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Executive Director of the School ofNursing

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jun 3, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Nursing
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Northern Arizona University (NAU) seeks an Executive Director (ExD) of the School of Nursing (SoN). The ExD will lead and grow NAU's nursing programs during a time of unprecedented financial investment in Arizona's healthcare workforce through Arizona's New Economy Initiative. The next leader of the School of Nursing will provide the vision and strategic leadership to transition the School of Nursing from a unit within the College of Health and Human Sciences to an independent unit at NAU. Based on the NAU's Flagstaff Mountain Campus, the ExD will direct the development of programs in multiple locations across the state of Arizona and will travel to those locations.

The ExD reports to the Dean of CHHS. The position start date is hoped to be July 1, 2022.

Northern Arizona University rests on a student-first foundation, true to its traditions and values as its innovations help to shape the future. NAU has maintained boundless growth in its student population, research endeavors, and creative scholarship since its inception. Today, the institution serves almost 29,000 students through multiple means of delivery: a traditional college experience on a scenic campus, situated in Flagstaff's remarkable landscape at the base of the San Francisco Peaks; convenient classes at one of more than">20 locations across the state, providing flexibility and accessibility; and an award-winning online experience where students can choose from more than 125 virtual programs.

The vision and mission of Northern Arizona University's School of Nursing is to provide outstanding education to students at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels, who can then provide high quality health care services to individuals and diverse communities in an environment of constant change and emerging healthcare trends. The School has a wide array of academic programs, and all programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The new executive director will lead the SoN through a period of strategic growth. The state of Arizona launched the New Economy Initiative to provide funding to meet needs in high-demand fields that are essential to the state's vitality and economic success. NAU has received nearly $25 million to support health program expansions and other efforts to educate the workforce that will drive forward the new economy of Arizona's future. Additional investment in this initiative is expected. Over the next several years, NAU will add program sites and increase capacity to enroll students in these physical and mental health fields. Investments will be made to upgrade core teaching and learning facilities in support of impactful workforce development.

A doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution is required. If the doctorate is neither a DNP or PhD in nursing, an MSN or MS with a concentration in nursing from a regionally accredited institution is required in addition to the doctoral degree. For other required and preferred qualifications and full application instructions and requirements, see the full profile at (Scroll down to Northern Arizona University.)

Academic Search is assisting Northern Arizona University in this search. Nominators and prospective candidates may arrange a confidential conversation about this opportunity with senior consultant Maria Thompson at

Inquiries and nominations may be submitted, in confidence, to:

Full application instructions and required materials can be found in the profile.

To apply and submit these materials, go to, and follow the ‘Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 606107, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page."

This position will be open until filled or closed.

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

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