Maria College is a private Catholic institution founded by the Sisters of Mercy on the principle of service to others as a key feature of the works of mercy. Maria provides student-focused opportunity education and seeks an experienced and innovative educator to serve as Dean of Nursing to lead the college’s nursing programs. The college offers a Practical Nursing Certificate program, an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing, and an RN-BS Degree in Nursing Completion program and plans to add additional nursing programs in the near future.
The Dean of Nursing will report to the Dean of the College/Chief Academic Officer and provide strategic planning, innovative leadership, and sound fiscal and personnel management for the department in support of the College’s mission and institutional objectives. The Dean of Nursing is responsible for maintaining the relevance and rigor of the nursing programs to align with expectations of Maria College as a vigorous academic institution. Additionally, the Dean of Nursing will promote and continue to support Maria’s positive student focused culture of academic excellence and inclusivity.
Maria College’s mission of academic excellence and the heritage of the founding Sisters of Mercy support an ongoing commitment to preparing skilled, caring professionals to meet the needs of our time. With consistently high NCLEX pass rates and current accreditations, the continued strength and growth of Maria’s Nursing programs will be a focus for this position.
A successful Dean of Nursing will:
Implement Maria College’s strategic plan, which calls for Nursing Program enrollment growth through partnerships and new programs, while continuing to improve student learning and career experiences
Develop and execute plans that support and grow the nursing programs and advance the college’s strategic goals and objectives
Propose a compelling vision for academic excellence, efficiency and community involvement for the faculty and staff of Maria College’s Nursing Department
Guide faculty at all levels to ensure delivery of exemplary instruction
Bring successful experience with alternate modes of teaching and learning methods in nursing education (e.g., classroom-based, online, accelerated, blended, low residency)
Implement and promote academic programs and evaluate program effectiveness
Monitor trends in nursing and health care to identify ideas and opportunities for development and growth, including analysis of market feasibility
Cultivate relationships that promote engagement, partnership, and collaboration within the local and regional education and health care communities
Present a collaborative, flexible and transparent leadership style that supports team building and promotes the accountability required in effective professional programs
Ensure compliance with institutional policies and procedures, NYSED regulations, and accreditation standards and criteria
Oversee development, revision, and evaluation of the nursing curricula in collaboration with the nursing leadership team and faculty
Facilitate faculty recruitment, retention, development, and promotion
Provide advisement to staff responsible for class scheduling and teaching assignments
Collaborate with staff to keep all catalogs and marketing materials current
Represent Maria College at meetings and conferences as requested
Engage in regional accreditation activities in collaboration with members of the senior leadership team
Meet an expectation of scholarly engagement appropriate to discipline and interest of successful candidate
Education and/or Experience
- An earned doctorate in nursing, education, or a related field and master’s degree in nursing from an accredited institution. A current and unencumbered license to practice as a registered professional nurse in NYS.
- Demonstrated excellence in teaching and clinical nursing practice.
- A minimum of 5 years of experience in positions of higher education leadership, such as dean, associate dean, department chair, or program director.
- Strategic planning and budgetary responsibility.
- Familiarity and experience with regional and professional accreditation standards and criteria.
- Familiarity and experience with NYSED, and ACEN, regulations pertaining to nursing education programs and eligibility for licensure.
- Experience in program development, evaluation, and assessment of student learning.
- A record of scholarship, including publication, presentation, and research.
- Commitment to career-relevant opportunity education in the context of the Mercy Educational Tradition.
- A collegial spirit, and commitment to nurse education that improves patient care and builds healthier communities.
Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume’ to: firstname.lastname@example.org with “Dean of Nursing” in the subject line.
Maria College is a nonprofit, independent, coeducational institution which does not discriminate in its enrollment or employment practices for any reason including race, sex, color, national origin, creed, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal or local laws and ordinances. Information about the services, activities and facilities accessible to students or prospective students with disabilities regarding Title 504 may be obtained from Kim Noakes in Accessibility Services in Mercy Hall at (518) 861-2508; information about the services, activities and facilities accessible to employees or prospective employees with disabilities regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act may be obtained from Rosalyn Vazquez, Human Resources Manager at (518) 861-2580.