Associate Dean of Catherine McAuley School of Nursing

Buffalo, New York
Mar 22, 2018
Faculty Jobs
Health & Medical, Nursing
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Community College

Trocaire College, with enrollment close to 1400 students, offers certificate, associate and bachelor degrees. Founded in 1958 in the Catholic tradition by the Sisters of Mercy, Trocaire College strives to empower students toward personal enrichment, dignity and self-worth through education in a variety of professions and in the liberal arts. The college operates in multiple locations in the greater Buffalo community.

Reporting to the Dean of the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing, the postholder serves in an administrative role in collaboration with the Dean in managing the Practical Nursing Certificate Program; the Associate Degree in Applied Science; and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.

The Associate Dean provides supervision and support to the campus nursing program team leads, assists the team leads and faculty in achieving student learning outcomes, assessment, curriculum, and other matters as assigned in accordance with the mission, core values, and purposes of the College and the nursing program.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and preferred doctorate in nursing or a related field (Ph.D, Ed.D, DNP in Nursing Education); and eligibility for licensure in New York State; two or more years of teaching experience in the post-secondary environment; at least five or more years of professional experience in clinical nursing, nursing administration or nursing education; at least three years of documented successful experience related to teaching adults, teaching methodology, curriculum development, and curriculum evaluation; strong skills in instructional methods, performance-based curriculum design and evaluation. The Associate Dean School of Nursing must have a proven record of achievement in meeting accreditation requirements, NCLEX benchmarks, and overall program outcomes. S/he must possess the following skills and attributes: strong skills in instructional methods, knowledge of concept curriculum design and evaluation; management and leadership skills; organizational and research skills; strong interpersonal and communication skills

Job Specific Functions:

  • In the absence of the Dean, the Associate Dean serves as the primary manager of all nursing programs. S/he assists the Dean in recruitment and mentoring of faculty and staff.
  • Demonstrates commitment to Trocaire College’s mission and vision
  • Prepares and administers faculty evaluations
  • Develops and implements a plan for the improvement of clinical agency relations, and provides guidance to the clinical coordinator

Essential Functions

The Associate Dean School of The Catherine McAuley School of Nursing performs the following essential functions:


  1. Maintains compliance with accreditation and legal standards of the NYSED Office of Professions - Nursing, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and other accrediting agencies.
  2. Prepares reports, surveys and evaluation reports for regulating agencies, NYS Office of Professions, accreditation visits and self-studies
    1. Prepares reports in compliance with accreditation standards, faculty workloads; institutional costs, enrollment and student retention
  3. Acts as liaison with the nursing programs, the college, and community stakeholders.
  4. Participates in assessing the need for faculty development.
  5. Oversees the ongoing faculty and student concerns while looking for positive resolutions.
  6. As needed, communicates to program stakeholders nursing program college policies, procedures, and rationales.
  7. Assists with oversight of the nursing program.
    1. Maintaining a sustainable future
      1. Advances in technology have had a significant impact on nursing education, monitoring current trends and finding ways to implement suitable changes.
      2. Collaborates in the development of the nursing policies and procedures.
      3. Conducts ongoing systematic program planning, evaluating, organizing and implementing assessment of student.
      4. Participates in the ongoing development and evaluation of all nursing programs.
  8. Assists in the implementation of the College’s strategic plan.


  1. Assists and supports in development plans for campus nursing program team leads.
  2. Participates and collaborates in retention, promotion, and development of campus nursing program staff and faculty.
  3. Fosters cooperation and a team approach across all campus programs.
  4. Promotes rapport within the campus.
  5. Recruits and mentors new faculty and assists the Dean in the selection of qualified faculty and staff for classroom, clinical and laboratory instruction.
  6. Monitors faculty members’ course syllabi and student learning outcomes for accuracy, completeness and currency.

Committee/Meeting Responsibilities

  1. Serves as a leader of the nursing unit faculty, curriculum, and other divisional meetings.
  2. Facilitates College Committees, and Nursing Advisory Committees
  3. Participates in local, state, and national nursing education meetings.


  1. Assists Nursing Team Leads and the Dean of Nursing in the annual budget planning process for the nursing education programs.
  2. Assists the Dean of the School of Nursing in planning for projected future programs and sustainability.


  1. Serves as an advisor for nursing students.
  2. Mentors team leads and faculty in identifying and utilizing resources that aids in student retention and success.

Position Specifications and Working Conditions:

The physical demands and the work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Associate Deans perform most of their work in office settings. Minimal physical effort is required. Operate personal computers and related equipment. Travel may be required for making public presentations and for attendance at regional or central meetings and conferences. Employee needs to be able to drive a private passenger automobile or to arrange for alternative transportation. Reasonable accommodations will be provides for employees with physical limitations.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to see, talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to sit and use hands with fingers to handle or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance and stoop. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.