Associate Dean of Nursing


 Associate Dean of Nursing
Location: Fall River, MA
Status: Full-time
Institution: Bristol Community College
Specialty: Undergraduate Nursing Education (ADN)
 Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. A comprehensive benefits package is included.

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As a Commonwealth of Massachusetts employer, Bristol offers benefited employees a comprehensive compensation and benefits package, including health, dental, life, long-term disability, retirement, flexible spending, and paid time off (vacation, personal, sick, and holiday pay). Tuition waiver discounts for Bristol and the Commonwealth’s public higher education institutions are available for benefited positions and certain non-benefited positions. Non-benefited positions are eligible for a retirement fund, paid time off (sick pay), as well as savings plans (available to all non-student employees). More information can be found on our Benefits website

Job Description:

POSITION TITLE: Associate Dean of Nursing


REPORTS TO: Vice President of Academic Affairs or designee

STATEMENT OF DUTIES: The Associate Dean of Nursing provides academic and administrative leadership of the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program. The Associate Dean is responsible for building equity and managing the overall operation of the ADN in conjunction with the First-Year and Second-Year Leads and the Department Chair. The Associate Dean of Nursing supervises the activities of the faculty and professional staff including, but not limited to, recruiting, orienting, training, directing, supervising and evaluating department members; as well as contributing to curriculum development initiatives, program accreditation and program development. 

This position will serve as an integral member of the Academic Leadership Team, which includes collaborative opportunities with all College deans. The position will also be a part of statewide training for deans, enabling the Associate Dean of Nursing to connect with other Nursing deans and administrators across the state monthly.


  • Oversee program regulations, accreditation, planning, implementation and evaluation of all aspects of nursing and assigned educational programs.
  • Provide leadership and direction to faculty and professional staff in the development of initiatives and activities that promote student success and help to meet expected program outcomes, as well as align with the Bristol mission, vision, and values.
  • Facilitate curriculum development and the delivery of engaging instruction in collaboration with faculty to effectively prepare qualified students to be safe, thoughtful and collaborative nurses.
  • Hire, supervise, assign, develop and lead all nursing staff, including full-time, adjunct, and clinical faculty, professional staff and clerical support. Conduct regular performance evaluations to ensure continuous improvement and identify potential opportunities for growth. Work closely with Human Resources to develop staff capabilities and expectations.
  • Promote a positive and inclusive work environment that supports the professional growth of staff while fostering a commitment to service excellence.
  • Ensure compliance with all required state and federal nursing and nursing education regulations.
  • Manage the accreditation process and facilitate the completion of all activities required to maintain positive program accreditation, including participating in related professional development activities, timely submission of required materials, and needed correspondence with accrediting bodies.
  • Determine priorities for budgetary expenditures based on departmental and program delivery needs; manage budget and provide initial approval of program expenditures; provide suggestions for the use of donor funds to advance student access to quality nursing education and educational advancement.
  • Collaborate with personnel of other College academic areas to ensure effective health care program recruiting, advancement of Holistic Admissions and Diversity Nursing, and project implementation, with particular attention to work with Admissions, Advising, Marketing and Communications, the Bristol Foundation and Grants Office, and program assessment partners.
  • Collaborate with other Health Sciences departments to implement activities and initiatives that are consistent with the goals of the nursing programs, unit needs, and mission of the College.
  • Support and collaborate with faculty on the inclusion of service-learning, High Impact Practices and other experiential learning activities that enrich student learning.
  • Oversee the development and updates to course and clinical delivery schedules.
  • Support nursing faculty and professional staff in meeting professional development expectations.
  • Resolve student and faculty issues as they occur.
  • Ensure that students receive mid-semester progress reports regarding clinical and course strengths, as well as needed improvements.
  • Update clinical partnership contracts with health care facilities and maintain positive working relationships with representatives of these agencies and hospitals.
  • Oversee clinical rotation schedules, staffing and assessment activities.
  • Oversee simulation labs in New Bedford and Fall River; maintain a list of equipment needs and budget requirements.
  • Implement the Board of Nursing (BORN) and Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) regulations and other laws and policies in support of students and their academic work.
  • Participate in on-campus and off-campus meetings associated with advancing career pathways for nurses, as well as the design/implementation of other activities associated with maintaining a strong Bristol nursing program.
  • Explore opportunities for expanding the nursing program.
  • Maintain positive working relationships with Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) completion program faculty and professional staff, who provide BSN-completion education through agreements with Bristol.
  • Lead program development options and contribute to approved new program development initiatives.
  • Maintain the nursing website.
  • Provide leadership for faculty in designing and implementing yearly student learning outcome assessment activities, as well as the use of enrollment and other data for program improvement.
  • Manage grants related to nursing program delivery, new program development, and program delivery innovations.
  • Participate on college committees/councils and in shared governance opportunities.
  • Observe and adhere to the Collective Bargaining Agreement changes and administer specific components of those agreements.
  • Use Bristol’s digital communication tools, to include but not limited to; Bristol email, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other Bristol social media tools, to advance the college’s social media outreach and brand to internal and external constituents.
  • Focus on the Commonwealth’s equity agenda by applying related best practices throughout all job functions.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.




  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in Nursing.
  • Unrestricted Massachusetts Nursing license in good standing, or the ability to obtain one within 60 days of hire, as demonstrated by current credentials, a current nursing license, good moral conduct, and in good standing with another state licensing agency.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of full-time teaching experience or equivalent in a credit-bearing RN nursing education setting or in an approved, non-credit practical nursing program.
  • Demonstrated clinical experience, with a minimum of five (5) years full-time nursing experience, or its equivalent within the last eight years with at least three years of full-time experience in nursing.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including strong individual and group communication skills.
  • Demonstrated strong writing, computer literacy, Microsoft Office, and report preparation skills.
  • Reliable transportation in order to travel to and from meetings, trainings or campus and community locations as required.
  • The ability to work effectively with a diverse student body, faculty, and staff.


  • Doctorate in Nursing; or Master’s degree in Nursing with a doctorate in a related field such as higher education.
  • Experience working with Nursing accreditation and/or state Nursing regulatory agencies. 
  • Experience as nursing coordinator or manager.
  • Community college teaching experience.
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience in a unionized setting.
  • Ability to speak a language in addition to English.
  • Demonstrated experience in:
    • Implementing cultural competence standards in curriculum of nursing education programs.
    • Course and curriculum development.
    • Evaluating nursing programs and recommending changes where needed.
    • Budget management.
    • Program planning and assessment and/or working with High Impact Practices.
    • Securing and administering grants.
    • Facilitating or contributing to the development of web or other program marketing materials.
    • Using varied social media outlets on behalf of a business or organization that has proven to increase the digital footprint of the organization’s brand.

Submit a complete applicant packet:

  • A cover letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements,  
  • Curriculum vitae  

Inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to:

Trey Wright, Managing Partner
Higher Education Practice 
Kaye/Bassman International Corp.
5851 Legacy Circle, Suite 500
Plano Texas 75024
Phone: 972-265-5338/ Fax: 972-931-9683
Email: [email protected]

Bristol Community College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for the position applied for without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, gender identity, or other non-merit factors. We welcome and encourage applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities (including disabled veterans).