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About University of Providence


The University of Providence is a four-year, private, Catholic liberal arts university with a main campus located in Great Falls, Montana offering both face to face and online programs. Founded by the Sisters of Providence in 1932, the University is sponsored by Providence Ministries. As part of the Providence Health System (PHS) the University continues to create academic programs to address current and future workforce needs for the healthcare system and industry. Guiding all Providence Ministries are the shared values of dignity, compassion, justice, excellence and integrity.


Position Summary

Under the direction of the Dean of the School of Health Professions, the Associate Dean of Nursing is responsible to lead, plan, develop, and evaluate a suite of programs within the Division of Nursing. The Associate Dean of Nursing provides leadership for the suite of Nursing programs, including RN-BSN, Accelerated BSN, and MSN Nurse Educator and MSN Adult and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. The Associate Dean is charged with ensuring that all assigned programs are of high quality, achieve the objectives and outcomes set forth, and maintain/receive national accreditation (as required) as well as any state regulations required to deliver the programs. This includes academic assessments, leading curriculum design sessions and ensuring continuous process improvement practices for all programs. The Associate Dean is responsible for program operations, including fiscal responsibility and faculty recruitment for all assigned programs. This position is viewed as a respected leader and works collaboratively with both University-wide and on-campus departments and key Providence system and regional leaders to ensure sustained collaboration and seamless structures and processes for all assigned programs. The Associate Dean is a full-time administrative position with full eligibility for UP faculty appointment.



  • Provide leadership and strategic planning in the development and execution for Nursing programs consistent with current and future Providence Healthcare workforce needs in partnership with the University.
  • Responsible for creating and maintaining high quality Nursing programs that maintain/receive national accreditation and where appropriate, state approval.
  • Accountable for programmatic collaboration within the University and Providence Healthcare, to envision, design, develop and evaluate Nursing programs.
  • Where appropriate, assesses and coordinates clinical facility placement needs and evaluates the quality of clinical facilities in accordance with state and national regulatory requirements to ensure that clinical learning experiences satisfy the course and program learning outcomes.
  • Responsible to provide program data, to document program outcomes and effectiveness to the Provost and other executive leaders; as well as any regulatory or accrediting agencies per assigned program requirements.
  • Responsible for developing and managing program budgets. This also includes responsibility for creating the business plans for new programs, expanding existing programs and faculty recruitment proposals.
  • Responsible for the recruitment, orientation, and on-going professional development for Nursing program faculty to help ensure a positive learning experience and environment is created for both students and faculty within the Division of Nursing.
  • Leads the development and improvement of Nursing programs, incorporating best practices, research, performance needs assessment and training assessments into the process of the design and delivery of academic programs.
  • Provide direct and indirect oversight of day-to-day operations of all Nursing programs and special projects.
  • Collaborate closely with the leader of the Division of Health Programs and the Dean of SHP to lead the school.
  • Provide direct management to faculty and direction to administrative and other support staff.
  • Maintains current knowledge for Nursing programs by attending state and national conferences and participates in other professional development activities to ensure the university’s Nursing programs are robust and relevant for students.
  • Effectively represent the SHPs goals, strategies, and interests internally and externally to the university.
  • Ensure the School’s activities are in accordance with the governance, policy, and regulatory frameworks of the university.
  • Performs all duties in a manner which promotes team concept and reflects the university and Providence mission and philosophy.


Essential Position Competencies And Requirements


  • Doctorate from a fully accredited university required.


  • 5 years or greater of higher education administrative experience.
  • Progressive escalating leadership experiences in a higher education setting.
  • Proven leadership in the design, implementation and evaluation of Nursing programs and projects.
  • Networked in the academic arena and driven to bring best practices into academic systems and processes.
  • Eligible for required program licensure needed for Nursing programs in Montana and other Providence-based states, as needed


  • Models a passionate commitment to the Mission, values and work of the University of Providence through self-understanding, authenticity and spiritual grounding and inspires others to bring forth their best.
  • Models high standards of honesty, integrity, trust and ethical behavior.
  • Balances the Common Good with the needs of the most vulnerable in decision-making.
  • Delivers results by implementing with persistence and follows through on both strategic and tactical objectives.
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity while driving for results.
  • Is reflective and instills trust through openness, respect and honesty with others at all times.
  • Is nimble and flexible and manages competing priorities effectively.
  • Provides superior customer service and motivates others to ensure the same customer-focused intensity.
  • Handles conflict effectively.
  • Proven ability to interact professionally with employees at all levels of the organization in a courteous and cooperative manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative and collaborative work environment.
  • Proficiency with automated and integrated software systems and Microsoft Office products.
  • Maintains strict confidentiality.


Position Details

Position Type: Administration
FTE: 1.0
FLSA: Exempt
Location: UP Campus or remote/telework



To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, UP application, and three professional references to


Employment Application (PDF)

Summary of Benefits (PDF)

The University of Providence is a Catholic, student-centered, mission-focused university. For more information, please contact Human Resources at 406.791.5976.

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