Director of Health Services Vision Statement: 

The Director of Health Services (“DHS”) is a critically important school leadership role charged with overseeing and advocating for the safety, health, and wellness of all of Woodberry’s students and for the school community as a whole.

Woodberry Forest School Overview

Woodberry Forest School is one of the nation’s premier independent boarding schools for boys. Located on 1,200 beautiful acres in Madison County, Virginia, near Charlottesville and Washington, DC, Woodberry is one of the only all‐boys, all‐boarding schools in the country. Woodberry enrolls approximately 400 students from the United States and abroad who work with their teachers and coaches to build a culture of shared experiences, both in the classroom and beyond it. These experiences help boys develop their passions as they build confidence, resilience, and independence.

Since the school’s founding in 1889, Woodberry’s abiding concern is the personal growth of its students. To this end, the school provides a broad experience with a balanced emphasis on the academic, artistic, physical, and spiritual development of its students. In so doing, the school believes that well‐conceived challenges, together with support and encouragement, will instill self‐confidence and a striving for continuing excellence throughout life. Woodberry Forest is committed to helping students become individuals whose sense of values and capacity to reason effectively will allow them to deal with important intellectual, ethical, and social problems and to lead rewarding private lives.

Position Purpose (Objective)

The DHS is a leader at the school and reports directly to the Headmaster.  The DHS is charged with ensuring Woodberry’s Health Services function and operating policies meet or exceed all state and professional guidelines, student medical treatment requirements (physical and mental health services), and educational program requirements for faculty and students. This position will have primary responsibility for the following:

  • Ensure high‐quality health care to Woodberry’s students
  • Oversee nursing care, staffing and coordination of services provided by outside providers
  • Develop and implement strategies, plans, policies, curriculum and programs to promote the health, safety, and well‐being of all Woodberry Forest students and the vitality of the school community as a whole.
  • Serve as the liaison between Woodberry and Orange Family physicians, the school’s primary care provider.
  • Oversee future planning and daily operation of the residential school health program, medication dispensary, and overnight infirmary.
  • Serve as a critical member and advocate within the school’s Wholeness Team, (which is charged with the development and implementation of a proactive health and wellness program recognizing and honoring each of the dimensions of wholeness: physical, mental, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual and environmental.)

 Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teach periodic health and wellness courses for students and faculty
  • Advocate for best practices around the health and wellness of the boys under our care, as well as the school’s community as a whole and schools similar to Woodberry Forest.
  • Overseeing clinical care for all student patients, ensuring accepted nursing practices and standards for quality care.
  • Collaborate effectively with the Orange Family Physicians, the School’s mental health counselor, athletic trainers and other outside medical providers and specialists providing medical services to Woodberry students.
  • Develop and maintain a relationship with the Virginia Department of Health.
  • Provide oversight and leadership around the following duties and responsibilities:
    • Updating, developing and following health care treatment policies and procedures.
    • Scheduling and supervision of health center staff.
    • Maintaining accurate records of all student visits and treatments provided
      via Magnus Healthcare system including obtaining and approving yearly medical forms as well as maintenance of health insurance information throughout the school year.
    • Participating in and overseeing Infirmary operations, administration and documentation of medications in compliance with the laws of the Commonwealth.
    • Planning and implementing training for nurses, athletic trainers, faculty
      and staff as needed.
    • Communicating effectively, and with appropriate confidentiality
      considerations, with school administrators and faculty regarding
      students’ health.
    • Serve as the school’s senior healthcare professional working as a
      member of the school’s Wholeness Curriculum Development Team.

Skills and Knowledge

  • An understanding and desire to provide leadership of the best practices around health and wellness issues at a boarding school for boys
  • An eagerness to understand and embrace Woodberry’s culture and its commitment to long-standing values and ideals
  • Ability to work well with boys and their parents who are from diverse cultural,
    socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • Ability to work effectively and professionally with outside medical providers
  • Ability to communicate effectively, clearly and concisely with others both verbally and in writing
  • Thorough knowledge of and adherence to confidentiality laws and patient rights
  • Thorough knowledge of the use and operation of a personal computer, word
    processing, spreadsheet and medical software
  • Strong commitment to single‐sex education and care of the whole boy
  • Willingness to teach and train students and faculty
  • Ability to adapt to emerging healthcare challenges

Formal Education, Training, Experience, and Certification Preferences

  • MD, PA, or NP required.
  • Five or more years of supervisory experience in a medical setting (adolescent experience preferred).
  • Ability to train faculty and staff on basic first aid and CPR preferred, current CPR
    certification required. Ability to train faculty and staff on infectious disease control and response.

Woodberry Forest School is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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