Job Summary:
Chief leader, administrator and representative of the School of Nursing. Responsible for strategic planning, student success, academic excellence, external accreditation, and management of budget, personnel and facilities. Expected to be active in community engagement, alumni relations, and fundraising. Represents School on University-wide, regional, state, national, international organizations, committees, and meetings. Serves on all relevant University and School of Nursing committees and task forces, and be an active member of the leadership team in Academic Affairs. An at-will employee, the dean serves at the pleasure of the president.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Other duties may be assigned. An asterisk (*) denotes an “essential job function” for ADA purposes.

20% – Provide aspirational and inspirational leadership and be responsible and accountable for the overall academic excellence of the nursing curriculum and nursing programs with continuous program improvement
10% – Ensure success of students with diverse backgrounds in all nursing programs
10% – Responsible and accountable for successful external accreditations
10% – Lead community engagement and fundraising for the School
5% – Work closely with the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs on all matters relating to institutional, strategic planning, development, and substantive revision of academic policies, procedures, and programs
5% – Responsible for recruitment, development and success of outstanding faculty and staff with diverse backgrounds
5% – Provide leadership to foster and establish a collaborative, inclusive and intellectual environment for the School of Nursing that is closely engaged with the university and external communities
5% – Design and implement pertinent policies and procedures that ensure academic excellence and success of students, faculty and staff with diverse backgrounds
5% – Prudently develop and manage the School of Nursing budget
5% – Carefully review applications for retention and promotion and submit to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs recommendations regarding the promotion and retention of all full-time nursing faculty to ensure inclusive success
5% – Evaluate faculty annually in collaboration with members of the School
5% Appoint part-time faculty and staff in the School of Nursing upon the recommendation of chair and program directors
2% – Supervise the Associate Dean, Chairs and Program Directors to ensure academic excellence, management effectiveness, and operational efficiency
2% – Convene regular faculty meetings and coordinate strategic planning and implementation with faculty, staff and students
2% – Serve as a member of relevant committees and groups at the University
2% – Represent the nursing programs, School and University at relevant external meetings, conferences, and communities
2% – Collaborate with other deans and administrative officers on ideas for program development, external grants, and interprofessional program opportunities

Education and/or Experience:
• Earned doctorate in nursing or related field from an accredited institution of higher education
• A distinguished record of teaching, active research and scholarship, and significant experience in nursing and nursing education commensurate with the rank of full professor
• At least three years of experience in teaching in baccalaureate and higher degree program(s)
• At least three years of successful leadership, administrative or management experience in higher education
• Registered Nurse or eligible for licensure in California

Skills and Abilities:
• Ability to lead the School of Nursing successfully and effectively to carry out its mission with excellence and inclusion for its curriculum, academic programs, students, faculty, and staff
• Commitment to the highest moral, ethical, and academic standards
• Knowledge of the special health sciences mission of Samuel Merritt University
• Ability to carry out prudent budget planning and effective budget and data management
• Effective leadership and advocacy in academic administration, e.g. as a Dean, Associate or Assistant, Program Director, or Chair, showing evidence of sensitivity to faculty needs, strong organizational skills, capable of strategic planning, solid fiscal management, and effective personnel management
• Ability to lead in a collaborative manner, yet making prudent, timely, and sometimes difficult decisions
• Able and committed to operating in an open, honest, and transparent procedural manner as a skilled listener and articulate communicator, who is sensitive to different viewpoints and skilled at conflict resolution
• Institution-oriented with appreciation of the key interrelationships between nursing and all aspects of the University and its relationships
• Strong communication skills to promote the School of Nursing and carry out fundraising for the School

Physical Effort Required:
• Must have ability to move about to accomplish tasks across campus
• Physical ability to lift 25 pounds, carry, push, pull, climb, kneel, and stoop
• Dexterity of the hands and fingers for computer use
• Ability to read and write complex documents
• Ability to sit or stand doing deskwork for prolonged periods of time
• Must be able to talk, express ideas by means of the spoken word
• Ability to receive detailed information through verbal communication


About Samuel Merritt University

The University has an institution-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to build a welcoming and supportive campus environment, and acknowledge that diversity is an educational imperative to achieve excellence.