ISPAC Special Investigation: Ryan Cangiolosi Falls Far Short of the Minimum Requirements for the UNM Health Sciences $125K Position. December 13, 2012
The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center created a new position, which just so happened to be given to Ryan Cangiolosi. Cangiolosi was serving as Governor Susana Martinez’s chief of staff when he got the job paying $125,000 a year.
The Albuquerque Journal covered Cangiolosi’s hire on page C1, a far cry from the multiple front-page articles and editorial the Journal ran back in 2006 questioning UNMH’s hiring of Bill Richardson’s spokesman Billy Sparks.
The Journal claimed Sparks did not meet the qualifications for the job. Sparks was two classes short of his bachelor’s degree that the position required.
A review of job position requirements along with resumes submitted by Cangiolosi and other applicants shows that Cangiolosi not only did not meet the minimum qualifications for the job he was hired into, but has far less experience than many other applicants. Some of the applicants, unlike Cangiolosi, even possessed experience in managing health care operations at the university level.
Cangiolosi, it would appear, was hired because of his political connections. That makes him a glorified lobbyist.
Cangiolosi was one of seventeen applicants for the job. According to the Applicant Status Report, Cangiolosi’s application was the second to last received and came six days after the first application was received.
Cangiolosi was one of only three applicants selected for a campus interview for the position. One other applicant was selected for a telephone interview. The other sixteen applicants were branded either “Less competitive based on application material” or “Less competitive based on stated work experience” as the reason for not being hired.
Minimum qualifications for the position were listed as “Bachelor’s degree; at least 7 years of experience that is directly related to duties and responsibilities specified.”
Experience requirements included: “Managing multiple large-scale/high impact projects at an executive leadership level”, “Designing and implementing policies for long-and short-range strategic planning in a large organization” and “Developing and managing annual budgets and productivity analyses”.
Cangiolosi’s experience in these areas does not even close to the seven-year minimum. He barely has over half the required minimum experience.
From January 3, 2011 until applying in mid-September 2012, Cangiolosi was the deputy chief of staff for Martinez. So that would be a year-and-a-half of relevant experience.
Cangiolosi was Martinez’s campaign manager for less than five months (June 21, 2010- November 2, 2010) where he managed “up to 10 people” and was the personnel director for the transition for a two-month period (November 3, 2010-January 2) where he managed 5 employees.
That’s two-years of relevant experience. But it gets murky after that. Cangiolosi’s resume shows several overlapping positions that he appeared to work on simultaneously.
He served as vice-president of business operations for one of Harvey Yates’s smaller companies, supervising 5 employees from November 2008-December 2010—That overlaps by six months his campaign work for Martinez, so add another year and eight months to his two years of relevant experience.
Cangiolosi also served as the executive director of the Republican Party of New Mexico, from January 2009-June 2010—That overlaps entirely with his work for Yates so it doesn’t add any years experience. He was an officer in the Naval reserves, but most of his actual experience also overlapped his other jobs.
So that’s less than four years of relevant experience November 2008 through Mid September 2012. Cangiolosi does have some experience working as a headhunter, though hardly relevant for this senior project coordinator position, and also providing some studio recording services and serving as a music director for a church.
Cangiolosi barely has more than one-half the required years of experience for the job. Yet, he got the job.
Cangiolosi does have an MBA, but so do several other applicants. Others applicants are CPAs and some hold PhDs. There are also several candidates who have certificates in project management a key component of the job. There are also career military officers including one who oversaw large operations while based at the Pentagon.
Here’s a look at some of the other applicants who are identified by their initials:
DW: “Developed and managed a Project Services Office for Spectrum Health Delivery System. Responsible for major strategic projects. Implementing a standardized project management methodology across the entire organization of approximately 18,000 physicians and staff. Supervised a team of ten project managers with oversight of up to forty project or programs with budgets up to fifteen million dollars”.
MA: Ph.D. Educational Leadership and Research and MBA (All employment in University System)
Fourteen plus years relevant experience including university medical, PH.D and MBA.
SG: Career Military. Master of Public Administation. Master of Military Operational Art and Science.
TF: CPA, MBA (NYU Stern School of Business), Certified Management Accountant, Certified Global Management Accountant.
Over thirty years relevant experience both CPA and MBA.
CH: MBA and UNM Health Sciences Experience.
MBA and ten years related experience including Medical/University.
MO: Ph.D and MBA. Extensive Medical Project Management and Science.
LM: Ph.D and Two Masters Degrees.
Ten Years relevant experience and a Ph.D. Extensive education and training in program management, grants and planning.
JE: “Experienced government Project Officer, Work Assignment Manager, Contracting Officer’s Representative for extramural grants/project management. Appears to be American Indian.
Fifteen years of relevant experience.
SC: “Specifically, for 17.5 years, I served in various audit capacities for the US Department of the Interior Office of Inspector General, responsible for monitoring and maintaining cognizance over the Government of the Virgin Islands, assisting the Government with developing its financial management system”.
DE: Is a “certified project manager with over ten years experience”.
Hiring is somewhat subjective. But, Cangiolosi doesn’t come close to meeting the minimum requirements while many of these candidates do. So why was he hired other than for his connections in the administration?