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Founding Director, School of Nursing
The University of St. Thomas

Date Posted Aug. 6, 2020
Title Founding Director, School of Nursing
University The University of St. Thomas
St. Paul, MN, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Nursing - General

Founding Director, School of Nursing

The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for a Director of Nursing position within the Morrison Family College of Health.

The University of St. Thomas embraces diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for all. Our convictions of dignity, diversity and personal attention call us to embody and champion a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment. We welcome applicants of diverse races, ethnicities, geographic origins, gender identities, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, religions, work experience, physical and intellectual abilities, and financial means. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. This commitment is consistent with our mission to inspire our students, using the Catholic intellectual tradition, to think critically, work skillfully, and act wisely – all for the common good. A successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission.


The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes:

Up to 100% tuition remission for employees, spouses, and dependents upon eligibility
A generous Employer retirement contribution of 9.4% of annual salary upon eligibility
Medical, dental, and vision options
Employer-paid disability, life, and AD&D benefits


Working closely with the founding Dean of the Morrison Family College of Health, the Director of Nursing will build a talented and diverse faculty and create a set of nursing programs dedicated to addressing health and wellness of the whole person, in the context of family and community. Further strengthening St. Thomas’ strong relationships with local, regional, and Catholic healthcare providers, the Director of Nursing will leverage the University’s influence and strong reputation to create a collaborative and innovative model for nursing, healthcare, and connections to community organizations.

The founding Director of the School of Nursing will imagine, build, and lead a School that will help meet the strong regional and national demand for nurses while expanding the academic and programmatic offerings at St. Thomas. The School of Nursing joins two existing units within the new Morrison Family College of Health – the School of Social Work, the Graduate School of Professional Psychology, and the Department of Health and Exercise Science – and the Director of Nursing will identify key opportunities for collaboration, forging meaningful partnerships across campus, throughout the Twin Cities region, and more broadly. The Director of Nursing will shepherd the School through accreditation and create a supportive culture of mentorship, academic excellence, and a strong dedication to service.


Develop programs that address the need for more nursing professionals in the Twin Cities and beyond, and serve students interested in careers in health care delivery.
Recruit, retain, and support a talented faculty and staff. As the inaugural leader of the School, the Director will set the tone and culture of the unit by bringing together a team that represents a broad array of disciplines and specialties, clinical, teaching, and research backgrounds, and professional experience.
Initiate and shepherd the School through accreditation and once met, ensure accreditation requirements are maintained
Coordinate interdisciplinary teaching efforts and dynamic student experiences outside of the classroom, including innovative internships and clinical placements.
Inculcate a culture of mentorship and create structures to support and ensure the success of students from diverse backgrounds
Create partnerships across campus, in the region, and around the country to enhance nursing education and the student experience.
Serve as a critical member of the Morrison Family College of Health leadership team to advance the strategic plan and that of the University.
Minimum Qualifications

A graduate degree in nursing
Seven years of experience as a registered nurse (RN)
An equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills have been acquired may be substituted.

Preferred Qualifications

A terminal degree in a related field
Demonstrated strategic leadership and management experience
Proven administrative ability, including budget and financial management, strategic planning, policy formation, and personnel management


On the University of St. Thomas Jobs page, follow the instructions to complete an online application which includes uploading a resume and copy/pasting a job specific cover letter.

In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires consent and successful completion of a background screening.

The University of St. Thomas, Minnesota Human Resources Department advertises the official job listing on its website at

The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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