Assistant Deans for the RN-BS and MS Programs
Excelsior College - Albany, NY

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Excelsior College, a regionally accredited, nonprofit institution and a leader in distance education is seeking candidates for the positions of assistant dean for the RN-BS and MS Programs within the School of Nursing (SON). Excelsior is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and all the degree programs at the School of Nursing are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The School has twice been designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing and as the Best School for Men in Nursing by the American Assembly for Men in Nursing. It is also home to the Tau Kappa Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing. This position located in Albany NY, is a non-tenured, full-time, year-round administrative position with competitive compensation .

The assistant dean for RN- BS and MS Programs is a member of the nursing faculty and assists the associate dean in responding to administrative issues as well as management and oversight of the delivery and development of the curriculum for the specified program(s). The roles and responsibilities of the assistant dean include:
  • Curriculum development, delivery, implementation and evaluation
  • Project manager
  • Human resource manager
  • Fiscal manager including preparing budget and monitoring expenditures
  • Participant in professional development and community activities
  • Supervision of respective team (for the assistant dean of the associate degree program this includes Regional Performance Assessment Centers directors)
Assistant deans work closely with all other School of Nursing Staff and faculty and supportive units of the College such as the Center for Educational Measurement and the Center for Online Education and Learning Services to ensure quality of the respective program and services. Staff and faculty include directors of advisement and evaluation, associate deans and the dean, the assistant director of research and program evaluation, faculty program directors, support staff, and consulting faculty members who support curriculum development and delivery, including nursing faculty committee members, curriculum committee members, and adjunct faculty.

Responsibilities I. Curriculum development, delivery, implementation, and evaluation.

  • Chair/participate in faculty committees and subcommittees as appropriate to the program.
  • Provide oversight for development, implementation, continual evaluation and revision of curriculum including exams and courses using best practices and student evaluation outcome data.
  • Collaborate with other nursing degree programs and units of the college in activities that support implementation, continual evaluation, and revision of the curriculum.
  • Collaborate with directors of advisement and evaluation and advisors in student advisement activities.
  • Provide consultation services as requested.
  • Contribute to the School of Nursing strategic plan.
  • Participate in development of academic policies and represent degree programs in School of Nursing and College wide committees.
  • Collaborate with other units for provision of student services.
  • Collaborate in development of program marketing plans for provision of marketing and enrollment management.
  • Problem solve student issues in collaboration with the associate dean and dean and takes corrective action as necessary.
  • Explore new programs, including external funding sources or collaborative relationships, as appropriate to degree program.
  • II. Project Manager

  • Direct team work to actualize program goals that are congruent with mission and strategic plan of the college and SON.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of program operations and achievement of team goals.
  • Establish effective work plans to accomplish program goals.
  • Manage workflow efficiently.
  • III. Human Resource Manager

  • Coordinate faculty program director and support staff assignments.
  • Coordinate scheduling and delivery of quality assurance programs and program evaluation in collaboration with the assistant director of research and program evaluation, and offices of institutional effectiveness.
  • Supervise faculty and support staff and evaluate their performance according to College policies.
  • Set clear expectations (goals and objectives for program) with faculty program directors and support staff.
  • Facilitate goal and objective achievement among all faculty and support staff.
  • Facilitate orientation and professional development of faculty program directors and staff.
  • Develop annual budget.
  • Monitor revenue and expenses relative to program budget and prepare budget reports.
  • Advocate for resources required to meet program goals and objectives.
  • Facilitate cost effective and efficient delivery of program.
  • IV. Participant in Professional Development and Community Activities

  • Participate in scholarly activities supportive of the educational enterprise including research, participation in professional organizations, and/or publications and presentations.
  • Participate in activities in service to the profession of nursing.
  • Participate in continuing education and professional development activities.
  • Engage in community service.
  • Represent the college at professional meetings and forums.
  • V Supervisor

  • Conduct monthly team/individual meetings as needed.
  • Facilitate effective communication between the team and SON as well as with other units in the College.
  • Facilitate effective communication, collaboration and consensus building among team members and promote team orientation.
  • Serve as a role model for leadership behaviors.
  • Orchestrate administrative aspects of performance/theory examinations, courses, and learning modules.
  • Consistently communicate College and School of Nursing policies.
  • Coordinate meetings with Regional Performance Assessment Centers directors, project directors, and faculty as required by program.
  • Reporting Assistant deans report to an associate dean of the School of Nursing or designee.

    Travel Travel is required of all faculty and administrative personnel. The amount of travel varies by position and may be extensive.

    Qualifications A master's degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution is required. An earned doctorate or significant progress toward completion of the doctorate is preferred in the undergraduate program and required in the graduate program. Other qualifications include:
    • A license to practice nursing in New York State.
    • Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication.
    • Ability to work with diverse constituencies and staff.
    • Demonstrated commitment to nontraditional education.
    • Experience in nursing education and curriculum development appropriate to program level.
    • Experience in online learning required.