Job ID: 192533577

Job Description

POSITION OPENING:  FULL-TIME ASSISTANT DEAN OF NURSING AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS: Division of Health Professions; 37.5 hours per week; Non-Unit Professional

Anticipated Start Date: As soon as possible


Northern Essex Community College serves approximately 6,000 credit students each semester on two campuses located in the beautiful, historic Merrimack Valley region of northeast Massachusetts.  Our suburban Haverhill campus sits on 106 acres near Kenoza Lake and features a Technology Center and an award-winning Student One-Stop Center.  Our urban Lawrence campus is growing rapidly, including a Health Technologies Center and additional leased space at Riverwalk Properties.  Both campuses are a short drive to Boston and to the beaches and state parks along the coast.

NECC has been building an organizational culture that prizes initiative and innovation, and seeks to identify and develop the strengths in students, faculty, staff, and programs in order to grow and improve. We are also committed to the recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.  Our Lawrence campus was the first college in New England designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education.  We have significantly increased the diversity of our faculty over the last ten years, and are one of four Massachusetts colleges participating in the national Achieving the Dream initiative, which aims to improve success for low-income students and students of color at community colleges.


Assistant Dean of Nursing and Health Professions oversees the strategic goals and day-to-day operations for the associate degree nursing and practical nursing options including attention to contractual provisions such as evaluating faculty, scheduling courses, and recruiting instructors. The Assistant Dean is responsible for maintaining accreditation and compliance with all pertinent regulations relative to the nursing program. Among primary job objectives, the Assistant Dean of Nursing Education is the center of the relationship with clinical sites and with matriculated students.  In collaboration with the Dean, the Assistant Dean provides intellectual leadership, strategic planning, and visionary direction while fostering a positive atmosphere that emphasizes learning-centered teaching and professional growth for the Division of Health Professions.

Sample of Specific Duties: Ensures the integrity of the nursing curricular offerings and services within the framework of Academic Affairs.  Ensures ongoing programmatic accreditation and compliance with regulations promulgated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN) and Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).  In partnership with the rest of the Division leadership, works collaboratively to provide strategic direction and innovation to Health Professions programs.

The Assistant Dean:

  • Collaborates with the Dean on planning for the Division, applying for and administering grants, promoting community relationships, and seeking innovative academic programming and approaches to assessment, teaching, and learning. 
  • In conjunction with the Dean and the other Assistant Dean contributes to the coordination of the operations of the Health Division.
  • In conjunction with the Dean of Health Professions oversees the planning, development and implementation of new programs for the Health Professions, including the recruitment and hiring of new faculty. 
  • In collaboration with the Dean and other Assistant Dean, oversees and implements the master schedule and budget for Health Programs.
  • Works with other areas of the College to promote the college’s strategic plan and mission.
  • Develops a recommended annual capital and operating budget for Nursing Program.  Administers approved budget.
  • Initiates nursing personnel searches, selects and recommends candidates for hire.
  • Participates in division search committees as requested.
  • Supervises, guides and mentors nursing faculty members to achieve their highest potential in providing quality instruction.
  • Evaluates nursing faculty according to MCCC and DCE standards. assigns teaching workload to cover all courses
  • Provides academic leadership in working closely with faculty to improve student success and to ensure program learning outcomes are effectively assessed and met.
  • Coordinates nursing courses for master schedule.
  • Ensures curricular content in compliance with ACEN, BORN and current practice.  Incorporates College mission, teaching and learning initiatives in nursing curriculum.
  • Represents the Nursing Program to internal and external entities.
  • Collaborates with other departments and college programs for student recruitment and successful student retention.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • An earned Master’s degree in nursing or an earned entry level Doctorate in nursing or education from a regionally accredited institution is required.

  • Must have a current Massachusetts Registered Nursing License and be in good standing with the Massachusetts Board of Nursing.
  • Must have a minimum of five (5) years full time nursing experience, or its equivalent, within the last eight (8) years, with at least three (3) years’ experience in nursing education.
  • Strong practice background required.
  • Substantial instructional background at an institution of higher education, including curriculum and course development, course scheduling, faculty evaluation, and learning outcomes assessment
  • Maintain expertise appropriate to administrative responsibilities.
  • Excellent teamwork, communication, technical/computer skills and organizational skills are required for this position.
  • Must demonstrate initiative and flexibility to accommodate program, faculty, student, and college needs that are essential to achieving program learning outcomes.
  • Ability to articulate how interdisciplinary collaboration can improve student learning.  
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute positively to a diverse, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural student/faculty population and campus environment.
  • Commitment to the comprehensive community college mission.


  • Three (3) years of full-time teaching experience in a community college setting or the equivalent in part-time experience is preferred. 

SALARY:   $95,000-$105,000 annually with complete fringe benefit package.

DEADLINE:    August 22, 2018                                                            

POST#: 154021



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