Oregon Health & Science University

Executive Vice Dean/Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
School of Nursing
Salary Range
Commensurate with education and experience
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Executive Vice Dean/Sr. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (EVD/SADAA) is the administrative officer who facilitates planning, administration, evaluation, and continuous improvement of the academic programs of the School of Nursing. The EVD/SADAA ensures that the academic standards and policies of OHSU, the School, and regulatory and accrediting agencies are met. The EVD/SADAA has joint responsibility with the Sr. Associate Dean for Student Affairs & Diversity for policies that support student academic progression and clinical site contract compliance. The EVD/SADAA reports directly to the Dean. S/he works closely with the Dean, the Sr. Associate Dean for Research, the Sr. Associate Dean for Student Affairs & Diversity, the Associate Dean for Finance & Administration, Campus Associate Deans, Assistant Deans, other administrators and faculty leaders to enhance and foster a team of teams culture, coordinated leadership, and alignment among the School’s academic, research, and practice/service mission areas.

The EVD/SADAA represents the Dean at designated School, University, professional, and community group meetings. During the temporary absence of the Dean, the EVD/SADAA may function as the administrator in charge of the School.

Function/Duties of Position

Academic Program Leadership

  • Represents the School of Nursing in University and/or professional nursing academic initiatives.

  • Sets aspirational vision for a portfolio of innovative academic programs to address complex and evolving health care needs and systems.

  • Provides intellectual and strategic leadership for academic programs, for recruitment and retention of the faculty of the whole, with the collective expertise to implement leading edge pedagogy and academic programs.

  • Advocates for the academic mission of the School, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and educational support needs of faculty across campuses and programs.

  • Collaborates with the Senior Associate Dean for Research and practice leaders so that missions are aligned and compatible, and faculty’s effort across multiple missions will be experienced as coherent and satisfying.

  • Meets with those engaged in the practice of nursing, other educators and scholars to identify new areas or formats for educational programming.

  • Explores opportunities for creating shared value through academic initiatives between the School and other parties, within the University and health system, as well as around the state.

  • Oversees systems to support academic program planning, implementation, evaluation, and continuous improvement. Oversees development and implementation of academic policies.

Administrative Oversight and Functions

  • Aligns complex organization systems for strategic change and continuous improvement in the academic mission.

  • Coordinates and approves School of Nursing reports submitted to University, regulatory, or accrediting bodies on behalf of the School’s academic programs.

  • Provides strategic and operational leadership for the SON Office of Academic Affairs. Responsible for recruitment, hiring, managing, and performance evaluation of directly reporting OAA staff.

  • Supervises and facilitates the work of academic Assistant Deans, and the Assistant Deans for Simulation and Academic Technology, Academic Services, and Assessment, Evaluation, and Quality Improvement.

  • Supervises and facilitates in collaboration with the Manager of the Clinical Placement Office and respective Assistant and Associate Deans for ongoing monitoring of systems to support clinical site contracts and clinical placements.

  • Collaboratively participates in resource management and budget planning.

  • In absence of the Dean, has signatory authority on contracts, documents, and letters.

Decision-Making Authority for:

  • Resolution and implementation of Academic programming and policies.

  • Academic Program evaluation plans.

  • Compliance with accreditation and other professional standards.

Required Qualifications

  • Eligible for licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Oregon.

  • Earned doctorate in nursing with at least seven years of progressive experience in nursing higher education; eligible for Associate or Professor rank.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in and passion for leading change; knowledge of undergraduate and graduate curricula in nursing, simulation and pedagogy.

  • Possess a clear understanding of the importance of diversity for a University/academic health center and the ability and skill to help lead the institution towards achieving its strategic goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Commitment to lifelong learning and continuous improvement in leadership development.

  • Evidence of success in academic scholarship, such as with funded training grants/centers and educational publications/presentations.

  • Interprofessional collaboration and leadership are highly desirable.

  • Expected leadership qualities include capacity for self-reflection, emotional intelligence, tolerance for ambiguity, and skill in leading groups toward common ground.

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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