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Executive Director of the Institute for Global Health Sciences (IGHS)

Application Window

Open date: August 11, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, Nov 10, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, Feb 11, 2025 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Executive Director of the Institute for Global Health Sciences (IGHS)

UCSF is seeking an Executive Director of the Institute for Global Health Sciences (IGHS). The Executive Director will provide visionary and strategic leadership, support and strengthen the research and teaching programs, and continue to raise the national and global profile of UCSF’s global health initiatives and efforts. Reporting to the Chancellor, the Executive Director will provide leadership and inspiration for the global health sciences agenda of research, teaching, and service; guide and strengthen collaborations within the university and with academic institutions and NGOs around the world; strengthening collaborations with community partners; provide leadership and mentorship for all full-time and affiliated global health faculty; oversee a robust research and evaluation grant portfolio; and enrich the IGHS’s teaching offerings. This leader will be expected to be an excellent manager of people and resources, be willing to raise external funds to support the mission, and have a deep commitment to UCSF’s culture of diversity, equity and inclusive, collaborative culture across the organization.


  • Provide overall strategic direction for the Institute for Global Health Sciences at UCSF
  • Lead and promote UCSF on global health matters locally, nationally, and internationally
  • Ensure the Institute attracts sufficient funding to guarantee its future viability
  • Lead the development of educational programs at all levels of learners
  • Identify research priorities, including collaborative opportunities
  • Provide oversight of all Institute faculty, including all appointments and promotions
  • Provide administrative, budgetary, and financial management of the Institute
  • Ensure establishment of job standards for evaluating staff
  • Chair the leadership committee, the executive committee, and the dean’s committee (if applicable)
  • Establish close working relationships with Deans and other senior administrators at UCSF


  • Terminal degree required; M.P.H. or equivalent degree in the health sciences preferred
  • Recognized leader in global health
  • Proven ability to create and execute a strategic vision
  • Academic achievements warranting faculty appointment at the Associate/Full Professor rank
  • Administrative and supervisory experience, preferably within academia
  • Success building a global public enterprise with strong working relationships with local, national, and international partners and preferably, evidence of diversified funding support, including the U.S. Government and private foundations
  • Proven ability to mentor and develop the academic careers of a diverse faculty in an inclusive manner
  • Exceptional communicator and excellent listener who respects others’ opinions
  • Excellent external communicator with press
  • Demonstrates highest level of integrity
  • Commitment to promoting inclusion, diversity, equity, and anti-racism among trainees, staff, faculty, and research participants and a track record of measurably advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism initiatives
  • Passionate about health and racial equity
  • Approachable and visible leader at all levels of the organization
  • Ability to build strong, supportive, collaborative relationships with faculty, staff, and learners across the university
  • Supportive and inclusive management style which includes regular communications, the capacity to balance multiple competing agendas, and the ability to influence and work productively with many different constituencies
  • Commitment to advance the mission and values of the University of California, San Francisco

The UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences (IGHS) is responsible for facilitating the training and research of global health leaders, helping governments and organizations strengthen their health systems and building sustainable solutions to improve health and eliminate disease.

IGHS is uniquely positioned as an incubator and accelerator for new and cutting-edge projects in global health. As an investor and supporter of innovation in global health, they are directly impacting long standing global health problems as well as addressing new issues that emerge such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Their partnerships with researchers across UCSF and the UC system and their alliances with organizations, governments, and educational institutions around the world have garnered collaborations that have moved them closer to solving some of the world’s most pressing global health issues, like eliminating malaria globally.


  • Founded on August 1, 2003, by Haile T. Debas, M.D.
  • Over $91 million in total revenue, including over $81 million in sponsored projects
  • 39 faculty
  • 8 non-faculty academics, postdoc employees
  • 389 staff
  • 74 students (student interns, enrolled M.S. and Ph.D. students)
  • 443 total FTE
  • 474 alumni of the M.S. in Global Health
  • 50 countries in which IGHS works
  • 153 countries in which UCSF works
  • 1,071 UCSF investigators working in global health
  • Major areas of focus include:
    • Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, emphasizing Malaria Elimination
    • Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, including nutrition, clean water, and pregnancy preparedness
    • Global Nursing, including Global Action in Nursing dedicated to increasing the number of nurses and midwives and providing clinical and leadership training to those working in high-risk communities.
    • HIV/AIDS Strategic Information, including epidemiological surveillance, monitoring and evaluation for quality improvement, measuring recent infections, strengthening health information systems, dashboard development for data visualization
    • Global Health Delivery, Diplomacy and Economics, including development and dissemination of interactive case-based modules aimed to increase capacity to deliver high quality HIV care
    • Healthy Equity in Surgery and Anesthesia, including making pulse oximeters more equitable
    • Pandemic Preparedness and Response, including development of a Virtual Training Academy to rapidly train, scale and sustain a workforce ready to respond to a pandemic

Since its founding, the Institute for Global Health Sciences has sought to be a pioneer and innovator in academic global health, with a deep commitment to improving the health of marginalized communities.

Vision: To improve health and reduce inequities locally and globally.

Mission: We solve global health problems so that people can live healthy productive lives by:

  • Applying high-quality scientific evidence to inform health policies and practices
  • Training future leaders in global health
  • Building the capacity of our implementing partners

Strategy: UC San Francisco scientists, staff and students work in almost every region of the world in pursuit of UCSF’s mission: advancing health worldwide. The Institute for Global Health Sciences harnesses the power of UCSF’s cutting-edge science to create lasting solutions which improve health and strengthen health systems. Employing the Institute’s strategy (called STEPS to Impact), faculty, researchers, and staff—experts in implementation science, education and policy development—work alongside in-country partners to support the prevention, treatment and elimination of conditions that cause health burdens among the underserved.

The IGHS strategy starts with Science—understanding the basic biological and social factors that produce disease. The next step is Technology—creating tools which can be used to help patients (such as a diagnostic test to determine if a woman is at risk for a premature birth), and tools to help health systems improve their performance (such as applications to help epidemiologists track an epidemic). E stands for Economics—thinking through ways to make interventions as cost-effective as possible for low-resource settings. P is for Policy— working with global- and country-level officials to put proven approaches into practice. The final step is Society—working closely with communities and individuals affected by disease to understand their cultural context to maximize their impact. These STEPS to Impact bring results: the Institute is producing breakthroughs in infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis; improving outcomes in maternal and newborn health; and launching new programs addressing emerging global health threats like diabetes, cancer, climate change, and mental health.

IGHS is also a pioneer in education, launching the nation’s first ever master’s degree in global health and expanding a leading Ph.D. program. Students explore critical health challenges and develop solutions through focused training and mentorship by world-renowned faculty. The Institute’s education mission also includes building capacity of their partners abroad and exploring online programs to reach new audiences.

Commitment to DEI: The IGHS aspires to build a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty, student, and staff community that reflects the partners and communities they collaborate with globally. IGHS cultivates an environment that is welcoming, values differences and diverse ideas, and supports culturally humble education, research, and program implementation worldwide.


  • The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a world-class public university focused exclusively on health and biomedical research. UCSF advances health worldwide by educating the next generation of healthcare professionals, translating leading-edge scholarly and scientific research into knowledge, therapies, and cures for debilitating diseases, providing compassionate patient care, and serving the local and global community through community service, public policy research, and advocacy. UCSF embraces a common set of values that set a clear direction for all members of its patient care, research, and education communities. Its values statement – its shorthand for the individual and organizational behavior expected of all – is the acronym PRIDE – professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity, and excellence.
  • The San Francisco Bay Area is well known for its rich diversity of cultures. UCSF is committed to inclusion for all patients, employees, and community. Diversity is one of the core values highlighted in the PRIDE values statement: UCSF is committed to building a broadly diverse community, nurturing a culture that is welcoming and supportive and engaging diverse ideas for the provision of culturally competent education, discovery, and patient care. It is also committed to reflecting the diversity of California's population across all levels of its staff by working to recruit and retain diverse employees.

A reasonable salary estimate for this position is $400,000-$500,000.

Please apply online with CV, cover letter, and statement of diversity, at To receive full consideration, please submit all materials prior to the initial review date. However, the position will remain open until filled. Applicant materials must list current and/or pending qualifications upon submission. The selected candidate must meet all of the qualifications at the time of appointment.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - CV must clearly list current and/or pending qualifications (e.g. board eligibility/certification, medical licensure, etc.).

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Please see the following page for more details: Contributions to Diversity Statement

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

About UC San Francisco

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The University of California 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, disability, age or protected veteran status.

Job location

San Francisco, CA