Career Opportunities at Healthcare Districts

Desert Healthcare District: Chief Executive Officer

Palm Springs, CA

Annual salary range: $175,000 to $225,000 DOQ DOE 
The District offers a generous benefits package.
Application deadline: Monday, April 29, 2019 

Beginning in 2019, the Desert Healthcare District (“District”) boundaries expanded to include the entire Coachella Valley from the north shore of the Salton Sea in the east, to the cities of Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs in the west. The District is located approximately 100 miles east of Los Angeles and 120 miles northeast of San Diego. The District is a public agency formed in 1948 with the mission to build a hospital to meet the healthcare needs of the residents in Palm Springs and surrounding areas. Today, Desert Regional Medical Center is a 385-bed acute-care hospital which provides comprehensive medical care to residents throughout the Coachella Valley.

The CEO supervises a $7 million annual operating budget and a nine-person staff. In partnership with the Board of Directors, the major role of the CEO is to provide leadership and guidance to achieve the agency’s mission, strategy, and goals and objectives set by the Board.

The CEO is responsible for the development of all operational policies, internal grant making procedures, research to support grant making initiatives, and directing of all administrative and program activities of the District which includes, but is not limited to, the effective use of financial resources; maintenance of financial record systems; human resource policies; direction, evaluation, and supervision of staff; and all communications with grantees and the public, some of which include newsletters, request for proposal applications, community education symposia, press releases, and annual reports. In addition to the Desert Healthcare District, the CEO also serves as the CEO of the Desert Healthcare Foundation.

The ideal candidate will be a dynamic, strategic, and visionary leader able to inspire trust, respect, and integrity while collaborating with key stakeholders to find mutually beneficial solutions and positive outcomes. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are necessary to build and maintain strong professional relationships with staff, elected officials, partnering agencies, business leaders, and the community at large. The successful candidate will have solid political acumen but be apolitical, excellent financial skills with the ability to develop and create new funding and revenue streams, and an understanding of how to negotiate and execute large business transactions. Past experience creating or updating a strategic plan is helpful. Knowledge of or previous work in a healthcare environment is highly desirable. A BS/BA college degree or higher with emphasis in health services, public administration or business administration or equivalent educational emphasis AND significant years of knowledge/experience in healthcare including experience as a senior executive with another healthcare district, a public health department, public hospital, large healthcare system or other public authority is expected. Experience working in government/public sector with a background in government compliance and legal issues and requirements and a background reporting to a Board of Directors/Supervisors or similar experience is required. Bilingual English-Spanish is helpful. An advanced degree is preferred.

To be considered for this exceptional career opportunity, please submit your cover letter, resume, and six work-related references (who will not be contacted in the early stages of the recruitment). Resume should reflect years and months of employment, and positions held. Apply online here:

Frank Rojas
CPS HR Consulting
Ph: 916 471-3111

To view an online brochure for this position visit:
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