Associate Vice President for Student Health and Wellness


Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), a world class private, research university renowned for creativity and technical innovation, seeks a dynamic, collaborative, and innovative leader to serve as Associate Vice President for Student Health and Wellness (AVP). This strategist and visionary will oversee a broad spectrum of health-related departments, ensuring high-quality, accessible, and inclusive programs and services. The AVP will also serve as a pivotal senior administrator, charged with enhancing student health and wellbeing offerings.


Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs (SVPSA), this AVP is a member of the Student Affairs leadership team and participates in setting strategic direction for the division; anticipating and responding to opportunities and challenges; managing resources; formulating policy; and developing key relationships with academic and administrative colleagues. This dynamic role demands a proactive approach to preventive care, mental health services, wellness education, case management, health promotion, and direct health care. Student Health and Wellness is guided by an inclusive and integrated service model, promoting a high degree of collaboration and communication across all areas through programs and services that advance a holistically oriented and healthy campus culture. The Associate Vice President will collaborate with various stakeholders to foster an environment that values student wellbeing and will have direct oversight of the Student Health Center, Student Counseling and Psychological Services, Case Management and Health Promotion, Recreation, and Wellness Education.


Primary Responsibilities

• Provide Strategic Vision: The AVP will be relied on as a senior leader on campus. Both in moments of crisis and in day-to-day activities, they will serve as an authority on a broad range of health and wellness issues. The AVP will articulate a compelling and coherent vision for student wellbeing and embrace a student-centered approach in decision-making, clinical practices, service operations, and identifying community needs.


• Foster Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging: The AVP will foster a diverse, inclusive, and respectful community, both in vision and practice. This commitment is rooted in the belief that multiple points of view, life experiences, ethnicities, cultures, and belief systems are essential to personal, professional, and organizational growth. The AVP will partner with colleagues across the division and university to incorporate diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice frameworks into their practice developing programs and services that support student success.


• Support Student Wellbeing: The AVP will lead a multi-disciplinary team and serve as an enthusiastic spokesperson for student health and wellness, the division, and the University. This leader must also demonstrate empathy, be a thoughtful listener and be approachable and welcoming.


• Enhance Operational Effectiveness: The AVP will outline a vision and plan to ensure organizational effectiveness for the areas they oversee. This includes updating existing structures, programs, services, and priorities as needed; ensuring that the investment of resources is being well utilized; and stewarding the human and fiscal resources devoted to the student experience with creativity and fiscal prudence.


Required Education and Experience

• Earned doctorate in Public Health, Healthcare Administration, Health Sciences, Medicine, or related fields. Clinicians must have licensure to practice in current state jurisdiction, and license-eligibility in the state of New York.

• A minimum of 8-10 years of experience overseeing a complex integrated healthcare organization, demonstrating proficiency in managing a wide range of health services and programs.

• Extensive experience in supervising licensed healthcare professionals, including developing and leading multidisciplinary teams.

• Proven track record of implementing effective health and wellness programs and services within a diverse community, preferably in a higher education setting.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• Demonstrated commitment to promoting inclusive and accessible health care services.

• Strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills, with an ability to engage effectively with students, faculty, staff, and external partners.

• Demonstrated proficiency in interpersonal communication, with a proven ability to effectively engage and collaborate with diverse groups.

• Strong written communication skills, including the capacity to articulate complex concepts in a clear, concise, and accessible manner.

• Knowledge of relevant healthcare laws, regulations, and accreditation standards, with experience in ensuring compliance and maintaining high standards of healthcare delivery.

• Ability to respond effectively to crises and manage complex health-related emergencies.

• Proven ability to cultivate and develop staff and an aptitude to form an effective leadership team.

• Ability to establish, nurture, and sustain effective working relationships based on respect, empathy and honesty with diverse groups and individuals.

• A demonstrated passion for students, staff, and service; a commitment to building a strong learning environment for students and staff that stresses inclusion, community, sense of belonging, well-being and unified organizational culture and effectiveness.

• An exceptional communicator and good listener who can inspire internal and external constituencies and attract partners to support new initiatives.

• Effective interpersonal, written, and electronic communications skills, including the ability to convey complex information in accessible terms to diverse or multicultural audiences.

• Work and collaborate effectively across areas and adjust priorities as needed.

• Willingness to engage in learning opportunities regarding Deaf Culture and conversational American Sign Language (ASL).

• A record that demonstrates the highest degree of integrity, transparency, honesty, and ability to manage and maintain confidential and private information.

• An understanding of budgetary operations and finances, experience establishing budget priorities, and serving as a responsible steward of resources; ability to make difficult decisions and prioritize.


Application Process

RIT has partnered with Keeling & Associates in this search process. Applicants should send a cover letter and resume/CV, preferably in PDF format, to recruiting@keelingassociates.com. The subject line of the email should read “RIT AVP Student Health and Wellness.” Confidential inquiries and nominations should be addressed to Dr. Shadia Sachedina, Consultant, at ssachedina@keelingassociates.com. Applications will be reviewed immediately, and all materials received by April 2, 2024, will receive full consideration. The review process will continue until the position is filled.


Additional Details:

Hiring salary range for this position has been established as:

• Medical Doctor or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine candidate: $183,000 – $306,500

• Non-Medical Doctor or Non-Doctor of Osteopathic candidate: $120,200 – $201,300 and is commensurate with skills and experience.


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