Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health and Wellness/Medical Director

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Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health and Wellness/Medical Director
The University of California, Merced invites applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health and Wellness/Medical Director (AVC/Medical Director). This is an exceptional career opportunity for an experienced physician to lead all aspects of comprehensive and integrated student health and counseling services. The AVC/Medical Director will join UC Merced at a time of tremendous opportunity, strengthening the integration of Student Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, and Health Promotion programs throughout the University within a caring and compassionate campus community with strong support and dedication to holistic, student-centered health.
In recruiting for the AVC/Medical Director, UC Merced seeks an experienced, collaborative, and inspirational physician leader, with a demonstrated commitment to students’ health and wellbeing, learning, and personal and academic success. Equally important is having a holistic systems perspective with regard to mental health, health promotion, prevention, and treatment of illness and injury; and the disposition to advocate effectively for students and partner with other Student Affairs departments and programs, students, faculty, and the community of local health professionals. The AVC/Medical Director must be a capable, supportive, and influential University citizen whose priorities are aligned with institutional goals, purposes, and priorities.
UC Merced is located in the Central Valley of California, offering a very affordable cost of living in a rapidly growing and developing region of the state. Merced is a community dedicated to the agricultural priorities of the region, while supporting an emerging agricultural-tech industry and an expanding arts and culture scene. Its central location provides outstanding opportunities for outdoor excursions, (1.5 hours from Yosemite Park,) and easy access to main urban areas in California (2 hours to Sacramento or the Bay Area, 4 hours to Los Angeles).
Position Summary
Reporting to and under the direction of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the AVC/Medical Director has responsibility for the strategic leadership, vision, effective management, supervision, and administration of the departments of the departments of Student Health Services (SHS), Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and Health Promotion. The AVC/Medical Director provides clinical leadership, supervision of professional health care providers, medical administration, direct patient care, and provides leadership and direction in the areas of accreditation, strategic planning, compliance, budgeting, student success, and cultural diversity. As a member of the Vice Chancellor’s leadership team, the AVC/Medical Director provides advice, guidance, and assistance to the Vice Chancellors and the Chancellor, and represents the campus in campus-wide and system-wide meeting and discussions.
Required Qualifications and Experience
• M.D. or D.O. degree from an accredited medical school.
• Board certification in an appropriate specialty.
• Eligibility for or possession of a current unrestricted license to practice medicine in the State of California.
• Minimum of 7 years of post-doctoral, direct clinical experience.
• Experience managing a large unit or multiple units, and at least 3 years of experience in clinical administration, including supervisory experience of professional staff and personnel management.
• Experience effectively managing HR and fiscal resources.
• Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, including the ability to convey clinical information in accessible terms to a variety of audiences and to secure and/or provide information to clarify situations, resolve problems, and communicate policy decisions.
• Experience as a systems thinker with a strategic mindset that aligns with the direction of an integrated student health and wellness service.
• Experience working with a diverse population; demonstrated professionalism and cultural competence with awareness of and sensitivity to racial, cultural, religious, socio-economic, gender and sexual orientation diversity.
• Experience with use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and electronic patient management systems.
Application Process
UC Merced has partnered with Keeling & Associates, LLC in this search process. Applications should include a resume/curriculum vitae and a cover letter addressing your interest and qualifications for the position. Application materials must be sent, preferably as PDFs, to with the subject heading “UC Merced – AVC/Medical Director.” Review of candidates will begin immediately, and all materials received by October 24, 2019, will receive full consideration.
Confidential inquiries and nominations should be addressed to the K&A senior consultant leading this search, Dr. Jan Walbert, at
The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (
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