Executive Director of Nursing
Academic Career &
Executive Search is pleased to assist Dominican University in its search for Executive Director of Nursing.
For full consideration, please apply online at https://acesrch.applicantstack.com/x/detail/a21esjygsi4k by March
This is an exceptional opportunity to join Dominican University, a Catholic and Dominican
Hispanic Serving Institution, as the Executive Director of Nursing to lead and shape the next generation of compassionate and skilled health
care professionals. Reporting to the Dean of the Borra College of Health Sciences, the Executive Director of Nursing (ED) will be
responsible for providing academic leadership by setting the standards of intellectual engagement and accomplishment for the Elizabeth T.
MacNeil School of Nursing, including leading and inspiring a team of dedicated faculty in achieving excellence.
The Borra College of
Health Sciences strives to be a national leader in advancing health care education through interprofessional collaborations and civic
engagement and takes a relationship-centered approach to nursing education. With small class sizes, students work collaboratively and build
close partnerships with faculty and colleagues. In keeping with Dominican’s mission, the nursing program provides a foundation for
professional practice that respects the dignity of each and every person, pursuit of the common good, and concern for those most vulnerable.
The University’s curricula, research and campus life demonstrate a commitment to ethics, community service, social justice and global
citizenship. The next ED will support this strategic mission to prepare DU students in health care professions through nationally recognized
programs that are rigorous, relevant, and empowered by Carias et Veritas (Love and Truth).
The School of Nursing
is CCNE accredited (2021) and offers BSN and RN-BSN programs. The School offers two state-of-the-art high-tech simulation labs and over 30
secured clinical affiliation agreements.
Dominican has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the Department of
Education since 2011, and since receiving the Midwest’s only Title V grant in 2017. Dominican has secured over $15 million in funding
from various Title V, Title III-STEM, NSF and HRSA grant competitions.
This position reports to the Dean of the Borra College of
Health Sciences and leads the Elizabeth T. MacNeil School of Nursing.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The University was founded in 1901 and reflects commitments to truth, justice, compassion, partnership and
community. Dominican’s Catholic identity has been informed and shaped through the work, influence, accomplishments, and spiritualty of
the Sinsinawa Sisters.
In 2017, the University completed a comprehensive realignment of its academic units resulting in its four
college structure: the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences, the Brennan School of Business, the Borra College of Health Sciences, and the
College of Applied Social Sciences.
Dominican offers more than 60 undergraduate majors, 20 master’s programs and one doctoral
degree. Undergraduate students also have the option to pursue accelerated bachelor’s-to-master’s programs allowing them to earn
an advanced degree with one additional year of study.
Dominican is repeatedly named among the top master’s-level universities
in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report in its “Best Colleges” rankings. Dominican is currently ranked #10 out of nearly
160 regional universities in the Midwest. Dominican is the #1 Best Value School in the Chicago area and is especially proud to be the #1
school in Illinois for social mobility in recognition of its success in moving young people up the economic ladder. Dominican is also #6 in
the Midwest in the Best Undergraduate Teaching category.
Borra College of Health Sciences
2016, the Borra College of Health Sciences works to address the academic and professional needs of students in health-related fields by
expanding educational and professional opportunities for a new generation of students. It builds on Dominican’s established strengths
in the social and natural sciences with outstanding programs in Health and Wellness, Nursing, Nutrition and Dietetics, Physician Assistant
Studies, and Medical Science. It supports new and emerging styles of learning and pedagogy and provides for an increased emphasis on
student-faculty collaborative research. Most significantly, it looks outward to the community it serves, enabling the university to do its
part to address critical shortages of health care and wellness professionals in the state and around the nation. The Borra College of Health
Sciences reflects the commitment to the University’s mission of preparing students to pursue truth and to give compassionate
ELIZABETH T. MACNEIL SCHOOL OF NURSING
Dominican University students practice their nursing
skills in high-tech simulation labs, collaborate with experienced faculty and prepare to serve as an agent of change in one of the
world’s most rewarding professions. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Dominican University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The nursing programs
were re-accredited through CCNE in 2021.
The purpose of the BSN and RN-BSN programs is to
prepare the nurse generalist to practice in a variety of settings, sensitive to culturally diverse understandings of illness, health, and
The graduate of the BSN programs will be a liberally educated individual who is committed to using her or his talents
to make a positive contribution to the world and has acquired the knowledge and skills to provide humanistic nursing practice in multiple
settings as well as a foundation for advanced study in nursing.
The RN-BSN program at Dominican University is designed
for working RNs and is fully online with optional campus visit opportunities if one-on-one instruction is desired. Students can attend full
time or part time and earn a bachelor’s degree in as little as 12 months.
The Dominican Difference
Dominican takes a relationship-centered approach to nursing education. Students work collaboratively and build close partnerships with
faculty and colleagues. In keeping with Dominican’s mission, the nursing program provides a foundation for professional practice that
respects the dignity of each and every person, pursuit of the common good, and concern for those most vulnerable.
Living in the Area
Located on a 37-acre wooded campus in suburban River Forest, Illinois, and just 10 miles west
of downtown Chicago, Dominican University provides students, faculty, and staff an accessible and welcoming location and superb access to a
wealth of career, intellectual and cultural opportunities.
The village of River Forest is closely tied to the larger neighboring
community of Oak Park. The Oak Park- River Forest community boasts a strong and diverse population of 60,000 with top-notch schools, a
robust housing market and a vibrant local economy.
The significant architectural designs located in River Forest include the Winslow
House by Frank Lloyd Wright. Nationally renowned for its architecture since construction began in the early 1900s, the Dominican campus was
designed by famed architect Ralph Adams Cram, who also drew the plans for Princeton University, West Point Military Academy and
Chicago’s landmark Rockefeller Chapel. The University has maintained its signature Gothic look through expansion over the past
Dominican University has strong historical ties within the Chicago area, connecting both students and faculty with abundant
opportunities within the city. Dominican maintains relationships and formal partnerships with the metro area’s top corporations,
medical centers, nonprofits, and cultural institutions. Dominican is 20 minutes from downtown Chicago on the Green Line and is a 20-minute
drive from O’Hare International Airport, one of the world’s busiest air travel hubs.
For full consideration, please apply by March 21st
To be viewed by the search
firm, you must apply directly at: https://acesrch.applicantstack.com/x/detail/a21esjygsi4k
Please apply through the
application link and do not email applications.
Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter
and curriculum vita. Ideally cover letters should not exceed two pages. All applications are treated confidentially.
referrals, and nominations are also treated confidentially.
Candidates advanced in the process will need to provide a statement
sharing how Dominican’s mission of social justice, its status as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, and its commitments to social
mobility, justice, equity, and inclusion will inform your work in student success/affairs.
Inquiries and questions:
Please send to [email protected]
Nominations and referrals: Please send the nominee’s
name, title, and contact information if available to [email protected].
Institution’s EEO Statement
University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to the goal of building an equity-centered faculty and staff
committed to teaching, working, and learning in a multicultural environment. Dominican University believes that justice, equity, and
inclusion are critical to our growth and development and seek to recruit, develop, and retain from a diverse pool of applicants who bring
varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds. If you need accommodations due to a disability, please contact us at [email protected] for assistance.
Dominican University is an equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We look forward to a diverse pool of applicants who bring varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.