Vice President, Cancer Care Services

Oakland, CA
Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications
Sep 24, 2020
Oct 24, 2020
Full Time

Kaiser Permanente is one of the country’s largest not-for-profit health care system with $85.5 billion in annual revenue.  Founded in 1945, the company has grown from a 12-bed hospital to serving nearly 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia.  Kaiser Permanente is nationally and internationally recognized for providing innovative, high-quality, evidence-based health care and coverage through its integrated system.

More than 218K employees and 23K Permanente Medical Group physicians serve the health care needs of members and communities in eight Kaiser Permanente Regions covering Northern California, Southern California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Mid-Atlantic States (Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia), Oregon, and Washington.

Kaiser Permanente Health Plan members receive their care primarily through 39 Kaiser Permanente-owned and operated hospitals, over 700 medical clinics, pharmacies, and other facilities. Some care is provided through contracted networks of community hospitals, physicians, and other providers.

Our eight Regions are comprised of separate, but closely cooperating organizations:

  • Kaiser Foundation Health Plans (KFHP):  A non-profit, public-benefit corporation that contracts with individuals and groups to provide HMO and other health benefit plans.  KFHP contracts with Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and the Permanente Medical Groups to provide services.
  • Kaiser Foundation Hospitals (KFH):  A non-profit, public-benefit corporation that owns and operates hospitals in California, Oregon, and Hawaii; owns outpatient facilities in all states where they do business; provides or arranges hospital services; and sponsors charitable, educational, and research activities.
  • Permanente Medical Groups (PMG):  Exclusive Partnerships or professional corporations of physicians, with one in each Kaiser Permanente Region. The PMG is responsible for providing and arranging all medical care and services in each of our Regions.

Leveraging its integrated care delivery system, tools and technology, Kaiser Permanente is taking preventive, proactive, and chronic care to a new level, resulting in better care, better health and more convenient access at an affordable cost.

Position Summary

As the Vice President of Enterprise Cancer Care Services, you will determine the strategic direction, vision, and scope of the capabilities necessary to support the cancer care line of service across the enterprise, focusing on helping our patients experience more healthy years and focus on what matters to them. In doing so, we will elevate Kaiser Permanente’s performance across the entire cancer care continuum. We aspire to be a global leader in cancer prevention and care, inspiring the nation and world to do the same.

You will be responsible for leading the transformation of Kaiser Permanente’s delivery of evidence-based, outcomes-driven cancer care services. Together with the Permanente Federation Cancer Care Physician leader, you will lead the development of an enterprise strategy that delivers exceptional service and quality outcomes for cancer patients across Kaiser Permanente and elevates Kaiser Permanente’s reputation as a leading cancer care organization. As a seasoned leader, you will have the proven ability to build leading cancer care programs with excellent end to end experience and clinical outcomes. In this role, you will incorporate social care aspects, precision genomics, and cancer research into Kaiser Permanente’s enterprise cancer care strategy. In addition, you will serve as an oversight function for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, ensuring that Health Plan members receive high quality cancer care across Kaiser Permanente.

Principal Responsibilities Include

  • Providing executive level leadership, strategic direction, and recommendations over areas of accountability
  • Identifying and implementing actions in areas of accountability to improve quality, access, service, and outcomes
  • Supporting the structure and processes to develop, implement, and ensure success of all areas related to cancer care services, including treatment pathways, time to first treatment, and care coordination
  • Ensuring that Kaiser Permanente is strategically positioned to maintain ongoing regulatory compliance across cancer care services
  • Identifying future demand by service line; including community resource capacity
  • Supporting and guiding the development and implementation of cancer care services operating plans across all regions
  • Championing and implementing cancer care services innovations to achieve organizational goals
  • Exploring critical issues related to cancer care services for specific populations, such as complex needs patients and creating innovative care delivery models to address those needs
  • Developing and implementing the future vision for cancer care services across Kaiser Permanente including the integration of social needs, genomics, and research
  • Facilitating the flow of information to and from the organization to industry, members, and the community at large and engaging community partners to drive Kaiser Permanente’s cancer care objectives

Short and Long-Term Accountabilities Include

  • Partnering with the Permanente Federation Cancer Care Physician Leader to develop an enterprise cancer care services strategy including a multi-year roadmap for execution to meet the needs of our members and patients and the communities we serve
  • Providing leadership and coordination to execute on the enterprise strategy which includes establishing and chartering regional implementation teams, developing any necessary programs and tools, and identifying problems and removing barriers
  • Representing cancer care services perspectives to Executive Leadership
  • Defining and communicating program-wide performance expectations and measuring for cancer care services delivery and population health outcomes
  • Creating a culture within the cancer care service line which is innovative, action-oriented, and results driven and promotes equity and inclusion
  • Ensuring that all cancer care services are positioned to maintain ongoing regulatory compliance
  • Establishing an environment that supports caregivers and enhances growth, communication, and job satisfaction
  • Directing/supporting the implementation of integrated human resources strategies across the cancer care service line to ensure quality results in the identification, recruitment, retention, and development of staff
  • Ensuring labor participation in appropriate forums and committees

Key Relationships

You will report directly to the EVP, Chief Medical Officer. You will work directly with Kaiser Permanente regional and medical center leaders, key physician leaders, and other functional leaders to establish a future vision and operating models related to cancer care services. You will also establish, engage, and maintain relationships and contracts with vendors and other strategic partners.

Compliance and Integrity

  • The ability to model and reinforce ethical behavior in self and others in accordance with the Kaiser Permanente Principles of Responsibility
  • The ability to adhere to organizational policies and guidelines, support compliance initiatives, maintain confidences, admit mistakes, conduct business with honesty, show consistency in words and actions, and follow through on commitments
  • All leaders are accountable for communication, implementation, enforcement, monitoring, and oversight of compliance policies and practices in their departments

Education/Experience Qualifications Include

  • A bachelor’s degree in nursing or a related clinical field; a master’s degree is strongly preferred
  • At least seven to ten years of experience in a health care system leading cancer services or cancer care institute, alliance, or other system with a blend of cancer care clinical and program leadership roles; leadership of a multi-site cancer organization is preferred
  • Significant experiences in the implementation of large-scale clinical programs, preferably using an implementation science approach
  • Strong business acumen with demonstrated financial, operational, and technical skills in driving and promoting quality, safety, cost effective care and services. Has the requisite business planning, strategic, and operational skills to achieve both short-and long-term goals
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities, including but not limited to:
  • Developing constructive working relationships and partnerships with internal and external partners
  • The willingness to challenge the “status quo”
  • Excellent interpersonal skills (negotiation, listening, and communication skills) characterized by effective interactions with a diverse range of internal and external constituents, stakeholders, and audiences
  • The ability to operate in complex situations and remain effective
  • Decisiveness, action-oriented, personal integrity
  • Capable of persevering in difficult situations
  • The ability to have an open, collaborative leadership style that promotes teamwork and partnership while achieving desired results


Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.

This position supports Kaiser Permanente’s code of conduct and compliance by adhering to all laws and regulations, accreditation and licensure requirements, and internal policies and procedures.