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Executive Director of the School of Nursing

University of West Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
Date posted
Jan 11, 2024

Executive Director of the School of Nursing

Position number 107390

University of West Florida (UWF), in partnership with the national search firm, Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the full-time position of Executive Director of the School of Nursing, located in Pensacola, FL. The Executive Director of the School of Nursing plays a pivotal role in providing visionary leadership and strategic direction for the academic and administrative functions of the School. University of West Florida seeks a dynamic and experienced leader with a deep understanding of nursing education, a commitment to excellence, and the ability to foster a collaborative and innovative learning environment. 

The School has a strong history of student success, fundraising, and community engagement. The Executive Director will be a key contributor to the success and growth of the institution, playing a vital role in shaping the future of nursing education and healthcare.

Job Summary:

The Executive Director of the School of Nursing is responsible for:

Leadership and Vision:

  • Develop and communicate a compelling vision for the School of Nursing that aligns with the institution's overall mission and strategic goals.
  • Provide strategic leadership to advance the school's reputation, programs, and impact on healthcare education.

Academic Excellence:

  • Oversee the development, implementation, and evaluation of high-quality nursing programs, ensuring compliance with accreditation standards and industry best practices.
  • Foster a culture of academic excellence, innovation, and continuous improvement.

Faculty and Staff Management:

  • Recruit, mentor, and retain highly qualified faculty and staff.
  • Facilitate professional development opportunities to enhance the skills and expertise of faculty members.

Student Success:

  • Prioritize student success and engagement through the development and implementation of student-centered programs and support services.
  • Monitor and enhance student retention and graduation rates.

Community Engagement:

  • Cultivate and maintain partnerships with healthcare institutions, industry leaders, and community organizations to enhance opportunities for student clinical experiences and collaborative research.
  • Represent the school at relevant conferences, events, and community forums.

Financial Management:

  • Develop and manage the school's budget, ensuring fiscal responsibility and sustainability.
  • Seek external funding opportunities and grants to support research initiatives and program development.

Accreditation and Compliance:

  • Ensure compliance with accreditation standards and regulations, working closely with accrediting bodies to maintain and enhance program accreditations.
  • Stay informed about changes in nursing education and healthcare policy to adapt programs accordingly.

Strategic Planning:

  • Collaborate with institutional leadership to contribute to the overall strategic planning and development of the institution.
  • Identify and pursue opportunities for growth and expansion in alignment with the school's mission.

Position Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in nursing or a related field (PhD, EdD or DNP), with a current Florida or Multistate Nursing License or eligible for licensure in the state of Florida.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Extensive experience in nursing education, with a proven track record of leadership and administrative success.
  • Strong understanding of CCNE accreditation processes and NCLEX test preparation.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and team-building skills.
  • Financial acumen and experience managing budgets.
  • Visionary thinking and the ability to lead and inspire others toward a shared vision.

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

About University of West Florida:

At the University of West Florida, we believe in the power of higher education to drive change. We see that impact on campus, in our region, across the state, and around the world. Our students confront challenges head-on, working collaboratively to solve them. Our faculty give them the tools to navigate choppy waters and the courage to seek new horizons. As the President, Dr. Martha D. Saunders, states: UWF is “a fully engaged university recognized for the strength of our graduates, responsiveness to the needs of the state, and an unrelenting competitive spirit.”

UWF is located on a 1,600-acre nature preserve in Pensacola on Florida's Gulf Coast, and we have additional locations in the region and an ever-growing global online presence. We've awarded more than 100,000 degrees from 110+ undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

About the Usha Kundu, MD College of Health and the School of Nursing:

The Usha Kundu, MD College of Health strives to produce the health care and health industry experts that medical communities and companies require. Our programs offer an interprofessional education through hands-on experience at the University of West Florida with innovative programs that are taught across multiple disciplines, giving students a wide range of options for a professional career in the health industry.

The School of Nursing at UWF offers undergraduate, masters, and certificate programs to 1,200+ students in three locations in-person and online. Exciting renovations of the simulation building are underway to offer the most state-of-the-art education to students. Along with thirty full-time nursing faculty, the School of Nursing enjoys strong partnerships with local hospitals and has programs on both the Pensacola and Emerald Coast Campuses of the University.

Driven by a care and concern for our fellow man—and the world—UWF’s School of Nursing is creating the next generation of healthcare professionals who are impacting their communities and the world, not just because of what they do, but because of the way they do it. The curriculum prepares students to become leaders, managers, and life-long learners who integrate research findings into their nursing practices in the ever-changing field of healthcare.

About Pensacola, FL:

The Pensacola metro area has a population of over 300,000 and is known for its sugar sand beaches, nearly five hundred years of history, unique shopping, and luxurious places to stay. With some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and an abundance of outdoor activities, it is an easy place for all ages to enjoy. Check out to discover why Southern Living named Pensacola one of the country's top family-friendly destinations.

Located on the Florida Panhandle, Pensacola is also an hour from Mobile, AL, 2.5 hours from Panama City, and 3 hours from Tallahassee.

Application and Nomination Process:

Candidates must apply online through the University of West Florida website: Applicants are required to attach: 

  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position;
  • Updated CV;
  • Statement of Research;
  • Three (3) professional references with contact information, title, institutional affiliation, email address and direct phone numbers. At least one reference must be a current or former supervisor.

References will be contacted upon submission of this application. An opportunity to upload these documents will be provided during the application process. For assistance with the application, please contact Human Resources at 850-474-2694 or email

All correspondence relating to the position of Executive Director of the School of Nursing at University of West Florida should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive search consultant:

Danan Tsan, Vice President

Scott Healy & Associates

The preferred response for applications is February 9, 2024.

The University of West Florida is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Disabled/Veteran employer. Any individual requiring special accommodation to apply is requested to advise UWF by contacting UWF Human Resources at 1-850-474-2694 (voice) or 1-850-857-6158 (TTY). A criminal background check is required for successful candidates. E-Verify is required for employment. All applications for employment at the University are subject to Florida public records law.

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