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. Select the Administrative Fellowship you would like to apply to.
  3. Click Apply Online.
  4. You may have to create a candidate profile, username and password to complete your application (you only need to do this one time).

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

  • 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 September 9, 2018.

Selection Process

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

September 17 - 21, 2018: Phone interviews with current and past Administrative Fellows.

October 8 - 12, 2018: In person interviews with final candidates.

October 19, 2018: Selection and notification.

June 3, 2019: 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 September 9, 2018.

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 2019 Fellowship Program will begin on June 3, 2019.

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

Sofia Andrade

Sofia Andrade, Dignity Health Administrative Fellow

Sofia Andrade holds a Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management from the University of California at Berkeley. She received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, Global Politics and Societies from the University of San Francisco, where she also minored in Public Service. Sofia completed an internship in community benefit, where she worked on programs to improve the social determinants of health. Her graduate work focused on linking care delivery to community and social resources and improving workforce diversity in mental health. One of Sofia’s great passions is making high quality health care accessible to underserved communities through access to coverage and reducing costs.

Current Rotation: Dignity Health San Francisco System Office  — Human Resources

Kwamane Liddell

Kwamane Liddell, Dignity Health Administrative Fellow

Kwamane Liddell recently earned a Juris Doctor at Saint Louis University with a certificate in Healthcare Law. He is also completing the school’s dual Master of Health Administration and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southern Illinois University. During graduate school, Kwamane worked as a House Supervisor in a local hospital and completed internships at Ascension’s System Office and Johns Hopkins Medicine. While in St. Louis, Kwamane was also named one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s 30 under 30 for his work in the community and healthcare. Kwamane’s passion for healthcare leadership was ignited while he was a trauma nurse in Chicago and St. Louis where he had a first-hand glimpse into how health disparities impact underserved communities. That exposure inspired his career goal which is to one day lead the delivery of health system services and advocate for those in need.

Current Rotation: Dignity Health San Francisco System Office — Operations

Fellowship Alumni Group

Tim Dang

Fellow Year: 2017-2018

Graduate School: Ohio State University

Degree and Year Received: Master’s Degree in Health Administration.

Andrea Martinez

Fellow Year: 2017-2018

Graduate School: University of California at Berkeley

Degree and Year Received: Master’s Degree in Public Health.

Vahe Grigoryan

Fellow Year: 2016-2017

Graduate School: University of Michigan

Degree and Year Received: Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration.

Derek Hartman

Fellow Year: 2016-2017

Graduate School: Penn State University

Degree and Year Received: Master’s Degree in Health Administration.

Gia DeMichele

Fellow Year: 2015-2016

Graduate School: Claremont Graduate University

Degree and Year Received: Master’s Degree in Positive Organizational Psychology.

Jared Williams

Fellow Year: 2015-2016

Graduate School: Washington State University

Degree and Year Received: Master’s Degree in Health Policy and Administration.

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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