Executive Director, School of Nursing

The mission of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is the development of professional health care practitioners through innovation, individualized, and quality classroom, clinical, and distance education.

In collaboration with Associate Dean and faculty, the Executive Director of Nursing Programs assures delivery of the local campus curriculum in a manner that meets program goals, learning outcomes, consistency, and institutional expectations. The Executive Director of Nursing leads local campus programmatic accreditation to assure all standards are met and reports are appropriately filed. Works closely with the Associate Dean and other Program Directors and/or faculty on revisions of program policies, admissions, academic progress and graduation competencies. The Executive Director is accountable for strategic plan initiatives concerning the program, as well integrating with other departments and programs to resolve student and faculty issues and promote assessment of educational effectiveness. Serves as an important conduit connecting the program with other University departments, communicating information and contributing to the growth and improvement of the institution.


Strategic Planning
  • Provides leadership, strategy, vision, organization, processes and infrastructure for a respective program, and in concert with the University’s strategic and quality improvement plan;
  • Assesses and reports on program metrics, such as faculty workload and scholarly productivity, student satisfaction, graduation rates, enrollments, etc. to assure program goals are being met;
Local Program Operations
  • Responsible for the development and maintenance of effective department operations including efficient workflow, achieving student learning outcomes; ensuring appropriate faculty numbers; assuring quality curriculum;
  • Works effectively with other departments across the University to coordinate activities and promote change;
  • Promotes a campus culture in alignment with the University’s core values that focuses on the academic achievement and personal development of all students;
  • Reports to the Management Committee to support educational effectiveness;
  • Communicates effectively and fosters collaborative relationships among all campus constituencies including students, faculty, and staff; advises students, assisting with problem solving and complaint resolution
Faculty Leadership and Development
  • Hires, develops, and evaluates faculty (core and adjunct). Assists them in planning staffing patterns for their area(s) of responsibility. Utilizing standards for effective job performance evaluates faculty effectiveness;
  • Mentors and develops employees to maximize individual performance, build future organizational leadership, enhance teamwork and strengthen support of the organization’s core values;
Scholarly and Professional Development
  • Stays abreast of educational best practices, policy changes and developments that may impact the program through attendance, and developing professional relationships at professional conferences, seminars and local, state and national organizations;
  • Meets scholarly goals, as identified in annual performance evaluation;
  • Maintains visibility in respective professional organizations;
  • Uses research and practice, and theory and experience to foster professional development and student learning;
  • Promotes University’s core values;
  • Develops and implements Department’s strategic plan;
  • Maintains superior customer service to internal and external customers;
  • Develops annual budget and expenses for area(s) of responsibility and guides subordinate managerial personnel in the development of their budgets as necessary. Administers or delegates the administration of budgets, approving expenditures, reviewing reports;
  • Develops, communicates, and upholds University policies and procedures;
  • Leads local participation in the programmatic accreditation process; assures full compliance with federal, state and accrediting body standards and regulations;
  • Attends and participate in Management Committee, Program Directors Council and Student-Director Meetings where appropriate;
  • Maintains .5 teaching workload;
  • Approves pre-requisite course substitutions and transfer credits.
May perform other duties and responsibilities that management may deem necessary from time to time.


REPORTS TO: Associate Dean of College of Health Sciences

POSITIONS SUPERVISED: Academic Program Directors, Assistant Program Director, Academic Program Assistants, Core Faculty

To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Incumbents will be evaluated, in part, based on performance of each essential function. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
  • Personal and professional values in concert with the University’s mission and vision
  • Exceptional leadership, communication and management skills; demonstrates forward, creative thinking
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, and to interact effectively with colleagues, administrators and faculty members and students, as well as external constituencies
  • Operate effectively in a changing environment and effectively guide change management process
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively as part of a team, and to interact effectively with colleagues, administrators and faculty members and students, as well as external constituencies;
  • Ability to project vision, leadership, and objective reasoning to students, faculty, and staff
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Possess knowledge of CCNE accreditation;
  • Five or more years’ progressive levels of leadership, responsibility and expertise in teaching, preferably in higher education;
  • Terminal degree in nursing science required (e.g. DNP)
  • At least 5 years of experience teaching in a masters or doctoral level program and have earned a rank of Associate Professor or Professor; and students' time and attention effectively
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Committed to Mission and Values - Has a clear understanding of institution’s mission and values. Has a passion for facilitating learning and for enabling students to navigate their own learning journey.

  • Contribute Knowledge to the Discipline - Compelled by the opportunity to contribute through research, scholarship professional practice or creativity.

  • Accountable -Takes personal responsibility for own goals and outcomes to ensure student success. Establishes clear expectations, follows through on commitments to students and holds them accountable for assignments and performance

  • Collaborative - Works cooperatively with others across the institution and beyond, including the community and through partnerships. Represents own interests while being inclusive and fair to others.

  • Communicates Effectively - Adapts oral and written communication approach and style to the audience and based on the message. Also listens attentively to others.

  • Drives Engagement - Makes students feel welcome, understood and valued. Creates a learning environment that is compelling, challenging and productive.

  • Academic Discipline Expertise - Has sufficient credentials, industry expertise and/or experience in the discipline to teach according to the standards and qualifications required.

  • Education Design - Designs learning experiences closely linked to learning outcomes including lesson planning, design of project, work integrated, group learning experiences, or interactive learning objects. Has depth of expertise in pedagogy, andragogy and overall learning effectiveness.

  • Teaching Delivery/Learning Facilitation Skills - Manages small, large, blended, hybrid and/or online classrooms, monitoring and ensuring participation, managing one’s own and students' time and attention effectively.

  • Drives Engagement - Creating a climate where people are motivated to do their best to help the organization achieve its objectives.

  • People Leadership - Leads by example when it comes to finding and developing talent, with a focus on talent acquisition strategies, setting performance targets that raises standards and development of high potential talent.
Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment but may involve exposure to moderate noise levels. Work involves operation of personal computer equipment for six to eight hours daily and includes Occupational demands associated with a traditional office setting, e.g., walking, standing, communicating, and other Occupational functions as necessary.

HIRING RANGE: $105,600 – $190,080

Compensation is a reasonable estimate and will be determined using the hiring range listed above and factors including, but not limited to, skillset, level of experience, education, and physical work location, to the extent consistent with applicable law.
The University is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, genetic information, national origin ancestry, disability, marital status, military status, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state, or local laws, regulations, or ordinances.

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