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Director, university student health services

About the position

Virginia commonwealth university’s division of student Affairs invites applications for the director of student health position. Regarded as a vibrant place to work, where discovery is valued and differences are celebrated and embraced, VCU plays an integral role in the vitality of its home city of Richmond, Virginia. VCU and the division of student affairs are fully focused on equality and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all the other characteristics that make us different.

VCU and the VCU Health System consistently rank among the best places to work as judged by local and national organizations. Combined, these two organizations make up the largest employer in the city of Richmond. VCU is designated a top 100 research university by the national science foundation.  Many of VCU’s universities, schools and colleges are among the top 100 in the U.S., including medicine, engineering, the arts and business.  The VCU Health brand represents the health sciences schools of VCU, the VCU massey cancer center and the VCU health system, which comprises VCU Medical Center (the only academic medical center in the region), Community Memorial Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU and MCV Physicians. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. 
VCU staff members are eligible for a multitude of benefits, ranging from health insurance to tuition waivers to tax-deferred annuity plans. Benefits that VCU offers include continuing education such as tuition waiver; health and wellness benefits such as employee discounts and moving and relocation partnerships; career development opportunities such as career communities and leadership development; and more.  There are also many local schools, parental/caregiver leave, extended winter break for all faculty and staff, retirement plans, flexible spending accounts and more. For more information, please visit our staff benefits site.

University student health services (USHS) attends to the physical health needs of more than 30,000 diverse undergraduate and graduate/professional students on the Monroe Park and Medical campuses by providing high quality primary care services including allergy shots, blood and/or body fluid exposures, immunizations, mental health and ADHD care, nutrition consultations, sexual health and wellness, on-call phone consultation, and travel health care. USHS also houses an on-site pharmacy at its monroe park campus clinic and laboratory services on both campuses. USHA is accredited by the accreditation association for ambulatory health care, inc. 
The director of university student health services, reporting to the assistant vice provost for student affairs, provides strategic leadership, vision and direction for student health services. The director works closely with professional and allied health schools on the medical campus. The director of university student health services manages the day-to-day operations of the campus health center working in close collaboration with internal and external departments including but not limited to athletics/athletic trainers; the campus wellness program; university counseling services, residential life and housing, and local and regional health care providers and institutions. The director may support a minimal patient care load if the incumbent is a licensed healthcare provider. The director prepares and maintains detailed and comprehensive reports, ensures patient record compliance, develops programs as appropriate, oversees accreditation, maintains budgetary authority and oversight, maintains all compliance reporting including state immunization reports, supervises a diverse professional staff, leads quality improvement initiatives, manages crises as needed, maintains health care risk management, and performs other duties as assigned. The director serves as the chief student health expert for the university and coordinates the campus public health response team. The director is an active member of the Division of Student Affairs leadership team (SALT).

How to apply

VCU’s executive search team is assisting Virginia Commonwealth University in this search. Applications and nominations are now being accepted. Application materials should be submitted to the VCU eJobs portal located at the link below.

VCU eJobs portal:

Additionally, confidential inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to Carol Ann Lawson. Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made.

Inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to: 

Carol Ann Lawson, director of strategic initiatives

Celia O’Hallahan, talent strategy associate

VCU Human Resources

(804) 828-2928

(804) 828-6157


Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or disability. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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