Assistant Vice President for Student Health Services

Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa
May 22, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Iowa State University is the most student-centered public research university in the nation. It is a place where adventurous minds are encouraged to accomplish amazing things. As a major international university ranked in the top 50 among public universities by U.S. News & World Report and a member of the Association of American Universities, Iowa State offers a student experience rich in social and academic diversity. Over 36,650 students choose from 100 majors, study with world-class scholars, and hone their leadership skills in more than 800 student organizations. Students from all 50 states and more than 120 countries converge on one of the nation’s top 25 most beautiful campuses. Big 12 sports and a tradition of cultural and popular performances make campus life fun and memorable. Iowa State is a land-grant university, has set enrollment records the past nine years, and is the largest university in the state of Iowa. Iowa State is located in Ames, a community of 60,000 ranked as the second-best college town (under 250,000 population) and among the top 10 best places to live in America.

Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs, the Assistant Vice President for Student Health Services (AVPSHS) provides strategic leadership and vision for developing a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to student health and wellbeing for a growing and diverse student population, including oversight of and leadership for the Thielen Student Health Center, Student Counseling Services, Student Wellness Office and Recreation Services. The AVPSHS is responsible for long-term planning, facilities/space planning, advocating for resources and identifying efficiencies within and across departments; evaluating health promotion strategies, policies, programs, and services that address the needs of the student community; and serves a critical role in student advocacy, staff development, strategic planning and campus culture. The AVPSHS serves as the principal advisor to the Senior Vice President on student health matters.  The Health Services Departments employ over 144 professional and support staff, 700+ student employees and are responsible for budgets of approximately $27 million.

The successful candidate must possess a bachelor’s degree and 10 years of related experience; or a master’s degree and 8 years of related experience; or a PhD or other professional degree and 5 years of related experience. A doctorate or master’s degree in the field of health, counseling, wellness, recreation, student life administration, higher education or a related field, plus professional experience in a health, counseling, wellness or recreation field are preferred. Experience must be pertinent and progressive and include supervision of professional staff.  The ideal candidate will possess demonstrated knowledge of healthcare financing and business management, ethics and regulations in healthcare, and public health threat management; experience with crisis management and emergency response; demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, student success, student learning and development; and a strong understanding of and experience with the multidimensional aspects of health and wellbeing for college students.

Review of applications will begin June 22, 2017 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 Mark Hall at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Iowa State University – Assistant Vice President for Student Health Services

Mark A. Hall, Vice President

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