Medical School Receives Silver Optimas Award

Award recognizes the school’s creative solution to the urgent need to recruit the highest caliber staff

Eleven staff members in the School of Medicine are returning retirees who offer their expertise is areas as diverse as academic personnel, clinical enterprise marketing, student affairs program management, employee professional development, business process development and financial controls, clinical finance and revenue generation, and space utilization.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (medschool.ucr.edu) — The UC Retiree Advantage Initiative of the UCR School of Medicine was recognized by Workforce magazine with a 2014 Silver Optimas Award for vision.

The award recognizes the school’s creative solution to the urgent need to recruit the highest caliber staff and faculty to keep pace with the rapid growth required to successfully open the school in 2013 and operate it during the formative years. The SOM UC Retiree Advantage Initiative was conceived as a demand-driven, financially-efficient workforce strategy to provide access to a pool of uniquely talented professionals with UC experience.

Designed to keep pace with planning and growth of the School of Medicine, the initiative has been highly effective in meeting the rapidly changing needs of the school’s workforce growth trajectory. Its advantages include financial efficiency (retirees work no more that 43% time) and knowledge transfer. Their specialized skills and institutional knowledge are especially relevant, transferable, and require virtually no training or learning curve time allowing them to hit the ground running.

Currently, 11 staff members in the School of Medicine are returning retirees who offer their expertise is areas as diverse as academic personnel, clinical enterprise marketing, student affairs program management, employee professional development, business process development and financial controls, clinical finance and revenue generation, and space utilization.

Approximately 20 retirees will be appointed to limited positions over a two-year time frame. The program will enable the School of Medicine to realize an estimated 69% savings over the two years, compared to the cost of hiring full-time equivalent positions.

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