relationships with a range of Program sponsors (including the Strategic Advisory Board, government agencies, multilateral organizations, foundations, and private donors), carefully tracking priorities and identifying overlapping interests;
  • Raises funds for the Center's core and strategic operations in coordination with the CPH Senior Director of Development, through technical grant-writing, coordination with UC Berkeley and UCSF development offices, coordination with the Strategic Advisory Board and cultivation of private donors;
  • Builds and maintains strategic relationships with the leadership of peer research organizations and key research partners;
  • Participates in weekly leadership meetings with the CPH Faculty Directors, Senior Administrative Officer, and Senior Director of Development to discuss Program-wide strategy and major activities;
  • Authors blogs and position papers that raise visibility for CPH and change the way policymakers and researchers think about computational health;
  • Represents CPH at major relevant conferences and events.

Academic/Scientific Operations. Working closely with Senior Administrative Officer, the Executive Director oversees the Program's operations and ensures organizational efficiency and effectiveness. The incumbent:

  • Runs operations to support the academic and scientific functions of the Program, including functions that operate within the Program, such as recruitment and oversight of software developers, students, postdocs and visiting scholars.
  • Provides high level support to faculty leadership, serving as a strategic thought partner and operational executive. Ensures that appropriate support is provided to faculty leadership to reduce administrative burden on their time so that they may maintain their research portfolios while serving as academic leaders of the Program. For example, provide briefings to ensure objectives for meetings are met and on track with strategic goals; manage follow up.
  • Serves as the liaison with partner academic units to execute on functions that involve input or participation from multiple units, including joint recruitments, collaborative mentoring, instrumentation housed within departments, and other items that require coordination.
  • Manages relationships at both UCSF and UCB with grants management, IT support, Contracts & Grants, and privacy and legal offices as required
  • In partnership with the Sr. Administrative officer, steward CPH's financial and human resources, overseeing all centralized operations and functions related to personnel, budgeting and financial management, event planning, communications, and knowledge management;
  • Reviews and approves all Program-wide tools, policies, and processes (developed by or in collaboration with the Senior Administrative Officer) to ensure they are aligned with CPH's values and effectively meet staff needs;
  • In partnership with the Sr. Administrative officer, develops and implements future staffing plans, structures, and processes;
  • Participates in regular CPH staff meetings and regular management and mentor meetings to facilitate knowledge-sharing and collaboration, promote efficiency, and maintain clear channels for feedback and communication;
  • Monitors progress toward Program-wide and focus area-specific goals and objectives, through quarterly portfolio review (QPR) meetings to review milestones/outputs and plan/problem solve.

Program Development and Implementation. The Executive Director identifies, recommends funding, funds, launches, and leads implementation of high-value, multi-investigator research programs for CPH in partnership with government agencies, foundations, NGOs, and other service providers or funders. The incumbent:

  • Works closely with the Faculty Directors to identify and pursue novel opportunities for research and capacity building, especially in cutting-edge areas that have been neglected or overlooked by mainstream research sponsors;
  • Works with program managers to ensure that programs are aligned with CPH's vision, are inclusive, incorporate input and feedback from Faculty Directors, and maximize "public goods" for the CPH network;
  • Serves as Principal Investigator on relevant Program-wide grant proposals as needed
  • Works with Senior Director of Development to steward donor relationships and develop concept notes and proposals for new funding. Includes reviewing and approving all final proposals before they are submitted to UC Berkeley-UCSF and sponsors;
  • Reviews and approves critical program outputs including briefing documents, donor reports, requests for proposals (RFPs), calls for abstracts, peer review protocols and templates, surveys, event concept notes and agendas;
  • Assists staff in identifying appropriate university resources, including peer research centers at Berkeley, UCSF, or other UC campuses, to improve CPH's linkages to other disciplines and units;
  • Oversees the translation of research findings into policy-relevant knowledge, for example by pursuing opportunities for research translation that strategically introduce evidence-based recommendations into ongoing policy dialogues;
  • Liaises with foundations, journalists, policy-makers, and program implementers to ensure that key research findings are communicated with the public.

Required Qualifications

  • An advanced degree and/or equivalent and comparable experience and training
  • Significant number of years of experience leading a scientific or research-oriented organization or comparable organization (e.g. institute, initiative, multi-laboratory collaboration, academic department, biotechnology, health technology, or bioengineering company).
  • Strong project management and collaborative leadership skills; the ability to move projects with diverse stakeholders to timely completion while maintaining an understanding of long-term goals
  • A proven record of advancing diversity, equity and inclusion within an organization
  • Excellent personnel management, mentoring, and coaching ability and the ability to lead and motivate cross-functional teams including administrative and scientific staff
  • Ability to articulate an organization's story in a compelling way to internal and external constituents
  • Desire to work in a start-up environment and invest in the growth and development of the organization; flexibility.
  • Demonstrated experience and skill to establish, maintain and foster trusting and cooperative working relationships with partners and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated political acumen to navigate complex situations and structures effectively.
  • Excellent ability to inspire stakeholders around vision and strategy, and the capacity to implement, operationalize, and measure the strategic goals, initiatives, and programs.
  • Demonstrated analytical and creative skills to plan and implement solutions for positive impact and sustained change.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A PhD or equivalent international degree and/or MBA, MPA or JD
  • Demonstrated success leading in a scientific environment, a history of developing and managing health and/or computational science initiatives, and experience working in a dynamic and growing organization
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to translate complex scientific findings into accessible, jargon-free language.
  • Prior experience with operations, finance and/or program development
  • Experience managing budgets and conducting cost analysis.
  • Experience with research compliance.
  • Demonstrated expertise with sponsored projects research and contracts/grants

Salary & Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted salary that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $164,400.00 - $216,700.00

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment in the Resume section of your application.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

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