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Veterinary Health System Senior Associate Dean

Colorado State University
Job Location:
Fort Collins, Colorado
Veterinary Medicine
Position Location
Fort Collins, CO

Research Professional Position: No

Posting Number: 202100608AP

Position Type: Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title
Executive I

Work Hours/Week: 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range
$180,000 - $230,000, commensurate with education and experience

Employee Benefits

Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU's Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas.

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on

Description of Work Unit

The Veterinary Health System (VHS) transforms our service units into a comprehensive veterinary medical center governed by responsible management that supports our units' individual missions. Capitalizing on Colorado State University's top ranking in veterinary medicine, and building on our tradition of providing high-quality compassionate care and achieving outstanding clinical outcomes, the Veterinary Health System broadens our expertise and skill to deliver the highest levels of customer service, employee satisfaction, and advancements in medicine through clinical service, research, and innovation. More information about the VHS can be found here:

Position Summary

The Senior Associate Dean will help drive the development and oversee the structural identification and implementation of the VHS (Veterinary Health System) including the establishment of goals and objectives that ensure excellence. The Senior Associate Dean will enhance both the financial resources and the reputation of the VHS to attract and retain high-quality faculty, staff, and students and provide excellence in service standards to our clients and constituency. The Senior Associate Dean will also implement policies and procedures which support and enhance the goals of the college in teaching, research, outreach, and service, and help ensure the VHS and the college are in alignment with CSU policies, State and Federal laws, sponsor requirements and any other applicable, governing regulations or restrictions. The Senior Associate Dean will mentor and oversee the leadership of the VHS including directors, technical professionals, operational staff, and administrators. Positions that will report directly to the Senior Associate Dean include a VHS Administrator (to be created), current directors of the operations listed above (Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH), Veterinary Diagnostic Lab (VDL), Flint Animal Cancer Center (FACC), Translational Medical Institute (TMI) and the Johnson Family Equine Hospital (JFEH), as well as any future positions to be named/determined by the VHS Senior Associate Dean as well as the VHS Service Advisory Council (SAC). (Note: Supervision of participating academic faculty by the Senior Associate Dean would be indirect since all faculty are directly supervised by the department head of their academic home). The position will develop and oversee the annual VHS budget and in addition would be responsible for the evaluation of and potential implementation of changing the VHS from a university-based to a 501c(3) nonprofit organization.

We seek an individual with strong leadership skills who is forward thinking, team-oriented, embraces diversity and inclusion, models servant leadership, as well as understands the intersection of our teaching, research, outreach and patient care/service missions. Candidates must possess outstanding communication and interpersonal skills. At least 5 years of experience in university administration or a complex health organization which includes executive level oversight of personnel, finance and operations is required.

Required Job Qualifications
  • Advanced degree in a field closely related to the position i.e. business management, healthcare operations, leadership, etc.
  • At least 5 years of experience in university administration or a complex health organization which includes executive-level oversight of personnel, finance, and operations
  • Evidence of excellence in leadership, outstanding communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Evidence of being highly collaborative and able to assist with conflict resolution
  • Demonstrated ability to create an empowering environment that builds trust while promoting diversity and inclusion
  • Candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the College's commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Preferred Job Qualifications
  • DVM, PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline
  • Evidence of or involvement with leading student success initiatives
Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Job Duty Category: Administration



  • Oversee the strategic coordination and operational implementation of the comprehensive VHS
  • Administer the integration of separate operational units to create a unified health service system
  • Create an organizational structure that realizes optimal effectiveness, efficiency and success of the VHS both as a collective whole and for its individual units
  • Lead and implement the CVMBS strategic plan associated with the VHS and its included entities, programs and services
  • Create capital/major investment prioritization process
  • Create and model the desired culture, values and service behavior
  • Capitalize on the identified strengths and opportunities of the VHS structure while mitigating weaknesses


  • Create mechanisms for resources to be reinvested in our research and teaching missions
  • Ensure operational alignment across the units, optimize revenue and resources and create incentive plans which support continued growth
  • Oversee and coordinate the work and activities of the business/operational leaders of the VHS
  • Supervise the VHS Administrator (to be created/hired) as well as future staff/resources to be developed/organized
  • Continually improve the business operations of a complex veterinary healthcare enterprise;
  • Ensure the VHS maintains fiscal self-sufficiency
  • Work with faculty, staff and administrators to ensure that patient care and academic advancement is simultaneously valued and prioritized
  • Continually evaluate industry and market trends in order to best position the VHS for success and help guide innovation to optimize industry leadership in the future.


  • Liaison and provide informative, engaged leadership to the VHS Board of Directors (BOD) and Service Advisory Council (SAC)
  • Lead the SAC who oversees optimal and effective service delivery. The SAC is accountable for the overall provision of quality veterinary care and service, and responsible for exploration of new initiatives which best deploy resources on behalf of the unit members and the college. The SAC will initially exist within CVMBS & CSU, but could become a separate legal entity if a 501c3 status is successfully established in the future.
  • Empower the BOD and SAC to oversee service operations and confirm how it interacts with and executes against the integral related teaching, research and outreach components of the college's mission
  • Empower the BOD to review and collectively manage growth and service which entails review and approval of business plans and structures including changes and additions to services, support structures, capital purchases and investments, facility improvements and strategic master facility planning


  • Establish a forum which fosters communication and collaboration to identify and address problems, issues and growth strategies
  • Create a stronger, collective voice to college leadership
  • Foster outstanding communication and respect amongst a team of approximately 550 faculty/staff
  • Act as the official spokesperson for the CVMBS VHS
  • Collaborate with CVMBS leadership, faculty, and development teams to facilitate philanthropy
  • Communicate clearly and effectively in verbal and written formats
  • Effectively manage and resolve conflict
  • Promote and nurture a culture of diversity, collegiality, and inclusion
Percentage Of Time: 75

Job Duty Category: Research/Teaching/Service


These duties are negotiable based on successful incumbent's interest in current research, teaching or service activities and potential eligible for a joint faculty appointment. Eligibility would be determined by the relevant department's code and standards for granting a joint/affiliate/associate appointment.

Percentage Of Time: 25

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit a resume/CV, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references. The cover letter should address the minimum and preferred qualifications.

For full consideration, applications must be submitted through this CSU Jobs website ( by June 27th, 2021, 11:59pm (MT). E-mail or mail-in applications will not be accepted.

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search Contact
Wayne Jensen,

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

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Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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