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Director of the Simulation Center, Nursing

Simmons University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Aug 9, 2022

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Administrative, Deans
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Director of the Simulation Center, Nursing

Main Campus - Boston, MAMain Campus - Boston, MAMain 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, an online RN to BSN program, 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 School of Nursing (SON) 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.

The SON at Simmons University is seeking applicants for a Boston-based full time 12-month contract leadership position. As a mission-driven institution, we invite applications from candidates who share our passion and commitment to empowering women to thrive in their careers.

Job Summary: This individual is employed by the University and reports to the SON Chair and Associate Dean for the SON. The Director is responsible for supervision of the Simmons University SON Simulation Center. The Simulation Director provides clinical, educational, and technical expertise in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the human patient simulation initiative. Responsible for working with faculty, staff, and students to ensure the highest quality simulation learning activities are integrated and implemented across the undergraduate and graduate programs. The Simulation Director will have administrative and teaching responsibilities. Collaborating with the Chair and Associate Dean of the SON, the Director ensures academic rigor and curricular alignment of the simulation programs. The Director will work to ensure that the needs of current and prospective students are aligned with the overall mission of the College and the standards of the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The Director will serve as an expert in simulation-based education.

Curriculum Management Responsibilities
  • Mentors and supports nursing faculty in their role in the Simulation Center and collaborates with leaders in the SON and applicable Health Sciences to develop simulation scenarios and ensure that simulation education requirements are aligned with accreditation requirements.
  • Works collaboratively with faculty to ensure coordination and to eliminate redundancy in simulation learning experiences.
  • Maintains proficiency in existing and emerging trends in the use of simulation and virtual reality in healthcare education, including theory, design, and implementation through networking, literature review, evaluating new methods and material, and professional development opportunities.
  • Monitors and maintains academic policies within the SON and specific to the simulation program.
  • Reviews, evaluates, and recommends simulation offerings in collaboration with Associate Dean, SON chair, Coordinator(s), program directors, and faculty.
  • Promotes development of interdisciplinary simulation curricula and research.
  • Coordinates and leads faculty mentoring and faculty development programs in simulation.
  • Oversees adherence to professional standards and best practices, in consultation with SON Chair, Coordinator(s), program directors, and faculty.
  • 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 activities.
  • Participate in the undergraduate and graduate nursing program evaluation plans in collaboration with the Chair, Program Directors, and Operations team.

Administrative Responsibilities
  • Develops a strategic plan for the Simulation Center that links to the mission, goals, and objective of the programs and sustainability in consultation with the Dean, Associate Dean, Chair, faculty and staff in nursing and applicable health sciences.
  • In collaboration with the Associate Dean, SON Chair, and Simulation team plans for new revenue innovations using the simulation center.
  • Develops and implements policies, procedures, and protocols consistent with the mission, goals, and objectives of the Center and the SON, supports strategic decision making, and is consistent with safe and effective operations.
  • Oversees the use and operations of the Simulation Center resources, including simulation and lab space, equipment, and personnel, in collaboration with the Coordinator(s)
  • Develops staffing and scheduling models to optimize utilization of simulation assets, in collaboration with the Coordinator(s).
  • Analyzes processes, work operations, quality records, and other data sources to identify opportunities for improvement and challenges to achieving stated outcomes and develops solutions.
  • Works with the Dean, Associate Dean, Chair, and Operations to develop intermediate and long-term budget plans that include forecasting staff, equipment procurement, hardware and software replacement cycles, and human and other resources.
  • Provides leadership with technology innovation and applications with patient simulation systems and support technology.
  • Develop strategic planning to secure future accreditation of the Simulation Center.
  • Collaborates with the Graduate Simulation Coordinator to develop innovative revenue generating opportunities for the CNBHS through the use of the Simulation Center.
  • Assists in recruitment, hiring, supervision, and evaluation of simulation personnel in consultation with the Dean, Associate Dean, and SON Chair.

College Management Responsibilities, Including Student-Facing
  • Serves as a resource to liaise with external partners, Student Affairs, Accessibility Services, Office of Advising, Career Education Center, faculty, and students.
  • Assists faculty leaders with complex student issues.
  • Participates in the College-wide strategic planning as well as that of the Simulation Center.
  • Participates in the development of strong campus and community partnerships.
  • Provides visionary leadership for the simulation program and grant-funded educational initiatives and partnerships.
  • Participates (with Dean, Associate Dean, SON Chair, and faculty leaders) in recruitment and admissions of students.
  • Participates in and convenes as needed on the CNBHS Health Appeals Committee and SON Academic Review Board and student review processes as needed.

Faculty Management Role
  • Oversees the Simulation Center faculty and staff hiring processes (in collaboration with Operations Director, Dean, Associate Dean, SON Chair, HR, and the Provost's Office).
  • In concert with the SON Chair, Associate Dean, and Dean manages and coordinates the simulation faculty and staff review processes.
  • Works with the academic leadership team in relation to sensitive faculty dismissal processes when necessary.
  • Advocates for equitable allocation of capital resources required to support faculty scholarship and student learning objectives consistent with professional standards and best practices.
  • Provides leadership and promotes professional simulation development within the faculty.

Teaching Responsibilities
  • This position carries simulation teaching responsibilities. The Director will have teaching responsibilities spread throughout the 12 month period as determined by the Associate Dean and SON Chair, based on the program needs.

External Role
  • 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 associations.

Other Duties
  • Other responsibilities as determined by the SON Chair, Associate Dean, or Dean.

  • Master's degree in Nursing and minimum of 5 years of clinical patient experience required
  • Terminal degree (PhD, DNP, DNSc) preferred
  • A demonstrated track record of success in leading and building educational projects or programs
  • 5 years of direct job-related experience such as experience in program coordination, simulation development, virtual simulation scenario development and interprofessional simulation practice experience
  • Preferred Certification/Licensing: Certified Health Simulation Educator (CHSE)
  • Ability to build and manage budgets
  • Creative problem solver
  • Strong and effective communicator
  • Ability to motivate and build consensus among faculty
  • 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

Terms of Service

The Director of Simulation is a 12-Month Faculty Role with Administrative responsibilities. This is a Boston-based on campus position.

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 Application Materials 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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Located in Boston’s historic Fenway area, Simmons College is a small, private, non-sectarian College which has educated students for enriching careers and purposeful lives since 1899. Working at Simmons means joining a collaborative, diverse and mission-driven community of educators and professionals.

We prepare students to be leaders for themselves, their communities and the world. Our faculty and staff members lead by example - sharing a commitment to excellence and putting the students first.
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