The Executive Director of Health and Wellness
Tufts University is committed to providing transformative
experiences for students in an inclusive and collaborative
environment. To help realize that vision, the University seeks a
dynamic and innovative Executive Director to shape the future
direction of the Health and Wellness offerings. This is a
tremendous opportunity to evolve services and programs by building
upon an already strong foundation.The Executive Director will
provide strategic leadership and oversight over a multidisciplinary
team devoted to providing high-quality, student-centric health care
and education.Tufts University is one of the nation's premier
research universities located in the vibrant city of Boston.
Health and Wellness at Tufts supports and promotes health and
wellbeing by providing comprehensive and integrative health care,
advocacy, and education to a diverse population of nearly 9,000
undergraduate and graduate students—specifically the Schools of
Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, and the SMFA at
Tufts. The Executive Director is a key leader within the Division
of Student Affairs, which focuses the holistic development of its
student body. This position will help build a culture of respect
that enables healthy choices and fosters positive health decisions
and will ensure efficiency and effectiveness in the provision of
integrated services. The successful candidate will have a
demonstrated record of being an accomplished administrator who
champions and advances diversity and inclusive excellence; a
collaborative spirit and comprehensive perspective regarding the
essential foundations for integrated health and counseling
services; and a strong grasp of student health issues, trends, and
best practices. This position requires an exceptional communicator
who will be proactive in establishing strong partnerships and
engendering trust across the campus including with other Student
Affairs departments, academic departments, and the surrounding
community of health care professionals.
About the University
In the spirit of our motto,Pax et Lux("Peace and Light"), Tufts
faculty and students work together as active global citizens,
illuminating each other and the world. Centered in the vibrant
academic landscape of Greater Boston, Tufts is the best of all
worlds: a close-knit community with the resources of a major
research university, a welcoming campus near big city
opportunities, and a global network of accomplished alumni. Since
1852, Tufts has prepared exceptional students in diverse fields for
lives of learning and leadership. Our commitment to the liberal
arts, vital research enterprise, and collaborative,
interdisciplinary culture combines to spark curiosity and create
resounding global impact.
The Executive Director provides administrative leadership to three
departments: Health Service, Counseling and Mental Health Services,
and the Center for Awareness, Resources, and Education (C.A.R.E.).
That leadership includes setting a vision and strategic planning to
departments' long-term goals as well as yearly objectives. The
Executive Director will have administrative oversight, working
closely with directors on productivity and analyzing utilization
data to provide direction on appropriate areas of health promotion
and outreach for departments. Budgeting oversight for the
departments is also critical for this role, including 3-year budget
planning and projections, staffing needs and salary
recommendations, approval for major expenditures, coordination of
expenditures (e.g., uniform system for electronic medical records),
as well as evaluating economies of scale. Ensuring appropriate
evaluation of services and student satisfaction is essential to
providing quality care and having a visible presence on campus will
be essential to success in this role.
Finally, the Executive Director seeks student feedback on
satisfaction with all services under the Executive Director's
purview; evaluates the success of programs and policies, and
conducts appropriate research on student health issues in order to
benchmark with peer institutions and keep updated on national
trends and adjusts programming accordingly; and advises campus
leaders on all major public health concerns—e.g., health disaster
planning, state laws regarding health requirements, pandemics,
• Provides strategic leadership and administrative oversight to
ensure that each department is appropriately meeting student
• Develops policies across departments that are consistent,
equitable, and fair, both in their formulation and impact.
• Works with department directors on long term planning goals re:
technology, staffing, and any other issues impacting their
• Helps address parent and student concerns, questions, complaints
• Seeks out efficiencies and economies of scale when
• Reviews monthly reports on progress and productivity.
• Reviews student surveys and assesses patient satisfaction and
• Works with student groups on health issues and health
• Represents the Tufts Health programs locally, regionally, and
• Prepares budgets for both departments, ensure each department is
managing costs and expenses appropriately by reviewing fiscal
reports, makes staffing decisions as budgets dictate.
Campus-wide Leadership and Visibility
• Advises campus leaders on current issues impacting student and
community health and wellbeing.
• Thinks creatively and innovatively to respond to existing or
emerging health challenges.
• Takes advantage of opportunities to collaborate with community
health and other Tufts programs for student internships, teaching
• Identifies and applies best practices concerning the
trans-disciplinary provision of wellness services to students.
Implementation might include organizational and program changes
within the cluster as necessary.
• Ensures appropriate and effective health education and outreach
is done around campus.
• Stays aware of and conducts health measures research.
• Applies for relevant health grants.
• Other duties as assigned.
• Knowledge and skills as typically acquired through completion of
a master's degree in public health, health care administration,
education, social work, or a related field. Strategic leader with
experience in higher education health service, community health, or
non-profits with a public health focus.
• Experience in budgeting, supervision of professional staff,
facility operations, and strategic planning.
• Knowledge of issues impacting a young adult population including
sexual health, substance use/abuse, gender identity and expression,
disorder eating, violence prevention, sexual misconduct, and mental
• Understanding of and adherence to a health care delivery approach
that sees prevention, treatment, and response as intertwined.
• Evidence of a firm commitment to social justice and transparency
within a community of diverse racial, ethnic, socio-economic,
gender, gender expression and other identities; evidence of a firm
commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values in
the delivery of health services, including but not limited to
hiring, staff training and management training.
• Experience in dealing with public health issues, crisis
management, and emergency response. Experience in policy making and
• Experience with grant writing and fundraising around
• Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team;
proven ability to develop and maintain productive, collegial
• Excellent communication and public-speaking skills.
• Advanced degree (PhD preferred) in public health, health care
administration, education, social work or similar.
• Experience evaluating, refreshing, and updating administrative
policies, office systems and budgets within a college or university
setting strongly preferred.
• A demonstrated understanding of strategic planning, experience
utilizing data and assessment to inform decision making, and
effective advocacy skills are all preferred.
• Experience in business analysis, health insurance negotiation,
risk management, organization development and business design, and
practice management associated with health services (lab fees,
pharmaceutical costs, etc.)
Tufts University has partnered with Keeling & Associates, LLC
for this search. Applications should include a resume/curriculum
vitae and a cover letter addressing your interest in and
qualifications for the position. Application materials must be
sent, preferably as PDFs, to email@example.com
with the subject heading "Tufts University Executive Director."
Candidates are encouraged to submit application materials by August
5th, 2022, to receive full consideration. The application review
process will continue until an appointment is made.
Confidential inquiries and nominations should be addressed to the
K&A senior consultant leading this search, Dr. Lili Rodríguez,
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