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Transformation Director- Strategy

We Are Hiring

Strategy Dir - Mission Inspired Transformatn - Full-Time,Day - MOSTL 4600 Headquarters - Remotely Based

Why Join Ascension?

Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation. As one of the largest non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2018, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Our Mission, Vision and Values guide everything we do at Ascension. They are foundational to our work to transform healthcare and express our priorities when providing care and services, particularly to those most in need.
Ascension includes approximately 156,000 associates and 34,000 aligned providers. Our national health system operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 151 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 21 states and the District of Columbia, while providing a variety of services including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, facilities management, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.
In 2018, Ascension adopted our Advanced Strategic Direction, reaffirming our commitment to provide Healthcare That Works, Healthcare That Is Safe, and Healthcare That Leaves No One Behind, for Life, while embracing a Dual Transformation strategy with a new perspective that reflects the rapidly evolving healthcare environment. Our Advanced Strategic Direction provides the transformational strategic agenda that will enable Ascension to continue to deliver on our Mission commitment while ensuring a vibrant, sustainable health ministry for the future.

What You Will Do

As one of the early members of Ascension’s newly-formed Transformation Management team, the Transformation Director will play a key role in establishing and growing this critical team with a System mandate to help transform our current core healthcare delivery system, while also developing new, transformational models for the future.  In this role, you will have the ability to make an immediate impact.  Your analytical, interpersonal, critical thinking, and leadership skills will be called upon from day one.  You'll be in the thick of the action for Ascension as you work side-by-side daily with senior leaders hand-picked to lead our transformational journey. The Transformation Director will serve as a vital thought partner for cross-functional Design Teams tasked with defining transformation opportunities, designing prototypes, piloting solutions and implementing validated opportunities to reimagine the future of our ministry consistent with our Advanced Strategic Direction and commitment to Dual Transformation. This work will require an agile, proactive individual with strong executive presence, presentation creation and delivery skills, and the ability to make connections across functions and levels of seniority.  The Transformation Director will report to Ascension’s Vice President of Transformation Management, with significant exposure to and engagement with senior level executives across the organization. In this role, you will have the ability to work remotely with understood accessibility to a major airport for required travel.
Key Responsibilities
The Transformation Director will partner with Ascension leadership to provide strategic thought leadership and help guide strategic initiatives and transformational activities across Ascension. This individual will play a critical role in defining the future state of Ascension by helping advance a portfolio of transformational opportunities that will shape and drive the overall strategy of Ascension consistent with our Advanced Strategic Direction and commitment to Dual Transformation.
  • Serve as a thought partner for ministry leaders (e.g., Executive Sponsors and Design Team leads) in helping to frame transformational opportunities and identifying priority work streams
  • Partner with Ascension Senior Leadership in identifying new, transformational opportunities that support our Advanced Strategic Direction
  • Scope and structure Design Team work streams, deliverables, timelines, and key milestones consistent with overall Mission-inspired Transformation to drive Design Team success
  • Support the development and implementation of transformational initiatives including Minimally Viable Product (MVP) design and pilot development and implementation
  • Proactively identify Design Team barriers, change management issues and mitigating approaches
  • Maintain an enterprise-wide view of Ascension strategic initiatives and capacity requirements and identify interdependencies across Design Teams

What You Will Need

  • Education: Master’s Degree in Business Administration or related field required
  • Experience:  8+ years of progressive experience in management consulting, internal corporate strategy, a start-up, finance, or other business environment with proven success leading teams
  • 3+ years of experience driving transformational organization change with proven results
  • Healthcare experience required
  • Experience in management consulting or internal corporate strategy developing and implementing enterprise-wide projects and/or assisting organizations drive major transformational change
  • Superior critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Experience leading and managing cross-functional teams or work groups as well as direct reports
  • Experience structuring and driving major work streams across multiple constituents in a matrix organization
  • Exceptional interpersonal and team-building skills with executive presence and the ability to build relationships and influence across all levels of an organization
  • Proven ability to lead collaborative work-teams with creative problem solving and ability to overcoming resistance or barriers
  • Experience working in agile methodologies
  • Excellent communication skills with an ability to efficiently and productively communicate both orally and in writing; experience presenting before senior executives
  • Demonstrated excellence in project management and effectively managing multiple projects/priorities simultaneously
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to travel 50+% to perform essential duties of the job

Equal Employment Opportunity

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Job ID: 340867
Category: Business Administration
Facility: MOSTL Ascension System Office
Ministry: Ascension
Location: St Louis, MO

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