Director of Health Services

Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
Oct 13, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

About Salve Regina University:

Salve Regina University (Salve), founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1934, is a private Catholic university located in Newport, Rhode Island, enrolling more than 2,700 students in 60 undergraduate and graduate programs spanning liberal arts and professional degrees from across the U.S. and around the world. Salve's beautiful 80-acre historical campus, bordering the Newport Cliff Walk, is set on seven contiguous Gilded Age estates. Students from 41 states and 21 nations can compete in 20 men's, women's, and coed Division III varsity sports as well as participate in nearly 50 student organizations. Tradition blends seamlessly with progress at Salve, an institution dedicated to graduating men and women who positively impact the intellectual, spiritual, and cultural life of their respective communities and work for a world that is harmonious, just, and merciful.

Job Description:


The director of health services (director) provides strategic administrative leadership, clinical care, and supervision of Health Services at Salve. Reporting to the vice president of student affairs, the director upholds Salve's commitment to social justice and mercy in their service to students, as a member of the Student Affairs leadership team, and as an engaged community member. The director plans, develops, organizes, coordinates, and implements the delivery of comprehensive campus health services and educational programs for students; works with campus colleagues to develop, coordinate, and support an integrated approach to serving the medical, physical, behavioral, social, and spiritual wellbeing of students; and works cooperatively with external community and public health agencies to coordinate care when needed. Operating in a dual capacity as both a director of medical services and clinician/health care provider, the director is an integral member of the Health Services team and the Salve campus community.

As a senior member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team, the director is engaged in Division-wide strategic planning and assessment activities. The director manages daily operations of the campus health center and respiratory clinic (established during the onset of COVID-19); provides direct medical care to students for approximately 50 percent of their time on a weekly basis when the campus is in session; responds to medical emergencies as required; and is responsible for the hiring, training, and development of a staff of four administrative and medical staff members, complemented by additional per diem and/or part-time medical providers who round out the system of health care services. Additional important responsibilities of the director include serving as a visible, vocal advocate for student health needs; demonstrating sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethic, and religious backgrounds of students; collaborating with colleagues in Counseling Services, Office of Student Wellness, Safety and Security as well as the other units across the Division of Student Affairs and campus to respond to student needs and to design and deliver timely health education programming; managing and monitoring Health Services budgets and other administrative tasks that contribute to a highly professional, student-centered, and effective health services operation; advancing the application of appropriate technology to enhance efficiencies, recordkeeping, and service?including ERM system and telemedicine; administering and analyzing national health surveys and patient satisfaction surveys; extending care as appropriate for staff and faculty for the evaluation of minor illness or injury that may occur during normal work hours; and participating on or leading campus committees, task forces, and boards as requested by the vice president of student affairs.


A master of science degree and current license as a Registered Nurse Practitioner in Rhode Island with Rhode Island Controlled Substance license and Federal DEA prescribing license (or eligibility to obtain within six months of hire) are required. Professionals with MD or DO degrees will also be considered for this opportunity. Additional requirements include current CPR certification; a minimum of five years post-certification or post-licensure medical practice experience; evidence of solid analytical skills; and knowledge of current assessment and evaluation practices.

Documented experience as an administrator in a medical setting as well as experience providing medical administration and/or clinical services in a college or university setting serving a traditional college-aged, diverse population are preferred. The successful candidate will possess a keen interest in and ability to work with a young adult population; exhibit fluency with computer applications and technology; demonstrate excellent interpersonal, cultural competency, organizational, and communication skills; maintain a collaborative approach to building relationships with college students, staff, campus colleagues, and external partners; demonstrate capacity for designing and delivering educational health programs; and have a commitment to Salve Regina University's Mission and understanding of the Mercy Catholic tradition.

Additional Information:

Salve Regina University offers generous benefits to eligible employees including:

  • health and dental coverage
  • life insurance
  • long-term disability
  • 403B plan
  • tuition benefits and more

Salve Regina University strives to provide equal opportunity in employment and education to all employees, students and applicants. No employee, student or applicant shall be discriminated against or harassed on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, age, marital or parental status, military or veteran status, genetic information or any other basis protected by applicable federal or state law, in the administration of Salve Regina's employment policies, education policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other University administered programs. In accordance with Title IX, it does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any of its educational programs or activities. Salve Regina is also committed to making its programs and campus accessible to its visitors and compliant with all applicable non-discrimination laws.

Application Instructions:


Review of applications will begin November 13, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at . Nominations for this position may be emailed to Valerie B. Szymkowicz at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the Salve Regina University website at .

We are sensitive to how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting work and personal lives, and will offer the utmost flexibility throughout the interview process. The search committee expects to conduct initial interviews virtually for the safety and well-being of all involved.

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