The Independent Health Contractor, Health Services, who will serve from the time of appointment for approximately three to four months, will be responsible for the strategic vision and leadership of a comprehensive college medical health care system. Utilizing a public health-based model, the Independent Health Contractor, Health Services will lead the day-to-day administrative medical responsibilities for the center including supervision of staff; intake, follow up and referrals for patients; state and federal guidelines compliance; 24-hour emergency care when needed. Reporting to the Executive Director of Integrated Health and Wellness, the Independent Health Contractor will support initiatives regarding COVID-19 protocols and related campus processes.
The Independent Health Contractor will be responsible for the department oversight and for ensuring effective collaboration with others in achieving the strategic goals of Health Services and the Division of Student Affairs. The Independent Health Contractor will collaborate with other departments within Student Affairs as well as other campus partners and will advise campus stakeholders on situations and policies having a physical, as well as public, health and wellness component. The Independent Health Contractor will report to the Dean of Student Affairs and serve as one of the key Directors in the Division of Student Affairs.
The Independent Health Contractor will actively engage other campus leaders such as the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services and other members of Student Affairs to develop, implement, evaluate, and sustain comprehensive holistic health initiatives that incorporate multicultural diversity, inclusivity, and social justice concepts and principles. Communication with the Rhode Island Department of Health and participation on the Public Health Task Force will be important responsibilities related to COVID-19 protocols.
1. 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.
2. Provide direct supervision, hiring, training, scheduling and evaluation of health services staff (NPs, RNs, Medical Assistants, and CNAs) who support the day-to-day provision of the clinical medical care and services for matriculated, pre-college and summer studies students.
3. Develop and maintain strong relationships with the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services and the 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Oversee and engage others in accordance with the college's preparation for critical incidents and public health threats to campus. This includes but is not limited to communication with CDC and campus community.
Master's degree required in nursing, public health, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum of seven (7) years in health services environment with strong leadership experience. Prior experience as a Nurse Practitioner or health related clinician, preferably in a College Health Center. Current valid RI Nursing License or ability to obtain license within orientation and review period. Prior experience using an EMR system, preferably Medicat.
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.
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.
Excellent crisis management, clinical judgment and problem solving. Strong empowering leadership, interpersonal and communication skills; experience managing a budget.
RISD has partnered with Keeling & Associates, LLC for this search. Applications should include a resume and a cover letter addressing your interest in and qualifications for the interim position. Application materials must be sent, preferably as PDFs, to recruiting@KeelingAssociates.com with the subject heading "RISD Administrative Director, HS." Candidates are encouraged to submit materials immediately. The search will continue until an appointment is made.
Confidential inquiries and nominations should be addressed to the K&A senior consultant leading this search, Dr. Jan Walbert, at jwalbert@KeelingAssociates.com.
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.