Assistant Director, State Nursing Program
Salt Lake City, UT
Job posting number: #7068852
Posted: August 13, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
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Nursing is an intense and complex program that requires a person to assist the Director in the operation of the pre-licensure nursing program offered by Western Governors University (WGU). This includes the authority, through the CA Nursing Practice Act, to assist in maintaining a curriculum that meets the requirements mandated by the BRN. The Assistant Director must meet the qualifications as identified in Title 16 of the CA Nursing Practice Act and be able to assume the responsibilities in the absence of the Director.
The Assistant Director of Nursing will support the California pre-licensure operations to include clinical experiential, and maintain clinical relationships to ensure high quality clinical experiences for students and continued growth of the pre-licensure program. The Coordinator’s role is 50% student facing to include teaching and support student learning as a clinical/lab instructor. This position is responsible for providing leadership and fostering positive collegial relationships with internal and external stakeholders. The position supports the national programmatic mission and goals. The position reports to the State Director of Nursing for the CA nursing operations.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities
Support California pre-licensure operations including clinical/lab intensives as faculty, faculty mentor and operations manager.
Supervise, manage, and evaluate California-based faculty including clinical/lab faculty as assigned.
Assist and facilitate in coordination of clinical/lab experiences, preparation of faculty/staff schedules, and compliance with regulatory requirements of external agencies.
Support student success through student interactions, experiences, and progression.
Develop and maintain clinical relationships to ensure student clinical experiential learning is met in accordance to programmatic standards and practice as well as support of continued program growth.
Manage hiring and performance evaluation of clinical/lab faculty.
Carry out departmental functions and participate in professional meetings and events in the absence of the Director.
Provide positive leadership and direction to faculty across the pre-licensure program
Assist in the recruitment process and recommend faculty/staff;
Conduct orientation of new faculty/staff
Provide input for faculty evaluations in collaboration with the State Director of Nursing.
Fulfill specified obligations as a clinical/lab faculty member if necessary.
Lead recognition activities for faculty and students as identified by the National Team.
Participate with the National Operations team to foster continued program improvement that will be implemented universally across all states where the pre-licensure program is offered.
Ongoing evaluation of the program to ensure that quality standards are maintained including student retention, satisfaction and competency attainment.
Identifying, recruiting and reviewing qualified candidates for Clinical/lab Instructors.
Providing support for the Learning Clinical/lab Instructors including support for supplies and sites.
Preparing and submitting required BRN documentation for approval of faculty, materials for curriculum revisions and ongoing maintenance of program approval for both state and national accreditation.
Support student progression and assisting with student and staff academic developments within the nursing program.
Assist with the requirements student recommendation and application for licensure (NCLEX).
Implement administrative policies, rules and regulations of the university.
Representing the California pre-licensure BSN program to external constituencies as called upon.
Support the CA Strategic Relations team to represent WGU nursing with various groups and information on WGU nursing programs.
Integrate evidence-based tools and measurements to evaluate student learning.
Support students in the identification of their individual learning needs.
Provide and maintains a safe learning experience for students and staff.
Incorporate student and self as an integral part of the nursing team in the provision of safe patient care when teaching in a simulated environment.
Ensure a safe and healthy work environment, complies with college of health and safety policies, practices, and programs in keeping with occupational health & safety legislation and regulation.
Models professional standards, including customer service, collaboration, communication, excellence, attendance, and related
Performs remediation with students in the clinical/lab area
Travel to off campus sites as necessary
Attend all college faculty meetings and required staff development sessions
Must be pre-approved by the California Board of Nursing prior to hire.
The assistant director shall be approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, hold a clear and active license issued by the board and possess the following minimum qualifications:
Master of Science or higher degree from an accredited college or university which includes course work in nursing, education or administration;
Two (2) out of the last five years’ experience teaching in pre-or post-licensure registered nursing programs; and
One (1) out of the last five years in acute nursing care experience as a registered nurse
Is knowledgeable and current regarding the program and the policies and procedures by which it is administered, and who is delegated the authority to perform the director’s duties in the director’s absence.
Unencumbered CA registered nursing license.