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Title:  VP, Executive Director of ULPS Job

Date:  Apr 30, 2024
Facility:  Le Bonheur (0205)


The Vice President/ Executive Director ULPS is responsible for key functions of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. As Vice President reporting to the President of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, is responsible for the outpatient specialty clinic operations. As Executive Director of ULPS, reporting to both the President of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the Executive Dean of the UTCOM, and in collaboration with the ULPS Board of Directors, is responsible for all business, financial, and operational affairs of the assigned functions. Establishes and executes short-and long-term strategic goals and business development objectives. Identifies opportunities for business and financial improvement to ensure financial viability through short-and long-range planning to achieve and maintain growth. Models appropriate behavior as exemplified in MLH Mission, Vision and Values.



Education/Formal Training

Work Experience




  • Master's degree in business or healthcare administration, or related field.



  • Minimum of five (5) years of physician practice management experience in a multispecialty or pediatric group, preferably within or affiliated with an academic medical center.





Group practice within an academic medical center




In lieu of Master’s degree, the candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree in business or healthcare administration, or related field with a minimum of ten (10) years of outpatient clinic or physician practice management experience in a multispecialty or pediatric group.




  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills are essential to this position.
  • Must possess the ability to relate to individuals and groups at all socioeconomic and education levels.
  • Ability to communicate verbally with all levels of Associates, management and executives.
  • Ability to understand and prepare complex written materials, such as business plans and policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrates effectiveness in managing and directing departmental operations and management/supervisory personnel and in evaluating, training, and motivating performance.
  • Ability to accomplish results through others.
  • Demonstrates ability to delegate effectively and to establish clear guidelines for accountability.
  • Ability to build consensus and provide strong leadership in a team environment.
  • Progressive administrative and operational experience in physician organizations, where the position has required in-depth knowledge of planning, marketing, operations, finance, information systems, and physician collaboration.

Key Job Responsibilities

Plans, directs and monitors the activities of a large specialty physician practice to ensure the promotion of the Mission, Vision and Values and the philosophy of Patient-Centered Care of MLH.
Leads development of clinical practice business strategies, establishment of practice goals, delineation of financial and operational expectations, and development of a common vision consistent with the mission of UTCOM and Le Bonheur.
Provides administrative leadership to clinical department administrators, in concert with Chairs\Division Chiefs, to promote a collaborative and productive environment that is working toward common, practice-wide strategic goals.
Leads the development and execution of ULPS's strategic plan in collaboration with UTCOM and Le Bonheur leadership and under the direction of the board.
Provides leadership to employed and leased staff in a collaborative environment that offers job satisfaction and recognition and stimulates innovative thinking.
Collaborates with executive peers to ensure coordination of services.
Determines and makes recommendations regarding HR needs for practice plan operations, including recommendations to the board regarding probationary actions and/or terminations.
Reviews and approves all proposed business initiatives for financial soundness and consistency with practice-wide strategic goals. 
Serves as the primary representative of ULPS to other internal and external entities, agencies, and organizations to identify, reduce, and eliminate barriers that may negatively affect patient care and customer satisfaction.
Reviews and approves all clinical operational practice policies and performance guidelines in collaboration with key stakeholders. Consistently monitors performance against established benchmarks and reviews regularly with medical staff leadership and representatives of the ULPS board.
Analyzes trends in market demand and clinical practices; evaluates alternatives for appropriateness, short-and long-term impact, and cost consequences; and presents recommendations to the board.
Leads development of the annual operating plan and budget. 
Maintains awareness of and communicates information related to trends and parameters in hospital utilization, community needs, payor demands, physician references, market share, and competitor analysis.
Establishes guidelines/parameters for clinical contracts with affiliated entities and works with physician leadership to negotiate and execute all professional service contracts.
Oversees all healthcare facility planning functions for ULPS including selection and installation of capital equipment, facilities renovations, and facilities maintenance projects.
Develops and maintains a comprehensive understanding of all pertinent regulations, policies, procedures, and processes specific to UTCOM, ULPS and Le Bonheur, and ensures compliance with such regulations and relevant legal issues.
Coordinates all contract negotiations between the physicians, hospitals, and subcontracted service providers.
Establishes fee schedules, billing policies, and ensures that all professional service contracts are current and market-competitive.
Determines assessments on clinical revenue to fund expenditures, initiatives, and fund balance requirements.
Works collaboratively with clinical department chairs to develop short-and long-term recruitment plans consistent with the strategic plan and within defined business and financial boundaries.
Develops relationships within the community to enhance the physician enterprise brand. Performs direct marketing efforts and internal and external communications related to physician practice development.

Physical Requirements

  • The physical activities of this position may include climbing, pushing, standing, hearing, walking, reaching, grasping, kneeling, stooping, and repetitive motion.
  • Must have good balance and coordination.
  • The physical requirements of this position are: light work - exerting up to 25 lbs. of force occasionally and/or up to 10 lbs. of force frequently.
  • The Associate is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity, such as preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; or extensive reading.
  • The conditions to which the Associate will be subject in this position: The Associate is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions; job functions are typically performed under conditions such as those found in general office or administrative work.

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