College Health Physician, Interim Medical Director

College Health Physician, Interim Medical Director - POSITION CLOSED
Department:  Health Services
Date:  05/18/2020


Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby’s rigorous academic program is rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 58 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 2,000 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.

In a period of fast-paced progress, Colby is building on its strong foundation while remaining committed to excellence, to supporting students and faculty at the highest levels, and to the College’s deep liberal arts traditions. This new chapter includes the creation of innovative academic initiatives and partnerships, strengthening the connections between the liberal arts and the professional world, revitalizing downtown Waterville, and pursuing significant capital projects for performing arts and athletics. Colby invites applicants to apply for the position of:


Health Services

Full-Time, 12-Month, Exempt, Salaried, Administrative Staff Appointment

Colby is currently seeking an experienced, collaborative, patient centered physician to serve as interim medical director, responsible for strategic leadership, management, and day-to-day operations and administration of health services. This is an outstanding opportunity to lead a well-established center that provides multi-disciplinary, comprehensive care to students. Reporting to the vice president for administration and chief financial officer, the medical director will collaborate with other College leadership, consultants, and external partners as a key contributor in developing campus-wide public health education, testing, treatment, and support programs. As college physician, the director will provide ongoing oversight of integrated primary health services, lead a team of clinical staff, provide direct patient care, and support various strategic initiatives. Success in this position requires strong clinical and management skills; a deep commitment to, and understanding of, young adult contemporary healthcare issues; and, ability, experience, and sensitivity to work with and support a diverse community. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.

  • Coordinate the development and implementation of campus-wide strategies and programs to promote the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors
  • Develop, recommend, and administer policies and operating procedures for student direct care, case management, and health and wellness programs
  • Review existing protocols, lab processes, quality controls, and recommend adjustments as warranted
  • Establish reasonable productivity standards for clinical and administrative staff
  • Hire, lead, develop, and supervise the work of clinical staff within Health Services
  • Order, interpret, and report on diagnostic tests, including clinical laboratory tests and imaging procedures
  • Provide direct clinical care for students, including health maintenance, prevention services, and well woman care; prescribe appropriate medications and other therapeutic interventions; and, perform basic office-based minor surgical procedures (including, but not limited to, suturing of small lacerations away from the face and incision and drainage of abscesses)
  • Refer students requiring more extensive, specialty, or emergency care to appropriate providers, as necessary
  • Participate in strategic planning for Health Center clinical and administrative functions
  • Develop budget planning, projections, and related recommendations pertinent to medical activities
  • Collaborate with Counseling Services to ensure effective care for students, including assessing and managing medication of students under mental health treatment
  • Ensure proper collection, evaluation, utilization, and maintenance of medical records consistent with College policies and regulatory requirements
  • Oversee Colby’s student emergency response team (CER)
  • Participate on College committees and work groups requiring medical/health care input
  • Participate in an on-call system
  • Satisfy disciplinary and state continuing education requirements in a complete and timely manner
  • Maintain board certification and up-to-date medical skills
  • Provide appropriate orientation, in-service training, and professional development opportunities to Health Services staff
  • Participate in departmental and campus activities as assigned
  • Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice
  • MD or DO degree with current board certification in internal medicine, family medicine, adolescent medicine, emergency medicine, and/or public health
  • Unrestricted license to practice medicine in Maine
  • Three to five years of primary care experience
  • Previous participation in ACHA and/or JCAHO certification process
  • Comprehensive knowledge and ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards
  • Skills to work effectively with a college-age population, including international students
  • Excellent oral, written, and digital communications skills, including the ability to convey clinical information in accessible terms to a variety of audiences
  • Knowledge of relevant drugs and non-pharmaceutical student care aids and ability to prescribe dosages and instruct students on correct usage
  • High emotional intelligence
  • Strong organizational talent with varied a background leading projects, tasks, and contracts
  • Commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards
  • Proficiency with electronic medical record applications and office productivity software
  • Demonstrated knowledge/experience with the requirements of both FERPA and HIPAA
  • Proven ability to function as a strong team member by working collaboratively with other clinical and administrative staff, as well as staff from various departments on campus
  • Appreciation of Colby’s mission and a commitment to working with a diverse student population at a top liberal arts college

Reporting to vice president for administration and chief financial officer, the position interacts frequently with colleagues in the Office of the Dean of the College, Office of the Dean of Students, Counseling Services, and Department of Athletics (sports medicine). The position also has frequent engagement with students, faculty, staff, and outside constituencies.


General health and medical services environment. Position involves frequent movement; some lifting (up to 50 pounds) required. Computer usage involving repetitive hand/wrist motion is necessary. Routine occupational exposure to blood or body fluids. Physical ability to safely wear a respirator; verification of Hepatitis B, MMR, and varicella immunity status due to potential exposure to communicable diseases.


Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the "Apply Now" button on the Colby College website. Please submit a letter of interest including salary requirements, resume, and the contact information of three professional references. Materials should be addressed to:

College Health Physician, Interim Medical Director - Search Committee
Office of Human Resources
Colby College
5500 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8855


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A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate in its educational programs or employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or military or veteran’s status. Colby is an equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college.

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