Lehigh University — Executive Director of the Health and Wellness Center

Lehigh is one of the nation’s most distinguished private research universities, offering a rigorous academic community for more than 7,000 students. The small size, ideal student-to-faculty ratio, and vibrant campus allow students to collaborate on projects in and out of the classroom. Located in Pennsylvania’s scenic Lehigh Valley, the campus is in close proximity to both New York City and Philadelphia and is right in the middle of the Mid-Atlantic corridor. The Lehigh Valley region is home to about 750,000 people, providing students and the campus community a wealth of resources and opportunities. Student health and wellbeing are integral components of Lehigh’s commitment to student success and are reflective of strategic priorities and the University’s $1 billion capital campaign. 

The executive director of the health and wellness center provides the vision, administrative leadership, and oversight of all medical care and wellness programming of the Health and Wellness Center (student health services) serving both undergraduate and graduate students. Reporting to the chief student affairs officer, the executive director is a key member of the Student Affairs leadership team advancing a progressive agenda promoting student success and wellbeing. The executive director leads a team currently comprised of seven clinicians, one medical assistant, and three administrative staff members. Responsibilities include policy development and review; work flow analysis and continuous improvement to advance best practice and enhance efficiency; budget management; and quality assurance for patient visits. The executive director serves as a University resource on health issues and promotes an institutional agenda to advance the health of Lehigh students. Providing counsel and guidance on student health issues to the university’s Crisis Management Team, and serving as the point person for internal and external audiences (including media, through the Office of Communications and Public Affairs) on student health policies, practices, and protocols and on health crisis situations are also important priorities of the executive director. As a collaborative change agent, the executive director develops campus-wide health policies and actively promotes an integrative care model working in partnership with University Counseling and Psychological Services, Health Advancement and Prevention Strategies, Athletics, the newly designated College of Health, and external healthcare providers and related services. This coordination of efforts is inclusive of, but not limited to, education, programming, training, outreach efforts, and institutional messaging of Lehigh’s health and wellness-related priorities. Additionally, the executive director will be engaged in strategic planning initiatives to project and advance future health and wellness needs of an increasingly diverse and expanding student community, including the design of future facility requirements, development of an optimal staffing model, and the integration of technology as part of a comprehensive approach to the delivery of top quality university health and wellness services. 

A master’s degree in a health-related discipline is required; doctorate or other terminal degree in an appropriate field preferred. A minimum of five years of progressive leadership experience in college health or in a closely related area of health care practice and administration, along with demonstrated analytical, decision making, problem solving, staff supervision, and management skills are also required. Additional capabilities and experience that will be important considerations in the selection of the executive director of the Health and Wellness Center include: knowledge of current trends and best practices in college and university health and wellness as well as public health; excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills; demonstrated computer facility using electronic health record systems, specialized databases, and other administrative technology; strong business acumen including finance/budgeting experience; knowledge of, and experience with, quality improvement and change management; strict adherence to all compliance and quality of care standards; and an ability to engender trust and confidence in others as a visible spokesperson and advocate advancing a culture of well-being in a university setting serving a dynamic and diverse student population.  

Review of applications will begin May 3, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanandjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Valerie B. Szymkowicz at vbs@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Lehigh University is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. Lehigh University provides comprehensive benefits including partner benefits.