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Director, Physician Wellness (Ladder Rank/In-Res)

Position overview

Position title: Director, Physician Wellness
Salary range: The posted UC Salary scales set the minimum pay at the appointment as determined by appointment type and if applicable, rank and/or step. The base pay range for this position is $176,000 - $304,000. Salary is negotiated annually. Additional compensation may be available if the position includes membership in the Health Sciences Compensation Plan. UC Salary information can be found here:

Application Window

Open date: June 17, 2024

Next review date: Wednesday, Jul 17, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Jun 17, 2025 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Vice Chancellor of Health Sciences is committed to academic excellence, and to enhancing access, inclusion, and success of our diverse faculty, staff, and students. The office is recruiting for the role of Director, Physician Wellness.

UC San Diego Health seeks in its Physician Wellness Director an inspirational, visionary leader with a deep understanding of the key opportunities and challenges in addressing issues of physician wellness. In addition to amplifying the programs already underway, the incumbent will foster new initiatives to address physician burnout and improve physician wellbeing. The Director’s primary goal is to further develop an extraordinary physician wellness culture at UC San Diego while positioning the university as a leader in physician wellness.

The Director leads the physician wellness programs at UC San Diego Health, providing overall strategic and intellectual direction for its initiatives, administrative structure, allocation of financial resources, and reviews of multidisciplinary wellness efforts. The incumbent is responsible for creating and sustaining productive relationships with leaders across UC San Diego to ensure that initiatives are informed by and address the needs of all practitioners and staff at UC San Diego Health and faculty across Health Sciences and the campus at large. The Director works closely with a broad community of leaders also engaged in wellness activities across multiple departments and clinical environments, aligning programmatic efforts to ensure proper financial stewardship and evaluate outcomes of goals and milestones.

Reporting to the chair of the Physician Wellness Oversight Committee, with secondary reporting to the Health System CEO, the Director partners with academic and clinical leaders to expand existing physician wellness programs at UC San Diego Health, spearheads new initiatives that address barriers to physician wellbeing, fosters activities that lead to research and scholarship in the areas of physician wellness, and provides advice and counsel to Health- and Health Sciences-wide committees, as appropriate. The Director chairs the Physician Wellness Steering Committee, which advises on programmatic plans for UC San Diego Health and provides oversight and coordination of these activities to ensure efficiency, efficacy, and transparency.

The Director manages the administrative operations of the physician wellness administrative teams, and monitors the administrative functions of key wellness programs budgeted through wellness office (e.g. HEAR, Physician Peer Support, and Headspace Care). The Director provides functional direction on priority projects, ensuring appropriate financial oversight, and liaising with the Oversight Committee to ensure alignment with the broader UC San Diego Health mission and vision. The Director will have a collegial, consultative management style, with the ability to be strong and decisive while also considering the needs and perspectives of a diverse academic community. The Director will collaborate, delegate and make difficult and timely decisions based on well-considered input. The Director will have a high level of integrity and professionalism, and a commitment to support the professional development of faculty and staff.

The Director is expected to allocate up to 40 percent effort toward the role, with the incumbent’s remaining time spent in clinical care, education, or research.

The appointment at the Associate or Full Professor level will be based on the candidate’s background and experience. Application materials must be submitted through the UC San Diego online application system.

The series will include 50% Ladder Rank / 50% In-Residence with secured extramural funding or 100% Ladder Rank.

A link to the full descriptions of each series is listed below:

Ladder Rank Professor - see:
In-Residence Professor - see:

Senior administrative positions at UC San Diego Health Sciences are considered at-will.

As a member of the Health Sciences Compensation Plan, the appointee should be aware that there are limitations on outside professional activities and clinical moonlighting is expressly prohibited. Additional information can be found here:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• Terminal degree (ex MD, MD/PhD, DO or equivalent). Candidates with an MD or equivalent must have or be eligible for a California medical license or equivalent certification/permit determined by the Medical Board of California.
• 10+years of demonstrated leadership experience in a senior administrative role with a high level of conceptual and strategic thinking.
• Previous experience (5+ years) in clinical care, education or research (basic, translational, and/or clinical).

Preferred qualifications

• 10+ years of experience as a senior administrator in an academic medical center environment.
• 5+ years of experience enhancing the agenda of an academic or clinical program, in building environments that enhance innovation and productivity.
• 10+years of demonstrated experience managing a unit’s financial resources including operating within a defined budget, reviewing financial analyses and plans, and providing regular reports to institutional leadership.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Letter of Interest

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Authorization to Release Form - Applicants must complete, sign and upload this form. See Institutional Reference Check ( for more information.

  • COVID 19 Statement - We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic may have had a substantial impact on academic productivity. In our academic hiring processes, we will be keeping this in mind as we consider achievement relative to opportunity. We encourage you to reflect on constraints on opportunity in your field that were caused by the events of the pandemic and where applicable, to discuss your achievements in this light.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

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