UCSF Medical Center


Our legacy of unsurpassed patient care and unceasing mission to integrate high-tech medical research with clinical operations has led to our prestigious standing as one of the top 10 hospitals in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report. As a premier health care institution dedicated to advancing health worldwide, UCSF Medical Center can also be the best place to advance and shape your career.

The medical center’s employees are one of the most important reasons why we are recognized as one of the nation’s best hospitals. To work at UCSF Medical Center is to be part of an institution that provides the highest caliber of care to patients; a nurturing, dynamic and team-oriented atmosphere in which to best use your skills and talents.

Department Description

The Emergency Department at UCSF Medical Center provides care to patients with urgent medical conditions ranging from complex problems such as heart attacks and strokes to simple but pressing conditions such as cuts and broken bones. Care is provided 24 hours a day, serving more than 40,000 patients a year.

Our team includes board-certified emergency medicine specialists, nurses trained in emergency and critical care and other specialists who are called upon as needed in areas such as gynecology, neurology, obstetrics, orthopedics, pediatrics and surgery.

Job Summary

The Director of Emergency Services is responsible for the administrative and clinical oversight of the services provided in the Emergency Department under the span of control of the Executive Director and Chief Nursing Officer for the UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Key areas of responsibility include:

  • Acts as a role model for Nursing by integrating into the Emergency Services culture all facets of the Magnet Model and Shared Governance and by representing Emergency Services on community and UCSF based committees, task forces, through active engagement with professional organizations and promoting compassionate care.

Personnel Management

  • Responsible for day-to-day oversight and management of the Emergency Services staff and compliance with all UCSF policies and procedures, Nursing Practice Standards and with ongoing employee engagement monitoring.

Budget Management

  • Responsible for strategic and operational cost management associated with the annual Operating Budget, the annual Capital Budget and for stakeholder oversight for Information Technology and Design & Construction Budgets pertaining to Emergency Services.

Regulatory Oversight

  • Ensures Emergency Services is in compliance with all regulatory standards and maintains required accreditations and licensing.

Medical Staff Liaison

  • Supports the Department Chair and Medical Directors ensuring clinical resources are available and accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Disaster and Emergency Preparedness

  • Accountable for oversight of Environment of Care (EOC) action plan for Emergency Services which includes emergency preparedness, emergency response and the management of resources during an activated disaster or any activated emergency condition.

The Director of Emergency Services is dedicated to supporting UCSF Medical Center, the Executive Director of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, and the Emergency Services Medical Staff in achieving organizational and departmental goals. Actively supports Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) initiatives and strategies targeted at improving patient satisfaction, optimizing patient flow and providing compassionate care in the Emergency Department.
Advocate for the Medical Center’s Mission of Caring, Healing, Teaching, and Discovering; its Vision to be the best provider of health care services, best place to work and best environment for teaching and research; And Values of Everyday PRIDE (Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Diversity and Excellence).
The flexibility to orient and work at all UCSF Medical Center locations is required.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum five years of increasingly responsible management experience in a complex and highly-matrixed health care organization. Ideally in a multi-hospital system with a service line structure
  • Track record of management and staff collaboration across the hospital, medical center or enterprise
  • Active Registered Nurse licensure in the State of California
  • National certification in nursing leadership required or obtained within one year of hire
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing requierd
  • Master’s degree in Nursing, Business, Health Care Administration or related field
  • Strong conceptual clinical base with expertise in professional practice models, systems thinking and quality improvement
  • Commitment to an academic mission which supports education and staff development
  • Experience with LEAN methodologies and/or knowledge and support of LEAN principles
  • Knowledge of and experience with the American Nurses Credential Center (ANCC) Magnet journey and process
  • Extensive knowledge of hospital operations in a multi-hospital setting; knowledge of appropriate professional standards for the multidisciplinary team
  • Advanced communications and interpersonal skills to promote an effective model of shared governance among multiple disciplines. Ability to motivate and engage all levels of staff in regards to patient care programs, strategies, and organizational mission and values
  • Advanced leadership, fiscal and operations management skills. Ability to develop nurse leaders in their adoption and promotion of a shared governance model of collaboration
  • Ability to develop a systems strategic plan and implement vision across a large, complex organization
  • In-depth knowledge of a broad scope of relevant regulatory requirements, as well as legislative, accreditation, licensing and compliance environments
  • The flexibility to orient and work at all UCSF Medical Center locations is required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Seven to ten years general management experience in a complex, multi-faceted health care setting
  • Five years experience working with a physician group practice managing through influence and collaboration
  • Previous leadership experience in emergency clinical care


  • Active Registered Nurse licensure in the State of California
  • National certification in nursing leadership required or obtained within one year of hire

Living Pride Standards

Service Excellence

  • Demonstrates service excellence by following the Everyday PRIDE Guide with the UCSF Medical Center standards and expectations for communication and behavior. These standards and expectations convey specific behavior associated with the Medical Center’s values: Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Diversity and Excellence, and provide guidance on how we communicate with patients, visitors, faculty, staff, and students, virtually everyone, every day and with every encounter. These standards include, but are not limited to: personal appearance, acknowledging and greeting all patients and families, introductions using AIDET, managing up, service recovery, managing delays and expectations, phone standards, electronic communication, team work, cultural sensitivity and competency.
  • Uses effective communication skills with patients and staff; demonstrates proper telephone techniques and etiquette; acts as an escort to any patient or family member needing directions; shows sensitivity to differences of culture; demonstrates a positive and supportive manner in which patients / families/ colleagues perceive interactions as positive and supportive. Exhibits team work skills to positively acknowledge and recognize other colleagues, and uses personal experiences to model and teach Living PRIDE standards.
  • Exhibits tact and professionalism in difficult situations according to PRIDE Values and Practices
  • Demonstrates an understanding of and adheres to privacy, confidentiality, and security policies and procedures related to Protected Health Information (PHI) or other sensitive and personal information.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of and adheres to safety and infection control policies and procedures.
  • Assumes accountability for improving quality metrics associated with department/unit and meeting organizational/departmental targets.

Work Environment

  • Keeps working areas neat, orderly and clutter-free, including the hallways. Adheres to cleaning processes and puts things back where they belong. Removes and reports broken equipment and furniture.
  • Picks up and disposes of any litter found throughout entire facility.
  • Posts flyers and posters in designated areas only; does not post on walls, doors or windows.
  • Knows where the Environment of Care Manual is kept in department; corrects or reports unsafe conditions to the appropriate departments.
  • Protects the physical environment and equipment from damage and theft.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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. Further information about the University of California, San Francisco, is available at diversity.ucsf.edu. UCSF seeks candidates whose skills, and personal and professional experience, have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence, and the communities we serve.