Project Description

St. Thomas Aquinas College, an institution committed to the holistic development and success of its students, is seeking a Director of Health and Wellness to join this vibrant community and provide primary care and wellness education for its student body. This is an opportunity for an experienced Nurse Practitioner to build upon the solid foundation in Health Services and expand the scope of care available to students. The Director will be expected to have strong clinical skills, the ability to educate around wellness issues, the attention to detail required to accomplish the reporting and administrative tasks, and a true passion for working as part of a community that is caring and student-centered.

Health Services at St. Thomas Aquinas College is a source of confidential health care and wellness information for all students; the office is currently staffed only by the Director. As the College expands services available to meet the needs of its current students, the institutional leaders have made the commitment to change the model by hiring a Nurse Practitioner into a role previously held by a Registered Nurse. The next Director will engage students and others in the campus community to identify how to expand the services offered and to then implement them—a true opportunity to make a lasting and positive change for the institution and its students.

Candidates should have direct experience in primary care as well as knowledge of public health and wellness related issues affecting college students. Successful candidates will have the ability to work independently and innovatively while also effectively communicating and building relationships with stakeholders on campus. With a student-focused approach informing all programs and services, the new Director will engage the community in seeking opportunities for innovation in programs and services while ensuring outstanding quality in all aspects of care and operations.


About St. Thomas Aquinas College

St. Thomas Aquinas College was founded in 1952 by the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill. It is an independent, four-year liberal arts college in the New York City Metropolitan area, just 15 miles north of Manhattan. The College’s 60-acre campus provides a safe, welcoming place for students to study at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It offers over 100 majors, minors, and specializations in the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, and the School of Education. St. Thomas Aquinas College has an enrollment of close to 2,000 students, sustains a student-faculty ratio of 18:1, and provides students with the opportunity to take part in 20 NCAA Division II varsity sports teams. For more information, please visit: https://www.stac.edu/about-stac 


Position Overview

The Director of Health and Wellness is the leader on campus in identifying and addressing student needs in relation to their overall health. This clinician and administrator is responsible for developing, implementing, coordinating, evaluating and providing overall management to the College Health and Wellness Program, including increased primary care services for students and emergency medical interventions to members of the College community. In addition, the Director provides educational workshops, classroom presentations, and other instruction regarding maintenance of good health and wellness and disease prevention, ensures compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, connects students with local health care providers and institutions, and maintains a variety of health records. The Director reports to the Director of Campus Health and Safety and is a full-time, 12-month position.

Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Provide strategic leadership and oversee planning, organizational direction, and day-to-day activities of the College’s Health and Wellness program; develop and implement department goals, objectives, and policies.
  • Ensure the delivery of quality primary health care, health maintenance, and health promotion services to students.
  • Oversee triage and evaluation of students who present to Health Services and provide direct patient care consistent with ACHA standards.
  • Conduct ongoing assessment to support continuous improvements in program and service quality and ensure satisfactory student health outcomes.
  • Collaborate closely with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and Athletics.
  • In partnership with the College’s senior leadership team, lead campus emergency preparedness and response, including management of and effective communication about public health issues, such as the COVID-19 pandemic; assist with crisis intervention when necessary.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with other College departments, federal, state, and community health agencies, and other health related resources; make appropriate referrals as needed.
  • Participate in coalitions, advisory committees, and task forces that further the mission and objectives of Health and Wellness, the Division of Student Development, and the College.
  • Develop and facilitate health and wellness programs, initiatives, and workshops for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Convene and supervise the Student Health Advisory Committee.
  • Serve as a consultant and resource for faculty, staff, and administrators on health-related issues.
  • Interpret, implement, and monitor compliance with state and federal laws and regulations related to health care delivery, including medical staff credentialing, immunization requirements, reporting of epidemics/contagious diseases, and other public health matters; represent the College to the Rockland County Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control, and other external agencies.
  • Manage the department’s budget, procurement, and requisition and maintenance of supplies and equipment.
  • Provide staff training on CPR, First Aid, and AED.
  • Manage website and social media presence.
  • Oversee implementation and maintenance of the Electronic Medical Records system; ensure confidentiality of information and compliance with FERPA and HIPAA requirements.
  • Maintain mandated health and immunization records, and related required reports, and insurance information; manage insurance claims and administer the Accident Insurance Policy.
  • Serve on divisional, college, state and/or national committees as required and assigned; actively participate in local and national college health organizations.


Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in nursing and completion of training as a nurse practitioner
  • Current licensure or license-eligibility in New York at the time of hire and current, active certification as a nurse practitioner; NY license must be active by the start of employment.
  • Minimum of five years of recent experience as a health care provider, preferably in a higher education or primary care setting
  • Demonstrated experience in health education and health promotion activities
  • Knowledge of, and a demonstrated commitment to, serving students with diverse backgrounds, interests, goals, and abilities
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, organizational skills, and attention to detail, particularly with regard to record keeping and correspondence
  • Highly sensitive, well-developed interpersonal skills
  • Sound judgment and the ability to work independently
  • Ability to operate confidentially in all situations
  • Proficiency in computer skills and programs, including MS Office


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with adolescent and young adult patients
  • Certification as a CPR Instructor
  • Experience with electronic medical records


Application Process

St. Thomas Aquinas 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 recruiting@KeelingAssociates.com. The subject line of the email should read “STAC– Director of Health and Wellness.” Confidential inquiries and nominations should be addressed to Jeff Ewing, Senior Consultant for Executive Search, at jfewing@keelingassociates.com. The process will continue until the position is filled. Applications received by October 29, 2020, will receive full consideration.

St. Thomas Aquinas College does not discriminate in its educational programs, activities or employment practices based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or expression, disability, age, religion, ancestry, genetic information, marital status, veteran status or any other legally-protected category. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State and with Federal law, including Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. For more information, please contact: EEO, Section 504/ADA Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator, 125 Route 340, Sparkill, NY 10076, 845- 398-4044.

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