The Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (EVP/COO) reports to and works closely with the President of SUNY Downstate Medical Center and in the President’s absence, serves as the Officer-in-Charge. The EVP/COO will collaborate closely with the Vice President & Chief of Staff, Chief Financial Officer, the Deans of the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Graduate School and the School of Public Health and other peer positions reporting to the President in planning, directing and leading the implementation of policies, procedures and practices that govern operations essential to achieving institutional effectiveness of SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s (SUNY DMC) teaching, patient care, research and community service missions.
The EVP/COO is directly responsible for the oversight, leadership and coordination of several critical administrative functions and division/departments including: Human Resources (including Labor Relations and Diversity and Inclusion), Space Planning and Usage, Campus Police/Public Safety, Facilities Management and Development, Student Housing, Student Services, Information Technology, Procurement and Supply Chain Management, the Health Science Center Brooklyn Foundation. The position also includes extensive and intensive interactions with senior executives responsible for Corporate Compliance, the University Physicians of Brooklyn, the University Hospital of Brooklyn and other entities as directed by the President. As EVP/COO, the incumbent will also assume a significant role in the management of affiliated entities such as: BioBAT, Downstate Bio Technology Center, Inc. and StaffCo of Brooklyn, LLC.
The EVP/COO reports directly to the President of Downstate Medical Center.
Serves as senior leader for the campus in the absence of the President;
Serves as a senior member of the President’s cabinet and member of the Hospital Governing Board.
Serves in a significant advisory capacity to the President and other SUNY DMC leaders on a range of issues. This person directs and coordinates the activities of the programs and services under the position’s direct span-of-control, delegating authoritative decision-making to direct reports and holds them accountable for creating a culture of excellence and assuring optimal delivery of programs and services.
Reviews and evaluates the service results of each department for which he/she is responsible ensuring excellence in the achievement of identified goals and objectives and to provide leadership of these departments with timely and realistic recommendations for continuous service and program improvements.
Guides the development and implementation of policies, procedures and practices that govern delivery of administrative support services;
Ensures development and use of tools, systems, and channels of communication that facilitate timely and accurate flow of information among leadership, section heads and all subordinate staff.
Guides and develops strategies for workforce training and development with increasing opportunities for employee mobility and transparency in employee relations.
Collaborates with senior leadership to determine needs and develops plans for major organizational changes in response to changing economic, workforce, strategic and programmatic needs impacting infrastructure and operating costs of services;
In collaboration with the Chief Financial Officer, develops and recommends a divisional operating budget that is consistent with SUNY DMC’s strategic goals and objectives and ensures that assigned areas operate within their budgets.
A master’s degree and/or doctoral degree in Business/Public Administration or a related discipline is required with a track record of progressively responsible positions in the private or public sectors, academic health center administration, finance and operations management required. Additionally, as the position regularly interacts with SUNY Central administration, the incumbent must be able to demonstrate leadership skills that build collaborative relationships with a variety of constituencies in a manner that creates and inspires respect and confidence. A minimum of 10 years of administrative leadership experience, preferably in a complex, urban health science setting, coupled with extensive knowledge of collective bargaining agreements, contractual agreements, financial and political acumen.
Formally known as The State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn—but better known to our patients and Brooklyn neighbors as SUNY Downstate Medical Center—we are older than the Brooklyn Bridge. We trace our roots back to 1860, when a school of medicine was founded at the Long Island College Hospital. The new college’s faculty revolutionized medical education in this country by b...ringing the teaching of medicine to the hospital bedside, thus rejecting the idea that physicians should be trained exclusively in university lecture halls.
Photo of Dr. Robert Furchgott
Nobel Prize Winner in Medicine
Dr. Robert Furchgott
Today, SUNY Downstate is one of the nation’s leading urban medical centers. SUNY Downstate comprises a College of Medicine, College of Health Related Professions, College of Nursing, School of Graduate Studies, School of Public Health, and University Hospital of Brooklyn.
As the only academic medical center in Brooklyn, we serve a large population–over 2.3 million people–and one that is among the most diverse in the world. We are also an engine of opportunity for students interested in pursuing careers in health care. Many of our students are the first in their families to attend college.
More physicians who practice medicine in New York City received their training at our College of Medicine than any other medical center in the country. Nationally, our medical school ranks seventh in the number of graduates who are now engaged in academic medicine. Here in Brooklyn, our impact is even greater. We have trained nearly half of all doctors practicing in a number of specialty areas.
Our College of Health Related Professions and College of Nursing also play a unique role in the borough and the city. We have the oldest midwifery program in the country, and we recently made history again by establishing a joint program between the two colleges that trains midwives who are not nurses. The College of Nursing is particularly proud of its role in educating minority students. Approximately three-fourths of the students are minority-group members, and many are recent immigrants.
University Hospital of Brooklyn is the borough’s only hospital located at an academic medical center. As such, it offers the most advanced and comprehensive care in Brooklyn. Many of its physicians are regularly rated among the best in New York City. Some are known throughout the world.
SUNY Downstate Medical Center enters the new century with a renewed dedication to serving the people of Brooklyn through its three-fold mission of education, research, and patient care.