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Assistant Director, SONAH

Western Kentucky University
Kentucky, United States
Salary Not specified
Start date
Jun 28, 2021

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Assistant Director, SONAH

About Western Kentucky University:

Western Kentucky University (WKU) is a student-centered, applied-research institution committed to providing its students with a transformative academic and social experience and to elevating its surrounding communities. Founded in 1906, WKU is the second largest undergraduate institution in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with approximately 17,500 students (32% first generation, 18% underrepresented minority) and nearly 2,900 faculty and staff employees.


Western Kentucky University is committed to empowering its campus community to embrace diversity by building equitable and inclusive learning, working, and living environments. At the heart of our mission, we seek to provide holistic education and employment experiences that prepare students, faculty, and staff to become effective scholars, contributors, and leaders in our diverse and evolving communities.

Located 65 miles north of Nashville, TN, and just over 100 miles south of Louisville, KY, WKU's main campus is in Bowling Green, KY - a city with approximately 70,000 residents. With an ethnically and diverse population, more than 85 languages are spoken in and around Bowling Green, and people from 35 nationalities call our community home.


Western Kentucky University seeks to attract talented faculty and staff who are inspired individually to contribute to WKU's strategic plans and ongoing success. We offer comprehensive wellness and health benefits to employees and their families, including domestic partners and other qualified dependents and take pride in providing a workplace culture that supports balancing the responsibilities of work and family life. Paid-time off for holidays, vacation and sick leave, and a tuition discount program for employees and dependents are also provided. Learn more about WKU and Bowling Green at

Job Description:

Program Coordination of the BSN Program

  • Provide direct oversight of the BSN faculty, staff, and students within the BSN program.
  • Work with the faculty and staff in the BSN program to plan teaching assignments, academic advising responsibilities, classroom scheduling, course schedules and clinical agency contracts. 
  • Complete university, state, regulatory, and/or accrediting agency reports for the BSN program.
  • Develop policies and ensure they are included in an updated BSN handbook each year.
  • Ensure updated workload reports for all faculty within the BSN program. 
  • Participate in hiring and evaluation of faculty and staff working within the BSN program. 
  • Ensure regular updating of the BSN part of the SONAH website. 
  • Monitor and guide students and support staff in the process of licensure applications for graduating students in the BSN program. 
  • Submit certified list of graduates to the State or accrediting body each semester after ascertaining that graduates have met all program and WKU graduation requirements (if applicable to program).
  • Complete the annual program Report and submit to the Director by the end of the fiscal year (June 30th).
  • Plan and participate in events related to the BSN program, such as new student admissions, recruitment events, career days and events around graduation. 
  • Teach one course per semester and one during the summer as needed.

Assist the Director of the School of Nursing and Allied Health with the following activities:

  • Development and implementation of School's strategic plan.
  • Development of annual budget allocations and requests and/or administer the budget if applicable for selected programs.
  • Work with the SONAH program coordinators on the development of workload reports as required. 
  • Maintenance of program and SONAH level spreadsheets tracking data required for various reports. 
  • Ongoing communiation with clinical facilities utilized for learning experiences.
  • Representation on various university and college level committees.
  • Mentoring faculty in research activities. 
  • Work with support staff and Director to maintain records of faculty academic credentials, licensure and other program required documentation (CPR, liability insurance, medical, etc.) for all programs within the SONAH.
  • With faculty input, recommend to the Director faculty teaching assignments, academic advising responsibilities, classroom scheduling, and course schedules.
  • Assist the Director with annual faculty/staff evaluations.
  • Development of and participation in student and faculty recruitment activities. 
  • Development of and participation in efforts to reduce student and faculty attrition.
  • Participate in various required ceremonies, orientations, and other community outreach for the SONAH. 
  • Promotion of cooperative working relationships for all programs within in the School of Nursing and Allied Health.
  • Direction of program evaluation committees intended to guide activities for ongoing quality improvement and accreditation of SONAH programs. 
  • Guidance of various program committees to coordinate curriculum development and revision of all programs within the SONAH.
  • Working with the Program Coordinators to monitor program compliance with Kentucky Administrative Regulations regarding all SONAH programs.
  • Directing student questions concerning admission, progression, and fulfillment of various SONAH program requirements to the appropriate program staff.
  • Work with the various search committees to coordinate the hiring, orientation and mentoring plan for each new faculty or staff member.
  • Work with the various program coordinators to ensure timely completion of all required evaluation and reporting activities for all SONAH programs.
  • Ensure all state regulatory bodies and accrediting agencies are informed of program changes as required.
  • Ensure that all annual program reports are submitted by the various SONAH programs by the end of the fiscal year (June 30th).
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of the SONAH. 


  • Master's in Nursing with a Doctorate in Nursing or related field.
  • Eligible for tenure or tenure track faculty line within the nursing program.
  • Prior experience teaching at the applicable program level.
  • Live in or be willing to relocate to the Bowling Green Ky area.
  • Current RN license in Kentucky or compact state.
  • Prior administrative experience.
  • Strong leadership and management skills.
  • Evidence of effective interpersonal and communication skills that promote a collegial environment, effective problem solving, and consensus building.
  • Distinguished record in and commitment to teaching, scholarship and service.
  • Knowledge of current nursing issues.
  • Participate in at least one professional nursing organization.

Additional Information:

Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.


Western Kentucky University (WKU) is committed to a policy and practice of providing equal employment and educational opportunities to all individuals. In accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, no form of discrimination or harassment will be tolerated at WKU on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices.


Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify the office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services (EEO). To request an accommodation, report/express a complaint, or ask questions regarding WKU''s Discrimination and Harassment Policy (#0.2040), please contact Mr. Joshua Hayes, EEO Director/Title IX Investigator/University ADA Coordinator, via email at or by phone at (270) 745-5121.


The University is also required to investigate complaints of sex and gender-based harassment, also a form of discrimination, and has designated the Title IX Coordinator as the individual responsible for coordinating the investigation and response to such complaints. The Title IX Coordinator for the University is Ms. Deborah Wilkins, who can be contacted via email at or by phone at (270) 745-5396. Additional information regarding Title IX is accessible via WKU''s website.


Information concerning educational programs offered by WKU are provided at:

Application Instructions:

The following items must be submitted through this electronic talent management system:  

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy


You will receive email confirmation that your submission has been received. The candidate review process will generally begin as materials are received. The expected hire date is on or about July 1, 2021.

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