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Assistant Dean of Nursing

Worcester State University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Oct 12, 2022
About Worcester State University:

WORCESTER STATE UNIVERSITY is a liberal arts and sciences university with a long tradition of academic excellence dating back to 1874, as well as an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to reflect the diversity of its community. Our workforce is dedicated to academic quality, student-centered programming, engaged citizenship, open exchanges of ideas, diversity and inclusiveness, and civility and integrity. We are looking for job applicants who share these values and commitment to our students.

Worcester State is centrally located in Massachusetts, about an hour's drive from Boston, Springfield, and Providence, Rhode Island. Our 58-acre campus is nestled in the residential northwest side of Worcester--the second largest city in New England and home to 37,000 college students at more than a dozen colleges and universities. Over 6,000 of those students attend Worcester State--approximately 5,300 are undergraduates and 1,000 are graduate students. Learn more about us at .

Job Description:

OFFICIAL TITLE: Assistant Dean of Nursing
SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Dean of the School of Education, Health and Natural Sciences
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Clerical and other non-unit staff.

General Statement of Duties: The Assistant Dean of Nursing serves as an administrative officer of the School of Education, Health and Natural Sciences. Working with and reporting to the Dean, the Assistant Dean provides strategic leadership for issues related to Nursing programs and serves as the WSU representative to state and federal regulatory authorities, accrediting bodies and to professional nursing associations. Among other responsibilities, the Assistant Dean exercises professional leadership in the department, conducts the routine operations of the department and recommends the development of the curricular and resource requirements. Finally, the Assistant Dean assumes any additional duties as assigned by the Dean.


(E) = Essential

  1. (E) Assists the Dean in specialized cross divisional and cross departmental projects.
  2. (E) Assists with the scheduling of courses and oversees the departmental budget.
  3. (E) Identified funding sources locally and nationally, writes grants, and supports other grant writing initiatives in Nursing.
  4. (E) Interfaces with Nursing local, state, and federal communities, related policy makers and constituencies.
  5. (E) Provides leadership within the Department of Nursing in such areas as program development, research grant proposals, and the like.
  6. (E) Makes recommendations regarding the extension or modification of the curriculum structure.
  7. (E) Assists in the conduct of periodic academic program reviews and outcome assessments to strengthen and update the curriculum; specifically BORN and CCNE accreditation reports and updates.
  8. (E) Responsible for coordinating accreditation and academic program review reports and visitations.
  9. (E) Assists in the recruitment of faculty and adjunct faculty.
  10. (E) Maintains communication with students, prospective students and other faculty at the University relative to departmental matters.
  11. (E) Recommends to the Dean plans, policies and procedures in the area of responsibility and provides reports and recommendations as requested in the Nursing Department.
  12. (E) Assigns advisees to members of the faculty of the department.
  13. (E) Seeks, where appropriate, to resolve informal complaints made against faculty and to resolve conflicts between a student and a faculty member or between one member of the faculty and another.
  14. (E) Maintains an inventory of academic and instructional equipment and develops a long-range plan for the replacement of equipment.
  15. (E) Works in collaboration with the Department Chair of Nursing.
  16. (E) Meets regularly with the Provost and/or Dean.
  17. (E) Supervises clerical and other non-unit staff where appropriate.
  18. (E) Completes other duties assigned by the Dean.
  19. (E) Demonstrates civility and professional, customer-service oriented behavior, worthy of emulation by other staff and students.
  20. (E) Responsible for contributing to the WSU Strategic Plan.
  21. (E) Responsible for contributing to Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action objectives.
  22. Performs other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications:
  • Doctorate degree in Nursing.
  • Demonstrated of effective nursing, professional activity, and scholarly accomplishment in the field of Nursing.
  • Minimum of five-years teaching and three-years of administrative experience in Nursing, preferably at the level of Department Chair or above.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience working with state and federal regulatory authorities and accrediting bodies and with professional Nursing Associates.
  • Sensitivity to and experience working in a collective bargaining environment.
  • Appreciation of faculty governance and evidence of commitment to the faculty input in the decision-making process.
  • Collaborative working style and the ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies.
  • Fiscal management experience and familiarity with emerging technologies, distance education, and adult learners are also preferred.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, benefited, exempt, professional non-unit position. The firm starting annual salary range for this position is $95,000- $100,000, commensurate with relevant professional experience and education.

It is the policy of Worcester State University that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before they begin employment. Proof of the COVID-19 vaccine is required of all individuals hired by WSU, to be verified after an offer of employment has been made, and as part of the background check process. Prospective employees may submit a request for exemption based on a religious and/or medical basis, to Human Resources, after an offer of employment has been made.

Worcester State University offers a competitive benefits package that includes:
  • a choice of 9 different pre-taxed, health insurance plan options
  • a choice of pension or 401(a), and supplemental plan retirement options
  • life insurance up to 8x the annual salary
  • long-term disability coverage
  • dental insurance
  • 20 vacation days accrued per year
  • 15 sick days accrued per year
  • 5 personal days per year
  • paid holidays
  • tuition remission for self, spouse, and dependent children
  • and more...
We are an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. M/F/D/V. Members of traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions:

Applicants must apply online and may do so by visiting, and submitting a cover letter, resume, and the contact information of three professional references.

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