VP/CNO UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals

The Organization

University of California San Francisco Health (UCSF) Benioff Children’s Hospitals are consistently ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. With two main campuses serving children and their families, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals (BCH) consist of the Oakland campus, a 188-bed level 1 trauma center, Mission Bay, a 189 bed Magnet designated facility, as well as satellite locations throughout Northern California. As part of the University of California, San Francisco, one of the top universities in the nation for health sciences research, UCSF patients are among the first to benefit from medical discoveries with access to clinical trials. With hundreds of doctors from more than 50 medical specialties, tens of thousands of infants, children, teens, and young adults come to UCSF each year from all over the U.S. and the world for treatment.  UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals provide family-centered care, recognizing family members as key parts of the treatment team.

The Opportunity

The VP/CNO provides strategic direction, executive level leadership, planning, organization, and general management for all aspects of patient care at the BCH campuses, ensuring integration of services and compliance with long range objectives and strategies including the provision of excellent quality services and sound business practices. As a key member of senior leadership, the VP/CNO contributes to the development and implementation of major strategic goals.

The VP/CNO is responsible for nursing practice, and overall administrative, operational, and financial functions of pediatric nursing and clinical services throughout BCH, as well as oversight for nursing practice in Licensed Ambulatory Practices, and Oakland Children’s clinical support services.  The incumbent will have a patient first philosophy, foster strong partnerships with the medical staff and bring an inclusive and collaborative approach to the Department of Nursing. The VP/CNO will be charged with merging two different cultures to create a new unified culture and integrated Children’s Hospital.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Bachelor’s and Master’s degree required, one of which must be in Nursing. Doctorate or willing to obtain it.
  • Seven to 10 years of increasingly responsible hospital leadership is required, preferably in an academic medical center.
  • Ability to work and lead in a unionized environment.
  • Leadership experience in Pediatrics.
  • Experience with Lean management/continuous improvement/high reliability organization.
  • Magnet experience or understands the principles of shared governance and interdisciplinary collaboration.

The Community

It may measure less than 50 square miles, but San Francisco justly ranks as one of the greatest cities in the world. Famous for grande-dame Victorians, cable cars, steep hills with majestic views, a dynamic waterfront, and the soaring Golden Gate Bridge, this city truly has it all. With trend-defining cuisine, including Michelin-starred dining to world-renowned symphony, ballet, theater, and opera, plus, boundless outdoor adventures, San Francisco justifiably stands out as one of the ultimate cities in the U.S. The area is highly drivable and hosts an international airport.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please contact:

Erinn Riley

Executive Recruiter



Peggy Loughery, MSN, RN

Vice President Search Services



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