Dean, School of Naturopathic Medicine

Reporting to the VP of Academic Affairs, the Dean of the School of Naturopathic Medicine is responsible for the leadership of all aspects of the naturopathic medicine academic program leading to the ND degree including didactic and clinical education, academic assessment, faculty development, instruction, and accreditation.  The Dean is responsible for oversight, support and advancement of the ND program including, faculty development, curricular integrity, assessment, student success, and academic personnel.  Working closely with faculty and campus administration, the Dean will collect, analyze, and synthesize data to form cohesive didactic and clinical educational experiences.  By improving educational outcomes, fostering student success, and facilitating student and faculty retention through a positive and supportive educational environment, the Dean supports SCNM’s Strategic Plan and Academic Affairs’ department goals of:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Continuous Improvement, and
  • Mission-Focused Growth and Sustainability


The Dean, School of Naturopathic Medicine:

  1. Oversees ND program development incorporating evidence-based pedagogy and supportive technology
  2. Promotes excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and service
  3. Prepares annual ND program budget recommendations; Oversees budget development of the academic and clinic departments; Ensures overall ND program operations are within budget
  4. Engages in fundraising efforts for the School of Naturopathic Medicine by supporting Development Department in identifying and cultivating new donors and stewarding existing donors
  5. Reviews and approves all evaluations and files regarding the reappointment, promotion or dismissal of faculty
  6. Works collaboratively with faculty and staff to establish priorities and standards of excellence for the academic program and activities, and ensures integration with the College’s Vision, Mission and Strategic Plan
  7. Ensures that all clinical supervisors in SCNM teaching clinics and classroom faculty are effective educators and practice/teach evidence-based naturopathic medicine
  8. Serves as a spokesperson for the School of Naturopathic Medicine with internal and external constituents
  9. Leads faculty development activities
  10. Oversees the annual evaluation of faculty
  11. Acts as a liaison between SCNM, the School of Naturopathic Medicine, and accreditation agencies
  12. Provides leadership and direction regarding self-assessment and other activities related to accreditation and best practices
  13. Participates in the culture of continuous improvement
  14. Participates in collaborative leadership
  15. Participates in shared governance
  16. Participates in strategic planning activities
  17. Uses discretion and maintains confidentiality


Other Responsibilities:

  1. Serve as a mentor and role model to Division Directors, Department Chairs, faculty, and staff
  2. Work collaboratively as part of the academic team and SCNM community
  3. Communicate clear performance expectations for course management, delivery, and design and seek feedback on relevant course, programmatic, and institutional matters
  4. Communicate clear performance expectations for clinic management
  5. Serve on various institutional committees as a representative of the School of Naturopathic Medicine
  6. Provide timely response to communications
  7. Monitor team morale and satisfaction; Ensure Division Directors, Department Chairs, faculty and staff feel supported and engaged
  8. Keep abreast of developments in naturopathic medicine by reading current literature, engaging colleagues, participating in professional organizations, tradeshows, and/or conferences
  9. Work inter-departmentally to improve student recruitment, retention, increase student success rates, and enhance partnership and outreach opportunities
  10. Facilitate the ongoing evaluation and improvement of curricula, learning outcomes, and competencies
  11. Promote SCNM’s vision, mission, and core values internally and to external constituencies
  12. Other administrative responsibilities as assigned


Minimum Qualifications:

  1. A doctoral level (or appropriate terminal) degree from an accredited institution; ND degree preferred
  2. Ability to meet criteria for appointment at the level of Associate Professor or above
  3. A strong publication record of scholarly and/or creative achievement
  4. Demonstrated ability to function in a leadership role in an academic environment
  5. A minimum of five years administrative leadership experience
  6. Demonstrated knowledge of graduate pedagogy and familiarity with medical curricula, professional programs and their standards, assessments, and evaluations. Commitment to the highest level of academic and personal integrity, high academic standards, diversity and intercultural understanding, interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and continued professional development
  7. Skill in organizing resources, analyzing and solving problems, establishing priorities and making evaluative judgments
  8. Outstanding interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and the ability to communicate and work effectively within a diverse community
  9. Proven ability to work independently and use technology to communicate professionally; responding in real-time to e-mail
  10. Demonstrated teaching ability, leadership skills, administrative and management skills
  11. Computer skills: proficient with MS Office products; familiarity with the Canvas LMS.
  12. Ability to meet the public in situations requiring tact, diplomacy and poise. Practice of confidential discretion required.
  13. Demonstrate SCNM’s core values: We Achieve Excellence, We Do the Right Thing, We Are Resilient, We Shape the Future, We Love.


Working Environment:

Activities are generally performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extensive periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse. Required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work. Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling of up to 25 pounds.  Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts. Communicate to perform essential functions.

Background / Screening:    

All candidates offered a position at SCNM undergo a background and drug screen prior to hire. All employees must show documentation of vaccinations or provide titer results for measles prior to first day of work (unless religious or medical exemption is on file). Employment is contingent upon satisfactory outcome of all screens required of this position.

SCNM is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, or any other legally protected status.

SCNM is a Smoke-Free campus.

Documents needed to apply

  • Cover letter
  • CV

To apply for this position, please send resume and cover letter to hr@scnm.edu.