Saint Martin's University
Director of Nursing

The University seeks a collaborative, dynamic nurse educator to lead their innovative RN to BSN program and to develop and implement a new pre-licensure baccalaureate program.


The Position

The Director will lead a CCNE accredited RN to BSN program grounded in the AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Education and informed by the IOM Report on the Future of Nursing. The program is currently an academic program within the College of Arts and Sciences, which provides rich opportunities for interdisciplinary engagement. Unique aspects of the program include an elective course in traditional Chinese medicine and options for study abroad. The University plans to submit an application for approval to develop a pre-licensure baccalaureate program, development of which will become the responsibility of the Director. This position is a full-time, 12-month renewable position with potential for a transition into the tenure-track. Faculty rank will depend on qualifications.

Specific responsibilities include:


  • Evaluate and revise curriculum as needed.

  • Perform total program evaluation to maintain CCNE accreditation and Washington State approval.

  • Communicate with academic leaders, accreditors, and regulators.

  • Facilitate the program’s strategic plan including development of a pre-licensure BSN program.

  • Recruit, appoint, and mentor faculty.

  • Work closely with faculty and academic leaders to create and develop academic and practice partnerships.

  • Facilitate recruitment, retention and advisement of students.

The Qualifications

Candidates must possess an earned doctorate in nursing, public health, human services, or related field, with at least one graduate degree (master’s or doctorate) in nursing. At least three years of experience as a registered nurse, including two years of experience in nursing education at or above the baccalaureate level, and unrestricted RN licensure at the time of hire are also required. A demonstrated ability to work collaboratively across disciplines and with community education and administration partners, a willingness to support the Catholic, Benedictine tradition of the University, and a commitment to the Institute of Medicine recommendations on the future of nursing are essential.

Additional preferred qualifications include:


  • Experience in and commitment to curriculum development.

  • Experience and/or interest in working with diverse populations.

  • Experience with web-based learning management systems.

  • Experience teaching in an RN to BSN and pre-licensure nursing programs.

The University

Saint Martin’s University is a Roman Catholic coeducational university, one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only Benedictine university west of the Rocky Mountains.

Founded in 1895, the University offers 25 baccalaureate and seven graduate degree programs in four colleges and schools: the Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering, the School of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Education and Counseling Psychology. The University has a student enrollment of approximately 1,400 undergraduates and 300 postgraduates and a 12:1 student-faculty ratio. The school's sports teams participate in the NCAA's Great Northwest Athletic Conference at the Division II level.

The Saint Martin’s community is shaped by its Benedictine heritage. Characterized by community, stewardship, hospitality, stability, listening, and love of learning; the University seeks to foster a community of faith, reverence for the dignity of all life, dedication to peace and justice, and devotion to service. Reflecting the Benedictine virtue of hospitality, the University welcomes and, indeed, seeks students not only from the Pacific Northwest, but from other parts of the nation and the world at its main and extension campuses. Saint Martin’s treasures persons of all ages, religions, and nationalities as it encourages cognizance of diverse viewpoints and an appreciation of all cultures.

The beauty of the 300-acre suburban campus reflects the rich academic and spiritual nature of its presence in the Pacific Northwest. Saint Martin’s Abbey, home to a community of Benedictine monks, is centrally located on campus. The monastic community provides firm spiritual ground for many students and alumni as they progress through a turbulent contemporary society. For additional information, please visit

The Location

Lacey, Washington, a city of 36,000 people, and neighboring Olympia, the state capital, combine for a total population that exceeds 100,000. Located near the waters of southern Puget Sound, Saint Martin's is less than an hour from Seattle, 30 minutes from Tacoma, and two hours from Portland, Oregon. With its surrounding metropolitan area, Saint Martin's and the greater Olympia area attract nationally recognized entertainers, artists, and musicians, providing cultural opportunities that complement the University's educational experience.

The southern Puget Sound area is naturally wonderful. Swimming and other water activities are as close as five minutes from campus on a wealth of nearby lakes, streams, and ocean inlets. Pacific Ocean beaches, just 50 miles west, offer opportunities for clamming, kiting, deep-sea fishing and sailing. Less than an hour away, hikers, skiers, backpackers, birders, and other outdoor enthusiasts can pursue their favorite pastimes in the mountains or enjoy such spectacular Northwest attractions as Mount Rainier National Park, Mount St. Helens, the Olympic Peninsula, and the San Juan Islands.

The Invitation

Application, confidential conversation, or nomination.


To apply, please submit a complete curriculum vitae with a letter of application summarizing your professional qualifications and the accomplishments that reflect the skills, background, and experience to be successful in this key position. Send your application materials to me at the email address below.


To arrange a day and time for a confidential conversation, simply email me at the address below and suggest a few days and times convenient with your schedule.


If a colleague comes to mind you feel might have an interest, I would welcome your nomination. Please forward your nomination to me at the email address below or call me.


Thank you for your consideration,                                                                                                                        

Gary R. Rhoads
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The principles of the Catholic Benedictine tradition, equal employment opportunity, and nondiscrimination are fundamental to the mission, goals, and objectives of Saint Martin’s University. The University does not discriminate in employment or in the delivery or administration of its educational programs, policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic or other University programs on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion (except as a bona fide occupational qualification for certain select positions), marital status, national or ethnic origin, military or veteran status, age, or disability.

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