New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Nov 09, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Niagara University is seeking an innovative and visionary Dean to lead its College of Nursing to new levels of excellence. Founded in 1856, Niagara is a private Catholic liberal arts and sciences institution sponsored by the Vincentian community. With a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education and student success, nursing is one of the highly respected professional degree programs offered. The university has intentionally managed its size, providing a small enough community where we know our team and our students, but large enough to make our mark on local, regional, and national health care systems.

The College of Nursing, begun in 1946, is at a pivotal time of expansion and redesign to meet contemporary and future health care needs of society. An inspiring, experienced leader is sought to spearhead its growth and evolution. The successful candidate will report directly to the provost and have the authority, autonomy, and responsibility to serve as the senior administrator to articulate a vision and strategic plan and create a dynamic work and learning environment for nursing. This is a unique opportunity for an experienced academic leader to advance and champion excellence in nursing education in Western New York, the region, and around the country.
With the assistance of a highly supportive administrative team, a dedicated and growing teaching team of 10 full-time faculty members and over 20 adjunct faculty guide students through traditional and accelerated pre-licensure baccalaureate programs, and a B.S. completion program for registered nurses. Graduate-level offerings are in development, and all programs are accredited by CCNE and the New York State Education Department. The current enrollment is 288 students, and the college is positioned to grow strategically while maintaining a student-centric environment.

The College of Nursing is recognized as innovative, values-based, and student-friendly. Our nurse alumni are 3,500 strong and respected nationally as clinicians, researchers, military leaders, academicians, policymakers, and community advocates. Located on a beautiful Western New York campus along the bank of the Niagara River, and only 30 minutes from a revitalized Buffalo, N.Y., our teaching facilities include a state-of-the-art simulation center, nursing skills labs, user-friendly library, a new science center, and traditional and technology-enhanced classrooms. Nearby health care facilities partner with nursing to offer students a variety of clinical experiences. Opportunities for inter-professional research for faculty and students are abundant and encouraged, as are community service activities.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a broad understanding of the discipline of nursing and its potential future directions, a passion for undergraduate and graduate nursing education, an established record of quality teaching and service, and a successful research agenda. Candidates must have prior academic leadership experience, a commitment to collegiality with excellent interpersonal skills, and a mission to support student success. Oversight for maintaining accreditation standards and developing and implementing graduate studies in nursing are additional requisites. A visionary, creative, flexible, and energetic person is needed to build and lead faculty and staff to provide excellence in nursing education at Niagara, today and into the future.

Position Requirements:
•Doctorate in nursing or related field
•Master’s degree in nursing
•Eligibility for unencumbered licensure in NYS as a registered nurse
•Teaching experience
•Research and scholarship experience
•Experience in a leadership position at an accredited nursing education unit
•A demonstrated ability to recruit, develop, and retain faculty who will add to the collegial and collaborative environment that currently exists
•Curriculum development expertise- undergraduate and graduate
•Organizational ability to plan and manage enrollment
•A willingness to develop and facilitate strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders
•A strong record of commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Position Preferences:
•Experience in using technology, varied instruction, and distance education methodologies
•Experience in securing external funding through grants and partnership development in the public and private sectors of health communities

Interested applicants should apply online at and include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references. Candidates will be notified before references are contacted.