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Director, Student Health and Wellness Services

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Work type: Full Time
Location: Swarthmore
Categories: Staff

Interested Applicants:

Swarthmore College has partnered with Keeling & Associates in this search process. Applications should include a cover letter and resume and must be sent, preferably in PDF format, to The subject line of the email should read “Swarthmore – Director, SHWS.”  Confidential inquiries and nominations should be addressed to Gordon Winsor, Consultant and Project Director for Executive Search, at Applications received by March 11, 2020, will receive full consideration. The process will continue until the position is filled.

Swarthmore College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, is very pleased to invite applications and nominations for the position of Director, Student Health and Wellness Services. This is an exceptional opportunity for a visionary, creative, and team-oriented clinician with a holistic health and wellbeing focus and strong commitment to working closely with high achieving students and supporting a diverse student community. The Director will provide direct healthcare services, while providing confident clinical leadership to a well-established, highly regarded, and strongly supported campus health and wellness program with experienced and student-centered healthcare practitioners dedicated to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students.

The Director of Health Services must have strong clinical acumen, compassion, and interpersonal skills with the ability to develop a broad institutional perspective and work effectively as both a team leader and team member who can inspire confidence and trust. As a member of the Deans and Directors Group, the Director will enjoy strong strategic partnerships with supportive colleagues across the portfolio of the Division, Academic Affairs, Athletics, and Public Safety.

Candidates should have a proven record of excellent clinical supervision and administrative experience, including evidence of innovation in service delivery and knowledge of public health and wellness related issues affecting college students. Successful candidates will have a knowledge of local and national issues, trends, and best practice standards in primary health care, college health, and health insurance. With a student-centered approach informing all programs and services, the new Director will engage staff in seeking opportunities for innovation in program, service, and business models while ensuring outstanding quality in all aspects of care and operations.

This is a full-time, 12-month, senior administrative position. Swarthmore provides competitive and attractive benefits.

About Swarthmore College

Swarthmore College is a highly selective college of liberal arts and engineering located in suburban Philadelphia, just 11 miles outside of the city. The College’s idyllic 425-acre arboretum campus features rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails. The College champions diversity and inclusivity across its campus community and beyond, and it is strongly committed to making education accessible; students who attend Swarthmore are admitted regardless of their demonstrated financial need. With nearly 50 programs of study and the opportunity for students to design their own major, Swarthmore offers more than 600 courses on campus each year. Swarthmore maintains 194 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty; sustains a student-faculty ratio of 8:1; houses 95 percent of its 1,640 students on campus in 18 residence halls; and maintains 20 NCAA Division III varsity sports teams. For more information, please visit:

Position Overview

The Director reports to the Vice President and Dean of Students and has responsibility for the strategic leadership, management, and day-to-day operations and administration of student health and wellness services for a residential campus of approximately 1,600 students. The Director balances clinical and administrative duties, guides decisions regarding campus-wide prevention and wellness initiatives, and ensures that all clinical management guidelines, protocols, and practices reflect and are consistent with current standards and evidence-based research. A key focus of this position is to ensure the design, delivery, and assessment of effective prevention/wellness programs to reduce barriers to learning and create opportunities for greater academic achievement and student success.

Student Health and Wellness Services (SHWS) completes more than 8,000 patient encounters per year. The Director manages an operating/staff budget of $500,000 and oversees 6 full-time and 10 part-time staff, plus 3 contracted physicians.

Required Credentials

  • Master’s degree or doctorate and completion of training as a nurse practitioner.
  • Current licensure or license-eligibility in Pennsylvania at the time of hire and current, active certification as a nurse practitioner or physician assistant.
  • Minimum of five years of relevant professional experience in health care services and administration. Preference will be given to candidates with supervisory and management experience including design, development, and direction of health-related programs and services, responsibility for quality of health care practice and outreach, fiscal management, budget development, and contractor/vendor relationships.
  • Knowledge of local and national issues, trends, and best practice standards in primary health care, college health, health insurance, and managed care, as well as of national certification and accreditation requirements.
  • Ability to multi-task, triage health problems, and respond effectively to medical emergencies.
  • Ability to triage mental health issues and work closely with colleagues in Counseling and Psychological Services to provide comprehensive health care support to Swarthmore students.
  • Understanding of and appreciation for the values of residential liberal arts colleges rooted in Quaker traditions, including respect for the individual, consensus decision-making and social responsibility.
  • Knowledge of and experience supporting a diverse student community, including race, gender, and LGBTQ+ identities, combined with an affinity for working closely with students.
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, communication and critical thinking skills are essential.

Preferred Credentials: Experience with adolescent and young adult/college aged patients, preferably in a college health setting, is strongly preferred but not required; experience with electronic health records desired.

Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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