Cornell University, one of the nation's leading and most distinguished universities, is seeking a collaborative and forward-thinking leader for the position of Director of Nursing & Clinical Support Services. This is a distinctive and exciting leadership opportunity as Cornell Health is moving toward its next level of excellence by creating a new department that brings together nurses and clinical administrative assistant (CAA) professionals into one cohesive department of Nursing & Clinical Support Services. This new alignment will enhance collaboration across Cornell Health, partnering with Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), Medical Services, and Administrative Services, in the equitable support of student-facing clinical functions with a goal of advancing the unit's long-standing aspiration of providing holistic, whole person care.
Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.
Please note: The University has partnered with Keeling & Associates, LLC (K&A) in this search process. Applications should include a cover letter and resume and must be sent, preferably in PDF format, to recruiting@KeelingAssociates.com. The subject line of the email should read "Cornell - Nurse Director." A confidential review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. All materials submitted by March 26, 2021, will be given full consideration. Confidential inquiries and nominations should be addressed to the K&A senior consultant leading this search, Dr. Jan Walbert, at jwalbert@KeelingAssociates.com.
About Cornell Health
Cornell Health is a fully accredited ambulatory care college health center committed to providing integrated and culturally sensitive mental health, medical, health promotion, public health, student accommodations, and occupational medicine care and services. Dually focused on holistic health of Cornell students and well-being of the larger campus community, the unit supports readiness to learn, to participate fully in the Cornell experience, and to achieve academic, work, and life success. Cornell Health benefits from many resources, most importantly including the more than 200 stellar individuals who compose the amazing Cornell Health team, as well as a $32M operating budget, an award-winning new building that was designed to facilitate interdepartmental collaboration, and an excellent reputation on campus, locally, and in the field of college health. Cornell Health is nationally recognized for innovation and leadership, and is committed to an ongoing journey toward integrated, cost-effective, and community-based services and campus health initiatives.
About the Position
The Director of Nursing & Clinical Support Services will occupy a vital leadership role within Cornell Health, both reporting to, and serving as a key thought partner with, the Assistant Vice President of Student & Campus Life for Health and Wellbeing (AVP) in support of the AVP's leadership of, and vision for, comprehensive student well-being at Cornell. The Director will lead a vibrant, student-focused, high-performing leadership team, including four nurse managers and an assistant director of clinical administrative support, plus staff nurses (RN/LPN/CMA) and CAA professionals in a department of approximately 60 dedicated permanent team members plus many valued per diem and temporary employees. The Director will oversee a large segment of Cornell Health's clinical operations and will be responsible for the oversight of all aspects of nursing and CAA functions.
The Director is a critically important partner in creating a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging at Cornell Health. This position will partner with the AVP and Senior Staff in the strategic direction of the unit, co-develop organizational policy, and collaborate in the direction and oversight of Cornell Health clinical operations, playing a key role in matters of public health. The Director will share their professional expertise with the campus through relationships with key campus partners, and membership in campus committees.
This position is considered an Essential Employee, needed on campus to meet the needs of students, research programs, or general operations when the university is in reduced operating status or closed.
The Successful Candidate
Recognizing that no candidate will encompass every attribute described within, in general, Cornell Health leaders strive to demonstrate integrity, initiative, enthusiasm, professional and personal growth, mutually respectful communication, flexibility, and adaptability. A key member of the Cornell Health leadership team, the Director of Nursing & Clinical Support Services will ground decision-making in a principled approach while operating with a high level of independence, navigating an inter-professional clinical care environment and complex campus community. The Director will lead by example, fostering strong working relationships with Senior Staff and campus partners alike, and collaborating with colleagues at all levels and in all departments of the unit.
An advocate of a best-practices, data-driven approach to health care management, the Director of Nursing & Clinical Support Services will partner with unit leaders to steward and optimize Cornell Health's many resources. With relevant experience in complex health environments requiring collaborative approaches, blended with a deep appreciation of the expertise of others, the Director will advocate for effective systems and build on a foundation of dedicated staff. The Director will seek to broaden and enhance professional skills through active participation in continuing education activities and professional organizations, through participation in ongoing Quality Improvement activities, and by maintaining a robust and relevant professional network.
MSN or equivalent combination of training and experience. Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in New York State, or eligible for licensure.
Minimum of 5 years' experience in acute or ambulatory care nursing.
Minimum of 5 years supervisory experience.
Current CPR certification required; must be maintained throughout duration of employment.
Ability to apply the New York State Nurse Practice Act to ensure nursing clinical operations comply with all relevant regulatory requirements.
Familiarity with PC based computers, Microsoft Office, and comfort with health information systems.
Ability to be a positive contributor to and leader of a team-based inter-professional environment with an innovative, improvement-oriented culture. Ability to diffuse emergency situations with a strong, yet compassionate, approach.
Knowledge of policy and procedure structure, development, and adherence. Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information.
Master's degree in nursing administration, completion of certificate program in nursing executive leadership or college health administration, or similar.
Interest in and concern for health problems encountered in a campus community.
Application Process and Timeline
The University has partnered with Keeling & Associates, LLC (K&A) in this search process. Applications should include a cover letter and resume and must be sent, preferably in PDF format, to recruiting@KeelingAssociates.com. The subject line of the email should read "Cornell - Nurse Director." A confidential review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. All materials submitted by March 26, 2021, will be given full consideration.
Confidential inquiries and nominations should be addressed to the K&A senior consultant leading this search, Dr. Jan Walbert, at jwalbert@KeelingAssociates.com.
Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.
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