The Associate Dean reports to the Dean, School of Nursing and Health Professions and assists in providing effective and efficient management of all School of Nursing (SON) academic matters. The Associate Dean, in collaboration with the Director of the BSN Program and undergraduate faculty is responsible for oversight of the BSN program. This includes: 1) the managing curriculum improvement and assessment data, and 2) the creation, direction, and supporting the integration of faith and learning in the BSN program.
The Associate Dean serves in the role of undergraduate Director of Nursing Education Program (DNEP) for the Colorado Board of Nursing for the BSN program. This is a twelve (12) month administrative faculty position with faculty rank and privilege.
Colorado Christian University is the premier interdenominational Christian university in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region, delivering world class education to thousands of students. The fully accredited, nonprofit University is located in Lakewood, Colorado, a suburb of Denver.
Colorado Christian University was founded in 1914. CCU’s motto is--grace and truth. This motto comes from John 1.14: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (ESV)
CCU's mission is Christ-centered higher education transforming students to impact the world with grace and truth.
Colorado Christian University cultivates knowledge and love of God in a Christ-centered community of learners and scholars, with an enduring commitment to the integration of exemplary academics, spiritual formation, and engagement with the world. We envision graduates who think critically and creatively, lead with high ethical and professional standards, embody the character and compassion of Jesus Christ, treasure the gospel, and who thereby are prepared to impact the world in their callings.
CCU embraces an educational model that was present at the foundation of many of the great western and American universities. It is made up of three pillars—competence, character and Christ-centered faith. Secular universities have abandoned two of those pillars. We think this is a major oversight that eventually undermines education. Furthermore, we believe this classical educational model is both life-giving and greatly needed in our time.
A leader in higher education, CCU has been consistently ranked in the top 2 percent of colleges and universities nationwide for its core curriculum by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. CCU has had ten consecutive years of enrollment growth and has been named one of the five fastest-growing master’s granting universities by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
CCU offers more than 100 degree program options for traditional and adult students through its two colleges--the College of Undergraduate Studies and College of Adult and Graduate Studies. More than 8,000 students attend the University on the main campus, in regional centers throughout Colorado, and online.
What is most appealing about working at CCU?
Faith-friendly: CCU’s culture is unique to higher education. Where else can you pursue academic excellence yet read the Holy Bible, pray with teammates and students at work, and work to impact our culture in support of Christian values?
Convictionally Christian: As a university, we have an enduring commitment to Christ, his kingdom and the truth of God’s Word.
Live out your calling: We are a traditional evangelical university where you can invest your God-given talents and abilities alongside coworkers and teammates, while having a profound influence on students as they deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.
Equip students for kingdom work: You can be a part of helping students discover their callings and preparing them for positions of significant leadership in the church, business, government, education, and other professions, as a key part of our University's Strategic Priorities.
We're looking for candidates who have:
A doctorate degree in nursing or a related field with a master’s degree in nursing.
An active unencumbered Colorado or multi-state Registered Nurse license.
Two years full time or equivalent clinical experience as a practicing Registered Nurse.
Five years of full-time teaching experience in a baccalaureate and higher degree nationally accredited nursing program.
5-7 years of full-time experience in a previous chief nursing academic administrative position.
Documented evidence of competency in teaching, curriculum development, program evaluation, scholarship and service to the profession.
Effective organizational, problem-solving, and decision-making skills, as well as the ability to be a team player, always seeking the best for nursing programs and the university.
High energy, innovation, persistence, calm presence, and stamina in the presence of trials and issues.
Ability to articulate, energetic, and strong commitment regarding CCU School of Nursing and Health Professions and their personal calling to CCU.
Knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office Suite, online education, and Blackboard or a similar learning management system.
Key Job Duties
Contribute to CCU’s mission: Christ-centered higher education transforming students to impact the world with grace and truth. The Associate Dean contributes to the University’s mission through their work both inside and outside of the classroom as they teach classes, mentor students, and collaborate with faculty and staff to enhance and advance exemplary academics, spiritual growth, and engagement with the world
Provide vision for the undergraduate and graduate nursing program by ensuring the quality and integrity of all academic programs, courses, services, operations, and personnel within the School.
Lead the faculty in nursing in the development, implementation, evaluation, and revision of nursing programs, curriculum, courses, and assessment of student learning outcomes.
Oversee, in collaboration with the Dean, the development and evaluation of all School policies, procedures, publications, legal contracts, and public documents.
Monitor compliance of the undergraduate nursing programs with external approval and accrediting bodies, including writing of all official reports.
Oversee the process of undergraduate and graduate student learning outcomes assessment and program review.
Promote positive and effective relationships with internal and external constituents and stakeholders, including the campus administration, clinical partners, faculty, alumni, employers, and other schools of nursing and professional nursing organizations to support the undergraduate program.
Advocate for the nursing programs and collaborate with enrollment and marketing services and with student success services to meet the needs of students within nursing programs.
Oversee program reviews for the School of Nursing and Health Professions (SNHP).
Participate in the recruitment and hiring of nursing faculty and staff.
Serve in the role of mentee under the mentorship of the Dean.
Represent the Dean and serve in a leadership role in the absence, or at the request, of the Dean.
Perform other duties as assigned.
While performing the duties of this job, you may be required to walk, stand, sit, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, speak with clarity and have appropriate vision and hearing capabilities. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Task may involve extended periods of time at the computer keyboard or workstation. Working irregular hours including evenings and weekends is expected. Local, statewide, and national travel is required. Administrative and community responsibilities frequently require extended hours in the work week above the 40 hours including evenings and weekends.
The position requires interaction and team-building with both adult students in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies (CAGS) programs and campus students in the College of Undergraduate Studies (CUS), as well as faculty and administration in both colleges.
What we offer our employees:
We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages to all employees. Our benefit package includes: a tuition waiver program, excellent healthcare, generous paid time off, matching 403(b) retirement plan, and additional organizational paid benefits and voluntary benefit offerings.
Faculty pay will be assigned by rank. Pay is assigned by reviewing a combination of job-related factors that may include: internal/external pay equity, the salary structure/pay grade, or a candidate’s qualifications/experience for the job. A wage range posted is not a guarantee of a specific wage and CCU reserves the right to make pay decisions based on economic and equity considerations. CCU does not determine pay based on sex or any other protected status. Pay and benefits will be discussed in more detail as candidates progress through the interview process.
With a heritage dating back to 1914, Colorado Christian University is committed to offering a complete education that develops students intellectually, professionally, and spiritually. Just a few minutes from downtown Denver, CCU is uniquely positioned to offer students a distinctive variety of educational opportunities and experiences.