At least the climate is sunny
Looking for a new challenge?
Do you enjoy: Working in the spotlight? Leading a pack of aggressive professionals? Learning on the job with little margin for error? Does the job of circus lion tamer not sound exciting enough to you? Then you might be interested in applying for a new job in sunny Miami, where one of the nation’s largest publicly run healthcare systems, Jackson Health System, is looking for a new president and CEO.
What makes the job so hard? Let’s start with the finances. The system had to make an embarrassing negative adjustment to its projected operating loss for this year, to $244 million, after Jackson officials acknowledged they didn’t actually know how much money they were owed. (Note to applicants: Make sure you ask about Jackson’s unique line-item, the “net patient revenue adjustment.”)
On the expenditures side, consider that in 2004 when a union didn’t get the pay raises it wanted from the hospital’s Public Health Trust governing body, labor leaders went above their heads—and won. The (publicly elected) Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners gave the union higher raises than the hospital administration recommended, in a system that already spent up to 56% of operating expenses on labor.
And think about the people you have to please: more than two-dozen variously elected and appointed members of the Public Health Trust and the Board of County Commissioners, along with the MiamiDade county manager and the mayor of Miami.
So to review: You can’t control your income or expenses, and you have enough bosses to ensure that someone will always disapprove of your work.
If you want to know just how fun it can all be, just ask Eneida Roldan, CEO since 2009, who announced last month she wasn’t interested in renewing her contract. Something about constant scrutiny was mentioned.
The job currently pays $665,000 a year. Jackson Health is an equal opportunity employer.
It may be in Miami, but this job is no day at the beach.