Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah, the official cancer center of Utah, invites nominations and applications for the position of Chief Strategy Officer (CSO). Reporting to the CEO, the CSO will drive strategic planning and implementation, business development, partnerships, and joint ventures for HCI. At a pivotal moment in the growth of this young, dynamic organization, the CSO will play an important role in expanding HCI’s impact, enhancing its reputation, and establishing it as a world-class cancer research and care organization.
Founded by Jon M. and Karen Huntsman, HCI belongs to a select group of National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, and includes a state-of-the-art cancer specialty hospital as well as two buildings dedicated to cancer research. Its mission is to understand cancer from its beginnings, to use that knowledge in the creation and improvement of cancer treatments, to relieve the suffering of cancer patients, and to provide education about cancer risk, prevention, and care.
At this exciting moment of growth and transformation and in a newly created position, the CSO will play a crucial role in realizing HCI’s vision, increasing its reach, and maximizing its impact. The CSO will oversee strategic planning, facilitate evaluation of partnership opportunities, and work collaboratively with the leadership team to evaluate and prioritize strategic opportunities while ensuring alignment with HCI’s mission, vision, and values. The position will focus on strategy development, expansion of analytic and performance tracking capabilities, evaluation of internal and external partnerships, market opportunities, sustainability, and reputational drivers. The CSO will be part of a leadership community at HCI that is dedicated to embodying and promoting the Institute’s core values, culture, and mission and will embrace HCI’s core principles: “the patient first, united effort, and excellence in all we do.”
The Chief Strategy Officer will be a collaborative leader, a perceptive analyst, and a team player who will develop a comprehensive grasp of the Institute’s culture, resources, market, and constraints and will work energetically with colleagues to define and secure alignment around a compelling vision for its research, clinical, and education activities and for its path forward as a world-class cancer research and care organization. S/he will bring to HCI a track record of success as a member of a leadership team that has guided a clinical and/or research enterprise to new levels of excellence. The CSO will embrace the HCI culture while contributing to its ongoing evolution.
Qualified candidates will have visionary and strategic thinking skills, sound judgement, experience being effective within matrixed environments, excellent communication and listening skills, and the ability to see patterns and opportunities in complex environments. They will bring a collaborative style, rapid learning skills, and strong business acumen in areas such as revenue projections, cost and profit drivers, and M&A.
The successful candidate will be an experienced professional with advanced academic training in strategy or related field (MBA, MS, MD, PhD, JD) and over 10 years of experience in strategy consulting or leadership preferably in a cancer research/patient-care setting or at least in an academic medical center or health system. Experience in the business side of healthcare (e.g. in consulting) is also relevant.
The Huntsman Cancer Institute has engaged Opus Partners (www.opuspartners.net) to support the recruitment of this position. Craig Smith, Partner and Katie Dean, Associate Partner are leading the search. Inquiries, applications, and nominations should be sent by email to Katie (firstname.lastname@example.org). The search process is confidential.
The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran's status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans' preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.
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About Huntsman Cancer Institute
Founded by Jon M. and Karen Huntsman, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) belongs to a select group of National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers. Its mission is to understand cancer from its beginnings, to use that knowledge in the creation and improvement of cancer treatments, to relieve the suffering of cancer patients, and to provide education about cancer risk, prevention, and care.
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