Employment at WGU

Director, College of Health Professions

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Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, US

Job Category: Faculty, full-time (work from home)

Position Type: Full-Time/Regular

Job Description

We are looking for an innovative Director to lead and develop our team of 400 plus Program Mentors (faculty), Program Managers and Senior Managers in the College of Health Professions. The College of Health Professions continues to grow at a rapid pace with both student growth and additional degree programs. The health care needs of our nation continuously evolve and as the Director you’ll help create and innovate processes and improvements that best prepare students to answer our nation’s health care needs.


The Director of Program Mentoring provides exemplary leadership and ownership of the results and outcomes for the College of Health Professions. This includes the guidance of a high performing team of senior leaders who are collectively responsible for the management of personnel and operations within the college. The Director drives continuous improvement initiatives and communicates effectively to support and inform members of the department’s leadership team in their decision-making process. The Director of Program Mentoring is available and accountable to members of his or her team and is responsible for the performance of its members. The Director demonstrates WGU’s “students-first” culture and leads his or her team, by example. The Director establishes clear performance expectations and delivers results, which are consistent with university goals and department responsibilities.


Why WGU:

As a competency-based, student-focused, online, nonprofit university, we do things a bit differently at WGU. From the bottom up, we're designed with students in mind—particularly, the busy, working, adult student who wants to earn a bachelor's or master's degree but for whom a traditional university education simply won't do. Western Governors University is the only university in the history of American higher education to have earned accreditation from four regional accrediting commissions. The WGU nursing programs are CCNE accredited and named as a Center of Excellence (2015-2019) by the National League for Nursing (NLN).


The principal mission of Western Governors University is to improve quality and expand access to post-secondary educational opportunities by providing a means for individuals to learn independent of time or place and to earn competency-based degrees and other credentials that are credible to both academic institutions and employers.

Required Skills

  • Thinks Strategically – Communicates to improve and promote teamwork, decision-making, and problem solving.  Listens and responds effectively to the reactions and positions of others and encourages the expression of diverse ideas and opinions.  Adjusts message and style to fit the audience.  Provides timely and helpful feedback.  Communicates appropriately to win support with all.
  • Executes and Achieves Results – Works cooperatively with others across the organization to achieve shared objectives.  Represents own interests while being fair to others and their ideas.  Partners with others to get work done.  Credits others for their contributions and accomplishments.  Gains buy-in, trust, and support of others.
  • Managerial Courage – Deals comfortably with the uncertainty of change.  Effectively handles risk.  Can decide and act without the total picture.  Is calm and productive, even when things are up in the air.  Deals constructively with problems that do not have clear solutions or outcomes.
  • Develops Team and Individuals – Has a strong outcomes based orientation.  Persists in accomplishing objectives despite obstacles and setbacks.  Has a track record of successfully exceeding goals.  Pushes self and helps others achieve results to positively influence WGU and our students.  Has a continuous improvement mindset.
  • Fiscal Responsibility – Clear ownership and delivery of revenue and cost budgets.
  • Leads Change – Is an agent for change, influences others to accept change.  Effectively demonstrates own ability to change, shifts gears comfortably, decides and acts without having the complete picture; comfortably handles risk and uncertainty.

Required Experience

  • Master’s degree in related field. Education must be from an accredited institution. Ph.D. or Doctorate degree preferred 
  • Minimum of 5 years of senior-level leadership experience managing a variety of services within a complex environment.
  • In depth experience in organizational leadership to include the ability to coach staff, manage priorities, develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and managing department budgets.
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning
  • The Director must be self-directed and hold a service centric disposition with a high regard for integrity, trust, and a mission-driven philosophy.
  • Active Nursing license a plus


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