Administrative Fellowship


About the Fellowship

The Administrative Fellowship at Children's Hospital Los Angeles provides a broad range of health care administration experiences over the course of the 12-month program. The fellow participates in and leads prioritized and challenging enterprise initiatives, an approach intended to help develop marketable project management, analytical, leadership and interpersonal skills. Understanding the importance of professional mentorship, the fellow meets regularly with executive and enterprise-wide leadership. Ultimately, through visible, tangible project work and network development, this fellowship aims to identify promising candidates for future leadership positions within CHLA.

Learn More

  • Rotation
  • Leadership and Mentoring
  • Salary and Benefits
  • Minimum Qualifications
  • Skills Required
  • Meet Our Fellows
  • Fellowship Alumni
  • FAQs
  • Administrative Fellowship Webinar

The Fellow reports directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer of CHLA and is supported by the Chief of Staff to the President and CEO who serves as the Fellowship Program Director. The Fellowship offers a rotation-based experience with projects geared towards the Fellow’s areas of interest and the needs of the enterprise. Each rotation has an executive sponsor who will help define projects, create goals, and obtain results over a two-to-three-month period. This structure aims to provide a well-rounded understanding of organizational settings distinct in their challenges and function within CHLA. 

Department rotations may include:

  • Accounting
  • Ambulatory Operations
  • Clinical Operations
  • Clinical Service Lines
  • Community Affairs
  • Compliance
  • Decision Support Services
  • Education Administration
  • Facilities Management
  • Finance
  • Foundation & Philanthropy
  • Government Relations
  • Health System Development
  • Human Resources
  • Information Systems
  • Innovation Studio
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Quality & Patient Safety
  • Research Administration
  • Revenue Cycle Management
  • Strategic Services
  • Supply Chain Management

Understanding the importance of professional mentorship, the Fellow meets regularly with executive and enterprise-wide leadership. Additionally, the Fellow has the opportunity to shadow key leaders of the organization and attend high level executive leadership meetings. The Fellow experiences different managerial and leadership styles to develop an understanding of their own personal style.

The Fellowship is a full-time, salaried position. The compensation and benefits package is market-competitive. Vacation and sick leave accrue as a normal full-time employee.

  • For the program starting in July 2022, applicants must receive or be expected to receive an MHA, MPH, MBA or similar master’s degree in a related field of study from an accredited graduate program between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022.
  • Prior health care experience is preferred but not required.
  • Ability to communicate professionally, effectively and tactfully in verbal and written communications
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Must have strong follow-through, initiative, and the ability to work independently

2021 – 2022 Fellowship

Janai German, MPH

Janai-German.jpg

Janai German graduated from the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2019, she graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a bachelor’s in public health and a minor in ethnic studies. Her career began with summer internships that included completing the Health Career Connection Internship, which allowed her to work closely with the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science’s College of Science and Health to develop a community outreach program. Prior to graduate school, she worked with a nonprofit center for health studies where she focused on marketing materials and building an informational, interactive website about FQHCs. While attending graduate school, Janai was an intern at Feedtrail, an experience management platform, supporting innovative health systems in transforming their patient journeys to be more personalized.

Naiha Manika, MPH

Naiha-Manika.jpg

Naiha Manika graduated with a master’s in public health with a concentration in health care management from the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2019, she graduated from the University of California, San Diego, with a bachelor’s in public health and minors in business and global health. During her undergraduate years, Naiha interned at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in its Managed Care Quality Improvement department. In that role, she gained insight into how crucial paying attention to both the physician and patient experiences is for the organization to ultimately succeed. While attending graduate school, Naiha interned for AltaMed Health Services where she enhanced the promotion and enrollment efforts of its patient portal through monitoring and reporting provider, employee, and patient engagement. She also supported AltaMed’s Patient Experience department by evaluating and presenting patient experience data and comments to AltaMed’s behavioral health, dental and primary care business lines and strategizing innovative patient experience solutions.

2020 – 2021 Fellowship

Jennifer Bae, MPH
Danielle Soto, MHA, MA

2019 – 2020 Fellowship

Yael Kessler, RN CPN CCRN MPH
Lisa Rosati, MBA

2018 – 2019 Fellowship

Mina Noohi Mirshafiee, MPH

2017 – 2018 Fellowship

Victoria Ng, MHA
Emma White, MPH

2016 – 2017 Fellowship

Clayton Marshall, MHA
Nahal Sabrkhani, MPH

2015 Fellowship

Leticia Valadez, MBA

CHLA Administrative Fellowship FAQs

Why is CHLA recruiting now for a start date in July. Isn’t it early?

CHLA is a member of the National Council on Administrative Fellowships (NCAF), an organization that is working to improve early-career development opportunities for next-generation health care leaders. As an NCAF member, CHLA is participating in NCAF’s centralized fellowship application process. Members agree to adhere to a standard application as well as timelines for interviews and employment offers.  

For the fellowship year starting in July 2022, the application period is open June 10, 2021, to October 1, 2021. For more information, please visit the NCAF website and review the 2020 NCAF Code of Good Practice.

How do I know if my application is “complete?”  Does my application need to be “verified” to be considered?

You can check your application status in National Administrative Fellowship Centralized Application Service (NAFCAS). The table below, provided by NCAF, defines each application status. CHLA requires an application to be “complete” for consideration; “verified” status is not required for review, but will be required prior to hire.

FAQ.jpg

How is the Administrative Fellowship different from an internship or residency?

Interns and residents are typically graduate students who undertake an internship or residency as part of the practical experience towards earning a degree, and are sponsored by a department or division to learn and provide support within that area for variable lengths of time. Fellows have received their graduate degrees, are full-time employees of CHLA for a full fiscal year and rotate in departments throughout the institution.

Is there an application fee? If so, can it be waived?

CHLA participates in the NCAF/NAFCAS centralized application process, which charges a fee to apply. For more information on fees, contact NCAF/NAFCAS directly. 

Is prior health care experience required?

Prior health care experience is preferred but is not required. 

Are internal candidates allowed to apply for the fellowship?

Yes! CHLA encourages internal candidates and current interns/residents to apply for the fellowship.

How many fellows are selected each year?

The Administrative Fellowship currently accommodates up to two fellows per fiscal year.

Do you need work experience to be considered?

No, prior work experience is not required. Although some fellows have had more substantial work experience, this program is designed for early careerists seeking to advance their understanding of hospital administration. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates.

We will be holding a webinar on September 9, 2021 to provide information about our fellowship. Click here to learn more about this event!

How to Apply

CHLA is a member of the National Council on Administrative Fellowships (NCAF), an organization that works to improve early-career development opportunities for next-generation health care leaders. As an NCAF member, CHLA is participating in NCAF’s centralized fellowship application process. Members agree to adhere to a standard application as well as timelines for interviews and employment offers.  

For the fellowship year starting in July 2022, the application period is open June 10, 2021, to October 1, 2021. For more information, please visit the NCAF website and review the 2020 NCAF Code of Good Practice.

Qualified applicants should submit: 

  1. Personal statement (maximum of two double-spaced pages) addressing:
    • Your interest and qualifications for the position, and
    • What you hope to gain and achieve from the fellowship
  2. Resume
  3. Official graduate school transcript (transcripts should be sent directly from your registrar's office to NAFCAS)
  4. Unofficial undergraduate transcript (upload this directly through the NAFCAS website; an official transcript is not required)
  5. Three (3) letters of recommendation 
    • One (1) academic 
    • One (1) professional
    • One (1) other (academic, professional or letter from your program director)

We recommend submitting the above materials as a PDF to avoid formatting issues.  

Application materials must be submitted through NAFCAS. Incomplete applications will not be considered.