School of Nursing

College of Health and Human Services

Interim Director of the School of Nursing

Vacancy # 13E114
Position # 4830

The School of Nursing is seeking an Interim Director to provide leadership for the School until a permanent Director is recruited. The Interim Director will begin employment effective no later than July 22, 2013.  

Roles and Responsibilities:  The Interim Director must possess appropriate leadership and management skills to provide stability during the transition to a new Director and have the interest and desire to facilitate continued development of the School and the College of Health and Human Services during this transitional period.  The attributes that define an Interim Director are an understanding of the interprofessional collaborative culture emerging in the College and the strategic plan of the SON, as well as a desire to serve in an interim capacity. More information about the role and responsibilities of the Director’s role in CHHS is presented below.

Academic units within the College of Health and Human Services are organized as Schools.  The College of Health and Human Services currently houses three schools:  School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, School of Nursing and School of Social Work.  Academic Programs in the School of Nursing include Bachelor of Science Degrees in Nursing and Clinical Research, Master of Science Degrees in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner – and Clinical Research and Product Development and Post Master Certificates in Family Nurse Practice and Nurse Education.   The School Director is the chief academic officer of the School of Nursing.  The School Director reports to the Dean of the CHHS and works collaboratively with the Associate Dean of CHHS, the Directors of the Schools of Social Work and Health and Applied Human Sciences, the Director of the Office of Community Engagement and Impact and the Director for Resource Management.

The School Director should “champion” the programs, faculty and students within the unit.  The School Director is also expected to model the culture of interprofessional collaboration within the university and beyond.  The School Director participates in teaching, research and service activities, serves as a representative of the administration to the faculty, staff and students, and is an integral part of the organization of the College and University leadership.  Below is a list of specific responsibilities of the School Director.

The School Director:

Qualifications:  Applicants must hold a terminal degree in nursing or related discipline. An undergraduate and/or a master’s degree in nursing is required if the doctorate is not in nursing.

Strong management and leadership skills (i.e., communication, teambuilding, listening, conflict resolution, etc.) and a successful record of effective administrative leadership are compulsory. A commitment to the principles of shared governance and academic freedom are essential. They must also demonstrate capability in dealing with and leading change and knowledge and experience in the UNC System, UNCW processes and procedures (i.e., RPT), the State Board of Nursing, and CCNE Accreditation.  Understanding and/or experience with nursing and clinical research degree programs is also required. 

Experience and commitment to the evolving role of distance education in nursing and clinical research as well as the Doctor of Nursing Practice are preferred.   Other preferred qualities include a distinguished teaching record, significant professional service, a scholarly record of research publications/presentations, and external funding suitable to provide leadership and mentorship to faculty at all levels during this transitional period. 

Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated experience with interprofessional and/or transdisciplinary approaches to education within health and human services and effective team work with administrators, faculty and staff of different disciplines. 

SALARY:  Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

TO APPLY:  Please complete the online application process available on the Web at   A letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references should be addressed to Dean Charles Hardy and attached to the online application – not emailed, mailed or faxed. Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF attachments are required. For questions regarding the online application process, contact Jennifer Coombs at 910.962.3196 or   Priority consideration will be given to applications received by June 28, 2013, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Appointment is anticipated to begin on or before July 22, 2013.

UNCW actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified men and women from all racial, ethnic, or other minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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