• Department Head - Veterinary Clinical Sciences

    Location KN-St. Kitts
    Job ID
    Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Opportunity at a Glance

    Reporting to the Dean, Department Heads are key members of the School’s senior academic leadership team, along with the Dean, and Associate Deans. The Department Head’s key objective is to provide high quality academic leadership of their department. Assisted by Divisional Heads, s/he is the primary manager for the 65 faculty and staff in the department and, as such, will be responsible for the effective and smooth running of Clinical Sciences, including a primary care practice with a caseload of around 4,000 animals per year. Managerial responsibilities will include assigning individual faculty workload, monitoring activity, setting goals and objectives, and periodically reviewing performance. S/he will act as role model and mentor to faculty within the department, and work closely with new recruits, informing them of the promotions expectations and procedures. In consultation with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Associate Dean for Research, s/he will have responsibility for developing an appropriate staffing profile, and recruiting high quality faculty to ensure all aspects of the curriculum are covered, as well as faculty who will support the key areas of research – zoonotic diseases, tropical veterinary medicine, conservation medicine, clinical, and educational research. The Head of Department will provide intellectual and academic guidance to faculty in their department to enhance faculty engagement, cascading information at departmental meetings, acting as advocate for both the senior leadership team and departmental members, and promoting a shared vision for implementation of the Strategic Plan. S/he will be responsible for creating, overseeing, and operating within the department’s budget. Department Head responsibilities will account for approximately 60-70% of the workload .

    The post-holder will be an Associate or Full Professor in one of the clinical disciplines and be expected to participate in the teaching program and have an active research interest – leveraging existing or new international collaborations.

    This position presents an excellent opportunity for an ambitious individual with the appropriate track record to further their career in an environment that presents an exciting array of research opportunities, supported by a talented and enthusiastic international faculty and strong administrative team.


    • Assume full responsibility and accountability for the smooth and effective running of department for both teaching and research
    • Assign faculty teaching and/or course director responsibilities within the department.
    • Work with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs on curricular design and development
    • Prepare and deliver performance evaluations and annual reviews for department members in consultation with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Associate Dean for Research.
    • Develop a coherent staffing profile to ensure all areas of teaching and research are appropriately covered.
    • In association with finance, prepare and deliver on annual budgets.
    • Initiate and manage the recruitment process with the support of the HR.
    • Oversee appropriate orientation of new faculty (introducing to department members, explaining procedures and routines within the department, etc.), working through Divisional Heads and Director of HR.
    • Work with the Associate Deans and HR to enhance faculty development.
    • Work with the Finance Director to develop and implement annual budget
    • Serve on the Dean’s Council
    • Completes other duties as assigned.


    • Strong communication skills, creating a sense of unity and common purpose.
    • Relevant research and teaching experience at an advanced level.
    • A DVM or equivalent is essential, as is Board Certification in a relevant discipline
    • A PhD is preferred
    • Commitment to the goals and vision of the School.
    • A personal academic standing which commands the respect of colleagues within the department, the School, and to undertake ambassadorial duties externally.
    • A skilled academic leader with the experience, courage, and energy to support rapid organizational change, incorporating the School's values and mission, and the ability to inspire others to follow.
      Strong people management skills, and the ability to manage interpersonal conflict within the department
    • A commitment to diversity and demonstrable success in working with diverse communities.
    • Well-organized and able to juggle workloads.
    • Successful experience in veterinary school administration with significant involvement in veterinary education.
    • Demonstrated knowledge in academic governance - The capacity to develop and enhance mechanisms for student support, retention, and student evaluation.
    • The ability to work cooperatively and effectively as a member of the School's senior leadership team.


    Evaluation of applications will begin on 15 July 2018 and continue until the role is filled.

    We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing. Thank you for applying for this outstanding opportunity today.

    Who We Are

    Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) offers a unique program of training on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean.  A cutting-edge curriculum, with innovative use of technologies and simulations, provides the best possible training for tomorrow’s veterinarians.  Students benefit from seven semesters of integrated preclinical and clinical studies at our St Kitts campus, and one year of clinical training at our affiliate veterinary teaching hospitals in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. 


    Our ongoing research focuses on key issues strategically relevant to One Health in tropical and developing countries and includes zoonotic diseases, food safety and security, environmental health, and conservation medicine. We prioritize recruitment of talented faculty and are now seeking a key new member of our team to join us as we develop new programs to best prepare our graduates to face the global opportunities and challenges of veterinary medicine in the 21st century.


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