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The University of British Columbia
Lead, Student Health & Wellbeing

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. UBC attracts, nurtures and engages 65,012 students from 156 countries on two major campuses in Vancouver and Kelowna. With a $2.6B budget, research funding at $658M, 16,089 faculty and staff, 325,000+ alumni, this is Canada’s second largest university and recently recognized as North America’s most international University.

As one of the world’s leading universities, the University of British Columbia’s vision and values adhere to the principles of an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world. UBC is also working to build a community in which human rights are respected, and equity and inclusion are embedded in all areas of academic, work and campus life.

The Lead, Student Health & Wellbeing is responsible for the strategic leadership of student health and wellbeing services and programming at the UBC Vancouver campus in alignment with institutional goals, purposes and priorities. As a member of the Vice President Students’ (VPS) Senior Leadership Team, the Lead, Student Health & Wellbeing contributes to the development and execution of VPS portfolio-wide strategic priorities.

The Lead, Student Health & Wellbeing leads and develops an integrated health and wellbeing services model of care and programming to meet the evolving needs and diversity of our student population, through effective collaboration, evidence-based research, practices and programs, and strategic partnerships. This role is responsible for the oversight of a wide range of student health services and wellbeing programing for UBC including: Counselling Services, Student Health Services and Health Promotion and Education. The Lead, Student Health & Wellbeing has significant responsibilities for staff leadership, academic partnerships, instilling best practices, policies, procedures, and processes, and assessment and evaluation that support the strategic objectives for student health and wellbeing services and programs at UBC. In addition, this role will provide leadership in the development and fostering of collaborative, strategic, responsive and innovative partnerships across UBC portfolios and with key external partners including government and health authorities.

The ideal candidate is a visionary leader who will provide strategic and innovative planning, development, integration and implementation of UBC’s student health and wellbeing initiatives. The Lead, Student Health & Wellbeing will focus on high quality, student-centered approaches, trends and best practices in health, wellness and programming, and will build linkages with services providers on and off campus. As a seasoned leader from a comparable complex environment with a clinical background, the incumbent will possess strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a diverse group of stakeholders and partnering organizations.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community.  The University welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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