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Partner to the Dean of the Rwandan School of Nursing and Midwifery

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) is currently working with a consortium of schools of nursing in the U.S., including New York University, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Texas, Howard University, and Duke University, to recruit several faculty members for the Rwanda Human Resources for Health (HRH) Program. Five of these faculty members to be recruited are Advisors to the Director of a Rwandan School of Nursing and Midwifery to build the health education infrastructure faculty and health workforce necessary to create a high quality, sustainable health care system in Rwanda.  

Rwanda currently faces a severe lack of highly qualified physicians, nurses, midwives and other health care workers. The key obstacle to building the health workforce in Rwanda is the inability of Rwandan schools and clinical teaching hospitals to offer adequate levels of teaching, clinical training, mentorship, research experience, and opportunities for advanced/specialized study.

The U.S. Nursing Academic Consortium for the Rwanda HRH Program has been invited by the Rwanda Ministry of Health to assist in strengthening nursing education, faculty development, and professionalization of Rwandan nursing. The primary goal is to support nursing and midwifery faculty in Rwanda and strengthen clinical teaching programs for nursing and midwifery students. As part of this program, U.S. universities will hire nursing and midwifery educators and clinical mentors and deploy them to Rwandan schools of nursing and teaching facilities. These educators will fill a number of roles at Rwandan academic institutions and in the teaching hospitals and clinics, including Curriculum Development Advisor, E-learning Advisor, Simulation Lab Advisor, Educational and Professional Standards Advisor, Advisor to the Directors of Rwandan School of Nursing and Midwifery.

The Partner to the Dean will work closely with the Dean in pertinent matters of School management and delivery as defined in the Dean's job description and will provide comprehensive support to the Dean. He/she will report to the Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Responsibilities:

  • Working with the Dean to:
    • Establish the vision and mission of the school in collaboration with faculty member and the Principal of the College
    • Provide leadership in education, research, and practice
    • Establish guidelines for faculty and students regarding academic integrity and develop mechanisms to safeguard academic quality in this regard
    • Hire and develop faculty and staff members
    • Develop and administer the annual budget
    • Establish academic regulations and policies
    • Develop academic programs consistent with the Dean's and Principal’s shared vision
    • Monitor policies for consistency and compliance
    • Ensure excellence in classroom, simulation, and clinical instruction of nursing and midwifery students
  • Contributing to the development of accreditation and national standards concerning academics and professional practice
  • Advancing the professions of nursing and midwifery through regular communication with, and support of, regulatory bodies and professional organizations
  • Modeling professional interactions with students in the classroom, simulation lab, or clinical settings
  • Participating in requested committees attended by the Dean within the School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Providing professional development advice to faculty members
  • Providing advice to the nursing and midwifery faculty members to facilitate the development of advanced nursing and midwifery education opportunities, including master's degree programs
  • Developing collaborative nursing and midwifery research projects
  • Serving on committees of the Rwanda Human Resources for Health Program as requested by the Dean or the HRH Program Coordinator
  • Serving on committees of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences as requested by the Dean
  • Consulting with professional standards, e-learning, curriculum development and infection control educators, partners to the directors of nursing, and USI clinical educators, as appropriate, regarding matters impacting the School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Provide a monthly activity report co-signed by the Rwandan supervisor (the Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery)

Essential Qualifications:

  • At least 5+ years of experience in executive academic administration in a College of Nursing
  • A graduate of an accredited school of nursing or midwifery
  • Consistent and continuing work at a high level in an academic learning environment
  • A proven track record as a leader, inside and outside of nursing
  • Teaching and curriculum development experience
  • Experience in developing baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in nursing and/or midwifery
  • Evidence of successful teamwork capabilities inside and outside of nursing
  • Experience nurturing and developing faculty
  • Research experience with a track record of developing, completing, and publishing funded research
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Management style that is inclusive and collaborative
  • Willingness to live in Rwanda for a minimum of one year
  • Respect for the experience and expertise of colleagues working in Rwanda
  • Commitment to the goals of the School of Nursing of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A PhD or equivalent from an accredited institution
  • French or Kinyarwanda language skills
  • Former position as a Dean or senior manager in an academic environment
  • International development experience

Instruction to Applicants:

Applicants should submit a letter of interest and CV to:

Marik Moen, MSN, MPH, ACRN
Assistant Professor, Family and Community Health
c/o Katherine Simmons
University of Maryland School of Nursing
655 West Lombard Street, Room 502
Baltimore, MD 21201

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