Founding Director of the RN to BSN Program


Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education

Northeastern Illinois University invites applications and nominations for the position of Founding Director of the RN to BSN Program

Full Time, Continuing Position

The Founding Director of the RN to BSN Program reports to the Chair of the Department of Health Sciences and Physical Education and is responsible for all curricular, budgetary, and personnel matters of the Program; and provides leadership/vision in fulfilling the Program, Department, Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education, and University missions and goals.

Develop a quality innovative RN to BSN completion program that is accessible to a diverse and multicultural student population. The Director reports to the Chair of the Department of Health Sciences and Physical Education (HSPE) and is responsible for all Departmental curricular, budgetary, and personnel matters; and provides leadership/vision in fulfilling the Department, Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education, and University missions and goals.

Minimum Qualifications:

An earned masters or doctorate from an accredited institution in nursing or a health related discipline; holds a current unencumbered nursing license in the State of Illinois or is able to obtain the license within 6 months of appointment; a minimum of 5 years of nursing experience within the last 10 years; 3 to 5 years of experience in an administrative role in an academic nursing program; a record of excellence in program and curriculum development; experience with national, regional, state, and professional accreditation processes.

Preferred Qualifications: 

Demonstrated ability to develop a quality innovative on-line RN to BSN completion program that is accessible to a diverse and multicultural student population;

  • Progressive experience in providing leadership and working collaboratively with faculty in the development of online and hybrid academic nursing programs;
  • Commitment to and experience working with diverse populations consistent with the University's mission documents and description of "Diversity at Northeastern Illinois University"
  • Experience establishing educational and clinical partnerships that promote health and health care to meet the needs of a dynamic, diverse, and multicultural global society;
  • Experience with program assessment and evaluation of student outcomes;
  • Demonstrated experience working in collaboration with faculty, students, administrators, staff and external constituencies;
  • Willingness to work in a collective bargaining environment;

Essential Job Requirements:

  • Develop the RN to BSN program in accordance with accreditation requirements;
  • Maintain State Board of Nursing and Commission on Collegiate Nursing standards;
  • Collaborate with the Chair of HSPE and the Dean of the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education to ensure adequate faculty to meet the program's mission, goals, and expected student and faculty outcomes;
  • Collaborate with various departments to develop curricular areas of concentration for the BSN degree;
  • Work closely with the Office of Enrollment Services to ensure recruitment efforts are fruitful, bringing qualified and appropriate numbers of students to the Program;
  • Coordinate both planning and instructional activities among departments and programs on campus in order to create and sustain the RN to BSN program;
  • Develop and maintain productive relationships with external organizations and agencies pertinent to the program;
  • Develop and provide meaningful staff development opportunities for the nursing program to enhance the quality of instruction, recruitment, and retention;
  • Teach in the RN to BSN program as assigned;
  • Maintain all program activities necessary for accreditation and future reaffirmation of accreditation;
  • Show evidence of skill and knowledge that uses innovative teaching methods and approaches to the education of RN to BSN students;

About Northeastern Illinois University

Founded in 1867, Northeastern Illinois University enrolls about 7,200 students through the College of Arts and Sciences, the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education, the College of Business and Management and the College of Graduate Studies and Research. Northeastern is regarded as the most diverse public comprehensive university in the Midwest and is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Northeastern offers more than 40 undergraduate degree and certificate programs and more than 50 graduate degree, certificate, licensure and endorsement programs.

Northeastern’s Main Campus is located on 67 acres in a residential area on the Northwest Side of Chicago. The University has three additional locations in the metropolitan area: the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, El Centro and the Center for College Access and Success. Northeastern also is a founding member of the University Center of Lake County consortium campus in suburban Lake County, north of Chicago. Read more about Northeastern Illinois University at neiu.edu.

About the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education

The Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education has transformed the teaching landscape of Chicago, with roots tracing back to the city's first teacher education institution. The Goodwin College offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs in School and Family Counseling; Inner City Studies; Secondary, Physical, Health, Literacy, Elementary, Early Childhood, Gifted, and Special Education; Teacher Leaders; Educational Leadership; and Human Resource Development. The College maintains excellence in all educational standards and is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education- the premier accrediting body approved by the U.S. Department of Education- as well as by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs and the Council on Rehabilitation Education. The Goodwin College's pioneering emphasis on urban education has been recognized with awards for best practices in global diversity.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package including health, dental and vision benefits, sick and vacation days, and participation in the State Universities Retirement System.

(Each position requires a background check)

To Apply:

In order to be considered for employment by Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) you must submit the following and send all documents within one PDF/Word document to GCOE-NursingSearch@neiu.edu

  • A letter of interest addressing your qualifications for this position
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Three (3) current academic and professional references
  • Current Illinois RN licensure
  • Employment Application 
  • Statement of Annuitant Status 
  • Affirmative Action Form
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts are accepted; however, official transcripts for all earned degrees will be required of candidates selected for on-campus interviews

In addition to the links provided above for the Employment Application (fillable), Affirmative Action Form and Statement of Annuitant Status, you can also obtain these forms at the NEIU Office of Human Resources, Bernard Office Building (BOB), 5555 N. Bernard Street, Chicago, IL 60625, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m.

Review of applications begins September 15, 2021 and continues until the position is filled.


Northeastern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and invites applications from Women, Minorities, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities, as well as Other Qualified Individuals. Northeastern Illinois University's positions are contingent upon the University's receipt of its State of Illinois appropriation.