Nursing Department Chair

Coe College invites applications for the position of Nursing Department Chair. 

The successful candidate will provide visionary leadership to our nursing department, ensuring excellence in nursing education, fostering a culture of innovation, and promoting the professional growth and development of faculty and students. 

The Nursing Department Chair will spend a significant amount of time preparing for program re-accreditation and curricular revision, therefore workload and course release will be adjusted in consideration of this. This position is a 9-month contract with a summer stipend for additional summer chair work. A 3-year contract will be offered with the expectation of successful evaluation for renewal. Position has flexible start date in July or August, 2024.

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in nursing or a related field (PhD, EdD, or DNP)
  • Current Iowa or Multistate Nursing License or eligible for licensure in the state of Iowa
  • Minimum of two years of experience in clinical nursing  
  • Minimum of two years of teaching experience in a nursing education program, with a proven track record of leadership and administrative success
  • Strong understanding of Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation processes
  • Demonstrate innovative implementation of Next Generation (NGN) NCLEX test preparation
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and team-building skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Financial acumen and experience managing budgets
  • Visionary thinking and the ability to lead and inspire others toward a shared vision
  • Clinical coordination with area healthcare partners and strong networking capabilities
  • Clinical and didactic experience in Medical/Surgical, Mental Health, and/or Labor & Delivery


  • Provide strategic leadership to advance the mission and goals of the nursing department
  • Oversee curriculum development, assessment, and evaluation processes
  • Ensure compliance with accreditation standards and regulatory requirements
  • Recruit, mentor, and evaluate faculty to maintain a high-quality teaching and learning environment
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to enhance community partnerships, clinical placements, and research opportunities
  • Manage departmental resources, including budget planning and allocation
  • Foster a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the department and across campus
  • Represent the nursing department at college-wide meetings, professional conferences, and external events

Application Process:

Interested candidates should submit:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Contact information for three professional references

To apply

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Coe is committed to fostering a multicultural environment and encourages applications from individuals who will help fulfill that goal. We value the input of multiple viewpoints and diverse perspectives and aim to create an academic community that is rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity. Coe College is an equal opportunity employer.