Dean of Nursing

Niagara University, New York
Dec 04, 2020
Faculty Jobs
Health & Medical, Nursing
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Niagara University – founded in 1856 – is a comprehensive private Catholic institution sponsored by the Vincentian community.  Niagara University is located on the lower Niagara River in Western New York, and one of the hallmarks of the Nursing program is education that is consistent with the Vincentian mission of the University.

Niagara has a vibrant liberal arts foundation coupled with a number of highly respected professional degree programs, with a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education and student success.  The Nursing program seeks an inspiring, experienced leader to serve as the senior administrator to lead the growth and evolution of the College of Nursing.  The Dean of the College of Nursing will provide innovative and visionary leadership, will create a dynamic work and learning environment, and will articulate a vision and strategic plan for Nursing.  The position offers a unique opportunity for a proven nurse leader to advance and champion excellence in nursing education in Western New York, across the region, and around the country.  The Nursing program offers traditional and accelerated baccalaureate programs and a BS completion program for registered nurses.  Our teaching facilities include a state-of-the-art simulation center as well as a nursing skills lab.  All nursing programs at Niagara are CCNE-accredited and are recognized as being innovative, community-based, and student-friendly. 

The successful candidate will have a passion for undergraduate and graduate nursing education, and an established record of quality teaching and service, as well as a successful research agenda appropriate for appointment as Dean.  We are looking for a leader who can serve the needs of a growing, successful program that has taken on a prominent position at the university following the return of the undergraduate nursing program in 2012.  In addition, the Dean must have demonstrated leadership experience; an ability to work in a collegial fashion; excellent interpersonal skills; a commitment of caring support of students; accreditation experience; and a willingness to provide leadership and oversight in developing and implementing graduate studies in Nursing (Nurse Practitioner, DNP, and Nurse Educators as a possible track in our Leadership and Policy Ph.D. program). 

Prior academic leadership experience is strongly desired as is a broad understanding of the discipline of nursing and its potential future directions.  We seek a candidate who is flexible, visionary, creative, and energetic, who demonstrates an ability and passion for leading a faculty and staff to provide excellence in nursing education at Niagara, today and into the future.  Additional qualifications include:

Additional Requirements:

  • Doctorate in nursing or related field required;
  • Master’s degree in nursing required;
  • Licensure eligibility for unencumbered licensure in NYS as a registered nurse required.
  • A demonstrated ability to recruit, develop, and retain faculty who will add to the collegial and collaborative environment that currently exists is required;
  • Curriculum development experience required;
  • Organizational ability to plan and manage enrollment required;
  • A willingness to develop and facilitate strong relationships with external stakeholders required;


  • Experience in using distance education methodologies recommended;
  • Potential for external fund-raising recommended;
  • Leadership in coordinating classes and clinical rotations recommended.

To apply, provide a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references to Niagara University (  Nominations of qualified candidates are also encouraged.  Screening of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  The new Dean will begin on or before August 1, 2021.

Non-Discrimination/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement Policy:

 The University affirms its commitment to equal opportunity and non-discrimination and recognizes its responsibility to provide for all employees an environment that is free of discrimination and harassment based on gender, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, national origin, age, marital status, predisposed genetic disorder, Vietnam Era or disabled veteran status, disability or other category protected by law. The University also does not tolerate any actual or attempted reprisals or retaliation against an employee who raises a sincere and valid concern regarding harassment or discrimination. All such discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation is, therefore, strictly prohibited. This policy protects and covers the conduct of all employees, without regard to job title or status. Anyone engaging in the above-mentioned conduct is subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge or termination of any other status.

 Niagara University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. A copy of the Student Right to Know Annual Security Report is available at