DIRECTOR OF THE PRE-LICENSURE BSN PROGRAM, School of Nursing
University of Northwestern St Paul
Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Type: Full Time
PURPOSE: Responsible to provide excellence in administration and teaching for the undergraduate nursing program through the fulfillment of the School of Nursing’s Purposes, Mission, and Philosophy. Provide leadership and direction in meeting established goals that are consistent with the School of Nursing’s strategic goals established by the Chief Nurse Administrator/Assistant Dean for the School of Nursing. Manage program curriculum. Secure and hire staff. Supervise program expenditures, keeping within established SON’s budget. Oversee the recruitment and retention of undergraduate nursing students.
Essential job responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Meet University and School of Nursing (SON) requirements in the areas of Qualifications, Service, Scholarship (Scholarship of Teaching, Practice, and Discovery/Inquiry), and Integration of Faith and Learning.
Support and accept the mission and philosophy of the University and the SON.
Abide by all University and SON policies.
Uphold University contracts with healthcare agencies and other SON agencies/partners (i.e. ATI, ProjectConcert).
Represent the University and SON in a positive light when interacting with internal and external communities of interest (ie. students, parents, alumni, UNW campus employees, & healthcare partners).
Provide leadership in meeting the established Purposes of the School of Nursing applicable to the Pre-licensure BSN Program.
Provide leadership in the ongoing evaluation of the Pre-licensure BSN Program that is consistent with SON policies in collaboration with Chief Nurse Administrator, university administration, undergraduate nursing faculty, staff and students.
Maintain the quality of the SON undergraduate program, as evidenced by meeting established program benchmarks identified in the Systematic Evaluation Plan.
Represent the School of Nursing and University positively in interactions with professional and academic groups at local, state, and national levels.
Under direction from the Chief Nurse Administration, assist in the preparation of annual reports for the MN Board of Nursing, and all accreditation reports required by Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) that apply to the Pre-licensure BSN Program.
Comply with all mandates of the Constitution and Laws of the State of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Board of Nursing that regulates nursing education.
Govern the SON’s Pre-licensure BSN Program according to the University and SON Bylaws and policies.
Participate in the management of SON operations and its resources as they apply to the Pre-licensure BSN Program.
Work with the Chief Nurse Administrator, in establishing priorities in the allocation of available resources for the Pre-licensure BSN Program.
Provide support for national and statewide student recruitment activities for the SON Pre-licensure BSN Program.
Ensure that faculty and staff work on implementing successful student recruitment and retention plans, supporting established enrollment goals.
Supervise faculty and staff in their assigned duties.
Facilitate the accomplishment of Service; Advising; Scholarship of Teaching, Practice, and Discovery/Inquiry; and Integration of Faith and Learning in line with an independent, privately-supported, liberal arts, Christian University.
Serve on required University Committees such as APCC (Academic Policies and Curriculum Committee).
Serve and Chair the SON’s Continuous Quality Improvement Committee (CQI), Admission and Progression Committee, and all Faculty Team Meetings.
Participate in the planning, implementation, evaluation, and continuous improvement of SON Pre-licensure BSN Program offerings.
Create and maintain a positive, forward-moving, student-oriented, caring, and Christ-centered academic atmosphere.
Communicate to pre-licensure students regarding their status in the Pre-licensure BSN Program (admission, progression, warning, probation, and dismissal).
Conduct exit-interviews of all pre-licensure students graduating or exiting the SON’s Pre-licensure BSN Program.
Ensure that pre-licensure students who need access to support services such as Academic Achievement, Career Services, Counseling, Health Services or Student Life Support are assessed and referred to appropriate offices in accordance with University policies and guidance.
Manage pre-licensure students who need tutoring, remedial help, and other supportive services.
SCHOLARSHIP OF TEACHINGRESPONSIBILITIES
Create an enriching and positive environment where learning can occur.
Teach no more than two courses per term, teaching critical courses that serve in the best interest of the School of Nursing.
Mentor faculty in the Scholarship of Teaching.
SCHOLARSHIP OF PRACTICE (APPLICATION) RESPONSIBILITIES
Encourage and support faculty practice for developing their Scholarship of Practice.
SCHOLARSHIP OF DISCOVERYANDINQUIRYRESPONSIBILITIES
Mentor faculty in the Scholarship of Discovery and Inquiry.
Provide support to faculty in their research endeavors and doctoral research agendas.
INTEGRATION OF FAITHANDLEARNING
Because our community is a significant part of our mission and the development of our students, all employees act as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ by actively partnering with the University to disciple students in growing intellectually and spiritually, and with Northwestern Media to lead people to Christ and nurture believers to mature in their faith.
Secondary job responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Be responsible for additional duties as may be assigned by the Chief Nurse Administrator.
Be responsible for additional duties as may be assigned by the Board of Trustees or University Administration.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Terminal Degree in related field required
Experience as a professor in a traditional higher education setting required
One to three years experience in the administration of academic programs in a college or university preferred
One to three years experience leading a team in administrative roles with progressively increased responsibility preferred
Experience in program development and assessment
Maintain a personal relationship with Jesus Christ; is a consistent witness for Jesus Christ; maintain a kind, Christ-like attitude in dealing with and ministering to people within and outside of Northwestern; and faithfully uphold and embrace Northwestern’s mission, doctrinal statement, and Declaration of Christian Community.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to maintain a flexible schedule
Ability to integrate Christian worldview into classroom instruction
Ability to interact with a variety of individuals in a professional, courteous, and tactful manner
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strong organizational and problem solving skills
Knowledge and understanding of basic computer skills
Ability to type 30 wpm and to efficiently and accurately use the computer to carry out job responsibilities
Ability to secure and maintain a current, valid driver’s license and automobile
Ability to pass a background check upon hire and periodically throughout the course of employment.
Strong knowledge base in educational foundation, instructional methods, classroom management, and teacher development required.
Commitment to excellence in teaching and academic advising (if applicable) of undergraduate students (if applicable)
Understanding of curriculum and course development, including course and program assessment (if applicable)
University of Northwestern - St. Paul is an evangelical, non-denominational Christian institution offering both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Northwestern is an intentional community of faith, living, and learning located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Since 1902, Northwestern has been committed to providing Christ-centered, academically excellent education for men and women from around the world. Northwestern’s 100-acre campus is nestled along the shores of Lake Johanna. The downtown areas of both Saint Paul and Minneapolis can be reached within 15 minutes, providing easy access to hundreds of cultural and recreational activities in the Twin Cities.