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Director of Nursing

Saint Martin's University
98503, Lacey
$120,000. - $130,000.; 9-month contract paid over 12 months, full benefits
Date posted
Jan 25, 2024

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Position Type
Executive, Executive Directors
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Saint Martin’s University and the College of Arts& Sciences are fully committed to creating an accessible, supportive environment and an experience that recognizes diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and cultural competence as integral components of workplace success. Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective of diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in higher education are encouraged to apply.

Additionally, as part of a work environment that highly values Benedictine education, educational excellence and service to students, all members of the community will:

  1. Publicly support the mission Catholic, Benedictine tradition of Saint Martin’s University
  2. Communicate effectively with warmth, sensitivity, and understanding as s/he deals with administrative colleagues, teachers, students, parents, faculty, college personnel and program associates
  3. Work as a team member in a professional environment
  4. Possess a “service attitude” (willingness to be flexible to meet the needs of the department)

Established in 1895, Saint Martin’s University is the educational mission of Saint Martin’s Abbey, a Catholic Benedictine monastery, whose members pray, work, and live together on the University campus. The physical beauty of Saint Martin’s 300-acre campus reflects the rich intellectual and spiritual nature of its presence in the Pacific Northwest.

Essential features of University life are animated by its Benedictine identity and its participation in the centuries-old traditions of Catholic intellectual thought and the search for truth.

Thus, the University honors students and guides them towards achieving academic excellence. Superior teaching is the expected norm. Rooted in the long tradition of the liberal arts, the University curriculum cultivates creativity and the ability to communicate and pursue ideas; critical thinking and independent inquiry; academic proficiency; the formation of sound ethical judgments; and service to humanity.

Reflecting the Benedictine virtue of hospitality, the University welcomes and, indeed, seeks students and employees not only from the Pacific Northwest, but also from other parts of the nation and the world at its main and extension campuses. Saint Martin’s treasures persons of all ages, religions, and nationalities as it encourages cognizance of diverse viewpoints and an appreciation of all cultures.


Ranked by Niche as the second (#2) most diverse private college in Washington State in 2020. Saint Martin’s is extremely proud of our student diversity.  Our university treasures persons of all abilities, ages, ethnicities, genders, nationalities, orientations, races, and religions.  In particular, we know that students educated in an ethnically diverse setting perform better academically and reap greater professional success than their peers from more homogeneous learning environments. We proudly celebrate that our student population is 51% undergraduate and 32% graduate students of color.  

Summary of the Position: As the chief nursing officer in the Nursing Program, the Director of Nursing provides leadership and represents the nursing faculty and students in all issues that impact the Nursing Program, while also holding a College and institutional view of those issues.

Staff Relationships

            Reports to: Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

            Supervises: Full time and part time nursing faculty and staff


Salary Level/Rank:  This is a faculty position at the associate or full Professor level with an annual renewable administrative appointment as Director of Nursing. 12-month contract.



  1. Guides and oversees the administration of the Nursing Program to ensure overall quality and coordination.
  2. Plans, prepares, recommends, and administers the Nursing Program operating budget in consultation with the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
  3. Ensures compliance with rules, regulations, and accreditation guidelines governing nursing programs; including acting as a liaison to the Washington Board of Nursing to continuing regulatory compliance.
  4. Works with faculty to maintain ongoing Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation.
  5. Acts as a representative of the Nursing Program to nursing alumni and the community.
  6. Exercises oversight of all nursing faculty and administrative exempt and non-exempt hiring, and resolution of nursing personnel issues, in collaboration with the Dean of CAS.
  7. Supervises, mentors, and evaluates all nursing faculty members and directs reports to the Dean CAS.
  8. Insures that nursing educational quality is maintained and enhanced. 
  9. Provides leadership within the nursing faculty for the development, implementation and evaluation of programs, including curriculum and instructional delivery.
  10. Creates and maintains an environment conducive to teaching and learning, including coordination and support of faculty assignments.
  11. Represents the Nursing Program in state, regional, and national nursing organizations.
  12. Oversees the allocation of faculty workloads.
  13. Makes recommendation to the Dean CAS for appointments, promotion, and retention of nursing faculty.
  14. Presides over Nursing Program meetings, and special events.
  15. Participates in the shared governance of the Department of Nursing.
  16. Collaborates with faculty and staff to recruit, orient, council and retain nursing students; serves as the third step in the student grievance process concerning teaching and learning in the nursing program (after faculty and lead faculty).
  17. Collaborates with Institutional Advancement in securing external funding for the Nursing Program.

Qualifications & Position Characteristics:

  1. Licensure as a registered nurse in Washington with no restrictions.
  2. Earned doctorate in nursing.
  3. Minimum of five years of nursing experience, of which three years shall have been in a nurse educator or administrative position in a nursing education program in an accredited institution of higher education. Five years of nursing education experience preferred but not required.
  4. Minimum of five years of management experience with operational and fiscal responsibility.
  5. Experience in strategic planning and budgeting.
  6. Documentation of preparation and/or experience in curriculum and teaching.
  7. Knowledge of administrative issues in higher education.
  8. Experience in grant writing or securing external funding for the program.
  9. Ability to supervise professional staff.
  10. Strong communication and facilitation skills.
  11. Familiarity with faith-based, liberal arts schools.
  12. Strong leadership skills.

 Special Instructions to Applicants:


Please plan to include the following items in your electronic application:

  • A cover letter that includes: (a) relevant qualifications for the indicated position, and (b) research and teaching interests
  • Curriculum vitae Name and contact information for three references

Saint Martin’s University is a private Catholic, Benedictine university located in Western Washington. Faculty members are expected to support the Catholic, Benedictine liberal arts mission of the university. Candidates must have valid documentation permitting them to work in the US from the date on which the appointment at Saint Martin’s takes effect.

Saint Martin’s University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. We welcome all applications and are intentionally seeking to diversify our faculty within the College of Arts & Sciences.


Review of candidates is underway and will continue until an appointment is made. Please submit all documentation online.

For the complete job description and to apply, please visit our website at WorkatSaintMartin’s .

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