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University of Washington
Seattle, WA Full-time
Posted on January 22, 2020
Req #: 174315
Posting Date: 11/22/2019 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with education and experience. 
Shift: First Shift 

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for six consecutive years. 

The School of Nursing has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time Director of Continuing Nursing Education. Under general direction of the Assistant Dean of Technology, Learning and Innovation, the Director of Continuing Nursing Education provides strategic leadership and management of the operations of the self-sustaining UW Continuing Nursing Education unit (UWCNE) within the UW School of Nursing (SoN), including strategic planning, fiscal and operational management, accreditation, and assurance of compliance with all relevant applicable laws, regulations and policies.

Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Technology, Learning and Innovation, this position will oversee the management of all CNE personnel and provide support and oversight to the planning, evaluation and implementation of the UWCNE programs. These programs are offered across a variety of face-to-face conferences, hybrid specialty programs and online courses for nurses and other health science professionals. The CNE Director will collaborate with CNE’s Nurse Planners, and other SoN faculty and staff, to develop and sustain strong partnerships with clinical and community agency partners and leaders. This position oversees an annual self-sustaining budget of $1.5M and 8-10 employees.

The University of Washington School of Nursing is an internationally top-rated school and leader in improving the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. The UW SoN Continuing Nursing Education group has provided high quality continuing education for nurses for 45 years, enrolling over 8000 health professionals annually in a variety of programs that are current, in-depth, and licensure-based. UWCNE is proud to be accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

The University of Washington School of Nursing (SoN) is looking for a CNE Director to lead in the re-envisioning and sustained operation of a self-sustaining unit which delivers continuing nursing education to a regional audience. A successful candidate will develop sustainable strategies to meet the needs of an ever-changing health care market, maximizing technology, collaboration, and new funding opportunities. Additionally, as part of the larger SoN re-envisioning effort, the CNE Director will support functional integration with the SoN Office of Technology, Learning and Innovation and finalize the effort to establish a sustainable long-term business model for CNE.  Efforts are underway to re-envision programs, events and courses to usher CNE into its next phase as the regions premier educator of nursing professionals.

The Director of Continuing Nursing Education must be highly effective in working with individual partners, stakeholders and customers while providing leadership to their team that is both supportive and effective. UW Continuing Nursing Education’s current services provide certification programs, online learning, hybrid specialty programs and in-person conferences which connect practicing nurses, SoN Faculty and UW students with continuing education and networking opportunities.

The CNE Director must stay abreast of trends and changes in the field of nursing, continuing education and instructional delivery. This position requires a commitment to customer service, the ability to work collaboratively in a changing environment, and the skill to work with members of the University community (faculty, staff, and students) who have diverse skills and expertise. The CNE Director must direct a range of activities that support the operation of this self-sustaining unit including budgeting, marketing, accreditation, event support, program development, fundraising, market analysis, community outreach, grant-writing, speaker recruitment and organizational development.


Personnel Management, Communication, Resource Alignment, Budgeting & Financial Management, Contracts & Commitments, Professional Development of Staff, Strategic & Emerging Issues

Leadership & Communication
•Lead, mentor, and oversee the management of all CNE personnel.
•Provide overall strategic leadership and planning to oversee all facets of the UWCNE operations.
•Oversee the CNE Advisory Committee and promote CNE offerings to community leaders.
•Regularly collaborate with and inform the Assistant Dean of Technology, Learning and Innovation on personnel issues, budgetary status, program planning and implementation, as well as other relevant strategic issues. Develop fiscally responsible strategic plans and budgets in partnership with the SoN leadership and UWCNE planning committees.
•Collaborate with other SoN administrators, faculty and staff to help coordinate and support the School of Nursing public image in relation to continuing education and career-long learning initiatives, as well as possible community partnerships across a range of healthcare organizations, foundations, corporations, etc.
•Develop sustainable strategies to meet the needs of an ever-changing health care market, maximizing technology, collaboration, and new funding opportunities.
•Provide leadership to the CNE staff team in the development of new, diversified revenue sources, including contributed support, that will sustain existing and/or fund new continuing education initiatives, and ensure long term financial CNE sustainability.
•Build and develop ongoing relationships and partnerships with clinical and community agency leaders and potential client for continuing education. Initiate, develop and foster productive relationships with new community and clinical partner representatives for the benefit of CNE as well as the School of Nursing.

Management & Operations
•Supervise and manage continuing nursing education staff which includes hiring, development, team building, annual performance evaluations, and corrective action as needed.
•Develop and manage the UW Continuing Nursing Education budgets, monitor expenditures, and negotiate contracts with vendors, as needed. Provide estimates and invoice customers of production services.
•Direct the planning, evaluation and delivery of the UWCNE programs, courses and conferences.
•Support an exceptional experience for conference attendees and program participants.
•Oversee contractual agreements, including arrangements for CNE office space and facility agreements for CNE conferences and courses.
•Direct the strategic allocation of resources that support and enhance the organizational structure and financial viability of UWCNE including human and financial resources.
•Develop CNE budget policies and procedures and ensure compliance with UW regulations and accrediting body standards.
•Develop and oversee joint provider arrangements with UW partners as well as non-UW agencies and organizations.


• Perform other duties as required to support the ongoing mission and strategic plans of the School. 

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.


Bachelor’s degree in non-profit management, business, education, nursing, public health or a related health science field.

  • 5 plus years management of educational or non-profit programs.
    •A demonstrated commitment to supportive and effective team leadership.
    •Proven leadership and communication skills, including effective public speaking and writing skills.
    •Ability to work independently with a high degree of integrity, reliability, accuracy and productivity
    •Demonstrated experience conducting training/coaching, supporting team development and/or addressing challenging personnel issues.
    •Demonstrated commitment to diversity and equity and ability to develop working relationships with faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds.

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.

    •A Master’s degree in a relevant field
    •Management experience of continuing education or professional development/academic nursing education programs.
    •A record of successful fundraising experience, including the ability to write funding proposals and secure grant funding.

    Condition of Employment:
    •Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
    •Typically a 40 hour per week position, 5 days per week in a standard office environment with attendance at CNE conference and events as needed. Schedule flexibility and extra hours (including evenings and weekends) may occasionally be required.

    Application Process:
    The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
  • Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

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    The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or