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Program Director for the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Samuel Merritt University
Fresno, California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
May 21, 2024

Job Details

Job Description Summary:Samuel Merritt University graduates improve health outcomes and reduce disparities for all members of our communities. We have spent more than a century preparing outstanding healthcare professionals through immersive learning and community engagement and are deeply committed to transforming healthcare through diversity and inclusion. At the College of Nursing (CoN), we are at the forefront of educational innovation in theory and practice to prepare highly competent professional nursing leaders who are engaged in the advancement of nursing practice and the improvement of health for diverse populations/peoples. Our motto is education plus compassion which we proudly demonstrate in the ways that we serve our students, faculty, staff, and in our local communities.

Join a team of dedicated educators: Our faculty are known for their passion for growing the nursing profession. With this passion, we strive to awaken curiosity in our students and instill lifelong learning. Congruent with our values, we work hard to inspire service and leadership in our students. For this reason, the role of faculty is vitally important because of its unmatched position to shape the professional and personal development of graduates.

This person in this position has a faculty appointment in the CoN and reports directly to the Dean. The position combines teaching, scholarship, and service. We define teaching as creating environments that facilitate student learning and the attainment of expected outcomes at the course and program levels. Faculty has ownership for the development, implementation, evaluation, and revision of the curricula within the CoN which are designed to prepare graduates to provide nursing care in a dynamic health care environment. Service implies the use of academic and professional expertise to serve the University, the nursing profession, and the community. Service consists of meaningful activities that promote the image, mission or strategic priorities of the University, the well-being of relevant individuals or groups among the community of interest or the professional growth of faculty. Scholarship reflects activities, including practice, resulting in the translation, production, reorganization/refinement, dissemination, or creation of work that advances knowledge and practice in nursing.

The ABSN Program Director is the academic leader responsible for the leadership and management of administrative, curricular, and student/faculty issues of the program. The Director maintains standards for professional accreditation, university policy, and plans and manages the budget. They collaborate with leaders and administrative staff across the Academic Affairs Division to sustain strategic planning goals and priorities consistent with University values and mission. They model appropriate ethical and professional behaviors, as well as expert communication skills.
Duties and Responsibilities:

Major areas of responsibilities include but not limited to:

Administration (75%)

General Program Oversight
  • Hold primary responsibility for curricular integrity to assure compliance with CCNE Standards.

  • Assure the integrity of the instructional delivery of the ABSN curriculum on all campuses where student cohorts matriculate.

  • Serve as the hiring manager for the ABSN Program, for adjunct and annualized faculty (regular and annual).

  • Conduct the annual faculty evaluations of all ABSN faculty and the ABSN Associate Director and ensure that adjunct faculty are evaluated at expected intervals.

  • Prepare regulatory related items for CCNE, BRN, program evaluation reports (among other documentation).

  • In collaboration with the ABSN Associate Director, engage in the day-to-day processes at all campuses where ABSN cohorts are enrolled.

  • Coordinate students who fail a class and/or need to go out of sequence.

  • Provide progressive discipline to direct reports as needed.

  • Conduct top of license activities w/ more remedial tasks delegated to other qualified subordinates or members of student services, clinical placement (among others).

  • Collaborate with the appropriate university leadership for contract development for clinical agencies and partnerships with academic and practice organizations.

  • Effectively collaborate with ABSN Academic Directors, College of Nursing leadership and university departments.

  • In collaboration with campus academic directors, provide oversight for the submission of course schedules and faculty assignments for the ABSN program at each campus.

  • Identify and assign student advisors in collaboration with campus academic directors.

  • Manage the curriculum and instructional programs.

  • Collaborate with student services, scheduling, grievance procedures, advising, retention, special services, awards, and graduation processes for the ABSN program.

  • Collaborate with the associate dean for prelicensure & undergraduate programs, clinical coordinators, and other program directors/chairs in the development of faculty assignments and course schedules.

  • Collaborate with the NCLEX success coordinator and other prelicensure program directors/chairs to develop and implement strategies for student preparation for the licensure examination.

Faculty & Staff Development and Mentorship
  • Supervise and mentor faculty through all institutional mechanisms and processes available.

  • In collaboration with the faculty development coordinator, identify faculty orientation and professional development needs.

  • Conduct or provide input for the selection of adjunct faculty.

Financial, Resource & Systems Management
  • Provide information to the associate dean for prelicensure & undergraduate programs, Associate Dean of Operations & Partnerships for macro budget planning for the ABSN program.

  • Manage the program budget in collaboration with campus academic directors where the ABSN program is offered.

  • Identify grant opportunities for the ABSN program and oversees as appropriate.

  • Assist in identifying new program opportunities for nursing and developing proposals for their development and implementation.

​ Reports & Documentation
  • Prepare accreditation and other relevant reports for the ABSN program.

  • Represent the program, the school, and the university at relevant external conferences, workshops, and meetings.

​ Teaching (25%)
  • Teach in area of expertise.

  • Create a dynamic, learner centered environment that uses a variety of teaching methods that support the diverse learning needs of the student population and that are based on educational theory, and evidence-based teaching and clinical practices.

  • Model reflective and critical thinking and serves as a coach and mentor for students; confer with them on their progress and assists them in the development of learning plans to facilitate successful achievement of course objectives.

  • Maintain and enhance competence in subjects being taught.

  • Confer with colleagues to assure the integrity of the courses across programs and the curriculum as a whole.

  • Prepare and review written examinations, papers, and student projects; supervise independent study projects as needed, and evaluate learner performance in both the classroom and clinical settings.

  • Collaborate with Course Manager concerning at-risk students or unusual occurrences. Supervise or teach clinical rotations as needed in acute, community and laboratory settings as well as internship/preceptorship courses.

  • Document student progress on appropriate forms. Other duties as assigned.

Additional responsibilities:

  • D raw on extant literature to design evidence-based teaching and evaluation practices.

  • Exhibit a spirit of inquiry about teaching and learning, student development, evaluation methods, and other aspects of the faculty role.

  • Demonstrate qualities of a scholar: integrity, courage, perseverance, vitality and creativity.

  • Design and implement scholarly activities as agreed upon with his/her evaluator.

  • En gage in scholarly activities reflecting dissemination and professional peer review.

  • P articipate in Faculty Organization meetings.

  • Participate in School College of Nursing Faculty meetings.

  • Participate in University or School committees as needed.

  • Participate in University and SoN CoN events as specified in University and SoN attendance expectations.

  • Provide service to the profession and the community .

M inimum Qualifications & Requirements

Education & Experience
  • Earned doctorate in nursing or a related field from an accredited institution of higher learning (e.g., PhD, DNP, DNSc, DNS, EdD).

  • Active, unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse (RN), eligible for licensure in California.

  • Demonstrated teaching experience of diverse students at the baccalaureate or higher degree level, preferred.

  • Demonstrated experience in academic administration highly desirable.

  • Experience with different modalities for instructional delivery desirable.

​ Skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication.

  • Knowledgeable about prelicensure nursing education and academic administration.

  • Excellent customer-facing skills.

  • Excellent teambuilding and team leadership skills.

A n attractive and competitive package may include a sign-on bonus, relocation assistance and a housing allowance, determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location, and external market pay for comparable jobs.

Employee Status:Regular
Exemption Status:United States of America (Exempt)
Time Type:Full time
Job Shift:

Pay Range:

Salary range: $115,000 ~ $124,000

Samuel Merritt University currently provides base salary ranges for all positions-on job advertisements-in the United States based on local requirements. Individual compensation will ultimately be determined based on a variety of relevant factors including but-not limited to qualifications, geographic location, and other relevant skills.


Samuel Merritt University

Samuel Merritt University is a private university focused on health sciences with its main campus in Oakland, California, and other facilities in Sacramento, San Mateo and Fresno.

SMU is an integral part of patient care in Northern California. We’re one of the largest educators of registered nurses in California, and many of the physical and occupational therapists, physician assistants, and podiatric physicians who provide care in the region are graduates of our programs. 

SMU began as a credential nursing program with Oakland's Samuel Merritt Hospital. Today, more than 110 years later, it offers nursing programs and advanced degrees for occupational and physical therapists, physician assistants, and podiatric physicians.

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