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Associate / Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, 24061
Student Affairs and Services

Job Description

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM) has initiated a nationwide search for an innovative and visionary leader to serve as its Associate/Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs. In collaboration with the leadership team, the Associate/Senior Associate for Student Affairs provides overall leadership and direct management of programs and staff that support students and enhance their educational experience. He/She/They ensures that the identified goals and objectives of the Office of Student Affairs are accomplished in accordance with established priorities, standards of quality, and all requirements and expectations of the various accrediting bodies. This role will share employment with our Carilion Clinic Partner in clinical and/or research roles.

From its inception in 2010, VTCSOM has been student-centric, providing the tools for graduates to be physician thought-leaders. With the patient as the focus, the unique curriculum stresses the importance of research, evidence-based medicine, health systems science, and interprofessional teamwork. VTCSOM prides itself on its innovative research curriculum, required four-year research project, and emphasis on being a system citizen and lifelong master adaptive learner.

In partnership with our primary teaching hospital, Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, we provide a high standard of patient care in Southwest Virginia. Physicians, residents, allied health professionals, and students help drive the frontiers of knowledge and innovation with breakthroughs in education, research, and clinical practice.

The mission of VTCSOM is to prepare physician thought-leaders through innovations in medical education and cutting-edge discovery to improve the health of our communities and transform health care. Our core values are Collaboration and Excellence, Innovation and Discovery, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Humanism and Compassion.

Integral to the success of VTCSOM and its students is the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), which provides support, service, and experiences that assist medical students through their educational journey. The goal of the OSA is to enhance student life by providing a supportive environment and resources that can assist students in balancing their career goals while maintaining holistic well-being. OSA takes pride in providing students with opportunities to grow professionally via:
* Overseeing the career advising process that introduces students to the various medical
careers and connects them with specialty-specific career advisors.
* Overseeing the processes needed to support students with accessibility needs. This
includes the oversight of coordination between Virginia Tech Services for Students with
Disabilities and the Office of Medical Education.
* Overseeing academic advising to include USMLE examination preparation.
* Providing advisory support to the Learning Environment Advocacy Committee, which
oversees, manages, and executes the processes used to identify and address allegations
of mistreatment of students.
* Serving as the co-advisor for the Medical Student Performance and Promotions
Committee, which oversees student leaves of absence and promotion, student academic
performance, and student violations of professionalism standards.
* Serving as the advisor for the VTCSOM Honor Board.
* Providing oversight, management, and execution of the processes needed for
programmatic evaluation of OSA programs.
* In conjunction with the Chief Well-being Officer and the Wellness Advocacy Committee,
helping to create a comprehensive resilience and wellness program that offers wellness
resources and activities.
* Supporting students' varied interests in student government, community service, and
* Assisted in the planning and coordinating of the major student events, including the White
Coat Ceremony, Student Clinician Ceremony, Match Day, and Commencement.
OSA has a mission to enhance student life and learning and pledges to:
* Operate with personal integrity and responsibility;
* Respect the needs of others and approach each person with open-mindedness;
* Embrace creativity when collaborating with others to accomplish goals and plan activities;
* Promote the health and personal development of students.

VTCSOM is actively seeking an accomplished leader for the role of Associate/Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Reporting to the Dean, he/she/they will be a strategic thinker who is dedicated to student success and is equipped with strong management skills. The Associate/Senior Associate Dean will play a pivotal leadership role and will serve as a role model, exemplifying the core values of VTCSOM and bringing them to life for students. This role requires a proven track record in leadership within medical education and an in-depth understanding of the unique challenges faced by medical students. An excellent team builder and mentor, the Associate/Senior Associate Dean will foster collaborative partnerships and be prepared to support the diverse needs of the student body. The role will require the emotional intelligence to navigate complex systems deftly while balancing the needs of many internal and external stakeholders. Above all, the Associate/Senior Associate Dean will serve as an unwavering advocate for student resiliency and success.

Immediate goals for this role include:
1. Establish credibility and rapport with a broad group of stakeholders. Build trusting
relationships and a reputation as "a key leader" within the organization.
2. With an eye toward growth, enhance the strategic vision and implementation plan for the
Office of Student Affairs' related programs and infrastructure in order to sustain a strong,
student-centered learning environment engaging students and reinforcing VTCSOM's
mission and core values.
3. Shared employment with our Carilion Clinic Partner in clinical and/or research roles.

Required Qualifications

* MD (or equivalent) or PhD
* If MD (or equivalent), a Virginia medical license, or eligibility for a Virginia medical license
* Academic credentials appropriate for the rank of Associate Professor or Professor
* Significant years of experience in graduate or undergraduate medical education administration.
* Experience in teaching and administration of medical education programs
* A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; an understanding of its importance to the mission and richness of the medical school and its ongoing success
* Excellent communication, time management, organizational, and follow-through skills
* Ability to effectively manage multiple competing priorities within a rapidly evolving work environment
* A person of absolute integrity who engenders trust
* A person of high energy, optimism, and perseverance to bring initiatives to fruition.
* Sufficient computer skills to successfully navigate all position responsibilities
* Recognizing the importance of confidentiality and implementing practices that ensure confidentiality

Preferred Qualifications

* Formal training in higher education, medical education, educational research, and/or educational science
Demonstrated experience in:
* Working directly with senior medical school leadership/administration
* Advising medical students in all domains (academic, clinical, professional identity formation, and career advising)
* Playing a major role in supporting a medical school through the LCME accreditation processes
* Building and supervising effective teams in identifying and solving problems related to medical education
* Leading and/or actively participating in professional organizations dedicated to student success

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience and rank

Review Date


Additional Information

The department values diversity and continually strives to maintain and promote an inclusive learning, working, and research environment that embraces all students and employees. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from persons identifying with groups currently underrepresented in the Virginia Tech community.

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine:

In partnership with Carilion Clinic and the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, VTC School of Medicine is a cornerstone of one of the nation's premier health and biomedical research ecosystems. Located in Roanoke, Virginia, the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and 40 miles from the Virginia Tech main campus in Blacksburg, VTCSOM provides abundant opportunities to deliver innovative, discovery-based medical education in a community-based and picturesque setting.

Its innovative curriculum includes robust, longitudinal mentored research training and a major curricular emphasis on health systems science and interprofessional practice. The school has been recognized with Health Profession HEED (Higher Education Excellence in Diversity) Awards since 2018 for its outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. Students are also attracted to VTCSOM due to its 99% match success, including competitive specialties and programs. With a 2.3% acceptance rate, VTCSOM receives over 6,400 applications for 49 positions and is poised for continued growth.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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