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Assistant Dean of Nursing - BSN Program


University Mission:  Concordia University is a Christian university preparing leaders for the transformation of society.

Department Mission:  Concordia University’s Nursing Program builds upon scientific preparation and liberal studies to develop clinical competence and reflective compassion.  We strive to prepare nurses who practice evidence based care, promote health, and provide leadership within healthcare organizations and the community.

Position Summary

The Assistant Dean of Nursing is responsible for daily operational needs of the Concordia Nursing Program. In collaboration with the Associate Dean of Nursing, the Assistant Dean will provide leadership and programmatic support to all faculty, staff and students in the nursing program. Individual must demonstrate a collaborative approach to managing teams for the purpose of developing, implementing and evaluating curriculum and student achievement of program outcomes.  This role shares supervisory responsibilities for all clinical, lab, simulation, and didactic BSN faculty. Intentionally promotes and operationalizes alignment with assigned employees from educational partner(s), the CU nursing program, and assigned employees from academic and clinical partner agencies.


Concordia University reserves the right to give preference in employment based upon religion in order to further the Lutheran objectives of the University and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

A.  Under the direction of the Associate Dean of Nursing, the Assistant Dean will:

1.     Provide collaborative leadership to the ongoing development, implementation, and evaluation for all tracks of Concordia University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.
2.     Ensure that Concordia University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program meets the requirements and standards of regulatory and accrediting agencies, including, but not limited to, the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
3.     Provides operational and clinical expertise to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.
4.     Serves on university committees when applicable.
5.     Participates in ongoing professional development
activities that facilitate expertise in the areas of administration, teaching and maintenance of nursing competence.
6.     Develops, communicates, and applies nursing program and university policies and procedures.
7.     Acts as a representative of the Nursing program to nursing applicants, students, alumni, potential faculty, clinical partners and the community.
8.    Track, synthesize, and disseminate to stakeholders individual and aggregate student academic outcomes.
9.    Track quality metrics, maintain established benchmarks, initiate and deploy quality improvement strategies when indicated.
10.  Ensure that the Bachelor of Science Nursing curriculum is being implemented according to the CU Nursing Program and University standards.
11.  Contribute to curriculum review, revision, and implementation, according to state and national standards and best practices.
12.  Serves as Nursing Program Administrator in absentia of the Associate Dean of Nursing.
13.  Complete regular review of course evaluations and program evaluations from students and provide recommendations for improvements for faculty, courses, and student experience.

B.  Staff Leadership, Management, and Supervision: 

1.    Recruit, select, hire, mentor, coach, supervise, and evaluate nursing faculty and staff.
2.    Provide leadership and mentoring and be a resource for faculty course leads.
3.    Develop and implement professional individual development plans (in collaboration with faculty) related to teaching/learning for FT faculty.
4.    Mentors faculty and oversees professional development plans for faculty and staff. Oversees the allocation of faculty workloads in collaboration with the Associate Dean.
5.    Ensures annual evaluation of faculty and staff and makes recommendations to the Associate/Dean of Nursing for promotion and retention.
6.    Works with the Associate Dean or other college representatives to assure that all faculty and staff are equipped and trained
to provide inclusive, equitable education.

C. Student Support

1.     Assures that students of all backgrounds and experiences are welcomed and approached with an equity lens reflective of professional nursing practice.
2.     Collaborates with faculty, staff, and university and educational partners to recruit, select and retain qualified nursing
3.     Manage and facilitate New Student Orientation.
4.     Manage and facilitate academic enrichment and remediation activities including tutoring, review sessions, student success planning, coaching and other services as appropriate.
5.     Identify areas for and participate in continuous improvement processes for student learning opportunities, in collaboration
with education partner leaders and faculty.
6.     Ensure validity and reliability (in collaboration with faculty) of all student assessment and evaluation processes.
7.     Advise, coach, and mentor students for academic success.
8.     Provide and monitor (in collaboration with faculty) success plans for students who are struggling to meet competencies.
9.     Facilitate integration of and success planning with standardized testing products (if applicable).
10.  Monitor and promote academic integrity according to CU Nursing and Concordia University policies.
11.  Ensure compliance with ADA requirements, Disability Support Services, and associated reasonable accommodations.
12.  Monitor and evaluate all site associated learning activities to assure compliance with the CU Nursing Program Outcomes and curricular, accreditation, and regulatory standards.

D.  Partnerships

1.     Ensure that clinical affiliation agreements are current, and maintained by the nursing program coordinator.
2.     Collaborate with educational and clinical partner staff to provide optimal student-centered clinical learning opportunities.
3.     Participate as an effective member of clinical and business partner relationships. Model, maintain, and represent to all
partners the “one program” culture of the CU Bachelor of Science in Nursing program
4.     Model and maintain collegial relationships between the nursing program and the university, including, but not limited to, acting as liaison with campus academic programs, departments and administrators.

Work Contacts

Contacts include CHHS Dean, Associate Dean of Nursing, Director(s) of Nursing, Nursing Program Coordinator, faculty, executive and administrative staff, students, external partners and health care professionals on a regular basis.

Scope of Work

Ensures quality staff are hired, retained and rewarded; resolves employee issues; ensures that discipline and termination are handled within University policy. Makes complex decisions based on precedent and policy.  Decisions and actions may impact the operation and timeframe of programs/projects.  Responsible for ensuring nursing departmental compliance with university policies, as well as standards established by regulatory and accreditation agencies.

Working Conditions

Office, clinical nursing simulation lab and classroom environments. Regional travel in personal vehicle is required.

Minimum Physical Requirements

Able to tolerate prolonged sitting and/or static positioning.
Able to lift, pull, grasp, stoop and reach within an office environment.
Able to lift and carry up to 25 lbs. on an occasional basis.
Able to effectively participate in two-way conversation, as well as make content presentations to small and large groups
of constituents.
Able to perform mathematical analysis in an accurate and efficient manner.
Able to perform complex logical reasoning tasks.
Able to use technology and administrative software (i.e. Blackboard, Microsoft Office Suite, Taskstream, etc.) to enter data, respond to inquiries and create teaching materials.
Able to tolerate prolonged exposure to computer monitors and computer-centered work.
Able to use computer hardware and peripherals as well as office equipment including copiers and scanners.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in Oregon. Other licenses may be requested after hire.

Earned Master’s degree in Nursing. Doctorate in Nursing preferred.

5+ years of clinical nursing experience and nursing educational experience equivalent to associate or full professor status in a nationally accredited institution of higher education.

1+ years of academic nursing leadership experience in higher education.

Minimum Requirements (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

Must possess and effectively demonstrate strong skills in instructional methods and curriculum design and evidence-based practice.

Strong management and leadership skills including but not limited to goal setting, planning, prioritization, organization, implementation and evaluation.

Possess and demonstrate exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.

Ability to address issues and concerns with a high degree of constructive problem solving and collegiality while developing and mentoring productive teams.

Experience and desire to create an academic environment that respects, includes and enhances diversity of thought and promotes effective consideration of alternative points of view.

Strong computer and technology skills; proficient in using the Microsoft Office Suite and able to effectively use Blackboard and other applicable technology on a regular basis.

Possess and consistently demonstrate exceptional integrity, judgment, positivity, and professionalism.

Able to initiate, manage, and demonstrate resilience to change.

Maintain a clear, open, and collegial communication style with administrators, faculty members, students, and other constituencies of the University and its partner organizations. 

Able and willing to work as team member.

Post-offer, Pre-employment Screening Requirements

Successfully pass a criminal background check and all related Oregon State Board of Nursing requirements. 

Attitude and Demeanor of all Concordia University Employees

Publicly support the mission of Concordia University. 

Communicate effectively with warmth, sensitivity, and understanding as s/he deals with administrative colleagues, teachers, students, parents, faculty, college personnel and program associates.

Work as a team member in a professional environment.

Possess a “service attitude” (willingness to be flexible to meet the demands of the college and/or department).

Have a professional physical appearance (appropriate clothing, hygiene, etc.).