Family Nurse Practitioner Program Director

Mary Baldwin University
Virginia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
May 18, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Nursing, Other Health & Medicine
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Family Nurse Practitioner Program Director


Mary Baldwin University (MBU), in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates (SH & A), invites doctorally prepared candidates who share MBU’s passion for inclusive education to apply for the full-time ranked position of Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program Director. The position is located at MBU’s branch campus at the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences (MDCHS) in Fishersville, VA. MDCHS offers several graduate and undergraduate health programs and is developing new programs and expanding current offerings. The College’s School of Nursing has recently expanded to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree to complement MBU’s established professional programs. MBU seeks individuals with exceptional skill and experience in nursing education, practice, and administration to apply for this full-time, 12-month, non-tenure position (rank commensurate with experience).


Primary Responsibilities:

The Program Director’s primary responsibilities involve the coordination and supervision of all academic aspects of the program:

  • Ensures quality student-centered learning experiences during the program.
  • Evaluates overall student performance.
  • Educates students and academic faculty about academic programming as it relates to legal, ethical, and academic issues (both knowledge and skill).
  • Ensures that the educational environment demonstrates characteristics of current and future expectations and professional behavior, while remaining current on trends and policy related to graduate nursing.
  • Maintains compliance with standards.
  • Ensures that the educational program maximizes the available resources.


Administrative Responsibilities: 

  • Provides guidance, support, and leadership of the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) doctoral DNP program.
  • Coordinates, implements, and maintains nursing program accreditation and approval.
  • Recruits, hires, provides orientation, and evaluates core and adjunct faculty and administrative staff.
  • In conjunction with the faculty, establishes criteria for admissions, curriculum content, and performance criteria for the students.
  • Prepares an annual budget for approval by the Director of the School of Nursing, the Dean of MDCHS and the University’s Senior Executive Vice President and administers the approved budget, taking into consideration long and short-term planning initiatives.
  • Participates at the University level to ensure program promotion and integration, as well as the availability of needed student services.
  • Provides leadership for the formulation and revision of policies, procedures, and objectives, as needed for the Program, in conjunction with the faculty.
  • In conjunction with the faculty, develops doctoral project opportunities for doctoral nursing students and approves all final DNP Scholar Projects.
  • Regularly evaluates student progress and ensures that there are follow up studies on the placement and achievement of Program graduates.
  • Serves as resource to the local medical community on issues regarding doctoral nursing programs.
  • Participates in local and national organizations to ensure Program excellence and appropriateness of the curriculum and instruction.
  • Serves on University, College and Program committees.
  • Develops core faculty and supports their teaching, scholarship, and service priorities.
  • Fosters relationships in the professional community and within professional associations.
  • Participates in admissions, marketing, fund-raising, and other functions that support the program.
  • Oversees student recruitment, selection, evaluation, advisement, and retention.
  • Manages faculty recruitment, professional development, evaluation, and retention.
  • Assigns and monitors faculty and staff responsibilities.
  • Ensures quality of the program.
  • Represents program to college administrators and negotiates for program needs.
  • Fosters an academic climate that facilitates student, faculty and staff learning as well as professional growth.
  • Facilitates library acquisition of resources for student and faculty learning, teaching, and research.
  • Collaborates with other departments and divisions to increase learning opportunities and decrease duplication of services.
  • Fosters beneficial relationships with professional and consumer communities, healthcare providers, community leaders, community at large, and other entities as appropriate.
  • Directs effort and attention to teaching and learning processes used throughout the curriculum.
  • Promotes student-centered pedagogies and excellence in student advising.
  • Keeps faculty informed about the education program, pertinent policies and procedures, and changes influenced by board certification.
  • Monitors a changing health care delivery system and advises School Director, Vice President, other appropriate individuals, and faculty of changing trends and their potential impact on student enrollment, instruction, curriculum design, and clinical education.


Academic and Advising Responsibilities:

  • Maintains partial teaching load in area of appropriate expertise as negotiated with the Director of the School of Nursing and the Dean of the College of Health Sciences.
  • Meets other teaching requirements outlined in faculty job description related to courses taught.
  • Assists students with academic inquiries and issues resolution.
  • Advises assigned students and student groups.


Other Responsibilities:

  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Director of the School of Nursing and the Dean of the College of Health Sciences including attending some events in the evenings or on weekends.
  • Represents Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences at various committee meetings.


Required Qualifications:

  • Earned Doctorate (DNP, PhD) degree;
  • Certified Advanced Practice Nurse with a specialty in Family Practice;
  • Minimum 5 years of clinical practice;
  • Demonstrated record of excellence in academic leadership and teaching;
  • Exceptional leadership skills, including an ability to work effectively within a team that is comprised of multiple stakeholders such as faculty, senior administration, staff and students;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide support and mentorship as an advocate for change and new ideas;
  • Willingness to engage with the institution and the faculty as a whole to share knowledge and expertise in their subject area.

Excellence in teaching, pedagogical inquiry, and educational innovation will be demonstrated through a strong teaching dossier, including a statement of teaching philosophy, course evaluations, and a record of previous teaching accomplishments and innovations submitted as part of the application.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with or understanding of online educational learning and teaching including use of learning technologies.
  • Demonstrated expertise in various Learning Management Systems.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Proficiency with Apple IOS products.


About the School of Nursing:

The mission of the School of Nursing is to provide high quality, rigorous online and hybrid educational programs that prepare current practitioners to be transformational and innovative nurse leaders. This mission is accomplished by fostering evidence-based practice, promoting critical decision making, engendering effective interprofessional cooperation, collaboration, and practice, and being responsive to community healthcare needs. The School of Nursing offers a fully online RN to BSN, as well as hybrid DNP programs with specialties in Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP, FNP, and Nurse Anesthesiology. The fully online and hybrid programs are designed to meet the needs of working nurses.


About the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences:

In 2014, MBU founded the beautiful Murphy Deming College of Health Science branch campus in Fishersville, Virginia. Building upon MBU’s historic mission in the liberal arts and sciences and ethos of leadership and service, MDCHS offers professional health programs that emphasize superior education in an ever-changing healthcare environment. The College currently serves students in doctoral level PT and OT programs, masters level PA and online MHA and MSN programs, an online RN to BSN program, and other undergraduate health degrees. The College is currently developing new programs and expanding current offerings.


About Mary Baldwin University:

Founded in 1842, MBU has a proud legacy of innovating to best serve students as the world changes. MBU is a small, coeducational university offering a range of degree programs from bachelor to doctoral. The University serves a diverse student population on the main campus in historic Staunton, Virginia, at MDCHS in nearby Fishersville, and MBU Online. MBU offers unique opportunities for students to become leaders in the classroom, community, workplace, and in their own lives. In 1977, MBU was the first college in Virginia to create a program for women and men to earn their degrees later in life. With the opening of the College of Health Sciences in 2014, MBU established one of the first dozen doctoral programs of occupational therapy in the nation. In 2017, the University expanded on its long tradition of student-centered excellence to welcome its first residential men to campus. However, MBU also continues to offer special residential programs open only to women, including the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership. Together students, faculty, staff, and alumni create a community dedicated to bringing out the best in small, private education.


About Fishersville, VA:

The Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences is located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley and at a crossroads of culture and beautiful natural scenery. The hilltop campus is designed with a healthy lifestyle in mind with walking trails, access to fitness facilities, and amazing mountain views. Fishersville is just a short drive from Staunton, named among Smithsonian magazine’s “20 Best Small Towns in America,” brimming simultaneously with historical architecture, cultural attractions, eclectic shops, and foodie-friendly dining. Nearby Waynesboro is home to the Shenandoah Valley Art Center. Travel a bit farther east on I-64 to discover an abundance of music, fine arts, theatre, and historic offerings in Charlottesville.


Application Process:

Please submit all applications and nominations electronically to the University’s search consultant:

Danan Tsan, Vice President

Scott Healy & Associates


A complete application should include the following:

  1. Cover Letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position;
  2. Updated CV;
  3. Teaching dossier, including a statement of teaching philosophy, course evaluations, and a record of previous teaching accomplishments and innovations; and
  4. Three professional references with contact information.


Applications received by June 24, 2022 will receive priority consideration.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Mary Baldwin University does not discriminate on the basis of sex (except that only women are admitted to Mary Baldwin College for Women), nor does the University discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, color, age, disability, religion, veteran’s status, or sexual orientation in its educational programs, admissions, co-curricular or other activities, or employment practices.

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