University of Alaska Associate Director for Academic Affairs, School of Nursing in Anchorage, Alaska

Associate Director for Academic Affairs, School of Nursing

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Classification:Associate Director/Faculty

Grade:Non-Union Faculty Grade 20

Work type:Faculty Full-time

Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage

School/Business unit:College of Health


Categories:Health Profession

Position Summary:The Associate Director for Academic Affairs is organizationally responsible for advancing the culture of institutional excellence that inspires and enables student and faculty and staff success. The Associate Director will employ measures to improve student retention by creating successful mentoring programs and identifying high-risk students early. The Associate Director will identify and assist in removing significant barriers to student, faculty and staff success such as student access to the program and academic advising. The Associate Director employs process efficiencies that increase production and decrease cost. The Nursing Associate Director promotes a student body that embodies diversity and academic excellence, advances innovative pedagogy, fosters an environment that endorses student success and support. The Associate Director provides leadership in curricula and program development, implementation, evaluation, and accreditation. The Associate Director considers the welfare of the entire institution by creating and maintaining a culture of civility, professionalism, respect and cooperation.

The Associate Director is a key member of the UAA School of Nursing leadership team and will aid in providing strategic insight and support the Director in creating, implementing and evaluating the institutional goals.


100•Spearhead student success initiatives such as improving diverse student access to programs. Supply substantial focus on academic success, identifying at risk students and engage with them individualized student pathways to success without roadblocks. Provide academic and student support services to increase retention and persistence. • Implement policies and procedures that ensure high quality, consistent and accessible services for students. •Maintain current knowledge of student development and learning strategies. •Track student interaction and use data in annual outcomes assessment; compile information and draft reports as requested by the Director. • Develop familiarity with issues certain populations of students may face (non-traditional students, minority, first generation university students, etc.) and incorporate this perspective into developmental advising approaches. •Create and maintain an ethical environment and culture of civility and kindness, treating colleagues, coworkers, employees, students, and others with dignity and respect. •Support the Director and faculty in planning for the development of contemporary new degree programs and the ongoing evolution of existing degree programs. Implement processes identified by the institution and community stakeholders deemed emergent including but not limited to including program expansion and community engagement. •Serve as the primary administration contact for daily operations, faculty and student concerns. Evaluate current student policies for ambiguity and adjust for clarity. •Communicate a minimum of weekly, with the Director regarding department operations, quality issues and other overarching management matters. •Assess all aspects of student success including but not limited to diversity metrics, student attrition rate, NCLEX success rates, and employment data. Collaborate with UAA Institutional Research. Create strategies with the Director to maintain excellent student success metrics. Build and administer student achievement initiatives focused on successful licensure. •Maintains a fiscally responsible faculty development program for excellence in teaching and the application of information technologies for learning, including distance learning. •Creates opportunities for recognizing teaching excellence. Assists in evaluation of faculty for promotion and tenure. •Participate in hiring, career development and ongoing supervision and evaluation of the Academic Partnership Consortium Coordinator and all faculty positions. • Acts as consultant and facilitator for all the programs committees including curriculum committee and faculty groups that are monitoring curriculum and academic standards. Maintains reasonable and consistent attendance to fulfill requirements for position. •In the Directors absence, acts as the administrative authority for the School of Nursing.Essential


  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to student success.

  • Ability to learn from students’ participation, demonstrates fair and consistent behavior in all matters, resolve inquires and complaints, and shows compassion without being ineffectual. Perms within legal and ethical boundaries.

  • Commitment to fostering diversity and inclusivity.

  • Knowledge of online and distance delivered nursing programs preferred.

  • Demonstrated ability to plan, implement, and evaluate nursing curriculum.

  • Excellent teaching skills as evidenced in prior teaching evaluations.

  • Knowledge of nursing specialized accreditation (AACN, CCNE). Ability to read, analyze, and interpret accreditation criteria, state agency regulations, and academic journals.

  • Knowledge of University policies and procedures.

  • Knowledge of academic and business workings of a higher education institutions.

  • Knowledge of local, state, and national nursing procedures.

  • Knowledge of the nursing discipline, new program development, educational culture.

  • Knowledge of current trends in nursing education and administration.

  • Demonstrated clinical competency and professional standards of practice.

  • Excellent time management, detail-oriented skills, and successfully meets deadlines. Ability to manage several competing priorities and embrace change.

  • Excellent critical thinking, conflict resolution, and decision-making skills.

  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.

  • Ability to handle all situations with tact, professionalism, and diplomacy. Ability to develop professional rapport and work effectively, cooperatively, collaboratively and flexible in a diverse team environment.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including the ability to build successful relationships with student populations.

  • Ability to receive and give direction.

  • Ability to effectively present information to employees, students, faculty, academic and campus leaders, and corporate leaders.

  • Communicate online including e-mail, chat rooms, videoconferencing and other technology-based communication media.

  • Computer based skills (i.e., software, analytical, and report writing skills).

  • Ability to work nontraditional hours if needed to support the institutional mission.

Required Experience:

At least two years’ leadership experience in a formalized education institution, preferably in a post-secondary or college institution.


Master’s degree from an accredited institution complete by January 2, 2018, which includes coursework in Nursing Education, or Administration.

Doctorate in Nursing Educational Leadership preferred.

Special Conditions of Employment:

The applicant must be eligible to work in the United States; no work visas are available for this position.


Salary will be based upon applicable academic preparation and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a

  • Cover letter

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Transcript verifying highest degree

  • Minimum of three professional letters of reference

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution. The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to non-discrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of non-discrimination available

Advertised:27 Feb 2018Alaskan Standard Time

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