Executive Director of the University Health Center

Jun 14, 2017
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The University of Georgia invites applications and nominations for the position of Executive Director of the University Health Center.

The Division of Student Affairs comprises 18 campus departments that enhance the learning environment for students at the University of Georgia by stimulating the learning process, integrating the in-class and out-of-class experiences, and promoting an environment conducive to growth and discovery and facilitating intellectual, spiritual, social, occupational, physical, cultural and emotional development. The Student Affairs website is located at: studentaffairs.uga.edu.

The Executive Director of the University Health Center is responsible for the strategic leadership, vision, and direction of all aspects of the operation of the University Health Center. Included is the provision of medical, mental health and counseling services, health promotion and educational outreach programs, and clinical support services.

Other responsibilities include the direction of administrative support services, fiscal and facility management, and collaboration with campus and community stakeholders on health and wellness matters, including public health and emergency management/planning.

One of only 17 Joint Commission accredited college health centers, the University Health Center is the on-campus medical hub of the University of Georgia, providing care for UGA’s more than 36,000 students, along with UGA faculty and staff in selected service areas. In FY2016, the Health Center hosted 164,267 clinic and department encounters, involving 22,436 unique patients and clients. From visit satisfaction data, 97% of Health Center patients would recommend the Health Center to a friend.

The Health Center currently employs a staff of nearly 300, operates with an annual budget of approximately $25 million, and occupies a state-of-the-art medical facility of more than 110,000 square feet on East Campus in Athens.

In 2016, the University Health Center achieved Primary Care Medical Home accreditation and was fully reaccredited for all services by the Joint Commission. The recognition is the 2nd consecutive time the University Health Center received a flawless report of findings.

Notable opportunities for the incoming Executive Director, building on the highly successful tenure of the retiring longtime Executive Director, include: effectively addressing the health and wellness needs of UGA’s increasingly diverse student population; partnering with colleagues on campus-wide efforts to enhance the wellbeing, success, and resilience of UGA students; supporting the professional growth and success of a talented Health Center staff; shepherding the ongoing expansion of the Fontaine Center for alcohol awareness and education; guiding upcoming facility updates; assuring the continued fiscal health of the Center in a primarily fee-supported, public institutional environment; cultivating and engaging donors; and continuing to enhance the national visibility of the Health Center. See more information at: uhs.uga.edu.

The Executive Director reports directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs and serves as a member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team.


  • Directs the development and implementation of short and long-range strategic plans for the Health Center which are consistent with its mission and vision, and the mission and strategic priorities of the Division of Student Affairs.
  • Provides an organizational framework which supports a multi-disciplinary and holistic approach to the provision of medical, mental health, and health promotion services, education, and programs.
  • Directs the fiscal operation of the Health Center to include the development of a long-range financial plan, an annual revenue and expense budget, and the ongoing monitoring of its implementation. Develops proposals for increases in the health fee as needed to support revenue requirements. Engages in departmental and divisional fundraising efforts.
  • Directs the human resource function in a manner which ensures that the appropriate mix of qualified personnel are employed in sufficient numbers to support the Health Center mission, scope of services provided, and volume of students served.
  • Directs the evaluation and planning processes required to ensure that facilities as well as medical and other equipment are appropriately budgeted and maintained to support the scope of services provided and the volume of students served.        
  • Ensures compliance with Board of Regents and University policies as well as applicable state laws and regulations. Ensures that national accreditation standards for ambulatory care facilities which apply to the Health Center are met.
  • Ensures that policies, procedures, and clinical guidelines which guide the delivery of all clinical services are adequate in scope, represent state of the art knowledge in the field, and are easily accessed by clinical staff.
  • Collaborates with key administrative and other colleagues across campus as necessary in the provision of health-related consultation services and public health functions.
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of the medical and counseling referral resources available to serve students in the Athens and surrounding communities and an effective working relationship with key administrators and/or providers in these facilities.
  • Maintains contacts with students on a regular basis through such opportunities as the meetings of the Student Health Advisory Committee and on-campus student events.
  • Provides a learning environment which fosters the personal and professional development of both staff and students.
  • Serves on University and Division of Student Affairs committees and other groups as appropriate.
  • Consistently demonstrates an understanding of the importance of service excellence in the work of the Health Center, with both internal and external customers. Treats colleagues, patients, clients, and families with respect and sensitivity. Is courteous and helpful. Communicates with others in a way that actively promotes a positive, team-oriented environment. Exhibits active listening and a willingness to assist in problem-solving, both with patients and clients and with fellow employees. Remains calm and diplomatic in the face of stressful situations and difficult interactions. Exhibits professionalism in all communication, both written and verbal.



Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least ten years of experience in professionally more responsible positions in health care administration, including ambulatory care positions.
  • Completion of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Completion of a doctorate in medicine, health care administration, or related field.
  • A minimum of three to five years of experience in a large, comprehensive college health setting. 
  • Working knowledge of the ambulatory care accreditation standards of either Joint Commission or Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, and the ability to work well with multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural groups. 
  • Skill in planning for and managing change.
  • Working knowledge of performance improvement processes and principles.
  • Proficiency in the use of the computer, including e-mail.

Chartered by the state of Georgia in 1785, the University of Georgia is the birthplace of public higher education in America — launching our nation’s great tradition of world-class education for all. One of America’s “Public Ivies” and a top 10 best value in public higher education, the University of Georgia tackles some of the world’s grand challenges — from combating infectious disease and securing the world’s food supply to advancing economic growth and analyzing the environment.

As Georgia’s flagship institution, the university is recognized for its commitment to student excellence, particularly through an emphasis on rigorous learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom, hands-on research, and leadership opportunities. These experiences contribute to the university’s exceptional retention, graduation and career-placement rates. Our students have earned more than 50 Rhodes, Marshall, Truman and other prestigious national academic scholarships over just the past decade. With its comprehensive reach, the university’s 17 colleges and schools enroll 36,000 students and have produced 315,000 alumni living worldwide. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff.

Located in the Classic City of Athens, approximately an hour northeast of Atlanta, the university thrives in a community that promotes the benefits of a culture-rich college town with a strong economic center. The campus is home to more than 600 registered student and service organizations. Please see: uga.edu.

Applicant screening will begin immediately. Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials by Tuesday, August 1, 2017. The application packet should include a cover letter detailing how the applicant’s credentials and experience meet the needs, responsibilities, and qualifications stated above; a current resume/CV; and contact information for three references (who will not be contacted without further correspondence with the applicant).

All applicants must apply online at FacultyJobs@UGA. Please see the job posting at:


To provide a nomination or seek additional information, please contact Matthew Waller, Search Committee Chair, at 706.542.3564 or mewaller@uga.edu.

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. As such, the University of Georgia is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. We not only strongly encourage women, minorities and other diverse candidates to consider applying for this position, but we also maintain that all candidates should share our commitment to diversity and inclusion.