Project Description

The University of Notre Dame is conducting a national search for the position of Director of University Health Services (UHS) with a focus on identifying visionary, collaborative, and team-oriented physician leaders with a strong record of clinical and administrative experience. The Director is responsible for the strategic leadership and oversight of a multidisciplinary staff dedicated to providing exceptional, patient-centered healthcare to meet the needs of Notre Dame’s talented, high achieving, and hard-working student body.

Notre Dame is seeking an astute and compassionate leader with excellent clinical acumen and credibility who can both lead and inspire staff while driving innovation, providing campus-wide leadership on medical and public health issues, and promoting and supporting the goals and objectives of UHS. Successful candidates will possess strong organizational and communication skills, understanding of the principles and best practices of college health, and the ability to work collaboratively with enthusiastic colleagues in the University Counseling Center, the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being, the Center for Student Support and Care, 

and other partners across campus in support of the health and well-being of the campus community. Equally significant is a strong commitment to delivering holistic care reflective of Notre Dame’s Catholic mission and values.

About UHS

The staff of UHS are a multi-disciplinary team committed to providing services to meet the needs of the diverse Notre Dame student body. UHS is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and provides primary outpatient medical and nursing care, sports medicine, outreach medical services, travel consultation, immunizations and allergy injections, and ancillary services (pharmacy, clinical laboratory, physical therapy, and radiology). The pharmacy, clinical laboratory, and physical therapy service are provided on site for students’ convenience through arrangements with independent contractors. UHS is located in Saint Liam Hall along with the University Counseling Center and the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being. All dimensions of the University’s health care services respect the dignity of each individual and support the Catholic character of the University of Notre Dame.

Position Summary

The Director of University Health Services (UHS), as a licensed physician, is responsible for the overall leadership and management of University Health Services. As one of the University’s leaders charged with supporting student health and wellbeing, the Director of UHS will formulate and guide the department to meet a shared vision where exceptional college health care, infused with the Notre Dame values, will foster lifelong well-being for students across all levels of the University. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Student Services, the Director has overall responsibility for UHS, including strategic, administrative, and financial oversight of clinical operations as well as collaboration on public health initiatives and healthcare risk management for the entire campus and with the local community. As a key member of the Student Services Unit, the Director will collaborate to promote a strategic and holistic vision for health and wellness for students at Notre Dame as well as support and sustain a healthy campus community grounded in our Holy Cross values and Catholic mission. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Departmental management: 50%

  • Establishes and executes all strategic oversight for the office in terms of staffing, budget and health care initiatives by setting annual goals and priorities.  
  • Accounts for the overall UHS clinical operations and coordinates with the Assistant Director of Clinical Operations to manage workflow and schedules.  
  • Oversees the operating budget; tracks expenditures and monitors operational funds on a monthly/annual basis.
  • Utilizes assessment data to determine student needs, examine emerging trends, identify gaps and benchmark best practices for implementation. 
  • Works with vendors related to laboratory, pharmacy, physical therapy and X ray services.
  • Collaborates on public health initiatives, and healthcare risk management.
  • Ensures medical services are in compliance with college health standards of care, applicable regulatory and licensing requirements (all state, federal and AAAHC standards), the mission of the University, etc.
  • Tracks the advancement of the department through annual reports, data driven decision making and continuous improvement strategies.
  • Serves as the external presence and chief collaborator with other Directors within the Division of Student Affairs, particularly colleagues in Residential Life and Student Services (University Counseling Center, Center for Student Support and Care, McDonald Center for Student Well-Being), as well as with campus partners (such as Athletics and the Academy).
  • Serves as the public health prevention and response leader and forges strong relationships with the larger Michiana community on public health initiatives.

Personnel Management: 20%

  • Assigns and supervises all work of the department, including responsibility for making decision on hiring, pay, performance and development of employees. 
  • Supervises the four members of the UHS Management Team and the UHS providers which include 3 Primary Care Providers, 2 Primary Care/Sports Medicine Providers, Primary Care/Football Team Provider, and Psychiatrist. Responsibilities for supervision include regular meetings, weekly Management Team meetings, all staff meetings, and the calibration of performance evaluations for all UHS staff.
  • Works with members of the Management Team to provide oversight of professional development as well as performance evaluations for the entire UHS staff.  

Primary Care: 20%

  • Serves as a leader by example by maintaining high clinical standards and patient centered care.
  • Provides direct patient care, serving a highly motivated Notre Dame student population.
  • Maintains a professional standard of care; models and strongly advocates interdisciplinary collegiality.

Professional Activities: 5%

  • Participates in accreditation-supporting activities, including but not limited to AAAHC committee participation and performance-improvement activities, as assigned.
  • Offers medical opinions for students’ requests for specialized medical support or services on campus.
  • Serves in peer-review activities, as assigned; serves on University task groups, boards, committees
  • Participates in special projects or committee appointments, as assigned.
  • Serves as liaison with other Catholic college/universities, peer institutions and local organizations.
  • Benchmarks and shares best practices to serve as a flagship for other Catholic college health services.
  • Pursues professional development and maintains professional accreditation and licensure.

Other duties assigned: 5%


  • MD or DO from accredited U.S. medical school; current licensure with eligibility to obtain licensure in the State of Indiana.
  • Current board certification in a primary care specialty, such as Family Practice Medicine, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Adolescent Medicine or Pediatrics.
  • CSR/DEA licensure.
  • Minimum 7 years of experience (10 years or more preferred) in clinical practice or academic medicine following completion of residency.
  • At least 3 years of supervisory and management experience (5 or more years preferred) in health care services and administration, including documented experience with (1) designing, developing, and directing health‐related programs and services; (2) overseeing clinical staff and ensuring the quality of medical practice and outreach activities performed by members of the Health Services staff; (3) fiscal management, budget development, and contractor/vendor relationships; and (4) health services technology, including the ability to use technology creatively to advance the organization to the next level of excellence.
  • An understanding of and appreciation for the intersection between clinical health services and wellness/health promotion.
  • Knowledge of and direct experience in college health or in a related area of health care practice and administration. Candidates with community or public health training, experience in clinical preventive services, and a strong background in quality management will receive particular consideration.
  • A commitment to the University’s Catholic identity and the ability to implement policies, programs, services and best practices that are consistent with the University’s Catholic mission, values, and teachings.
  • Ability to practice within the Ethical and Religious Guidelines for Catholic Health Care. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse, young adult population.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment with coworkers with a variety of skill levels.

Application Instructions

The University of Notre Dame 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 “Notre Dame – Director, UHS.” Confidential inquiries and nominations should be addressed to Dr. Jan Walbert, Vice President and Senior Consultant for Executive Search, Keeling & Associates, at Applications received by March 22, 2021, will receive full consideration. The process will continue until the position is filled. 

The University of Notre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality faculty, staff and administration. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates and others that will enhance our community. Moreover, Notre Dame prohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualified individuals, and requires affirmative action by covered contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a).

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