Director of Advanced Practice - FNP Program
Director of Advanced Practice - FNP Program
Main Campus - Boston, MA
Located in Boston's historic Fenway area, Simmons has a strong tradition of empowering women and of challenging traditional gender roles. Simmons University was one of the first higher education institutions to focus on preparing women to become leaders and has evolved to become a university offering a women-centered undergraduate program, with graduate programs open to all. Nursing education at Simmons dates back to 1933. At that time, Simmons implemented a five- year baccalaureate program in nursing and became a charter member of the National League for Nursing. Simmons continues its proud tradition of educating nurses. Today, Simmons Department of Nursing offers a traditional 4 year BSN program, a 16-month accelerated BSN program for students with a prior baccalaureate degree, a 2-year Dix scholars program for adult learners and a 4 + 1 BSN-MSN FNP program, while graduate nursing programs offer paths for a direct-entry MSN, Post Licensure MSN FNP, and doctoral education.
The Nursing Department is housed in the College of Natural, Behavioral and Health Sciences (CNBHS). CNBHS is a collegial and supportive community of teachers and scholars within a uniquely multidisciplinary College. Simmons faculty and staff are truly committed to our mission of preparing students to become champions of social justice and leaders in their professions and their communities. This commitment and pride make for a dynamic workplace. Simmons University strives for inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience: One of our strategic goals is to become the most inclusive campus in New England. As a University committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we seek candidates with a demonstrated ability to work with students across a broad range of social and personal identities and perspectives. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups.
Job Summary: This individual is employed by the University and reports to the School of Nursing (SON) Department Chair & Associate Dean for the SON. The Director is responsible for supervision of the online & campus based Master of Science of Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner Program (FNP), RN - MSN program on-line, and the post licensure component of the Direct Entry MSN FNP program. The Director will also collaborate with the Cohort Coordinator around the MSN Administrative program and the RN to BSN offsite cohort programs. The Director also has oversight of the graduate FNP program faculty, staff, Clinical Director, and Academic Advisors. The Director of Advanced Practice will have administrative and advisement responsibilities, and no required teaching commitments. Collaborating with the Chair & Associate Dean of the SON, the Director ensures academic rigor and curricular alignment of the FNP program, while meeting the needs of current and prospective students and aligning with the overall vision and standards of the College and the standards of the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
The Director of Advanced Practice is responsible for overall program design, development, and delivery, with the goal of creating the optimal student experience and desired student outcomes. In collaboration with a core team across several functional areas of the college (Strategic Initiatives, Student Financial Services, Registrar, Technology, Finance, Operations, Legal and in collaboration with Simmons strategic partner, 2U), the Director must focus on several areas of the program to ensure quality: marketing, curriculum, faculty, student support, operations and profitability.
Curriculum Management Responsibilities
- Oversee FNP academic programs in collaboration with Associate
Dean, department chair, clinical director & course
- Monitor and maintain academic policies within the SON and
specific to the FNP program.
- Ensures that the academic rigor and curriculum of the FNP
program are in alignment including selecting appropriate clinical
experiences to meet the stated course objectives with the
appropriate clinical faculty, in collaboration with the 2U Clinical
- Review, evaluate, and recommend course offerings and course
size in collaboration with Associate Dean, SON chair & course
- Promote development of interdisciplinary curricula and
- Advocate and support faculty and students in research and
- Coordinate and lead faculty mentoring and faculty development
- Oversee adherence to professional standards and best practices,
in consultation with department chairs, the clinical director, and
- In consultation with the SON Chair and Associate Dean, assure
that requirements for SON accreditation are being met.
- Participate in the SON accreditation and/or board approval
- Monitor the MSN nursing program evaluation plan in
collaboration with the Operations team.
- Ensure welfare of the FNP Program through managing and planning
budget in coordination with the SON Chair, Associate Dean for SON,
Operations Director, and Dean.
- Monitor faculty workload to ensure compliance with University
policies and college needs.
- Coordinate the annual review process for the FNP nursing
faculty, advisors, support staff, and clinical director.
- Provide leadership in creating conditions conducive to the
improvement of the overall infrastructure of the FNP Program
through the maintenance of effective systems and processes within
- Facilitate FNP faculty meetings.
- Maintain active, responsive, and positive communication with
FNP nursing faculty, staff, department chairs, directors, and other
- Assist the Dean, Associate Dean, and SON Chair with the
maintenance of a culture of quality, trust, and
- Work with the FNP nursing faculty, staff, advisors, Director of
Operations, Dean, and Associate Dean to strengthen, coordinate,
integrate, and implement strategic goals established by the SON and
- Facilitate the MSN FNP Advisory Committee and ensure that it
meets at least 4 - 6 times per year.
College Management Responsibilities, Including Student-Facing
- Serve as a resource to liaise with 2U, Student Affairs,
Accessibility Services, Office of Advising, Career Education
Center, faculty, and students.
- Assist faculty leaders with complex student issues.
- Collaborate with the Operations team in providing leadership
for programming, special events and ceremonies, and graduation
- Participate in the College-wide strategic planning as well as
that of the FNP Program.
- Participate in the development of strong campus and community
- Provide visionary leadership for the FNP Program and grant
funded educational initiatives and partnerships.
- Participate (with Dean, Associate Dean, SON Chair, and faculty
leaders) in recruitment and admissions of students.
- Participate in and convene as needed an Academic Standards
Committee or other SON and College-level student review processes.
Work with SON chair, Associate Dean, Clinical Director, faculty,
and staff to coordinate student success initiatives as appropriate
for the FNP program.
- Promote and support innovative and interdisciplinary research
Faculty Management Role
- Oversee the FNP Program faculty hiring processes (in
collaboration with Operations Director, Dean, Associate Dean, SON
Chair, HR, and the Provost's Office). Promote consistency and
policy compliance, strong candidate pools, and success in the
hiring of tenure and non-tenure stream, clinical, and adjunct
- In concert with the SON Chair, Associate Dean, and Dean manage
and coordinate the MSN faculty review processes, including annual,
mid-point, tenure, promotion, voucher, and Periodic Developmental
- Work with the academic leadership team in relation to sensitive
faculty dismissal processes when necessary.
- Advocate for equitable allocation of capital resources required
to support faculty scholarship and student learning objectives
consistent with professional standards and best practices
(laboratory facilities, instrument facilities, etc).
- Provide leadership and promote professional development within
the faculty of the FNP program.
- Serve as a communication link in conjunction with the Associate
Dean between the SON, College, University, 2U, and other external
constituents including but not limited to employers, alumni,
donors, clinical partners, and professional
- Other responsibilities as determined by the SON Chair,
Associate Dean, or Dean.
- Master's degree in Nursing & board certification as a
Family Nurse Practitioner required
- Must have terminal degree (PhD, DNP, DNSc)
- 5-10 years of experience as faculty including online
- 3-5 years of experience leading and coordinating the work of
faculty and academic units
- Ability to build and manage budgets
- Creative problem solver
- Strong and effective communicator
- Ability to motivate and build consensus among
- Ability to effectively collaborate with the SON Chair,
Associate Dean for the SON, and Operations to strengthen,
coordinate, integrate, and implement the goals established by the
program and CNBHS.
Term of Service:
The Director of Advanced Practice is a 12-Month Administrative role that will hold Faculty rank. Hybrid work arrangements will be considered.
Required Application Materials:
To apply, please submit a cover letter (including the title of the position for which you are applying), a CV, a teaching statement, and a leadership philosophy.
Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the "Resume/CV" box on page 2 ("My Experience") of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).
Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.
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