Institute/Center Director-Management

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    Michigan State University 426 Auditorium Road
    East Lansing, MI, United States Phone: (517) 355-1855
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Director, Veterinary Medical Center

Position Summary

The Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) in the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at Michigan State University is one of the leading veterinary medical teaching hospitals and referral centers in the world. The VMC, located on the MSU campus, is an accredited veterinary hospital with 18 specialty clinical services, 40 clinical faculty, 28 residents, 14, interns and 170 staff (91 veterinary nurses, 17 veterinary assistants, 62 support staff), an annual caseload of close to 30,000 patients, and a budget of $24 million. Through cutting edge clinical expertise in a broad array of specialty disciplines across species, the VMC provides the foundation for clinical teaching in professional veterinary medical (DVM), veterinary nursing (VN), internship, and residency programs. In addition, the VMC provides critical financial support for academic programs through consistently positive operating margins. We are seeking a dynamic, innovative, service-oriented, highly effective communicator to continue this strong tradition and lead us into the future as Hospital Director.


The Hospital Director reports directly to the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, is a member of the senior leadership team of the College, and ensures that VMC meets its mission providing state of the art clinical care and serving as the primary clinical teaching experience for DVM and VN students and postgraduate veterinarians in advanced clinical training programs. As the Chief Operating Officer, the Hospital Director is responsible for the overall operation of the VMC.

The Director:

  • Provides appropriate staffing, facilities, supplies, and equipment to facilitate the clinical services necessary for the academic departments to achieve their teaching, research, and service missions.
  • Works closely with the academic department chairs and unit directors, CVM administrative staff, CVM development officers, faculty and staff committees, and veterinary advisory groups to create an environment supportive of high quality professional services provided by the VMC.
  • Ensures effective communication with referring veterinarians, animal owners, other customers, staff, students, faculty, other units on campus, and the community.
  • Confirms VMC compliance with all applicable University, AVMA, and AAHA policies, as well as appropriate University, state, and federal regulations.
  • Manages all legal matters involving the VMC and coordinates these activities with the Dean and the MSU Office of the General Counsel.
  • Prepares the VMC budget, monitors VMC fiscal performance, and approves the purchase of new and replacement equipment.
  • Has responsibility for financial control of all VMC operations including revenue generation, expenditures, budget planning, monitoring accounting functions, internal audit controls, accounts receivable, and collections.
  • Supervises the VMC business office and medical records service, which assist the Director in VMC management.
  • Has an understanding of the mission and goals of the CVM and demonstrates a dedication to their accomplishment in alignment with the Strategic Plan of the College.

Initial and subsequent appointments as Hospital Director (Chief Operating Officer) are for five-year terms with administrative review initiated in the 4th year of each term. There is no defined expectation for teaching or research; however, teaching and research opportunities may be available if desired. Salary is negotiable, and will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. MSU is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Bachelors -Business or Hospital Administration, Ani

Desired Degree

Doctorate -Veterinary Medicine

Minimum Requirements

  • At least five years of significant administrative/leadership experience
  • Demonstrated skills, knowledge and abilities in hospital administration and/or organizational management
  • Engagement with individuals from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to developing an inclusive environment
  • Demonstrated record of effective oral and written communication, as well as strong negotiating, leadership, team building, consensus building, decision making, customer service, and complex problem solving skills
  • Experience in program planning, strategic planning, human resource management, and quality management

Desired Qualifications

  • DVM or equivalent degree
  • MBA, CVPM, MHA or equivalent degree
  • Experience working in an academic setting
  • Previous involvement in progressive marketing
  • Evidence of active engagement in and understanding of the requirements for the DVM, nursing, internship, and residency programs within both the small and large animal hospitals
  • Experience in, or understanding of, the importance of clinical and translational research in a teaching hospital environment

Required Application Materials

1) Letter of Intent outlining special interest in the position, overall related qualifications and experiences pertinent to the position, and career goals; 2) Curriculum Vitae; 3) Names and Addresses of three professional references; and 4) Statement summarizing your experience and professional contributions in the area of equity and diversity. Application materials must be submitted by using the University's online submission program.

Special Instructions

Review of applicants will begin as early as January 7, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact:

Dr. Dalen Agnew, Chairperson, VMC Director Search Committee, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, [email protected]

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Department Statement

Excellence in veterinary medicine

The MSU Veterinary Medical Center (VMC), located on the Michigan State University campus, offers primary and specialized veterinary medical care to large and small animals. Appointments may be set up by individual clients or by referral from veterinary practitioners.

The VMC uses the most advanced technology combined with cutting-edge research to provide optimal care for all animals. Much like the specialists in human medicine, veterinarians pursue additional education and certification beyond veterinary school. That additional training allows the Hospital to offer 20 specialty services that are staffed by board-certified, fully licensed veterinarians. These clinicians supervise and teach our senior veterinary students, interns, residents, and veterinary nursing students to fulfill the Hospital’s commitment to educating future professionals.

The MSU Veterinary Medical Center has been accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) for 41 consecutive years.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.



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