Director of the School of Nursing

September 8, 2019
Priority Deadline to Apply:
October 28, 2019
Depaul University

Position Description

DePaul University, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the next Director of the School of Nursing in the College of Science and Health. The new Director will guide the school in an exciting new time of expanding programs and collaboration with community partners to foster quality preparation of nurses for a competitive marketplace.  The director will also work to enhance teaching and learning goals, and to develop high profile scholarship within the School of Nursing.  Nursing programs include Master’s Entry into Nursing Practice, Doctorate of Nursing Practice, an RN to MS program that includes Bachelor of Science Degree completion, Post-Master’s Degree Certificates, Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Anesthetist Programs. A new undergraduate BSN program is also currently in development. Located in Chicago, DePaul is the nation’s largest Catholic university, noted for its diverse student body (with a focus on first-generation students) and its commitment to social justice and the dignity of all in service to the community.

The School of Nursing is within the College of Science and Health.  The Director represents the School of Nursing within the University, as well as regionally, nationally and internationally. The Director leads the School in fostering a positive and productive work environment that promotes excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, service and advising.  Additional responsibilities include working with national professional educational accreditation organizations and collaborating with the University Office of Development and the Office of Research Services to secure external support.  The Director reports to the Dean of the College of Science and Health. 

DePaul University seeks applicants that reflect the diversity of its student body and the city of Chicago. Applicants who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to an inclusive climate are encouraged to identify their experiences in these areas. The College of Science and Health at DePaul University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students, and sustaining a work and learning environment that is inclusive. Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applications are sought from candidates with scholarly and teaching interests that extend beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries.


  • Day-to-day management of the School’s administration, academic programs, finances, personnel, and scholarship/research;
  • Leading the school in fostering a positive and productive work environment that promotes excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, service, and advising;
  • Mentoring faculty in teaching and scholarship to achieve their goals;
  • Fostering the development and maintenance of educational programs of high quality and professional relevance that are supportive of the mission and goals of the University;
  • Collaborating with the University Office of Development, the Office Research Services, and the Associate Dean for Research to secure external support;
  • Working collaboratively with faculty, other Chairs/Directors, persons with administrative responsibilities throughout the University, and community members and leaders;
  • Working with national professional educational accreditation organizations;
  • Interpreting trends in nursing, nursing education and health care to University constituents;
  • Joining with the faculty to represent the School on appropriate University and community committees;
  • Maintaining cooperative working relationships with collaborating units within the College and University
  • Fostering collaborative relationships with appropriate community institutions and external partners – existing and new -- that support state of the art clinical and professional education, service and scholarship/research
  • Joining with the faculty to represent nursing, nursing education and the School to individuals and groups within the University, the professional community and the community-at-large.

The Ideal Candidate:

The ideal candidate for this position will personify the mission and core values of DePaul University and the mission and philosophy set forth by the School 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:

  • Engaged leader who embodies and promotes a clear sense of shared vision for the School and the profession that fits with the School, College and University;
  • Respectful decision-maker who employs a non-confrontational style, builds consensus and promotes dialog;
  • Understands health care trends and cutting-edge ideas for meeting present and future academic nursing needs;
  • Record of scholarship and experience in helping faculty advance their scholarship;
  • Well-developed interpersonal and social abilities that include listening and self-reflection;
  • Demonstrated experience in leading existing programs to assess and improve quality and new program development;
  • An innovative and entrepreneurial spirit that supports the creation of new programs and collaborations;
  • Ability to be collaborative and visible and to advocate for nursing at all levels within the University and externally;
  • Ability to assist with University-level development/advancement/fundraising activities.



  • A demonstrated leadership record with administrative experience and strong managerial skills;
  • An earned doctorate in nursing or related health care field from an accredited university, an active RN license and eligibility for such licensure in Illinois;
  • Eligibility for tenured appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor with a demonstrated record of scholarship;
  • Demonstrated experience in mentoring faculty and facilitating nursing scholarship;
  • Experience developing new programs and working with healthcare partners;
  • Knowledge of accreditation requirements and processes with CCNE.

About The Institution

About the School of Nursing:


The mission of the School of Nursing is the preservation, enrichment and transmission of nursing science as a discipline and its application to promote the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities.  The faculty pursues this mission through excellence in teaching as the primary focus of scholarship; research that has the potential to advance nursing knowledge, scientific inquiry, teaching and health; and academic nursing practice that serves vulnerable populations.  The School maintains a commitment to serving persons with diverse cultures, talents, qualities, interests, and socio-economic backgrounds in its educational programs and professional practice.  It seeks to provide accessible, inquiry-based education that anticipates the rapid pace of change in health promotion and illness care.

DePaul University College of Science and Health:

The College of Science and Health is the third largest college at DePaul, enrolling about 3,200 students. The college includes programs in psychology, physics and astrophysics, mathematics, environmental science and studies, chemistry and biochemistry, biology, neuroscience, health sciences and the School of Nursing. The College of Science and Health provides high quality, personalized, and accessible science and health education to a diverse student body. The College is located on DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus.

DePaul University:

DePaul University was founded by the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians) in 1898.  In the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul, DePaul's mission is grounded in values of personalism, holistic education and the commitment to creating opportunities for the disadvantaged and disenfranchised in society.  DePaul University is the largest Catholic university in the nation, 8th largest private not-for-profit university in the nation and the largest private educational institution in Chicago.  The University prides itself on its mission and focus on quality teaching and the teacher-scholar model.  DePaul students reflect a broad diversity of ethnic, religious, geographic and socio-economic backgrounds.  Historically, the University has stepped outside tradition and beyond conservative approaches, consistently demonstrating a progressive and entrepreneurial spirit.  Comprising two main campuses and ten colleges and schools, total University enrollment numbers around 25,000.

About The Community

About Chicago:

With its countless resources, Chicago is an integral part of the educational experience at DePaul.  The third largest city in the U.S., Chicago has over 150 years of unique history, and is a city of world-class architecture, unsurpassed beauty, and a city with enormous pride.  The city offers a never-ending list of fairs, concerts, tours and outdoor activities in Chicago's many parks and on Lake Michigan.  Chicago is home to world-class museums, theatre, music and festivals, not to mention wonderful restaurants.  The term "jazz" was coined in Chicago and the city is still the blues capital of the world.

Chicago is home to some of the most vibrant ethnic communities in America.  Each of the city's more than 60 communities is centered in dynamic neighborhoods where residents share their cultural heritage, foods, art and philosophy.  Some favorites include Greektown, Chinatown, Ukrainian Village and Little Italy. For sports fans, Chicago is also one of only three cities in the country with six professional teams: Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Chicago Fire, Cubs and White Sox.

With 2.7 million residents in the city limits and nearly 10 million people in metropolitan Chicagoland, this is the third largest city and metro in the nation, and a destination for 55 million visitors each year from all over the world. Chicago is a global city; it is culturally and ethnically diverse, has a dynamic arts scene, excellent restaurants, nightlife and recreational activities. Excellent public transportation connects Chicago’s many neighborhoods and attractions. DePaul has campuses in the thriving economic center of the Loop and in Lincoln Park. The iconic skyline and world-renowned architecture can be seen from places across the campus, reminding viewers of the businesses, industries, and people that have built Chicago into the world-class city it is today.

Application Process

All correspondence relating to the position of Director of the School of Nursing at DePaul University should be directed in confidence to the University’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 October 28, 2019 will receive priority consideration. This search will remain open until the position is filled.

DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.