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Executive Director, Center for Health System Research

Job ID SHSO-2119257 Date Posted 10/25/2021 Location Walnut Creek, California Schedule/Shift Full Time/ Day
Position Overview:

Headquartered in Sacramento, Calif., Sutter Health provides access to high quality, affordable care for more than 3 million Northern Californians through its network of hospitals, medical foundations, urgent and walk-in care centers, home health and hospice services. Nearly 14,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians care for Sutter patients.    At Sutter Health, all patients receive high quality care regardless of their circumstances. We deliver care that meets the unique needs of our communities with a commitment to ensuring access to care and optimal health outcomes for all.

The Executive Director, Center for Health System Research (herein, “CHSR”) is the strategic, financial, and operational lead of CHSR.  The Executive Director is responsible for the overall quality, volume, and impact of research and digital health technology initiatives undertaken by CHSR, as well as optimizing the access to and use of data for research. 

The Executive Director is also responsible for ensuring the sustainability of CHSR.  To that end, the Executive Director will partner with the CRO to lead fundraising initiatives with Sutter Health Philanthropy, facilitate opportunities for program level funding of research, recruit and mentor top-tier research investigators, develop strategically-aligned collaborations, and enhance the national visibility for CHSR as a leader in the role of research in healthcare transformation. This position is also expected to contribute scientifically, ideally leading their own research program in outcome-based research, digital health science and or health equity.

May work at the Walnut Creek Research office but most days, work may be done remotely (work from home option). 



  • PhD (or similar doctorate degree) in a field of research or equivalent education/experience


  • 15+ years as a successful scientist and investigator
  • Successful track record of grant and contract funding
  • 10+ years of health systems research management responsibility
  • Experience in digital health or analytical product development preferred
  • Excellent written, oral and electronic communication skills
  • Excellent analytic, organizational, and interpersonal skills


  • Demonstrated knowledge of health care systems, and diverse clinical practice settings strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of health care clinical data strongly preferred

Organization:Sutter Health System Office
Employee Status: Regular
Benefits: Yes
Position Status: Exempt
Union: No
Job Shift: Day
Shift Hours:8 Hour Shift
Days of the Week Scheduled:Monday-Friday
Weekend Requirements: Other
Schedule: Full Time
Hrs Per 2wk Pay Period:80
Applications Accepted:All Applications Accepted

Sutter Health Affiliates are equal opportunity employers EOE/M/F/Disability/Veterans

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