Executive Director, Nursing

  • Full Time
  • St. Augustine, FL

Executive Director, Nursing – St. Augustine, FL

Working in tandem with the Associate Dean and faculty members, the Executive Director of Nursing Programs is responsible for ensuring the local campus curriculum is delivered to meet program objectives, learning outcomes, uniformity, and institutional standards. The Executive Director drives local campus program accreditation, ensuring all standards are met and reports are properly submitted. The role includes closely working with the Associate Dean and other Program Directors and/or faculty on amendments to program policies, admissions, academic progression, and graduation competencies.

The Executive Director is accountable for strategic plan initiatives related to the program, collaborating with other departments and programs to address student and faculty concerns, and facilitate assessment of educational effectiveness. This role serves as a vital link connecting the program with other University departments, disseminating information, and contributing to the institution’s growth and betterment.


Strategic Planning

  • Lead, strategize, envision, organize, process, and set up infrastructure for a specific program in harmony with the University’s strategic and quality improvement plan;
  • Evaluate and report on program metrics such as faculty workload, scholarly productivity, student satisfaction, graduation rates, enrollments, etc. to ensure program objectives are achieved;

Local Program Management

  • Oversee the establishment and upkeep of efficient department operations which include streamlined workflow, realization of student learning outcomes, ensuring adequate faculty numbers, and guaranteeing quality curriculum;
  • Work effectively with various University departments to synchronize activities and encourage change;
  • Promote a campus culture that aligns with the University’s core values and focuses on the academic achievement and personal development of all students;
  • Report to the Management Committee to bolster educational effectiveness;
  • Ensure effective communication and cultivate collaborative relationships among all campus constituents including students, faculty, and staff; provide advice to students and assist in problem-solving and complaint resolution

Faculty Leadership and Development

  • Recruit, train, and evaluate faculty (core and adjunct). Assist in planning staffing patterns for their area(s) of responsibility. Evaluate faculty effectiveness using standards for effective job performance;
  • Coach and develop employees to optimize individual performance, build future organizational leadership, enhance teamwork, and strengthen support for the organization’s core values;

Professional and Scholarly Development

  • Stay informed of educational best practices, policy changes, and developments that may impact the program through attendance and establishing professional relationships at professional conferences, seminars, and local, state, and national organizations;
  • Achieve scholarly goals as identified in the annual performance evaluation;
  • Maintain a presence in respective professional organizations;
  • Use research, practice, theory, and experience to foster professional development and student learning;


  • Promote the University’s core values;
  • Develop and implement the Department’s strategic plan;
  • Maintain excellent customer service for internal and external customers;
  • Develop an annual budget and expenses for area(s) of responsibility, and guide subordinate managerial personnel in developing their budgets as necessary. Administer or delegate the administration of budgets, approving expenditures, reviewing reports;
  • Develop, communicate, and uphold University policies and procedures;
  • Lead local participation in the programmatic accreditation process; ensure full compliance with federal, state, and accrediting body standards and regulations;
  • Attend and participate in Management Committee, Program Directors Council, and Student-Director Meetings where appropriate;
  • Maintain a .5 teaching workload;
  • Approve prerequisite course substitutions and transfer credits.


  • May undertake other responsibilities and duties as assigned by management as and when needed.


REPORTS TO: Associate Dean of College of Health Sciences

SUPERVISES: Academic Program Directors, Assistant Program Director, Academic Program Assistants, Core Faculty

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to execute each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below represent the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Evaluation of incumbents will be partly based on the performance of each essential function. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Personal and professional values that align with the University’s mission and vision
  • Outstanding leadership, communication, and management skills; demonstrates innovative, forward-thinking
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, and to interact effectively with colleagues, administrators, faculty members and students, as well as external parties
  • Able to operate effectively in a changing environment and guide the change management process effectively
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively as part of a team, interacting effectively with colleagues, administrators, faculty members, students, as well as external parties
  • Ability to project vision, leadership, and objective reasoning to students, faculty, and staff
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)


  • Knowledge of CCNE accreditation;
  • Five or more years of progressive leadership roles, responsibility, and expertise in teaching, preferably in higher education;
  • Terminal degree in nursing science required (e.g. DNP)
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience teaching in a masters or doctoral level program and have earned a rank of Associate Professor or Professor; and efficiently manage students’ time and attention

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