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Duke Regional Hospital has served Durham, Orange, Person, Granville and Alamance counties and the surrounding communities for nearly 40 years. With more than 1,900 employees, its focus is on providing outstanding medical care with compassionate, personalized service in a comfortable community hospital setting. Duke Regional Hospital has 369 inpatient beds and offers a comprehensive range of medical, surgical and diagnostic services, including orthopedics, weight-loss surgery, women's services, and heart and vascular services, and also offers care at the Duke Rehabilitation Institute and Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center. In fiscal year 2018, Duke Regional Hospital admitted 16,299 patients and had 165,953 outpatient visits in fiscal year 2017.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Duke Regional Hospital as #10 in North Carolina and #4 in the Raleigh-Durham area for 2018-19.

Duke Nursing Highlights:

  • Duke University Health System is designated as a Magnet® organization
  • Nurses from each hospital are consistently recognized each year as North Carolina’s Great 100 Nurses.
  • Duke University Health System was awarded the American Board of Nursing Specialties Award for Nursing Certification Advocacy for being strong advocates of specialty nursing certification.
  • Duke University Health System has 6000 + registered nurses
  • Quality of Life: Living in the Triangle!
  • Relocation Assistance!

Watts College of Nursing opened in September 2019 offering the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Watts College transitioned from the Watts School of Nursing, which originated in 1895 and has been in continuous service for 126 years, making it the oldest program of nursing in North Carolina. President is the working title for the additional job related responsibilities to the job description noted as Director, Watts College of Nursing in the Duke University Health System (DUHS). The working title reflects the position in the organizational chart for Watts College of Nursing. Responsibilities for this position are inclusive of the listing below in addition to those listed on the DUHS job description.

  • Lead with a clear vision to implement a long-range strategic, operational, and financial plan to promote and maintain growth, quality, success, and reputation.
  • Direct responsibility for daily operations, implementation of programs, performance of staff and faculty, outcomes of the program.
  • Oversight of financial/business operations, creation and administration of the budget, development of financial contributions and gift, strong vision related to strategic planning.
  • Make policy recommendations to the Board on all matters that affect the College.
  • Ensure compliance and reporting to the state and national regulatory and accreditation boards.
  • Provide leadership in development of academic programs to meet DUHS and market needs.
  • Promote collaborative relationships with the community and professional organizations while advocating for the college.

Ideal candidates will possess the skills and experience listed below:

  • Possess strong vision and strategic planning skills.
  • Have demonstrated successful experience in planning and managing budgets, with experience in gift development and accessing outside funding source.
  • Have successful experience in working with a governing board.
  • Work collaboratively to promote and maintain diversity, equity and inclusion with strength in building and developing teams.

This position reports directly to the Board of Director for the College, and monthly to the President of Duke Regional Hospital and the Vice President of Patient Care & System Chief Nurse Executive and Duke University Health System Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs Duke University School of Nursing. Details for the position can be found in the job description below:

General Description of the Job Class

  • Effectively lead and direct the planning, coordination, provision and improvement of health care services for DUHS entity hospital. Serves as an officer of Duke University Health System and participates in Health System decision making as appropriate.

Duties and Responsibilities of this Level

  • Ensure sufficient resources (personnel and financial) are invested in the implementation of the DUHS entity hospital Performance Improvement Plan so that all aspects of the plan are in place.
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory agencies governing health care delivery by continually monitoring the operations of DUHS entity hospital programs and physical properties.
  • Ensure timely, relevant and accurate financial information.
  • Implement strategies to meet staffing per patient day.
  • Meet or exceed the budget forecasts.
  • Enhance DUHS entity hospital visibility in and contributions to the community through personal (e.g., membership in civic organizations) and delegated activities and commitment of resources.
  • Become a visible entity in local discussions regarding community health care needs (e.g., discussions with Durham Health Partners, County Health Department, etc.).
  • Uphold DUHS entity hospital affirmative action initiatives and encourage achievement of EEO status in all occupational categories.
  • Communicate DUHS entity hospital strategic plan to all employees.
  • Materially improve Medical Staff relations by personal contact with members of the medical staff and participate in medical staff activities as appropriate.
  • Provide BOT with advanced information on significant issues that may arise between Board meetings, particularly those with potential for public disclosure.
  • Provide periodic (at least annually) communication to DUHS entity hospital personnel regarding the mission and recognition of employee contributions to the mission.
  • Uphold social, ethical and organizational norms in all DUHS job-related activities.
  • Weigh alternative actions and make decisions that reflect the facts of a situation.
  • Express ideas effectively in individual, public, and group situations.
  • Use appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to guide individuals or groups to accomplish tasks.
  • Role model enthusiasm, competence and commitment to quality that is desired from all DUHS employees.
  • Gain mutual agreement on or acceptance of a decision or course of action from individuals with real or perceived conflicting interest.
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.


Doctorate required


5 years of nursing experience. At least 2 years of nursing experience must be in a management role.

Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification

Current or compact RN licensure in the state of North Carolina required. BLS required.

Job Code: 00005314 DIR, WATTS COLLEGE, DRH
Job Level: I2

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender,gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Read our Diversity Profile History

Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington Duke. The Dukes, a Durham family that built a worldwide financial empire in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas, long had been interested in Trinity College. Trinity traced its roots to 1838 in nearby Randolph County when local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. The school, then named Trinity College, moved to Durham in 1892, where Benjamin Newton Duke served as a primary benefactor and link with the Duke family until his death in 1929. In December 1924, the provisions of indenture by Benjamin’s brother, James B. Duke, created the family philanthropic foundation, The Duke Endowment, which provided for the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University.Duke Campus

As a result of the Duke gift, Trinity underwent both physical and academic expansion. The original Durham campus became known as East Campus when it was rebuilt in stately Georgian architecture. West Campus, Gothic in style and dominated by the soaring 210-foot tower of Duke Chapel, opened in 1930. East Campus served as home of the Woman's College of Duke University until 1972, when the men's and women's undergraduate colleges merged. Both men and women undergraduates now enroll in either the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. In 1995, East Campus became the home for all first-year students.

Duke maintains a historic affiliation with the United Methodist Church.

Home of the Blue Devils, Duke University has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge. The university has a strong commitment to applying knowledge in service to society, both near its North Carolina campus and around the world.

Mission Statement

Duke Science"James B. Duke's founding Indenture of Duke University directed the members of the University to 'provide real leadership in the educational world' by choosing individuals of 'outstanding character, ability, and vision' to serve as its officers, trustees and faculty; by carefully selecting students of 'character, determination and application;' and by pursuing those areas of teaching and scholarship that would 'most help to develop our resources, increase our wisdom, and promote human happiness.'

“To these ends, the mission of Duke University is to provide a superior liberal education to undergraduate students, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their development as adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities; to prepare future members of the learned professions for lives of skilled and ethical service by providing excellent graduate and professional education; to advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship; to promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry; to help those who suffer, cure disease, and promote health, through sophisticated medical research and thoughtful patient care; to provide wide ranging educational opportunities, on and beyond our campuses, for traditional students, active professionals and life-long learners using the power of information technologies; and to promote a deep appreciation for the range of human difference and potential, a sense of the obligations and rewards of citizenship, and a commitment to learning, freedom and truth.Duke Meeting

 “By pursuing these objectives with vision and integrity, Duke University seeks to engage the mind, elevate the spirit, and stimulate the best effort of all who are associated with the University; to contribute in diverse ways to the local community, the state, the nation and the world; and to attain and maintain a place of real leadership in all that we do.”

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