Program Administrator for Bachelor in Science Nursing program

About Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts:

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Job Description:

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is pleased to invite applications for the position Program Administrator for its nascent Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. We seek an experienced academic leader who is committed to excellence in nursing education and the success of students in the program.

The Program Administrator will work collaboratively with the Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs to develop and implement an undergraduate curriculum, recruit faculty, and steer the program through the program approval and accreditation processes. The Program Administrator will report to the Dean of Academic Affairs.

Work Schedule:

This position is a 12-month full-time staff position; limited teaching opportunities may exist upon program approval.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Program Administrator will direct the planning, implementation and operation of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program:

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive nursing curriculum plan
  • Recruit and hire faculty and staff
  • Acquire program approval from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education
  • Acquire program approval from Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN)
  • Acquire and maintain state and national program accreditation
  • Teach in academic programs
  • Apprise administration of any changes to requirements of any program approval or accreditation.
  • Systematically evaluate the program in accordance with national standards, insuring compliance
  • Stay current with industry standards
  • Locate, coordinate, and monitor student clinical sites and schedules
  • Develop, plan, and manage department budgets and purchasing
  • Maintain industry and community support for nursing programs
  • Advise and inform the administration and department faculty and staff on department matters
  • Represent the college in internal and external community activities
  • Participate in college committees, guide faculty meetings and related activities

The Program Administrator will also provide dynamic leadership to:

  • Supervise and mentor staff and faculty; develop and monitor professional development plans that enable faculty to use best practices in the classroom
  • Monitor and address student success and progression rates
  • Provide guidance and direction for students and graduates to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)
  • Work with the Director of Assessment to develop robust assessment tools at the course and program level; work with faculty and staff to implement and follow through on assessment activities at the course and program levels.
  • Work with the Director of Academic Technology to facilitate the creation and offering of online and hybrid courses that complement on-campus courses
  • Promote participation of the Nursing department in college initiatives such as student success, degree completion, and diversity
  • Create an educational environment that affirms MCLA's commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Nurture an environment of collegiality and transparency
  • Promote connections to other departments that affirm MCLA's Liberal Arts mission


  • Master's Degree in Nursing, Doctorate preferred
  • Eligibility for RN licensure in Massachusetts.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience as a registered nurse
  • Minimum of 3 years nursing education experience at the baccalaureate level that includes teaching, educational theory and methodology, instructional design and methodology, student evaluation and outcomes assessment
  • Minimum of 2 years academic administration experience or other significant academic/educational nursing leadership experience.
  • Evidence of excellent consultation, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead development and implementation of mission-centered, innovative, cost-effective curricula
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with students, staff, and community from diverse backgrounds and a commitment to a culturally diverse work environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience retaining and mentoring diverse faculty and students
  • Experience developing strong clinical partnerships locally to support the academic programs
  • Experience with innovative, evidence-based, and technologically rich teaching strategies
  • Experience with accrediting organizations for nursing education programs, preferably the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and/or the Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN)

Additional Information:

This is a full-time (37.5 hour/week), 12-month, fully benefited position in the APA Bargaining Unit. Salary range for this position is $95,000-$110,000 per year.

Priority will be given to applications received February 28, 2021.

For questions regarding your application or specifics of this position, please contact

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that they operate, which extends to admission and employment at MCLA. MCLA is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX") to not discriminate in such a manner. Inquiries about the application of Title IX may be directed to each respective MCLA's Title IX Coordinator, to the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, or both.

Nicole Comstock
Title IX Coordinator and Equal Opportunity Officer
Phone: (413) 662-5571
Mailing Address: 375 Church Street, North Adams, MA 01247

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
33 Arch Street, 9th Floor Boston, MA 02119-1424
Telephone: (617) 289-0111; FAX: (617) 289-0150; TDD (877) 521-2172

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates must apply electronically and should submit a letter of interest and resume by clicking on the APPLY NOW button below.

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