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Vice President, Center for Health Research - NW

Primary Location Portland, Oregon Job Number 1173206 Date posted 04/20/2023
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This position is accountable for all aspects of health research, policy, and research compliance in the Northwest region and is responsible for the business success of the research enterprise in this region. This position will have the ability to lead a 59-year old research center within a health care system focused on solving critical care delivery issues and improving health care outcomes not only for over 600,000 members of Kaiser Permanente’s Northwest Region, but for the general public on a local, national, and international level. In doing so, this position will help enhance Kaiser Permanente’s reputation as a health care system of choice. This position is an active member of Kaiser Permanente’s national research community (National Research Council), and is an acknowledged leader in developing research as a strategic asset for the national Program.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Create and sustain an internationally recognized center of excellence in health research based in Kaiser Permanente Northwest.

  • Provide infrastructure that permits CHR researchers in NW to submit high quality proposals to external agencies such as NIH, CDC, AHRQ, private foundations, and pharmaceutical companies.

  • Develop incentives that encourage and reward a creative work environment in which scientific research can thrive.

  • Develop performance measures for CHR researchers that encourage productivity, accountability, and contributions to the national scientific endeavor.

  • Attract visiting scholars and internationally renowned scientists who seek out association with CHR because of its reputation for excellence.

  • Expand research capacity at CHR to leverage Kaiser Permanente advantages: integrated health care across inpatient, outpatient, and online settings, comprehensive electronic medical and dental records (EHR), infectious diseases, pain and substance use disorders, cancer care, behavioral change research, health economics, dental research, translational and implementation research, and use of large databases (including genetic information).

  • Ensure the sustainable financial health of CHR in order to achieve strategic goals and the long-term financial health of CHR and the NW Region.

  • Lead and endorse the development and implementation of financial performance measures that support CHR’s research mission while contributing to the reputation and image, membership growth and retention, and quality improvement in Kaiser Permanente.

  • Ensure that CHR’s annual operating budgets are balanced and that capital budgets are adequate to sustain CHR’s operations and innovation as a leader in research.

  • Ensure that CHR has ongoing financial oversight to manage the financial performance of the Center to reach financial goals.

  • Ensure that CHR’s unique operational and financial model is understood by Kaiser Permanente NW regional leaders, especially regional President and CFO.

  • Ensure that CHR staff, especially CHR scientists, understand their role in the financial success of the Center.

  • Ensure that all CHR staff have ready access to the current financial performance of CHR so that each employee can play his/her respective role in meeting the Center’s financial objectives.

  • Align health research with Kaiser Permanente’s overall mission and national and regional business objectives.

  • Collaborate with leaders across the KP enterprise to identify high priority issues for research and program evaluation.

  • Participate in the design and development of key regional/market initiatives that would benefit from research and program evaluation, including new benefits, Kaiser Permanente’s EHR, system redesign, patient safety and clinical care.

  • Guide and direct Kaiser Permanente’s scientists to contribute to the evidence base for care delivery and innovation through externally and internally funded research.

  • Identify and influence capacity to conduct health care demonstrations, practical clinical trials, and pragmatic practice-based interventions that are high priority for regional operational leaders and have high scientific merit.

  • Promote research as part of a ‘learning organization’ that is valued by Kaiser Permanente leadership and by the health care industry at large.

  • Demonstrate Kaiser Permanente’s community benefit through research on vulnerable and under-represented populations and its capabilities in evidence-based care and health policy.

  • Create competitive advantage for Kaiser Permanente.

  • Maximize the utility of extraordinary Kaiser Permanente data resources in ways that will create competitive advantages for Kaiser Permanente.

  • Lead the development of a Program-wide position on research collaboration with external investigators that includes: 

  • Acknowledgement of the potential importance of Kaiser Permanente’s data assets as a national resource;

  • Identification of opportunities to develop and acknowledge expertise within Kaiser Permanente;

  • Enhance the public’s knowledge about health and wellness, prevention and treatment of disease.

  • Give presentations to brokers, employers, and the media describing leading-edge contributions of Kaiser Permanente research in science and technology.

  • Establish and promote Kaiser Permanente research as a method to grow Kaiser Permanente’s reputation and image in the local and national community.

  • Provide Kaiser Permanente clinicians, members, and the public with scientifically credible knowledge and methods that will improve health and well-being.

  • Evaluate and articulate the economic value of research for Kaiser Permanente, including reputation and image, membership growth and retention, quality improvement, economic value emanating from the translation of research into policy and practice, extent of community benefit.

  • Provide program-wide research vision and strategy to sustain our role as one of the largest non-academically based health research organizations in the world.

  • Establish and promote research as one of Kaiser Permanente Northwest’s key business functions.

  • Promote research as a core business function for the national Kaiser Permanente program.

  • Expand key partnerships with academic, Veterans Administration, and other research partners, including other health care organizations and trade organizations (e.g., National Business Group on Health).

  • Develop performance measures for researchers and research organizations across Kaiser Permanente so that productivity, accountability, and contributions to the national scientific endeavor can be ensured, recognized, and rewarded.

  • Create a culture within Kaiser Permanente where research is acknowledged as a key strategy function and competency.

  • Lead and support organizational change in all four of Kaiser Permanente Northwest’s businesses: medical, dental, health plan, and research.

  • Serve as a respected member of regional executive team so that business and functional leaders understand the value of research as a core business.

  • Achieve and maintain close collaboration with the regional medical group so that research can be more readily translated into practice.

  • Provide national leadership and advocacy for policy and regulation related to scientific research.

  • Provide expert testimony and/or scientific expertise to state and national policy makers (e.g. NIH, Presidential commissions, U.S. Congress, state legislatures, trade groups, professional associations);

  • Be a recognized national leader in the development and implementation of research regulation and compliance within Kaiser Permanente and for the country as a whole (e.g., HIPAA, informed consent, protection of human subjects, genetics research).

  • Achieve and maintain a national/international reputation as a scientist and a leader in a scientific field.

  • Serve as member and officer of national scientific and health care organizations.

  • Deliver invited lectures and keynote addresses on behalf of Kaiser Permanente and the research community.

  • Serve as a science leader at the National Institutes of Health.

  • Consult with academic Deans, Provosts, university Presidents, and research directors regarding the development of science in the U.S. and abroad.

  • Conduct own research program as a senior investigator at CHR, receiving grants, publishing scientific papers, giving scientific presentations, consulting on scientific matters.

Basic Qualifications:


  • Minimum ten (10) years of research experience involving human subjects in such areas as health services research, translational research, program evaluation, epidemiology, preventive services, health policy, clinical trials, and/or other related research areas.

  • Minimum seven (7) years of previous experience in management and leadership positions(s) that include administration, budget oversight, human resources management, liaison activities, and strategic leadership.



  • Advanced degree (PhD, MD, or other professional degree) in human behavior, medicine, health services, pharmacy, behavioral science, health policy, or related field.


License, Certification, Registration

  • N/A


Additional Requirements:

  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals, including multiple first-authored papers.

  • Knowledge of, or experience within, managed care and health care settings more generally.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Substantial experience and success leading multidisciplinary groups of scientists.

  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of integrated healthcare delivery systems and principles of evidence-based care for populations.

  • M.D. or Ph.D. and advanced training in research methods, statistics and a health-related field.

  • A strong understanding of the business needs of a complex, multi-regional research organization.

  • Reputation and acknowledgement as a productive scientist as evidenced by academic/research credentials, prior funding experience, scientific publications, awards and academic accomplishments.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with scientific, non-scientific and business professionals via a variety of media formats.

  • Prior success in leading a multi-million dollar, multi-site research organization.

  • Broad knowledge of grants and contracts administration and the research regulatory environment.

  • Ability to work with business executives, medical staff, research professionals, government officials, policy makers, and state and national legislators.

  • Proven ability to work with media to explain complex scientific and health information to the general public.

  • Proven ability to envision future directions for health and medical care and describe that vision to a broad audience.

This position has a target base salary of $279,000 to $318,750 and is eligible for incentive compensation, comprehensive health, wellness, time off, savings, and retirement benefits, as well as relocation support, as applicable.

Primary Location: Oregon,Portland,Kaiser Permanente Building Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: M-F Working Hours Start: 08:00 AM Working Hours End: 05:00 PM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: NUE Executives|NUE|Non Union Employee Job Level: Executive/VP Department: Po/Ho Corp - Rgnl Clrng-Northwest HP - 0308 The ranges posted above reflect the location in the job posting. The salary range may vary if you reside in a different location or state than the location posted. Travel: No At Kaiser Permanente, equity, inclusion and diversity are inextricably linked to our mission, and we aim to make it a part of everything we do. We know that having a diverse and inclusive workforce makes Kaiser Permanente a better place to receive health care, a more supportive partner in our communities we serve, and a more fulfilling place to work. Working at Kaiser Permanente means that you agree to and abide by our commitment to equity and our expectation that we all work together to create an inclusive work environment focused on a sense of belonging and wellbeing.

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. Submit Interest