• Title

  • Director, Health Services

    Posted: 09/11/2022

    Job Summary


    Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), is seeking a Director of Health Services to join its Health Services Department. Health Services is committed to the promotion of health and wellness by providing first-rate healthcare services to students in an ambulatory care setting. Our dedicated and knowledgeable providers give personal attention specific to all healthcare needs. RISD’s highly motivated and talented students are diverse, coming from a wide range of geographic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds, representing all forms of diversity. We seek a culturally competent candidate who will thrive in a campus environment that advances principles of social equity and inclusion, environmental and climate justice, and equal access to resources and opportunities.


    The Director provides clinical oversight, performs analyses, and makes recommendations on all clinical matters relative to the scope, accessibility, and quality of care provided within the college’s Health Services. Utilizing a public health-based model, the director leads the day-to-day medical responsibilities for the center including supervision of staff; intake, follow up and referrals for patients; state and federal guidelines compliance; and facilitates emergency care when needed. Responsibilities span but are not limited to general medicine, primary practice care, urgent care, and sexual health and allergy/immunizations.


    The Director, Health Services is responsible for the strategic vision and leadership of a comprehensive college medical health care center.  Working under the direction of the Assistant Vice President of Health and Wellness and collaboratively with the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, the incumbent will function as a key member of the integrated health and wellness leadership team in establishing a broad strategic vision and creating consistent operating principles in support of the strategic goals of the Division of Student Affairs and of the larger institution.  This leadership team will develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive holistic health initiatives that incorporate multicultural, diversity, inclusivity, and social justice concepts and principles. The Director also serves as one of the key Directors in the Division of Student Affairs and actively collaborates with other campus partners on situations and policies having a physical, as well as public, health and wellness component. 


    Essential Functions

    • Provide direct primary care for eligible patients, appropriate to the needs of a diverse and multicultural college student population, including diagnosis, referral for consultation or specialty services, follow-up care, evening/urgent care, and on-call emergency consultation.
    • Provide direct supervision, hiring, training, scheduling and evaluation of health services staff who support the day-to-day provision of the clinical medical care and services for matriculated, pre-college and summer studies students. Ensure staff have appropriate credentials to provide required medical services. Supervises and develops the department staff, facilitating professional opportunities to improve individual capability and managing performance against job accountabilities, department goals and established university, campus and department policies and procedures. Develop and implement Health Services policies and procedures. 
    • Develop and maintain strong relationships with members of the Integrated Health and Wellness leadership team, members of the Student Affairs Leadership team, Director of Public Safety as well as other internal members of the college.  Foster and nurture strong external relationships with local hospitals, colleges and universities, and the Tri-State consortium to ensure continuity of care is coordinated for clients.
    • Ensure that all state and federal guidelines are upheld and best practices are followed, particularly as they pertain to immunization and insurance compliance for international students, complex laboratory standards, quality control and record keeping. Possess a strong awareness of current legislative issues and how they affect a campus community, including pre-college (high school students) and summer studies students. Interpret legislative requirements into actionable plans appropriate for RISD.
    • Develop, evaluate and implement, as approved, short and long-term operational and budgetary plans, which enhance efficiency and services for students and which are in alignment with the overall Student Affairs strategic plan for support of wellness for students.
    • Oversee and engage others in accordance with the college’s preparation for critical incidents and public health threats to campus.  This may include but is not limited to communication with the RI Department of Health, CDC and campus community.
    • Serve as a key member of the student medical re-admit committee, which makes recommendations regarding a student’s readiness to return to a high stress college environment.  Serve on various committees as applicable.



    • Master’s degree required in nursing, public health, or equivalent combination of education and experience
    • Minimum of 5 years in a health services environment with strong leadership experience
    • Prior experience as a Nurse Practitioner, preferably in a College Health Center
    • Current valid RI Nursing License or ability to obtain license within orientation and review period
    • Excellent crisis management, clinical judgment and problem solving.
    • Strong empowering leadership, interpersonal and communication skills; experience managing a budget.
    • Ability to work cooperatively with, have understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for, a diverse community with a large international population.
    • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing regarding a variety of health related topics.
    • Must possess knowledge of best standards of practice, including State and Federal laws and regulations that apply to the provision of health care, and local and national trends as related to college health. Solid understanding of HIPPA, FERPA, the Clery Act, and Title IX and sexual assault federal regulations. Strong knowledge of holistic preventative health principles.
    • Prior experience using an EMR system, preferably Medicat



    Work Schedule

    35 hours/week; 12 months/year


    Employment Status

    Full-Time; Exempt





    Documents Needed to Apply

    Resume (required)

    Cover Letter (required)


    Salary Grade Structure


    Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please upload all required documents.


    The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.


    RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.
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