University of California Santa Cruz - Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success and Health

CA, Santa Cruz

The University of California, Santa Cruz (UC Santa Cruz) announces the search for the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success and Health. The campus community seeks a visionary, collaborative and student-centered leader who is eager to support campus-wide strategies that advance health equity for a generation of students whose physical and mental health needs continue to evolve during this unprecedented era.

Widely recognized as an academically vibrant and student-centered university, UC Santa Cruz is proud of its profile as one of the most diverse campuses in the United States having earned designations as an Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI). UC Santa Cruz is also a member of both the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the prestigious, ten-campus University of California system. UC Santa Cruz, founded in 1965, is distinguished by its residential “college” system through which students live and learn in small communities organized around themes of broad intellectual interest. The institution is known throughout the world for its interdisciplinary approach to research for the public good and for its commitment to social and environmental justice. Santa Cruz is located on the edge of Monterey Bay, approximately 70 miles from San Francisco and is ideally suited for year-round outdoor activity.

Reporting directly to the vice chancellor for student affairs and success, the AVC serves as a key member of the Division of Student Affairs and Success leadership team and will provide senior strategic leadership in the design, development, implementation, coordination, assessment and continuous improvement of a $16.4 million portfolio that includes eight direct reports within the following student health areas: primary care clinic, same day clinic, counseling, psychiatry, high complexity laboratory, radiology, pharmacy, optometry, billing and insurance. The AVC also oversees student health education and outreach programming as well as confidential advocacy support for survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking.

The position serves as a key adviser to leadership in matters of public health that impact students, faculty and staff. The position is also responsible for providing campus health leadership on known and emerging issues relevant to the health, safety and well-being of students and serves as the Santa Cruz campus Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Officer. The AVC establishes and maintains student health and healthcare policy for the University and is responsible for setting health-related priorities and allocating resources for student health programs and services in accordance with the mission and goals of the Division of Student Affairs and Success and the academic mission of the University. The AVC also tracks and closes health equity gaps.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated track record of progressively responsible leadership, administrative and supervisory experience in a healthcare setting and will possess advanced knowledge of healthcare administration, systems and policies. They will have a background of serving a complex and highly diverse student community drawn from a myriad of intersectional identities and backgrounds.

The AVC will have demonstrated leadership and team-building skills and be highly experienced and skilled at planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating activities appropriate to the advancement of organizational goals. They will be knowledgeable of strategic funding of healthcare programs and operations; quality assessment and improvement procedures; and best practices in healthcare management, patient care and prevention programs.

WittKieffer is assisting University of California Santa Cruz in this search. Applications will be accepted through January 12, 2022 or until the position is filled.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume, a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile and a Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion statement. Information about the expectations for this statement can be found here. Professional references are not requested at this time.

Application materials should be submitted using the buttons below. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D. and Lauren Bruce-Stets at

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to: Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064.

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