Director of Nursing

Position Details

Position Information

Working Title Director of Nursing
Brief Position Overview

Montana State University – Northern seeks an energetic, people-oriented, inspiring and visionary leader who can advance the Department of Nursing to the next level and promote its reputation of excellence in the state, region and nation. Candidates for the position must possess a doctorate degree (PhD, DNSc or equivalent) and a master’s degree in nursing (if doctorate is not in nursing); have credentials and experience necessary for an administrative appointment; be able to develop and enhance relationships with alumni and other external constituencies, including the ability to create resources through partnering, grant writing and fundraising; have outstanding communication skills; be committed to shared faculty governance; and be dedicated to the recruitment and retention of outstanding and diverse faculty and students.

Position Number 7C0084
Department Nursing
Division College of Education, Arts & Sciences, and Nursing
Appointment Type Professional
Contract Term Academic Year
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If other, specify End date
FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
Benefits Eligible Yes
Compensation Annual
Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.
Contract Type MUS
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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The mission of the Department of Nursing is to provide professional nursing education for a diverse student population by promoting student centered and culturally enriched environments which foster students’ success; to utilize healthcare partnerships which expand learning experiences across North Central Montana and beyond.

Following a rigorous evaluation in the fall of 2015, MSUN was granted continuing accreditation for the baccalaureate and associate degree nursing programs. ACEN’s announcement of this full accreditation is a reflection of their review and evaluation of Northern’s rural frontier nursing educational practices and the commitment of its faculty. The next evaluation will be in 2021.

MSU Northern is moving towards the formation of a College of Health Sciences. The DON position would then transition into a Dean of Health Sciences overseeing Nursing, Allied Health, and Health promotions.

Duties and Responsibilities

General responsibilities include:
• Promote evidence-based practice strategies
• Endorse strong ethical conduct
• Foster professional development of students and faculty
• Actively engage faculty and students in research projects
• Increase diversity programming for Native Americans and international populations
• Coordinate programs on multiple campus satellites
• Expand programming to include other health care disciplines
• Review and revise college catalog pertaining to the nursing programs each year
• Complete assessment process to develop, promote, and evaluate programs to achieve its goals
• Develop and administer assigned budget allocation and other long-range planning details to achieve department objectives
• Interprets and implements the administration policies, rules, regulations and recommendations of the College, Board of Nursing, and ACEN
• Attend faculty/staff meetings for advisement regarding college procedures and regulations
• Participate in the governance and committee work of the College if necessary
• Coordinate and supervise the admission of students into the Nursing Program
• Assist with the recruitment of students
• Advise pre-nursing students
• Serve as point of contact for student inquiries and concerns
• Orient, guide, assign, and evaluate all nursing department staff
• Recommend faculty appointments and provide input on all full time and part-time instructors
• Compute faculty load (working with Chair) and plan teaching assignments
• Resolve staff and/or student problems in the BSN program, and be the next level for ASN students
• Provide opportunities for in-service and conference attendance
• Maintain open communication with clinical agencies and state/national accreditation agencies to update programs for better student training and placement
• Serve as primary contact and develops relationships with business, industry, other educational providers and community agencies
• Provide leadership in securing off-site facilities for clinical instruction

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

1. Doctorate in nursing or related field;
2. Previous administrative experience in higher education, minimum of two years teaching in associate and baccalaureate programs;
3. Experience working directly with licensing and accrediting bodies;
4. RN licensure in the state of Montana or the ability to be licensed in the state of Montana within 6 months.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

1. Previous experience with conflict resolution activities;
2. Previous experience with establishing and/or maintaining community partnerships;
3. Previous experience with tribal communities;
4. Previous experience with union/ collective bargaining units.

The Successful Candidate Will

Be able to work in a very busy department overseeing/managing major projects, multiple priorities, and deadlines.

Special Requirements

Please apply by sending your resume, letter of interest, five references to

For more information please visit:

Physical Demands

Typical office environment; some travel required.

This position has supervisory duties? Yes

Posting Detail Information

Announcement Number 2015-16-S00048P
Number of Vacancies 1.0
Desired Start Date ASAP
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date 05/27/2016
Close Date
Until an adequate pool is established
Special Instructions Summary
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Diversity Statement

Montana State University-Northern is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University -Northern makes reasonable accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU-Northern provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference or request accommodation, contact the Office of Human Resources, PO Box 7751, Montana State University-Northern, Havre, MT 59501; 406-265-4147;

MSU-Northern’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU-Northern Website: and

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcript
  4. List of References
  5. Philosophy Statement
Optional Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Teaching Statement
  3. Letter of Reference 1
  4. Letter of Reference 2
  5. Letter of Reference 3
  6. Online Portfolio - URL
  7. Other
  8. Other Document #1
  9. Other Document #2
  10. Other Document #3
  11. Other Document #4
  12. Letter of Reference #4

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please submit the Background Authorization Form which can be found here: Please copy and paste this address into your browser's address bar to access this form. You may email it to or fax it to (406) 265-3530. You may also drop it off in Cowan Hall room 208. Please type YES in the answer box below (found in online application) showing you understand this additional requirement.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Note to the applicant: In your cover letter, please address the required and preferred qualifications listed in the notice of vacancy for this job and how you meet each one.

    (Open Ended Question)