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President, Goldfarb School of Nursing
Position Description

The Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College invites nominations and applications for the position of The Maxine Clark and Bob Fox President.

Located in the heart of one of the world’s finest and largest academic healthcare centers, the Goldfarb School seeks an energetic, strategic, innovative, collaborative, and inclusive leader to serve as the President. The next President will have the extraordinary opportunity to lead the effort to establish Goldfarb as one of the nation’s leading schools of nursing. Reporting to a board of trustees and to the BJC Group President, the President is responsible for all aspects of Goldfarb School’s mission including research, education, fundraising, finances, community outreach and impact, and other operations. The President will inspire and sustain excellence across the activities of the school including a deep commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of the organization and in the communities it serves. The President will be attuned to a changing workforce in nursing and healthcare, will foster a bold vision for the future of nursing, and will be committed to the strategic growth of the College while advancing the work and development of faculty and staff.
The President will be expected to engage with the Board, Group President, faculty, staff, students, trustees, and alumni on strategic efforts to strengthen the faculty; to enhance the quality of education and intensify the focus on the graduate programs; to navigate the opportunities and challenges presented by emerging instructional technologies; to confront the challenge of college affordability; and to forge better collaborations with other institutions in healthcare and research in the St. Louis region. A key strategic opportunity at the School is to build on partnerships across the many BJC HealthCare and other clinical facilities, as well as with Washington University, particularly the School of Medicine, and other institutions throughout the St. Louis Community. This complements and builds on the School’s service commitment to engagement and impact within St. Louis and the surrounding geographic area.

The Goldfarb School currently has 54 faculty, 113 employees total, 40 adjunct faculty, and 680 students. The School has academic programs that offer BSN, MSN, DNP, and PhD degrees. The MSN program offers concentrations in adult-gerontology acute care, adult-gerontology primary care, and in nurse education. The DNP program offers concentrations in Nurse Anesthesia, Health Systems and Populations Leadership, and will soon offer a concentration in nurse education. The PhD program has only recently admitted its first cohort of students but is still in the formative stage. The annual operating budget of the Goldfarb School is $28 million.

The Position
The President must be an articulate and persuasive communicator, a strategic allocator and manager of resources, and an effective advocate for the Goldfarb School with internal and external constituencies. Among key responsibilities, the President will be expected to:


  • Articulate a clear vision for the School that inspires the faculty, students, and administrators to work toward common goals.
  • Catalyze an environment that attracts outstanding nursing students and prepares nurse graduates to succeed as nurse-leaders in a rapidly changing healthcare landscape that emphasizes quality outcomes, episodic care, and population health.
  • Foster and demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of the organization and in the community.
  • Advise and partner with the Board of Trustees in establishing priorities for the School and
    work with the Dean and the School’s leadership team to implement these priorities.
  • Shape and grow a comprehensive program of nursing research that includes faculty development, infrastructure, funding, and academic partnerships.
  • Lead and support faculty and staff in maintaining and advancing excellence in academic programming.
  • Leverage collaboration and access to Washington University to strengthen and grow joint PhD programs in nursing.
  • Enhance administrative, academic and research relationships with Washington University, the University in Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis, and other relevant organizations in the St. Louis area.
  • Establish the strategic direction for the College that ensures adaptability and financial viability in the current and future changing health care environment.
  • Partner with BJC HealthCare’s and Washington University’s clinical leaders to develop innovative clinical rotations to ensure students excel post-graduation.
  • Promote the School as a force of change and progress in the community and region, and act as a spokesperson for the School and its mission.
  • Establish priorities for, supervise, and participate in friend-raising and fundraising efforts.


  • Oversee the development and administration of annual and long-term operating, facilities, and research budgets.
  • Actively support the recruitment, professional development, and retention of talented individuals to serve as professors, researchers, staff, and students.
  • Build strong teams and delegate authority as appropriate.
  • Improve processes and systems to raise the quality of the educational experience for all stakeholders.
  • Ensure timeliness and accuracy of operating and academic reporting to the Board of Trustees and BJC Healthcare.

The new President will value the dignity and importance of people from all backgrounds and will have demonstrated   interest   in   mentorship   and   partnership. The President will have excellent communication and relationship building skills, and will creatively pursue opportunities for interdisciplinary research, teaching, practice, and service. The President will bring a student-centered approach and must strongly value a commitment to undergraduate and graduate education. The School has made advances in starting its research enterprise and will look to the next President to value and support nursing science. Given the impact of the global pandemic and other world events, the President must be ready to deeply engage with the Goldfarb community to address challenging societal issues, and to support the wellbeing and success of all faculty, staff, and students. The President will articulate the School's vision, strategy, and direction to prospective students and their families, faculty, alumni, advisory bodies, organizational and individual donors, and state and national organizations. The President must have a national reputation and successful record of program shaping and building. Additional qualifications are:

  • PhD in a field relevant to nursing, healthcare, public health, and related disciplines; advanced and undergraduate degrees in nursing strongly preferred.
  • Academic and disciplinary distinction suitable for nomination as a professor, preferably with a record of garnering significant sponsored research support.
  • Awareness of the broad challenges facing the evolving nature of higher education nationally and globally, and an ability to discern opportunities in that environment for the Goldfarb School.
  • A proven team leader, effective communicator, and skilled administrator in higher education.
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to recruit, retain, support, promote, and mentor outstanding and diverse faculty and staff.
  • Capability and commitment to championing the Goldfarb School’s tripartite mission of nursing education, research, and service.
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to community engagement.
  • Ability to secure and manage a financial portfolio of internal, research, and donor funds.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build effective partnerships and successful collaborations with faculty, alumni, and external partners in a large, complex, decentralized environment.
  • Excellent written and oral skills.
  • Integrity, warmth, and zeal for the mission of the Goldfarb School.
  • Ability to be licensed as a Registered Nurse in Missouri.

The Setting
The Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College benefits from partnerships and alliances with some of the nation’s leading institutions in clinical, translational, and basic science research: BJC Healthcare, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis.

  • BJC Healthcare

BJC HealthCare is one of the largest nonprofit health care organizations in the United States and is focused on delivering services to residents primarily in the greater St. Louis, southern Illinois, and mid-Missouri regions. With net revenues of $5.7 billion, BJC serves the health care needs of urban, suburban, and rural communities and includes 15 hospitals and multiple community health locations. Services include inpatient and outpatient care, primary care, community health and wellness, workplace health, home health, community mental health, rehabilitation, long-term care, and hospice. As a nonprofit health care organization, BJC is the largest provider of charity care, unreimbursed care, and community benefit in Missouri, providing more than $800.8 million in financial assistance, education of health professionals, safety net services and community outreach programs in 2019. BJC has over 32,000 employees, 4500 physicians, and 3300 staffed beds.

  • Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University in St. Louis is a global leader in research and education with approximately 14,000 full-time students divided evenly between undergraduate and graduate/professional programs. The university has 4,000 full- and part-time faculty members and almost three-quarters of a billion dollars in annual research expenditures. Founded in 1853, the University is an independent, Research 1 institution. The University’s undergraduate program is currently ranked 19th overall by U.S. News and World Report and sixteenth in admissions selectivity, and the School of Medicine is number 4 nationally in NIH funding. Washington University attracts students and faculty from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The University is organized into seven academic units: the McKelvey School of Engineering, the School of Medicine, the Olin Business School, the Brown School of Social Work, the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, the School of Law, and Arts & Sciences. The University has just completed a capital campaign that surpassed $3.3 billion and is in the early stages of planning strategy for the next ten years. The University’s endowment stands currently at $8.1 billion. Total sponsored research in FY2018 was $711.8 million, including $522.7 million in federal contracts and grants.

  • University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis

Founded in 1864 as St. Louis College of Pharmacy, University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis has educated innovators and leaders who impact health care locally, nationally, and globally. The University includes the College of Arts and Sciences and St. Louis College of Pharmacy, the third-oldest and 10th-largest college of pharmacy in the United States. University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis is home to several academic and research centers in Clinical Pharmacology, Health Outcomes Research and Education, Interprofessional Practice and Education at Washington University Medical Campus, and in Teaching and Learning. The University recently announced the appointment of a new President, David D. Allen, who will begin his position on 1 July 2021.

The City
Greater St. Louis is the 19th-largest metropolitan area in the United States with a population of approximately 3 million. Thanks in large part to BJC Healthcare, Washington University, other regional universities, and key Fortune 500 corporations, St. Louis is a national hub for important research and business development, especially in the fields of medicine, biotechnology, and science. The BJC Healthcare is an active partner in growing St. Louis as an innovation and start-up hub, including the Cortex Innovation Community and the soon to open Delmar Divine project. The Goldfarb School is located 5 miles west of downtown St. Louis and is surrounded by a number of vibrant neighborhoods, such as the Central West End, named one of the American Planning Association’s best neighborhoods in the country. Consistently ranked among the nation's best places to live and raise a family, the St. Louis region offers affordable neighborhoods and high-quality schools, in addition to all the amenities of a major city.   The city provides numerous opportunities to enjoy professional sports, attend cultural events, and participate in a wide range of recreational activities, including the world-renowned St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, and the St. Louis Blues hockey team. MLS just awarded a franchise for the first majority female-owned soccer team in the league, which will begin playing in 2023. The Goldfarb campus is near Forest Park, one of the largest urban parks in the U.S., and home to many of the region’s major cultural institutions including the St. Louis Art Museum, the Missouri History Museum, the St. Louis Science Center, and the St. Louis Zoo, all of which are free to the public.

The Search
Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Although the search will remain open until the position is filled, review of candidate materials will begin immediately. Candidates should provide, in confidence, a curriculum vitae, and a letter of application that highlights administrative acumen and leadership experience, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of the candidates.

Materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the Goldfarb School’s consultant, Dr. Jonathan Fortescue of Park Square Executive Search, at [email protected]. Documents that must be mailed may be sent to Jonathan Fortescue, Ph.D., Managing Partner, or Laurel Duggan, Principal, Park Square Executive Search, LLC, 225 Franklin Street, 17th Floor, Boston, MA 02110. Phone: 617-401-2824.

The Goldfarb School of Nursing is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The Goldfarb School welcomes difference on its campus in the form of gender, race, ethnicity, disability, geography, socioeconomic status, age, politics, religion, philosophy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and veteran status. All applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply.

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