Chair of the Department of Nursing

March 13, 2020
Priority Deadline to Apply:
May 22, 2020
Concordia College

Position Description

Concordia College, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the next Chair of the Department of Nursing. The Chair will be responsible for guiding the nursing program through an exciting time of growth, expansion, and development of a simulation program. The Department seeks an individual with strong leadership and administrative skills who will:

  • Maintain the Department’s commitment to excellence in the preparation of nursing graduates who are grounded in the liberal arts within a global society;
  • Bring a passion for forward thinking and a visionary perspective that will contribute to expanded program development;
  • Contribute to a collaborative culture within the department, with disciplines across campus and with clinical partners in the community and around the region;
  • Foster the integration of simulation and critical thinking applications into the curriculum.

In support of the College’s ambitious goals for diversity and inclusion, the Nursing Department is interested in applicants who will contribute to the development of our increasingly diverse campus community, and have experience working effectively with diversified populations and responding to the changing demands on our emerging nursing professionals. Successful candidates will aspire to be part of a community that affirms an abundance of identities, experiences, and perspectives in order to imagine, examine, and implement possibilities for individual and communal thriving both inside and outside of the Nursing Department.

The Concordia College Nursing Program offers a unique Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Nursing for basic licensure, and an accelerated/second major program for individuals with an earned Bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing major. The mission of the nursing program is to influence the health of the world by sending into society compassionate, thoughtful, and informed baccalaureate-prepared professionals dedicated to the vocation of nursing. One of the largest academic departments on campus, the program consistently ranks among the top in the nation for its NCLEX-RN pass rates and maintains a strong reputation for preparation of its graduates for nursing practice and advanced education. The program is accredited by the Commission on College Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by both the ND and MN Boards of Nursing.

More About the Department of Nursing:


  • Develop and maintain an environment conducive to the teaching and learning processes;
  • Provide leadership within the faculty for the development and implementation of the curriculum, including visioning for future programming and innovative curricular development;
  • Sustain a commitment to the core values of the College and to liberal arts in nursing education;
  • Encourage interdisciplinary programming in courses, case studies, simulations, etc.;
  • Contribute to faculty and staff recruitment, review and development;
  • Maintain relationships and represent the program with local, state, and regional organizations and committees;
  • Oversee all tasks involved with maintaining state Board of Nursing approval and national accreditation;
  • Provide oversight for budget management, funding requests, course/clinical scheduling, and faculty workload;
  • Provide oversight of faculty recruitment and development, including hiring of faculty and staff positions;
  • Supervise departmental staff, including overseeing the Clinical Coordinator’s responsibilities to assure access to clinical agencies;
  • Coordinate assessment activities, self-studies, and reports;
  • Oversee departmental standing committees in areas related to academic progression, admissions, and marketing;
  • Represent the department on campus and in the community;
  • Provide effective communication and foster collaboration with other divisions of the College including Enrollment Management and Advancement and other academic departments at the College associated with the Nursing Department;
  • Contribute to a department culture that promotes collaborative decision-making, affirms a commitment to equity, diversity, & inclusion and fosters and supports disciplinary scholarship.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • A terminal degree at the doctoral level from an accredited university. Either the Master’s or Doctoral Degree must be in Nursing;
  • An unencumbered, active RN license and eligibility for licensure in MN and ND;
  • Eligibility for tenure track and for rank at the Associate or Professor level at the time of hire;
  • A demonstrated leadership record including administrative experience;
  • A commitment to diversity and inclusion;
  • Knowledge of accreditation requirements;
  • Evidence of successful teaching and knowledge of learning principles for adult education, including nursing curriculum development , administration, and evaluation;
  • A record of engagement in nursing scholarship;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; and
  • Experience developing new programs and working with healthcare partners.

The Ideal Candidate:

The ideal candidate for this position will personify the mission and core values of Concordia College and the mission and philosophy set forth by the Department of Nursing.  While it is realized that no candidate will exhibit all desired qualities, the ideal candidate will possess the following, in addition to meeting the qualifications and responsibilities stated above:

  • A leader who embodies and promotes a clear sense of shared vision for the School and the profession that fits with the College;
  • A respectful decision-maker who employs a non-confrontational style, builds consensus and promotes dialog;
  • An understanding of health care trends and cutting-edge ideas for meeting present and future academic nursing needs;
  • A record of scholarship and experience in helping faculty advance their scholarship;
  • A demonstrated experience in leading existing programs to assess and improve quality and new program development;
  • An innovative and entrepreneurial spirit to support the creation of new programs and collaborations;
  • A collaborative approach across campus to advocate for nursing at all levels within the College and externally.

About The Institution

Concordia College:

Concordia College is a private, baccalaureate liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) that prepares its students to become responsible leaders in the global society. The College is located in the Moorhead (MN)/Fargo, North Dakota (ND) area, a growing metropolitan area of 235,000 with increasing diversity, and consistently ranked among the nation’s most livable cities. The Fargo/Moorhead area is home to a vibrant medical community including several not-for-profit hospitals, a Veteran’s Administration hospital, and a broad array of community agencies.

About The Community

The Greater Fargo/Moorhead Metro Area:

The metro area features three distinct cities. Bordering the eastern edge of North Dakota, the state’s largest city at just under 120,000, Fargo has a vibrant downtown and shopping district that draws people from around the region. West Fargo, with a population of nearly 35,000, is one of the state’s fastest growing communities with a number of new housing developments. Moorhead, Minnesota, just across the Red River, is a community of over 42,000 residents that has a small town feel with the amenities of a large community.

Application Process

All correspondence relating to the position of Chair of the Department of Nursing at Concordia College should be directed in confidence to the College’s executive recruitment consultant: 

Mr. Christopher S. Healy, Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates

The full and complete application should contain the following information:

1) A cover letter outlining your experience as a nursing leader and educator;
2) A complete CV outlining your career in higher education and within nursing;
3) The names of three professional references including their relationship to you, their position, email, and direct phone numbers.  References will not be contacted without written permission.

Applications submitted by May 22, 2020 will receive priority consideration. This search will remain open until the position is filled.

Concordia College will not discriminate against or harass any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, creed, sex, religion, national origin, age, veteran’s status, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, familial status, public assistance status, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, or any other legally protected status.