College of Nursing Dean

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University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

College of Nursing

College of Nursing Dean

Position #604323 - Requisition #11639

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at *

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz) seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. CU Anschutz values the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado, the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountain region, and one of the newest education, research, and patient care facilities in the world. Home to 21,000 employees, more than 4,000 degree-seeking students, and two nationally recognized hospitals that handle 1.7 million patient visits each year, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future and fuels the economy by its highly regarded college of nursing, schools of medicine, pharmacy, dental medicine and public health, and graduate school. These interconnected organizations collaboratively improve the quality of patient care delivered, the research conducted, and health professionals they train.

The CU Anschutz College of Nursing has been educating high-performing nurses and nurse leaders since 1898, when the Training School for Nurses was developed under the School of Medicine at University Hospital in Boulder. Since its inception, the College has been an incubator of innovative nursing education, research, and practice, e.g., in 2015, the College celebrated the 50th anniversary of nurse practitioner education, which was first established at CU in 1965 through the collaboration of faculty from the School of Medicine and the then-School of Nursing. The College has achieved a 119-year record of quality nursing education and excellence in healthcare.

The College of Nursing has programs to fit the goals of nurses at all levels of education and career progression. Undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees are offered, as well as post-graduate certificates and continuing education opportunities. The College boasts award-winning and nationally recognized faculty, whose commitment to scholarship and the future of the field of nursing is demonstrated by their outstanding teaching and research, community involvement, and clinical expertise. Its faculty are also skilled distance educators, continuing the College's 30-year history of online learning.

CU nurses are recognized leaders in the boardroom, classroom, and clinical services. Its alumni have moved on to become nurse managers, executives, chief nursing officers, and deans of nursing schools. The College places great importance on academic excellence, leadership and service, health and well-being, collaboration and community, research, discovery and innovation, and diversity and inclusiveness. It is committed to putting these values into practice through its faculty, staff, students, and friends in the community.

Nature of Work

The Dean of the College of Nursing is responsible for leading the effective administration of the teaching, research, clinical practice, and outreach programs in the College. The Dean works collaboratively with the faculty and staff to develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive strategic plans for the College, including the assessment of student learning and the enhancement of faculty, staff and student diversity and inclusion. He or she will work to identify, facilitate, and promote multi-disciplinary, inter- and intra-school/college, inter-professional, and international educational, research, scholarly, clinical practice, and creative activities.

Professional Field

Nursing field. The person hired will have a record sufficient to be tenured as a Full Professor.

Supervision Received

Appointed by the Chancellor on the recommendation of the Provost, the Dean reports directly to the Provost. The responsibility assigned to this position is by broad directive and is generally accomplished without direct supervision. The performance of the Dean in this position is judged more by the quality of overall results than by conformance to pre-established specific standards.

Supervision Exercised

The Dean of the College of Nursing will supervise faculty and staff within the College.

Examples of Work Performed
The Dean serves as the chief academic officer of the College, having full responsibility for academic programs and their curricula, the budget, and development activities.

The Dean's responsibilities include (not in priority order):

  • Ensure the continuous improvement of the teaching/learning programs of the College.
  • Encourage greater research activity in both externally-funded and campus-supported efforts.
  • Lead the College in building alliances with off-campus constituencies, businesses, government agencies, elected officials, and the not-for-profit community to enhance the College's stature, its research productivity, and its funding/grant opportunities.
  • Foster relationships with clinical partners and affiliates that assure effective and high quality faculty practice and clinical education.
  • Advocate for the College internally as well as statewide, nationally, and internationally.
  • Provide intellectual leadership and a strong commitment to professional and inter-professional education and to the nursing profession and community.
  • Lead efforts/activities to advance diversity and inclusion across the College's students, staff, and faculty.
  • Increase the College's resource base by facilitating fundraising activities in and for the College. A development officer works with the Dean.
  • Work in consultation with the Provost and in collaboration with other Deans to ensure a university-wide perspective on broad institutional matters.
  • Provide outstanding leadership and embrace emerging directions in nursing education and strategically position the College to align with these emergent areas.
  • Meet agreed-on objectives for the College within established resources.
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to the University's urban and rural constituencies and to its rich diversity, while exploring opportunities to engage across Colorado, nationally and internationally.
  • Work with established endowed chairs, professors, and experts in rural and mental health care to improve services and care across the state.
  • Shape and lead initiatives described in the University and College strategic plans - see

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with experience.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Minimum Requirements

  • Doctoral or equivalent terminal degree in Nursing or a related field.
  • Licensed or eligibility for licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state of Colorado.
  • Demonstrated effective academic and administrative leadership skills.
  • Accomplishments that would qualify the candidate for appointment as a tenured Full Professor.
  • Evidence of desire and ability to forge partnerships and to raise funds.
  • Strong, demonstrated commitment and accomplishments to building diversity and inclusion.
  • Strong skills in building communities and alliances with on- and off-campus constituencies.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with advisory boards and alumni groups.
  • Demonstrated evidence of sustained participation in or support of research/scholarship.

Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities

  • A successful candidate will be required to demonstrate:
  • Intellectual leadership skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • The ability to build and work with teams.
  • The ability to think and act creatively, strategically, and tactically.
  • Accomplishments in working with faculty groups, senior campus leadership, hospital affiliates, and executive-level leadership personnel from government, business, and not-for-profit communities as well as other internal and external constituencies.
  • Successful experience and/or strong potential for success in fundraising, building a stronger program of funded research, and other mission-aligned revenue generation.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Required Application Materials: To apply, please visit: and attach: 1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2. A current CV/resume 3. List of three to five professional references (we will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references) Questions should be directed to Beth Otis ([email protected]).

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:Application Deadline: Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at Applications will be accepted until finalists are identified, but preference will be given to complete applications received by November 24, 2017. Those who do not apply by November 24, 2017 may or may not be considered.

Job Category: Executive

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20468 - College of Nursing

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Oct 27, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Beth Otis

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00604323





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Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 4/29/2018
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