Director of University Health Service

University of Rochester

University of Rochester

Director of University Health Service

The University of Rochester (UR), located in the exciting city of Rochester, New York, is a private, tier 1 research university serving approximately 6,800 undergraduate and 5,000 graduate students. UR maintains a unique undergraduate curriculum that focuses on the arts, sciences, and engineering, and with more than 200 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs and certificate offerings, students at UR can obtain a liberal arts education, research experience, and advanced degrees in music, medicine, business, education, and beyond. “Meliora”—meaning “ever better”—distinguishes the value and way of life that has shaped the institution since its founding in 1850. The city of Rochester, according to its website, “…combines small-town accessibility with big-city services. Amidst some of the most beautiful scenery in the United States, residents enjoy a housing market known for great bargains, short commute times, world-class cultural and entertainment offerings, and a fast-growing innovation economy poised to thrive in the 21st century.”

University Health Service (UHS) provides confidential, high-quality health care services for students and other university community members. UHS is committed to promoting the well-being of its stakeholders by offering a wide range of medical services, preventive care, and wellness programs. UHS offers primary care, including general medical consultations, vaccinations, and routine check-ups, as well as specialized services such as gynecological care, sports medicine, mental health support, urgent care needs, laboratory and pharmacy services, and a self-funded student health insurance plan. UHS comprises five units: Primary Care, University Counseling Center, Health Promotion, Occupational Health, and Administration and Finance.

The Position

Reporting directly to the vice president for student life, with an indirect reporting line to the provost, the vice provost and director of University Health Service provides visionary, strategic, and operational leadership for developing a holistic, multidisciplinary approach that supports the university’s commitment to the health and wellness of the University of Rochester community. The vice provost and director will envision and enact a model of service delivery and professional training to promote optimal psychological, emotional, and physical health and wellness for students, faculty, and staff. The range of services will include prevention, intervention, psychoeducation, crisis management, and health promotion for students; consultation with faculty, staff, and organizations within the campus community; assessing and analyzing clinical signs and symptoms; and diagnosing actual and potential health problems.

The vice provost and director of University Health Service develops and manages an annual operating budget of approximately $19 million, as well as $16 million in the student health insurance plan, and is responsible for 95 full-time staff, including eight direct reports.


This position requires an advanced degree in healthcare administration, public health, or a related field, as well as relevant, progressive leadership and professional experience that includes demonstrated success in managing and supervising physical and mental health services in a college or university setting. The successful candidate will possess demonstrated supervisory and leadership skills within a diverse environment, strong fiscal and budget skills, extensive experience in team management, coalition-building skills, experience in interdisciplinary settings, and familiarity with electronic health records. Knowledge of integrated care, the ability to lead effectively within an integrated model, excellent public speaking, interpersonal, communication, and critical thinking skills, and experience working effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds are required. The successful candidate will maintain a commitment to and respect for relevant student privacy obligations; knowledge of applicable college, state, and federal laws, codes, regulations, policies, procedures, standards, and requirements governing health services; and an understanding of the principles, terminology, practices, procedures, and techniques related to the screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of physical and mental health conditions, public health programming, and health education.

Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin February 2, 2024, 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 J. Scott Derrick at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email

Public Salary Range: $300,000-$400,000

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The University of Rochester prohibits and will not engage in discrimination and harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, domestic violence victim status, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, familial status, or an individual’s reproductive health decision making, military/veteran status, national origin, race (including hairstyle), religion/creed (including religious attire and facial hair), sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law (anyone individually, a “Protected Class”). Discrimination or harassment (including hostile work environment harassment) based on protected status is illegal, will not be tolerated, and is considered misconduct that will be subject to discipline.

The University is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion, a central tenet of our institutional vision and values. This commitment extends to policies and practices for admissions, recruitment, and employment in accordance with the principles of equal opportunity and Affirmative Action and in compliance with applicable law.


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