Director, Children's Hospital, North Region/ Pediatrics

HACKENSACK UNIVERSITY MED CNTR Hackensack Requisition # 2021-102319 ShiftDay StatusFull Time with Benefits Weekend WorkNo Weekends Required HolidaysNo Holidays Required On CallNo On-Call Required Shift Hours8;30am - 5pm Address30 Prospect Avenue, Hackensack, 07601

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The Director, Children's Hospital, North Region / Pediatrics, in conjunction with Children’s Hospital Administration Senior Leadership, leads the administration, operations, strategic planning, and program development/implementation of pediatric medical and surgical services/programs of the North Region including the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital/HUMC. The Director is accountable for achievement of organizational goals in growth, finance/cost efficiency, quality, engagement, patient satisfaction, academics and research. With matrix relationship with the Physician Services Division, supports and collaborates with leaders of the pediatric faculty practices in operations, quality assurance, growth and patient experience.  The Director works with the Chair of Pediatrics/Physician in Chief in management of the Department of Pediatrics and in creating a nationally recognized children’s hospital. The Director, as needed, represents the Vice President, Children’s CTS, in matters related to JMSCH.


A day in the life of a Director, Children's Hospital, Regional Pediatrics at Hackensack Meridian Health includes:

  • Supports the administration, day-to-day operations, and program development of inpatient and outpatient Pediatric services across the assigned departments/units within the region.
  • Supports/assists the CTS VP in the development, implementation and monitoring of strategic and capital plans for Pediatric CTS. Under the guidance of the CTS VP develops business plans to support projects, new business growth opportunities or programmatic changes, which incorporates competitive analysis, market trends, reimbursement/revenue evaluation consistent with Hackensack Meridian Health's strategic goals. Supports the implementation of approved facility plans as outlined in the strategic plan and provides leadership through implementation. 
  • Executes the Pediatric CTS strategic plan across the region including planning and directing daily operating activities. Responsible for oversight of the site/campus specific pediatric leaders across the region. 
  • Integrates Pediatric CTS programs and services throughout the region to leverage business, lower costs and operational support to facilitate achievement of the pediatric strategic plan. Integral member of the Pediatric CTS Network Leadership Team responsible for executing and harmonizing best practices, pathways, protocols, equipment procurement, policies, and practices in addition to identifying technology, innovation and growth opportunities.
  • Works with departments and physicians to develop performance improvement plans for services provided. Monitors results and action plans, and initiates, leads and/or facilitates improvement activities required to reach/exceed established targets. Facilitates the implementation of evidence based protocols through coordination with physicians, nursing, therapy, and other related team members. Develops affiliation relationships to enhance the academic, research, and growth goals of the services. Leads services to achieve goals and objectives associated with research, academic, and teaching. Oversees the children's hospital research division. Responsible for departmental and hospital compliance with all CMS, Joint Commission, DOH, ACGME and all applicable regulatory agencies standards.
  • Develops, implements, and monitors strategic and capital plans/budgets. Develops, gains approval, and implements program specific business plans, evaluating competition, market, potential revenue, costs, operational implications in a manner to ensure plans are consistent with HMH strategic goals. Coordinates with department leaders to develop and implement program plans. Leads the implementation through facilitation and coordination of processes within and across departments. Monitors, controls and is accountable for hospital performance through development of dashboards with relevant indicators including volume, profitability, outcomes, patient satisfaction, etc. Develops action plans to address variances.
  • Develops and monitors operating and capital budgets for programs and services. Initiates, leads, and/or facilitates improvement activities to remove identified barriers for physician referrals, efficiency, productivity, revenue enhancement, and cost containment. Provides direct oversight for leaders and team members. Develops an engaged team.
  • Develops and maintains collaborative working relationships with community and hospital based physicians. Serves as liaison between physicians and administration. Ensures strategic plans and medical staff planning activities are implemented. Works with hospital/network administration to develop medical manpower plans. Leads the recruitment of qualified physicians in accordance with established plans. Works with hospital leadership to develop, negotiate, implement, monitor and execute physician contracts.
  • Consistently develops, implements, and supports activities and/or projects that promote patient satisfaction within a patient center care framework to achieve best practice targets. Engages team in achievement of patient satisfaction goals.
  • Works with marketing/public relations staff to develop and implement plans for promoting the services of the children's hospital. Working with Corporate Communications, leads the development and implementation of community outreach plan in order to fulfill goals of service line and HMH's mission. Oversees the children's hospital community outreach team. Serves in leadership roles in other non-profit organizations that support the needs of the services. 
  • Supports Foundations to secure funding through gifts and grants. Actively supports events and efforts to raise funds to support services. Networks with and cultivates prospective donors and speaks to individuals and groups about gifting opportunities. Seeks out grant opportunities and supports grant application process. Ensures compliance with grant requirements. Oversees fund allocations and ensures timely and appropriate use of funds. 
  • Coordinates activities and needs of the department and sections with ancillary and other related departments within the medical center and children's hospital.
  • Other duties and/or projects as assigned.
  • Adheres to HMH's Organizational and Managerial competencies and standards of behavior.


Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Bachelor's degree in health related field
  • Master's degree in related field
  • Minimum of 3 years of progressively responsible experience in healthcare operations and service line management, with at least 5 years in a leadership role.
  • Extensive budget experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities, internally and externally. 
  • Exceptional communication skills and experience with engaging and building relationships with network leadership. 
  • Understanding of the business implications of moving from volume to value-based payment for care.
  • Knowledge of health care and business metrics, benchmarks, economic engines and standards that drive and/or shape the industry.
  • Ability to establish and measure various metrics to assess success of the service line.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop creative, workable strategies and tactics to accomplish goals and objectives
  • Strong leadership presence, relationship building skills and ability to influence, lead and direct individuals in multiple functional areas and across all levels of employees, management and community leaders
  • Knowledge of care transformation principles.
  • Demonstrated analytical ability to identify problems, develop solutions and execute in collaboration with other leaders or constituents. 
  • Ability to develop a high performing team and steering committee, articulate vision, create trust, drive the HMH culture and build consensus.
  • Strong business acumen focusing on results. 
  • A market shaper and innovator within the HMH culture.

Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Preferred:

  • Master's degree in business/operations (MBA/MHA)
  • Leadership experience in either children's services.
  • Multi-site/systems experience preferred
  • Financial management: Encompass reimbursement methodology and strategies as well as evaluation of business plans and execution 

Licenses and Certifications Preferred:

  • Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives

If you feel that the above description speaks directly to your strengths and capabilities, then please apply today!

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