Faculty Position

Dean, Buntain School of Nursing

Position Details

Appointment As negotiated, between June 1 and August 1, 2018
Classification Dean holding tenure track faculty rank and appointment.

Essential Functions

The Dean provides strategic leadership in all areas necessary for the success of the School of Nursing, including: undergraduate and graduate nursing education programs offered in on-campus and online modalities; hiring, support, evaluation and supervision of full-time and adjunct faculty; student recruitment, admissions, and support; relationships with local and international clinical sites and other constituencies; and remaining in good standing with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the State of Washington Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.

Additionally, the Buntain School of Nursing is unique among BSN programs in requiring month-long cross-cultural faculty-led clinical experience of all its students. Each February, BSON seniors can be found in clinical groups of four to ten students scattered around the world at sites that include Taiwan, India, Republic of Georgia, Alaska, Kenya, Mexico and Kazakhstan. The Dean plays an important leadership and support role in these international clinical rotations. The successful candidate will have a love of adventure and cross-cultural experience.

The Dean is a member of the Northwest University Faculty; reports to the Provost; serves on the Dean’s Conferral and Academic Affairs Committee; chairs School of Nursing meetings; works to improve teaching effectiveness of individual faculty members; monitors enrollment history; coordinates the development, assessment and improvement of undergraduate and graduate programs; schedules curricular offerings; manages the budget; and represents the School of Nursing to all constituencies.

The Dean also serves in a consultative, coordinative and facilitative role in the academic leadership of the university. Success in this role requires the ability to work collegially and cooperatively with fellow deans and university departmental leaders. 


  1. Either, a graduate degree with a major of nursing and a doctoral degree either in nursing or a related educational field, or a doctoral degree in nursing.
  2. A deep, personal commitment to Jesus Christ and to the Spirit-filled life.
  3. A proven record of effective teaching and administrative leadership in nursing and/or nursing education.
  4. An active and unencumbered Washington nursing license.
  5. Five years of experience as a registered nurse.
  6. Experience with State regulators and professional accreditors.
  7. Demonstrated proficiency in the management of fiscal resources
  8. Ability to articulate the integration of faith and learning within the discipline of nursing and shows willingness and ability to apply the Christian worldview in curricular and course design, instruction, and advising.
  9. Ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with students, faculty, staff, and the general constituency of the university and the School of Nursing.
  10. Ability to supervise faculty who prepare students for nursing careers and have positive impact on student learning.
  11. Ability to develop professional skills in faculty and students through coaching, modeling and direct instruction.


Dependent on education and experience; and based on the established salary schedule.

Application Requirements

To be considered as a candidate, a complete application must include: (1) a letter of interest; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references; (4) statement of your understanding of a desirable relationship between Christian faith and the educational mission of the School of Nursing; (5) brief statement of personal faith journey including church involvements. The search will continue until an adequate number of qualified applicants have been identified. 

Contact Information

James Heugel, PhD
Northwest University
P.O. Box 579
Kirkland, WA 98083-0579

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Search procedures will be closed, when a sufficient number of qualified applicants have been identified. Applicants are urged to provide sufficient information, so that the application file may be considered complete at the end of the search period.

Northwest University

Northwest University is a Christian coeducational undergraduate and graduate institution, related to the Assemblies of God, offering baccalaureate and master's, and doctoral level education. The sixty-acre campus is located in Kirkland, Washington, just ten miles from downtown Seattle. The campus is an ideal setting for study, recreation, and inspiration and is centrally located and convenient to industry, business, and commercial activities.

Mission Statement

We, the people of Northwest University, carry the call of God by continually building a learning community dedicated to spiritual vitality, academic excellence, and empowered engagement with human need.

In addition, all faculty members at Northwest University must subscribe to our Statement of Faith.


Northwest University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (regional). The University is endorsed by the Commission on Christian Higher Education of the Assemblies of God and the Association of Christian Schools International. The University holds membership in the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.

Northwest University's College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The Buntain School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. In addition, the School of Nursing has received approval from the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. The University is also approved by the Board of Education and Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of Washington to prepare elementary and secondary education teachers and recommend for certification. It is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

The University is approved by the Federal and State Governments for student aid programs and for the training of international students. Selected programs of study are approved by a Washington State Approving Agency for enrollment of those eligible for benefits under Title 38 and Title 10, U.S. Code and by Washington State for training in Vocational Rehabilitation. It is listed in the current bulletin, "Accredited Higher Education Institutions," published by the U.S. Office of Education.

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