Area Dean of Nursing

  • Full Time
  • Minneapolis, MN

Area Dean of Nursing

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The Area Dean of Nursing & Administrator serves as the nurse administrator for the nursing program at multiple campuses and is responsible for leading, implementing, and maintaining learning and teaching strategies and initiatives that reflect the vision and direction of the School of Nursing. This includes hiring, management, and development of campus nursing leaders and accountability for faculty management and the student academic experience.

This role works collaboratively with campus and School of Nursing leadership, staff, and students to improve learning outcomes and ensure campuses meet and maintain Board of Nursing regulations and accreditation standards.

Nursing Program Governance:

  • Directly support the mission and purpose of the governing organization and the mission and purpose of a nursing education unit in the achievement of a nursing program’s end-of-program student learning outcomes and program outcomes.
  • Recruit, supervise, develop, and direct a professional staff, including Deans and Associate Deans who lead all full-time and adjunct faculty, to ensure curricula are current and consistently delivered in an environment and manner conducive to learning in accordance with the University and School of Nursing objectives.
  • Conduct faculty observations and coaching, mentoring, and evaluating faculty members and staff.
  • Oversee onboarding and nursing orientation of new Deans and Associate Deans who oversee all faculty on-boarding and nursing orientations.
  • Lead Deans and Associate Deans who oversee all faculty and staff work assignments.
  • Attend campus meetings, faculty meetings, and other meetings as designated, including but not limited to pinning ceremonies, University graduations, community events, programmatic meetings, and committee meetings.
  • Maintain a professional image, attitude, work area, and communication style at all times; exhibit professional behavior, language, communication, demeanor, and dress at all times.
  • Facilitate positive communication and develops collegial relationships with students, faculty, staff, and clinical partners to promote positive learning environments.
  • Maintain high-performance standards for self that support the overall strategic plan and vision of the School of Nursing and University and holds self accountable for achieving results.
  • Demonstrate strict adherence to all institutional, governmental, and accreditation policies, regulations, and codes of conduct at all times.
  • Respond in a timely and appropriate manner to all nursing students, faculty, and staff requests for information and/or guidance.
  • Ensure Deans and Associate Deans establish and maintain clinical sites; assesses clinical site satisfaction and addresses opportunities for improvement.
  • Ensure Deans and Associate Deans establish and maintain advisory boards composed of clinical partners and other community leaders.
  • Ensure nursing program operations are conducted in compliance with applicable state, federal, and local laws; ensure regulations and ordinances are within standards of accreditation.
  • In summary be responsible for all personnel matters, student matters, curricular matters, and resource matters for the nursing programs at the assigned campus(es)

Outcome Attainment:

  • Track key academic metrics used to monitor the performance of the nursing programs including but not limited to: NCLEX pass rates, program completion rates, and graduation rates as guided by the Program Performance Report.
  • Develop action plans to address any areas not meeting the program standards.
  • Assess clinical site satisfaction and address opportunities for improvement.
  • Responsible for assuring the students are provided the support services required to maintain the highest levels of student achievement and retention without compromising the integrity of the educational process.
  • Act as a visible ambassador for the University, who actively promotes collaboration with an array of campus and community partners.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the University’s mission, vision, and values in daily activities as well as supporting an environment of understanding, acceptance, and appreciation for diversity.

Curriculum Supervision:

  • Contribute to sustaining and delivering school curricula in accordance with programmatic accreditation standards and strategic planning goals.
  • Assist nursing leadership in ensuring documented program and course assessments are monitored and maintained to ensure the excellence and integrity of the programs.

Student Success:

  • Ensure Deans and Associate Deans provide advising/counseling to nursing students related to concerns or conduct issues to ensure satisfactory relationships between students and faculty members
  • Assist as needed to represent the University and the School of Nursing to students, professional organizations, partners, the healthcare community, and other relevant constituencies.
  • Ensure Deans and Associate Deans process SAP appeals in conjunction with a student advisor; responsible for making recommendations to the University’s ASP appeal committee.
  • Ensures Deans and Associate Deans create high levels of student engagement through activities, community building, and student-centered learning.
  • Ensures appropriate resources are in place for students.


  • Master’s degree in nursing, MSN/MAN from an accredited institution required; Doctoral degree a plus.
  • A minimum of 3+ years of previous full-time teaching experience in a nursing program within the last 5 years.
  • 3-5 years of Leadership/Management experience in an academic or clinical setting is required, curriculum development and/or accreditation experience is a plus.
  • 2+ years of full-time or equivalent direct care experience as a practicing nurse
  • Demonstrated track record of organizational/team/individual development.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and work with others in a team environment.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, with an emphasis on Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and/or Prezi.Ability to establish and maintain open lines of communication with faculty, students, and campus personnel to ensure effective decision-making and interaction.
  • Self-motivated, flexible, patient, goal-oriented, and enjoy working in a fast-paced dynamic environment.

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