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Associate Director, Health Care Delivery and Policy

Job Description

The Division of Research (DOR) of Kaiser Permanente Northern California seeks a senior researcher to become its Associate Director for Health Care Delivery and Policy. This individual will lead one of DOR’s six scientific sections and will participate in department-wide leadership activities. S/he will also maintain an independently funded research program and conduct scholarly research that is recognized nationally and internationally. In addition to supporting research programs and collaborations among section researchers and with external institutions, a key part of this leadership role is to foster collaboration with Kaiser Permanente's clinical leaders to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of health care delivered at scale by a learning health system. 

Investigators in the DOR leverage the extensive, clinically rich data derived from a comprehensive, stateof-the-art electronic medical record system and enjoy direct access to a diverse population of 4.5 million members receiving care within Kaiser Permanente Northern California’s integrated health care delivery system framework involving 21 hospital-based medical centers and >250 outpatient facilities. This Oakland-based regional research entity, founded six decades ago, has nearly 60 faculty-level research scientists who lead robust programs in cancer, cardiovascular and metabolic conditions, health care delivery and policy, behavioral and mental health, aging, infectious diseases, and women’s and children’s health, among others. DOR investigators are primarily supported by grant and contract funding from federal and other external sources, especially the National Institutes of Health. The 11 research scientists in DOR’s Health Care Delivery and Policy Section are nationally respected for their innovative, high-impact research. 

This Associate Director position calls for a strong understanding and expertise in health care delivery and policy research. Research scientists in this section study a range of health conditions and have a variety of expertise, including epidemiology, health services and implementation science. In addition, they have many collaborations with clinical leaders within Kaiser Permanente on operationally relevant studies. In general, DOR associate directors spend approximately 20% of their effort on leadership activities with their section faculty and for the department, and the remainder of their effort on their own research. The successful candidate is expected to maintain their own externally-funded research portfolio including NIH or other federal funding, collaborate with program leaders and other researchers within Kaiser Permanente, and develop national and international collaborations to advance research, quality of care and outcomes. 

Required qualifications include a PhD or MD and research experience equivalent to a DOR Research Scientist II or III (similar to an Associate Professor or Professor in a university-based setting). The ideal candidate will have experience in productively leading and cultivating research programs and in successfully mentoring researchers and clinicians. The candidate should have a well-established track record of investigator-initiated grant funding, peer-reviewed publications, collaboration with clinicians, strong methodologic expertise, and experience working with electronic medical records. DOR is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and strongly encourages women and candidates from under-represented minorities to apply. 


DOR is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and strongly encourages women and applicants of color to apply.


Please email a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to by March 1, 2021:  

Suzanne Furuya, MPH MBA
Division of Research
Kaiser Permanente Northern California
2000 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
Email: suzanne.furuya@kp.org