The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota seeks an Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs (ADCA). The ADCA provides leadership, administers oversight, and guides the College in the strategic and operational aspects of the clinical programs of the College. The ADCA is responsible for the clinical operations, operational policies, and comprehensive patient care programs, in addition to working with collegiate leaders to grow community medicine outreach and service programs. The ADCA should promote and nurture a positive workplace culture with an emphasis on principles of diversity, inclusion, and equity. In addition, the ADCA will ensure that appropriate diversity and inclusion standards are met and are responsive to local community needs.This position serves as a member of Dean’s senior leadership team and other relevant committees.
Academic rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a full-time, 100% appointment, wherein up to 15% of the position can be assigned to maintaining additional interests via clinical, research, or teaching time.
The Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs carries out the following essential job functions:
Provide direction and leadership for the clinical enterprise and hospital management that supports academic and scholarly activity to elevate the reputation of the hospitals, college, and University to include DVM and post-graduate education (teaching and learning), clinical research, discovery, healthcare, and service missions of the college.
Provide administrative leadership and coordination for clinical service activities in all parts of the Veterinary Medical Center's (VMC) teaching hospital, including oversight of the Lewis Small Animal Hospital, Piper Equine Hospital, Large Animal Hospital, and West Metro Equine practice.
Oversee the business operations of the VMC in a fiscally responsible and sustainable way for both the Hospitals and the college. Work closely and collaboratively with the college’s Chief Financial Officer.
Demonstrate an innovative and entrepreneurial ability to improve clinical operational efficiencies while balancing academic excellence with the financial needs of the clinic enterprise.
Demonstrate and advocate for clinical excellence throughout the College, guided by a passion and commitment to caring for veterinary patients and their client owners, and ensure quality clinical experiences for students.
Develop and optimize student educational and faculty outreach initiatives and partnerships in accordance with both the VMC and College strategic plan.
Support the department chairs in providing leadership, coordination, mentoring, and advocacy of clinical faculty, residents and interns at the Hospitals.
Ensure compliance with accreditation standards, veterinary practice regulations and University of Minnesota policies related to the College’s clinical facilities.
Oversee recruitment, hiring, retention, review, and documentation of performance of hospital staff. Foster communications and respect among team members.
Provide oversight of the clinical care provided within the Community Medicine program, in collaboration with the Sr. Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs.
Collaborate with College leadership, faculty, and development team members to raise strategic funds for VMC and college-wide clinical needs
Oversee client-related items including client complaints and forward-looking assessment of client satisfaction.
Develop and expand strong relationships with referring veterinarians and other stakeholders.
DVM degree (or equivalent) and eligibility for licensure in Minnesota
Demonstrated experience in directing large clinical operations, clinical affairs or service as a clinical department chair or similar leadership position
A minimum of five (5) years of leadership experience in veterinary practice administration or education at an institutional level
Outstanding interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, and have a record of consensus building in an academic setting. This individual must have the ability to quickly respond to requests with accuracy, reliability, and flexibility; this will frequently include assembling the right team of people to match the request that is presented.
Demonstrated ability to collaborate and partner within an academic setting as well as with community members
Veterinary Specialty Board certification
MBA (or other business qualification)
Ten (10) years of experience in veterinary education at the institutional level, working in development, implementation, evaluation and monitoring of a clinical educational program leading to a veterinary degree
Proven history securing philanthropic funds in non-profit or higher education settings for strategic initiatives, such as capital campaigns
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.