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Associate Dean of Nursing (Chief Nurse Administrator)

Bemidji State University
Minnesota, United States
$120,000.00 - $130,000.00
Posted date
Aug 19, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Salary Band
$120,000 - $149,999
Employment Type
Full Time
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Bemidji State University (BSU) invites applicants to join our team as the Associate Dean of Nursing in the College of Individual & Community Health (CICH).  BSU’s vision is to educate people to lead inspired lives. To accomplish BSU’s vision, the University prioritizes creating a culture in which diversity is embraced and all people are safe, welcome, and validated. BSU also prioritizes increasing engagement with Indigenous communities to become a destination university.


BSU is located amid the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota and occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji.  BSU balances rigorous academia with the opportunity to enjoy a fun, robust, outdoor culture.  The proximity to the lake and the surrounding north woods allows easy access to an assortment of recreation.  Major campus facilities are connected by all-season underground passages for safe and warm travel during the cold, winter months. 


Enrolling more than 5,000 students, BSU offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and eight graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. BSU’s Shared Fundamental Values include civic engagement and leadership, international and multicultural understanding, belief in the power of the liberal arts, and environmental stewardship.


The Associate Dean of Nursing will serve as Chief Nurse Administrator, reports to Dean of the College of Individual and Community Health, and participates in the Deans Council, Provosts Council, strategic enrollment planning, accreditation, and provides day-to-day leadership on and off the BSU campus. The Associate Dean works with faculty and staff to ensure excellence in educational opportunities for BSU students, establishes and maintains a long-term vision for the program, and provides innovative leadership to BSU, helping faculty to prepare students for the 21st century. The Associate Dean is also responsible for curricular/instructional quality and fiscal prudence within Nursing, as well as representing the Nursing Program to internal and external constituencies.


Responsibilities of the Associate Dean of Nursing include:

  • Working collaboratively with the Dean of CICH in providing overall leadership, direction, and management of faculty, staff, and students within Nursing.
  • Planning and monitoring overall budgets by contractual requirements as defined in labor/management agreements and University and system policies (learn more:
  • Working with the Nursing Department’s chair, faculty, and coordinators as they exercise their responsibilities
    • to plan for departmental operations,
    • to propose/recommend/monitor budgets,
    • to recruit, employ, and assign faculty/staff, assuring that diversity initiatives are realized and
    • to oversee the development, improvement, and retention of the nursing programs. 
  • Supervising the Nursing Department’s faculty, clinical coordinator, lab coordinator, student service coordinator, office administration staff, and others as deemed appropriate.
  • Guiding and evaluating nursing faculty and staff professional development; assessing and evaluating overall outcomes and performance.
  • Initiating, fostering, and maintaining relationships with clinical agencies, community partners, and constituent groups.
  • Leading assessment efforts and developing outcome measures needed by accrediting and licensing agencies including Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation and state Boards of Nursing compliance.
  • Leading faculty in curriculum development/revision.  Reviewing and recommending approval/disapproval of curriculum and program materials submitted, assessing their adherence to accreditation requirements.
  • Ensuring compliance with policies, state and federal laws and regulations, along with other regulatory requirements as needed.


Minimum qualifications for this position include:

  • A graduate degree with a major in nursing and a doctorate in nursing or a health-related field from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university recognized by the United States Department of Education, by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation or successors, or by a comparable organization if the graduate degree is from a foreign country.
  • A current unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license in MN or eligible for MN - RN licensure.
  • At least 5 years of demonstrated successful and progressive experience in nursing education, including at least 3 years teaching in an accredited nursing program and at least 2 years in an administrative role in nursing education (such as program director, chief nursing administrator, department chair, or dean).
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and demonstrate a style of open communication and transparent decision making.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Public speaking interest or experience.
  • Proven ability in working in a culturally diverse setting and promoting cultural competency.
  • A strong commitment to valuing diversity, inclusivity, and equal opportunity.


Preferred qualifications include:

  • Doctoral degree in nursing.
  • Experience in fostering quality instruction and optimal functioning of programs; providing support to incorporate and implement ‘best practices’ within fields of instruction.
  • Experience with shared governance and grievance processes.
  • Demonstrated experience working with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and using culturally responsive pedagogy and practice.
  • Experience with alternative instructional environments (e.g., distance education, experiential education, international collaboration, use of educational technologies).
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships involving interactions and communications personally, by phone and in writing with a variety of individuals and/or groups from diverse backgrounds on a regular, ongoing basis.
  • Ability to concentrate on detailed tasks for extended periods and/or intermittently while attending to other responsibilities.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure on multiple tasks concurrently while meeting established deadlines and changing priorities.



Apply online:  



Nancy A Hall, DNP, RN

Interim Associate Dean of Nursing



If you have general questions about this posting or submitting an application, contact Teresa Hanson at




Bemidji State University is nestled among the pines along the shores of Lake Bemidji, just blocks from a thriving downtown community. In this Northwoods setting, students, staff, and faculty have a variety of activities at their fingertips. Possessing all the charm and character of a college town, Bemidji remains a tight-knit community of good neighbors and engaged citizens who always come out to cheer for the Beavers. While the city of Bemidji — named after the Ojibwe Chief Shaynowishkung (nicknamed Bemidji) — is home to a diverse population of more than 15,000 people, it serves a regional population of more than 100,000.


Located between three American Indian reservations – Leech Lake, Red Lake and White Earth, students at Bemidji State University have the opportunity to experience a dynamic local culture and history. Bemidji also sits at the center of the legends of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. The famous statues of Paul and Babe greet students as they drive in from the south along Lake Bemidji.


Though quaint and historic, the city offers the urban conveniences upon which college students rely. Bemidji State is conveniently located minutes away from affordable restaurants, cozy coffee shops, grocery stores, city parks and more. Small, locally owned shops and art sculptures line the streets of downtown Bemidji, while national chains can be found in and around the Bemidji area, including an uptown selection of department stores and restaurants.


The thriving downtown community presents ample opportunities for engagement off-campus. Among other things, there are fine-dining restaurants, cafes, and a natural foods co-op in downtown Bemidji. The historic Paul Bunyan Playhouse has a calendar of classic shows; restaurants and lounges offer weekly live music performances; the First Friday Art Walk provides a tour of new monthly art exhibits; and annual events such as the Loop the Lake Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Blue Ox Marathon, Bemidji Winterfest, and The Minnesota Finlandia bring the community together.


For those who love the outdoors, there are wooded, multi-use trail systems within minutes of campus and community parks with walking trails, playgrounds and a skate park. Lake Bemidji State Park and its miles of navigable trails is located directly across the lake from BSU, and the Buena Vista Ski Area — just 12 miles north of campus — offers downhill skiing and BSU-sponsored student transportation in the winter months. Further, the Mississippi River Headwaters is a mere 45 minutes from Bemidji.


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