Vice Chancellor for Community and Government Relations

16 Feb, 2019


Vice Chancellor for Community and Government Relations

University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

The University of California, San Francisco seeks a dynamic, accomplished, and inspiring individual for the newly created role of Vice Chancellor for Community & Government Relations (VC-CGR). Reporting to the Chancellor and serving as a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet, the VC-CGR will lead UCSF’s community and government-focused activities and envision, direct, and execute comprehensive and strategic programs to advance UCSF’s engagement with community and government stakeholders. The VC-CGR has a dotted-line reporting relationship to the President/CEO of UCSF Health.


With a newly focused portfolio and at a moment of significant growth for UCSF, the Vice Chancellor will be an institutional leader, advising on the best interests of UCSF as a whole and ensuring there is effective alignment on issues concerning community and government relations throughout the organization. The VC-CGR will serve as the primary spokesperson between UCSF and key officials, legislators, agencies, community representatives, and constituencies at the federal, state, and local levels. Working collaboratively with the University of California Office of the President, the VC-CGR will provide strategic counsel and advice to the Chancellor, the leadership teams of the campus and UCSF Health, and the UCSF Board of Overseers.


The Vice Chancellor must be a collaborative and generous colleague who can create alignment in a decentralized environment; influence by means of credibility, expertise, and demonstrated success; work effectively across a complex institution as a guide, partner, and supporter of central and unit-based staff; and apply subject-matter expertise, wisdom, and excellent judgment in advancing UCSF’s engagement with community and government stakeholders. The VC-CGR must become familiar with legislative- and government-affairs processes, public-policy issues, and California- and Bay-Area statutes and programs. They must be a person of integrity whose beliefs and actions align with UCSF’s mission, values, and policy objectives including its strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. The VC-CGR will respectfully challenge institutional norms by identifying new opportunities, practices, and resource deployments to advance UCSF’s mission.


The successful candidate will bring a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in government, community, or external relations in a large, complex, and dynamic organization; commitment to the mission and values of UCSF; and an understanding of the policies and legislative positions of the UC Office of the President. They will offer a team approach to problem-solving, commitment to collaboration, skill at building coalitions, and a demonstrated understanding of the issues impacting higher education, biomedical research, and healthcare in California and nationally. They will have excellent communication, interpersonal and representational skills, including multicultural acumen and the ability to successfully communicate with diverse groups of people.


A bachelor’s degree is required, as is significant applicable professional and leadership experience, preferably in an academic medical center/ healthcare setting. Experience in the San Francisco Bay Area is particularly valuable, though not required.


The University of California, San Francisco ( is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system that is exclusively focused on the health sciences. A $7-billion enterprise, UCSF has approximately 3,100 enrolled students, 1,100 postdoctoral scholars, 800 residents (physicians, dentists, and pharmacists in training), and approximately 27,000 FTEs. Through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care, UCSF is leading revolutions in health worldwide.


UCSF has engaged Opus Partners ( to support the recruitment of this position.  Jim Hess, Partner, and Craig Smith, Partner, are leading the search. Confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations should be sent to Sarah Gaines, Senior Associate, via All possible discretion will be exercised to maintain the privacy of applicants through the search process.


The University of California San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Candidates whose work experience or community service has prepared them to contribute to the organization’s commitment to professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence – also known as UCSF’s PRIDE values – are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please contact: Sarah Gaines,

Job posted: 2019-02-16