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Executive Director, Assessment, Curriculum & Evaluation (ACE)

University of California - San Francisco Campus and Health
United States, California, San Francisco
Aug 04, 2023

Executive Director, Assessment, Curriculum & Evaluation (ACE)

DO-CA-OP-Educ-Asses Cur Eval

Full Time


Job Summary

The UCSF School of Medicine (SOM) Dean's Office seeks a candidate who will a bring diverse background and experience to the role of Executive Director for Assessment, Curriculum, and Evaluation (ACE). assessment, and evaluations.

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Medical Education, the Executive Director has overall strategic and operational responsibility for all ACE programs and manages a team of 35 employees overseen by eight program managers. As the executive director of ACE, the incumbent provides leadership to the Medical Education strategic planning process, Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Accreditation, and implements new programmatic strategic initiatives.

The executive director oversees:

  • The development, planning and delivery of operational components of the SOM Bridges Curriculum across all phases of the curriculum.
  • Teams of staff who work closely with faculty to develop, design and implement curricular components of the Bridges Curriculum.
  • Implementation and integration of five curricular tracks into the MD Bridges Curriculum, including SJV PRIME+, PRIME-US, the Joint Medical Program, Medical Scientist Training Program, and Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery Program.
  • Assessment of students including medical student performance evaluations, clinical practice exams, practice exams, and assessment weeks.
  • Program evaluation and continuous process improvement projects to assess and support the curriculum, faculty and students.

In addition, the Executive Director works collaboratively with campus partners such as the Registrar, financial aid, and other student organizations to align curricular requirements with student services.

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Department Description

The Assessment, Curriculum and Evaluations (ACE) Unit is the administrative team in the School of Medicine (SOM), Dean's Office, Medical Education that operationalizes and directs the design of SOM curriculum student assessment and program evaluation. Working closely with faculty and SOM Medical Education Deans, the ACE consists of several subunits that manage the day to day operations of curriculum delivery and support of learners. The teams in ACE design, conduct, promote, evaluate and support medical education programs in compliance with organizational objectives and nationally accepted accreditation standards and requirements. The ACE teams support learners in areas such as curriculum, teaching and learning activities, scheduling, core competencies, assessment and evaluations. ACE teams coordinates all activities associated with ongoing administration of medical education programs. Educational Evaluations is part of the Assessment, Curriculum, and Evaluation team in the Office of Medical Education. Educational Evaluations oversees evaluation design, implementation and reporting to inform curricular decision making for the core UCSF School of Medicine curriculum, instructors and medical students. Educational Evaluations guides program improvement through evaluating the effectiveness of the educational program in an ongoing manner using students' evaluations of their courses and faculty and documenting the extent to which our curriculum objectives have been met. The team oversees all curriculum and program evaluation of the core undergraduate medical education curriculum at the UCSF School of Medicine. This oversight included evaluation of both the ongoing curriculum and programs, accreditation, as well as pilot studies and innovations implemented within the curriculum. The team is responsible to ensure that all curriculum evaluation is conducted in an independent, methodologically rigorous and timely manner.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training
  • 8+ years directly relevant experience
  • 7+ years lead/supervisor/manager experience
  • In-depth knowledge of health professions education industry, including educational concepts, curriculum, and competencies across multiple health professions
  • Critical thinking skills to improve upon organization best practices
  • Knowledge of relevant federal, state and local laws and regulations including national accrediting organizations and state and federal licensing and regulatory offices
  • Skills in employee development to grow assigned manager and supervisor leadership skills, leading and guiding them to achieve objectives and manage conflicts
  • Strategic abilities to collaborate with senior management on setting objectives
  • Ability to set goals and manage the implementation process for initiatives
  • Highly adaptive and ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Models ability to adapt to new challenges in innovative ways
  • Skills to organize, simplify and increase efficiency of program processes and procedures while maintaining standards and compliance
  • Interpersonal skills to maintain professional relationships with peers, learners, multidisciplinary team members, senior management, and assigned staff and coordinate education activities across health professions programs
  • Ability to work collaboratively and promote others, soliciting and incorporating their ideas when appropriate
  • Strong ability to quickly evaluate complex issues and identify multiple options for resolution
  • Ability to solve problems when no precedent exists
  • Verbal and written communication skills to address critical and sensitive situations. Strong abilities to actively listen, and change the thinking of, or gain acceptance from others
  • Advanced knowledge of current and emerging educational technologies to enhance teaching and learning practices
  • Advanced ability to facilitate educational technology opportunities using technology-based solutions
  • Must have a successful track record as a leader, manager, and strategist in a complex organizational environment, and previous experience implementing major change initiatives
  • Must be able to deal with complex issues with a high degree of discretion, judgment, and diplomacy
  • Must possess the ability to adapt with flexibility to new challenges, as well as exceptionally strong conceptual, analytical and communication skills and the abilities to be innovative, creative, and motivational to others
  • In-depth knowledge of campus, medical center, HR and university policies and processes

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in related area preferred

About UCSF

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences. We bring together the world's leading experts in nearly every area of health. We are home to five Nobel laureates who have advanced the understanding of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, aging and stem cells.

Pride Values

UCSF is a diverse community made of people with many skills and talents. We seek candidates whose work experience or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence - also known as our PRIDE values.

In addition to our PRIDE values, UCSF is committed to equity - both in how we deliver care as well as our workforce. We are 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. Additional information about UCSF is available at

Join us to find a rewarding career contributing to improving healthcare worldwide.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California San Francisco 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, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.



Job Code and Payroll Title


Job Category

Education, Executive, Professional and Managerial, Supervisory / Management

Bargaining Unit

99 - Policy-Covered (No Bargaining Unit)

Employee Class





Hybrid, Parnassus Heights (SF)



Shift Length

8 Hours

Additional Shift Details

Monday - Friday 8am-5pm