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Executive Director, Student Health and Counseling San Marcos, CA

California State University San Marcos seeks an accomplished and mission-driven leader to serve as its next Executive Director (ED) of Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS). The ED will bring innovative and strategic leadership to a unit focused on providing holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to student health and wellbeing. This is an exciting opportunity to join a quickly growing and highly diverse public university with a leadership team that is committed improving the student experience. The ideal candidate will bring collaborative, inclusive, and student-focused leadership with significant administrative and healthcare experience in a complex organizational setting.

Since its founding in 1989 as the California State University’s 20th campus, California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) has grown to serve over 17,000 students across its 43 undergraduate and 25 graduate programs. A national model for student access and success, more than 50 percent of CSUSM graduates are the first in their families to earn a bachelor’s degree. CSUSM is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), and the university enrolls more Native American students per capita than any other California State University campus. Located approximately eight miles east of the Pacific Ocean and 35 miles from downtown San Diego, CSUSM grounds its mission in the public trust, alignment with regional needs, and sustained enrichment of the intellectual, civic, economic, and cultural life of the region and state.

Leading a team of mental health and healthcare professionals and support staff, the Executive Director will ensure student-oriented, high quality, and cost-effective services, including primary medical care, mental health and counseling services, pharmacy services, health promotion and educational outreach, and campus-based community health services. In doing so, the ED will shape the continued development of Student Health and Counseling Services by addressing the following key opportunities and challenges:

  • Provide a vision and direction for SHCS that promotes holistic health for all members of a diverse student body;
  • Creatively steward financial resources to support best practices in health and mental health delivery; 
  • Inspire, develop, and integrate staff through the entire SHCS organization;
  • Serve as a community leader in connecting with the student body and campus partners; and
  • Provide excellent health and mental health care through effective management of operations and best practices.

Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; for best consideration, please apply by August 16, 2021. Complete applications will include a CV, cover letter, and statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. To submit inquiries, nominations, and applications, please see below.

Cati Mitchell-Crossley is leading this search with Hayden Lizotte and Evan Layne.


California State University San Marcos is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, genetic information, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, age, disability, covered veteran’s status or any other protected status.


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