Administrative Fellowship Program

The Dignity Health Administrative Fellowship Program gives post-graduate, future leaders the unique opportunity to gain strategic and operational experience in the rapidly evolving health care industry. Through this program, we have the opportunity to promote diversity among our leadership team and deliver humankindness through effective management.

About The Program

We offer a 12-month learning experience that allows fellows to closely observe the challenges of managing a complex and diverse health system. Fellows are given a broad spectrum of responsibilities and projects while getting an insider’s view of strategic issues affecting the organization and the industry. The fellowship provides a continuous learning experience by allowing the fellow to experience a six-month corporate office rotation. The next six months will be spent becoming familiar with day-to-day operations at a Dignity Health acute care facility. Fellows work directly with senior leadership within Dignity Health and our network of hospitals, emergency centers and clinics.

To learn more about our program, download our Administrative Fellowship Program brochure.

Dignity Health looks for individuals who share our passion for humankindness and closely align with our mission, vision, and values.

Our Mission:

We are committed to furthering the healing ministry of Jesus. We dedicate our resources to delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable health services; serving and advocating for our sisters and brothers who are poor and disenfranchised; and partnering with others in the community to improve the quality of life.

Our Vision:

A vibrant, national health care system known for service, chosen for clinical excellence, standing in partnership with patients, employees and physicians to improve the health of all communities served.

Our Core Values:

Dignity Health is committed to providing high-quality, affordable health care to the communities we serve. Above all else we value Dignity, Collaboration, Justice, Stewardship, and Excellence.

Also those who possess traits and skills such as:

  • Highly motivated work ethic
  • A passion for excellence
  • A willingness to collaborate
  • The desire to deliver humankindness to all individuals
  • A demonstrated history of initiative and creativity
  • The ability to adapt to ambiguous and dynamic environments

Qualifications

At the time of application, candidates must be currently enrolled in their last year of an accredited graduate program pursuing an MHA, MHSA, MPH, MS, MSN, MBA, or similar and anticipate graduating in the Spring, prior to the Fellowship start date. Prior healthcare industry experience is a plus. Candidates should also have an interest in being part of a faith-based provider of humankindness.

Application Process

How to Apply

  1. Visit http://www.dignityhealthcareers.org/careers/jobs
  2. Click Candidate Login to create your new user candidate profile.
  3. Log in using your username/password
  4. Perform a job search by entering Administrative Fellow into the Keywords search field
  5. Click Apply Online

The following supporting documents must be uploaded to be considered for the fellowship:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (one academic and one professional)
  • Graduate School Transcripts
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
  • A two-page (12 point font, double spaced) personal statement answering the following questions:
    1. "Why are you interested in the Dignity Health Administrative Fellowship Program?"
    2. "What unique skills and experiences can you contribute to Dignity Health?"
    3. "What are your short and long-term career objectives in the health care industry?"
    4. "What type(s) of projects do you envision yourself working on as a fellow (at a corporate and/or hospital level)?"

Deadline

All applications and supporting documents must be received by October 3, 2016.

Selection Process

All completed applications will be considered for the Dignity Health Administrative Fellowship program following the steps below:

October 10 - 12, 2016: Phone interviews with current and past Administrative Fellows.

October 24 - 25, 2016: In person interviews with final candidates.

November 4, 2016: Selection and notification.

June 5, 2017: Anticipated start date.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the duration of the Dignity Health Administrative Fellowship Program?

The fellowship is 12 months.

If I have graduated with my Master’s am I still eligible to apply?

No, the Administrative Fellowship is available to students currently in the last year of their graduate program.

When will the fellowship position be posted?

The Fellowship position is usually posted in early summer.

When is the application deadline?

All application materials must be postmarked by October 3, 2016.

Are international applicants eligible for consideration?

With legal authorization for employment in the United States through the fellowship term, international applicants may apply.

When does the Administrative Fellowship start?

The 2017 Fellowship Program will begin on June 5, 2017.

How many fellows does Dignity Health accept?

Typically each year two administrative fellows are accepted.

How is the fellowship structured? Is it rotational or project-based?

During the first 6 months, the fellow spends time at one of our Corporate Offices. During this time it is expected that the fellow attend meetings with their Executive Sponsor/Preceptor and be exposed to members of Dignity Health Leadership team. The second 6 months is spent focused on project specific work at one of our acute care facilities.

How often are the fellowships offered?

Dignity Health offers Administrative Fellowship opportunities once a year.

What level of salary and benefits do fellows receive?

Fellows are provided a competitive salary and full benefits during their year of employment. Fellows are eligible for the benefits package offered to full-time salaried corporate employees.

Who are the Executive Sponsors for the Administrative Fellowship program?

Dignity Health’s Senior Executive Leadership.

How are the fellows evaluated and is feedback provided?

At the beginning of each fellowship, the fellow meets with their executive sponsor to outline an Individual Development Plan. This Individual Development Plan becomes a live working document and the fellow is held responsible for successful completion of each task assigned. Continuous feedback is provided by the executive sponsor, preceptor, and the Vice President responsible for the fellowship program. Each fellow will be required to submit a formal annual evaluation at the end of their fellowship in June.

Is a full-time position offered at the completion of the fellowship?

While the Administrative Fellowship is designed to groom future leaders into Dignity Health roles, an offer of employment is not guaranteed upon completion of the 12-month fellowship. The fellow is encouraged to apply for open positions within the Dignity Health system.

Where should I address additional questions?

Email: DignityHealthFellowship@dignityhealth.org

Meet Our Past & Present Fellows

Why Fellows Choose Dignity Health

At Dignity Health, you can help the poor and underserved in an organization that shares your values and aspirations. You’ll have open, ongoing dialogue about your needs, goals and opportunities. We treat employees and patients with dignity and respect, and everyone feels welcome and accepted here, despite our different backgrounds. Dignity Health is willing to invest in you, and that makes a tremendous difference.

Current Fellows

Gia DeMichele

Gia DeMichele, Dignity Health Administrative Fellow

Gia DeMichele holds a master's degree in Positive Organizational Psychology from Claremont Graduate University and is working on her PhD in the same field. During her graduate program she worked on projects seeking to improve teamwork and communication within nursing teams and medical research teams. Gia attended Davidson College for her B.S. in psychology and found her passion for healthcare there when she wrote two papers on the use of aviation's Crew Resource Management in the Operating Room.

Current Rotation: Dignity Health San Francisco Corporate Office — Quality

Vahe Grigoryan

Vahe Grigoryan, Dignity Health Administrative Fellow

Vahe Grigoryan holds a bachelor's in Health Care Administration from California State University, Long Beach; a bachelor's in Nursing from New York University; and a master's in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan. His major projects included the creation of a business plan for solving lead poisoning in Michigan and the development of a strategy for implementing a diabetes screening tool in Mexico. Much of Vahe's work is driven by his passion for prevention and wellness in healthcare.

Current Rotation: Dignity Health Pasadena System Office — Performance Excellence

Derek Hartman

Derek Hartman, Dignity Health Administrative Fellow

Derek Hartman holds a bachelor's degree in Health Administration from Brigham Young University-Idaho and a master's degree, also in Health Administration, from Penn State University. During his graduate program he worked at a critical access hospital and an orthopedic physician practice. The projects he worked on covered operations, business development and finance. These experiences have helped fuel his passion to improve the healthcare experience for patients and caregivers alike.

Current Rotation: Dignity Health San Francisco Corporate Office — Treasury

Jared Williams

Jared Williams, Dignity Health Administrative Fellow

Jared Williams holds a master's degree in Health Policy and Administration from Washington State University and a bachelor's of science from Arizona State University. Passionate about improving healthcare, Jared has completed projects in business development, strategic analysis, and financial condition analysis throughout his academic career.

Current Rotation: Dignity Health San Francisco Corporate Office — Strategic Innovation

Fellowship Alumni Group

Susan Joseph

Fellow Year: 2014-2015

Graduate School: University of Southern California (2005)

Degree and Year Received: Master of Health Administration degree and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration.

Austin Stringfellow

Fellow Year: 2014-2015

Graduate School: Harvard University (2005)

Degree and Year Received: Master's degree in management and an undergraduate degree in Psychology.

Danielle Brown

Fellow Year: 2013-2014

Graduate School: California State University Northridge

Degree and Year Received: Master of Health Administration (2013)

Moses Ike

Fellow Year: 2013-2014

Graduate School: University of Southern California

Degree and Year Received: Master of Health Administration (2013)

Perry Heard

Fellow Year: 2012-2013

Graduate School: Texas A&M University

Degree and Year Received: Master of Health Administration (2012)

Leah San Agustin

Fellow Year: 2012-2013

Graduate School: Ohio State University

Degree and Year Received: Master of Health Administration (2012)

Valithia Head

Fellow Year:2011-2012

Graduate School: Tulane University

Degree and Year Received: Master of Health Administration (2011)

Diwen Chen

Fellow Year: 2010-2011

Graduate School: Yale School of Public Health

Degree and Year Received: Master of Public Health, Health Management (2010)

Scott Herbert

Fellow Year: 2010-2011

Graduate School: St. Louis University

Degree and Year Received: Master of Health Administration (2010)

Kriselle Santos

Fellow Year: 2009-2010

Graduate School: University of California Berkeley

Degree and Year Received: Master of Public Health (2009)

Alice Jo

Fellow Year: 2008-2009

Graduate School: University of California Berkeley

Degree and Year Received: Master of Public Health (2008)

Anthony Saul

Fellow Year: 2008-2009

Graduate School:: The University of Memphis

Degree and Year Received: Master of Business Administration (2004)

Dante Tolbert

Fellow Year: 2008-2009

Graduate School: University of Southern California

Degree and Year Received: Master of Health Administration (2008)

Allison Prusak

Fellow Year: 2007-2008

Graduate School: University of Minnesota

Degree and Year Received: Master of Healthcare Administration (2007)

Nicholas Tejada

Fellow Year: 2007-2008

Graduate School: University of Kansas

Degree and Year Received: Master of Health Services Administration (2007)

Shelby DeCosta

Fellow Year: 2005-2006

Graduate School: University of Southern California

Degree and Year Received: Master of Health Administration (2005)

Shay Strachan

Fellow Year: 2005-2006

Graduate School: University of Minnesota

Degree and Year Received: Master of Healthcare Administration (2005)

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