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Founding Director of Nursing Programs

National Louis University
Job Location:
Chicago, Illinois
Health and Medical Services
National Louis University (NLU) is committed to creating accessible opportunities for students to pursue quality educational programs that meet their academic and professional goals. Guided by a progressive and holistic strategic plan, NLU is further positioning itself to be a leader and agent for change where students can unlock doors to new careers as well as advance in existing careers. To continue to build on its strong brand and commitment to providing students with exceptional academic experiences, NLU is pursuing a new and ambitious endeavor to establish a portfolio of allied health programs which will include a comprehensive suite of Nursing programs to meet the growing demand of trained and qualified nursing professionals in the healthcare field.

This position provides an enterprising candidate with a unique and exciting opportunity to serve as a thought leader and subject matter expert focused on designing a comprehensive nursing portfolio that is aligned to the broader vision and expansion of the University. The Founding Director of Nursing Programs will play a pivotal role in developing and executing a bold vision, strategy, and thoughtful approach that addresses critical considerations necessary for a successful program launch. The Founding Director will bring a combination of proven leadership and administrative experience in healthcare and academic settings to guide the strategic approach and actions needed to establish a portfolio of nursing programs. This individual will leverage their experience in teaching, designing curriculum, managing accreditation, building healthy clinical partnerships, working with state licensing boards, and preparing students for productive careers.

The Founding Director reports to the Provost and works directly with the President, Provost, and a dedicated allied health planning team on strategic matters. The successful candidate will be an innovative, forward-thinking leader with a keen ability to organize and effectively manage large projects; have a deep understanding of the allied healthcare landscape; understand and embrace ethical values related to equity in accessible and quality healthcare; possess a fervor and enthusiasm that motivates and inspires others; have a desire and interest for developing a program from inception to implementation; bring a proven track record of results and success in academic and professional settings; and be an advocate and champion for student success. This individual will develop an implementation plan including considerations and decisions related to regulatory and licensure requirements, academic programming and curricular design decisions, recruiting and staffing highly qualified faculty, facility and capital outlay required for designing instructional labs, creating professional and clinical relationships, and building an exemplary programming model that can be scaled to serve a broad geography of students and catalyze efforts to build and launch additional allied health programs.

Founding Program Development Responsibilities: 
    • Provide vision and leadership for the creation and implementation of a comprehensive nursing program development strategy.
    • Partner with the University’s Allied Health Planning Team to develop and implement action plans for nursing that are aligned with the University’s strategic plan. 
    • Research and design nursing education curriculum that meet the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) and programmatic nursing accreditation standards.
    • Execute key actions required to obtain accreditor and state approvals.
    • Research programming models and provide guidance on direction for initial program(s) launch.
    • Direct and advise planning efforts focused on facility design, instructional labs, and capital outlay.
    • Develop short-term and a long-term budget plan needed to secure essential resources and programming infrastructure. 
    • Identify alternate funding opportunities to accelerate and advance efforts to build and launch a nursing program.
    • Identify, cultivate, and secure partnerships with healthcare providers to support the initial program launch as well as continued growth after program launch.
    • Develop and lead a nursing advisory committee to provide initial advisory and technical support for a successful program launch.
    • Recruit, hire, and orient a founding team of qualified faculty and staff.
General Program Management Responsibilities:

  • Develop and manage a departmental strategic plan that ensures the long-term success and growth of the nursing program.
  • Lead program evaluation processes such as program review, accreditation self-studies, and site visits to regularly monitor and improve program quality and student success.
  • Track and report student outcomes as required by state licensing boards and program accreditors.
  • Recruit, hire, orient, mentor, and supervise qualified faculty and staff.
  • Lead faculty performance evaluations in accordance with University policy and procedures.
  • Work with faculty to design class schedules, manage faculty load, and present class schedules to students for enrollment.
  • Identify and secure opportunities to enhance instructional quality, student support, and technology applications through professional development for faculty.
  • Serve as the initial point of contact and arbiter on concerns involving students, faculty, and staff.
  • Work closely with the Vice President of Marketing and Enrollment to support marketing and enrollment initiatives, including supporting recruitment events, organizing CAST application activities, reviewing student applications, making admission decisions, and ensuring a positive onboarding experience for students
  • Continue to forge partnerships nationally and locally between the University and academic institutions to develop opportunities to recruit students.
  • Lead the design and delivery of program orientation.
  • Organize the development and maintenance of a program student handbook.
  • Work with Student Affairs and Academic Support teams to ensure a robust and seamless student experience. 
  • Work closely with the University’s Advancement team to increase external funding for the program through philanthropy, partnerships, grants, and research opportunities.
  • Maintain a regular presence on campus and work with all stakeholders to advance the organizational culture and values of the University, which is based on innovation, access, excellence, and equity. 
  • Support the various instructional modalities offered at the University and elevate the use of technology to increase flexibility of program offerings.
  • Instruct courses in accordance with teaching load requirements.
  • Hold office hours as required to meet with students outside of scheduled class time.
  • Evaluate student learning and track student course outcomes in assigned courses. 
  • Evaluate, design, and revise courses as required by regulatory entities and informed by industry standards and student assessment outcomes.
  • Work with the University’s Learning Experience Design Team to build a sustainable, quality instructional model.
  • Participate in University committees, Faculty Association, and University-wide events.
  • Serve as an academic advisor to students.
Confidential review of applications will begin immediately. The position is open until filled. Please submit a PDF version of your CV and a letter of interest explaining your interest in and suitability for this position.

Qualifications and Experience:
    • Master’s degree in nursing required. Doctorate in nursing or related field (preferred).
    • Current licensure as a registered nurse in Illinois (or licensure in another state with the ability to obtain licensure in Illinois)
    • Minimum of three years’ experience in a healthcare setting.
    • Experience teaching and/or leading as faculty in an educational setting.
    • Experience with curriculum design and academic program management.
    • Experience in developing and managing clinical partnerships and strong relationships for student learning.
    • Experience with and knowledge of American Association of Colleges of Nursing and Commission on College Nursing Education accreditation standards and requirements.
    • A collaborative management style, which includes building strong teams within, between, and across organizations.
    • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
    • Demonstrated written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
    • Familiarity with online education, technology, and its impact on pedagogy (preferred).
    • Strong financial acumen and the ability to utilize data in decision-making (preferred).
NLU Inclusion Statement:
National Louis University is deeply committed to serving its community, advancing access and equity, and ensuring that all individuals are welcomed and valued. We are dedicated to fostering a culture where diversity, equity, and inclusion remain at the core of who we are. These are more than just words to us: they are truly a way of life for the NLU community. We recognize that differences in age, race, gender (identity and expression), nationality, sexual orientation, physical and intellectual ability, and background bring richness to our work environment. We affirm diverse perspectives, innovative contributions, and authentic presentations of self from every member within the NLU community. We believe inclusion is grounded in the actions we intentionally take each day. Our goal is to inspire and empower NLU employees and community members to cultivate an environment where we collectively focus on uplifting and advancing our institutional culture.

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