The Leadership Opportunity
The UConn School of Nursing is at a point of remarkable opportunity. In recent years, it has affirmed its focus on research and scholarship, initiated and matured new programs that promise to expand enrollment and further expand the faculty, and raised its profile in the University community and the profession. The Dean can and will make critical contributions to the continued development of the School. This is a remarkable opportunity for an individual with the drive, skill, and experience to bring creative leadership to the organization and to play a meaningful role in shaping its future. The new Dean will embrace these opportunities, helping to realize the potential of the UConn School of Nursing. The successful candidate, whose leadership is eagerly sought, can make a personal difference to the institution. The new Dean will build on a solid foundation to contribute to the School and its diverse constituents to address some key challenges and pursue important opportunities:
- Create a vision for the future and engage the School community in its support
- Build a faculty of distinction
- Build and support the student body
- Create a culture of collaboration
- Align resources with programmatic needs and manage them effectively
- Lead the School to address underserved areas on the state
- Serve as a public voice for healthcare
Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the School of Nursing, responsible for providing strategic vision and operational leadership to all aspects of the academic and scholarly program. The Dean will lead the School in promoting a research environment conducive to interprofessional endeavors, advancing innovative educational programs, and facilitating practice initiatives. The Dean will effectively define, articulate, and promote the School’s contributions in local, regional, and national arenas of nursing, healthcare, and policy. The successful candidate will be a nationally recognized, strong, self-assured, entrepreneurial leader able to infuse the UConn School of Nursing with a sense of pride, of purpose and of excellence.
University of Connecticut
The University of Connecticut is one of the nation’s leading public research universities. Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant college and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, where this School and position are located, four regional campuses throughout the state, a Law School, and Medical and Dental Schools at its Health Center. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including more than 23,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate/professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 20 public universities in the nation.
The University of Connecticut seeks a dynamic leader that must have at least the following minimum knowledge and skills:
- A Ph.D. in nursing or an equivalent degree.
- Credentials that merit appointment at the rank of full professor in nursing.
- Eligibility for licensure in Connecticut as a Registered Nurse.
- A proven leader and talented administrator.
The successful candidate must have the following traits:
- A profound sense of integrity and professionalism.
- A deep commitment to excellence.
- A clear ability to use good judgment and make sound decisions.
- An energetic leadership style that invites collaboration, encourages teamwork, welcomes diverse perspectives, and values transparency.
- Distinctive ability in managing change, resolving conflict, and building consensus.
- Superior interpersonal and communication skills, including tactfulness, a high level of emotional intelligence and concern for others, and the ability to navigate controversy gracefully and treat all people with civility and respect.
The ideal candidate will also have the following preferred characteristics:
- Nationally recognized leader in nursing research and interdisciplinary team science.
- A sophisticated understanding of current healthcare issues and trends nationally and in higher education research and teaching.
- The ability to develop and articulate a vision for the School and to develop and implement effective strategic plans, including the ability to translate institutional strategy into operational goals, and to specify and prioritize short and long-range objectives.
- Experience as an agent of innovation and change achieving excellence across a complex organization.
- A demonstrable track-record of administrative achievement that gives strong evidence of his or her capacity to manage a complex School, including its budget, workforce, and programs.
- The skills to navigate the organizational, political, and fiscal realities unique to a major public research university, and to make changes to improve current practice, including effective advocacy for the resources required to uphold mandates and achieve aspirations.
- Demonstrated success as an educator.
- Demonstrated experience at a research university and success as a researcher committed to the search for new knowledge.
- Demonstrated experience as a clinician who understands health care delivery and is able to imagine new possibilities for the School.
- Demonstrated capability to effectively manage professional and support staff, including hiring, motivating, training, developing, and evaluating the job performance of employees.
- A record of accomplishment with respect to promoting diversity, including assessing needs, developing initiatives, and applying best practices.
- Significant experience with outreach and cross-organizational cooperation.
- The ability to work productively and cooperatively with administrators, faculty, students, staff, educators, and community leaders as partners to advance the University’s research, teaching, engagement, outreach, and service missions.
- Experience and/or the clear potential to represent the School articulately and compellingly to external constituencies, enhancing the visibility and impact of its work while increasing gifts, funded research, and other mission-aligned revenue.
- Strong written, oral, and interpersonal skills; the ability to communicate the School’s needs, plans, and programs effectively.
- A genuine appreciation of and good rapport with students.
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.
Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics.
Review of applications, nominations, and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue on a confidential basis until an appointment is made. All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications (including curriculum vitae and letters of interest responding to the position challenges and objectives outlined above) will be held in the strictest confidence and should be submitted to Korn Ferry.