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Executive Director - Instructor/Assistant Professor of School of Nursing
About the University
For nearly 7,000 students each semester, UAFS offers a dynamic learning environment, a rich campus life, a vibrant international population, opportunities to travel and study abroad, and a host of prestigious degree programs. Small class sizes combined with innovative, applied learning opportunities have led to a record of high job and graduate school placement rates after graduation, an indication of the student-centered education that has defined UAFS since its founding in 1928. An $80 million endowment fund propels the University and its students into a promising future. In the fall of 2015, UAFS completed a role and scope change and began offering master's degrees. UAFS is one of 18 academic institutions and affiliates governed by the University of Arkansas System.
Located on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border and situated in a region of lakes, Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and features a vast array of cultural activities, shopping, dining, and entertainment, including a thriving downtown entertainment district. Parks, trails, and water recreation are all within the city limits, and true outdoor enthusiasts will find the area's lakes, streams, and mountains offer adventure only minutes away from campus. Fort Smith was recently named by Forbes as the number one city in America for cost of living, and a top city in the nation for highest-paying tech jobs. The city is within easy driving distance of Tulsa, Kansas City, Dallas, Little Rock, and Memphis.
UAFS' beautiful 170-acre campus features 20 major buildings and the Donald W. Reynolds Campus Plaza, Tower, and Campus Green. The University opened a 58,000 square-foot visual arts facility in the fall of 2015. A student-supported recreation and wellness center, featuring a rock-climbing wall, basketball, and volleyball courts, and state-of-the-art equipment, opened in the fall of 2016. Such projects initiated the 15-year transformation of the campus in accordance with the University's updated master plan. These two buildings complement the University's top-notch amenities across campus, including a newly renovated library that boasts expansive areas for student use and vast collections of literature and academic resources.
About the College / Department
Will be responsible for administering the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (including the RN-BSN Online Completion Program and the accelerated track) within the Carolyn McKelvey Moore School of Nursing. The position reports to the Dean and Associate Dean of the College of Health Sciences.
Summary of Job Duties
• Participates in teaching, curriculum development, academic innovations, long-range planning, and collaborative program planning and systematic evaluation of all aspects of the program.
• Promotes and maintains standards established by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing, Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education, and other accrediting agencies that impact the academic programs within the School of Nursing (SON).
• Maintains a record for administration, faculty, and students. Prepares reports for internal and external purposes. Carries on correspondence relating to the business of the SON. Collects and analyzes outcome data for the SON.
• Administers selected budgeted components within the SON.
• Delegates appropriate responsibility and provides guidance to faculty and staff. Provides direction and support for improving effectiveness and efficiency of teaching by observing faculty in the classroom and clinical areas. Encourages faculty growth and development.
• Develops and maintains professional relationships with internal and external stakeholders and serves as a spokesperson within the SON, College of Health Sciences (CHS), University, community, area hospitals, other health care providers, and professional organizations deemed essential to the SON programs and mission.
• Assigns faculty members to theoretical and clinical instruction in the SON and to CHS and UAFS committees. Serves on committees and attends CHS and UAFS meetings as appointed.
• Participates in the development and implementation of policies related to admission, retention, and progression of students.
• Plans and prepares publications, brochures, and catalogs for the programs within the SON.
• Plans, organizes, and maintains an orientation program for full-time and part-time faculty.
• Attendance and participation in all faculty and administrative meetings, Student Research Symposium, commencement ceremonies, and other meetings/events as required.
• Curriculum planning, implementation, and evaluation.
• Assessment and evaluation of instruction.
• Professional development.
• Responsible for maintaining a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner to foster teamwork and by providing leadership to subordinates. Requires consistent on-time attendance.
• Other duties as assigned.
Minimum qualifications include a Master's Degree in Nursing; an Arkansas RN license (or eligibility); at least two years' experience in clinical nursing practice; experience in nursing education in higher education; must hold active membership(s) in professional organizations.
Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.
Doctorate or a doctorate near completion, or willingness to pursue and complete a doctorate in nursing or related field. Experience in nursing administration in higher education is preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
To perform the job successfully, the following competencies are required for the essential functions of this position:
• Knowledge of accreditation processes.
• Mastery of subject areas related to their professional practice and assignments.
• Commitment to excellence in teaching, and the ability to use technology as a teaching and learning tool, including the use of alternative delivery methods such as online courses (Blackboard preferred).
• Attention to detail in the collecting, analysis and documentation of outcome data.
• Strong oral and written communication skills.
• Commitment to high professional standards.
• Ability to develop instructional materials including alternative delivery methods.
• Ability to interact with diverse groups of people with a commitment to working within a team.
• Ability to maintain and enforce high academic standards.
Special Job Dimensions
Must maintain current credentials in their field. Must provide evidence of current CPR certification, immunizations, and TB skin test or chest x-ray on annual basis. Work performed primarily in an office/classroom/clinical setting. Must travel to and from clinical sites. Extended hours occasionally required. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering data into computer. Required abilities include walking, standing for up to 12 hours, bending, reaching turning, listening, observation, and moderate to heavy lifting of up to 50 pounds. Must be physically and emotionally able to complete all job requirements.
This is a 12-month position.
$90,000 - $100,000, depending on education and experience
Competitive benefits package.
Background Check / Pre-Employment Screening
This position may be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check, sex offender registry check, financial history background check, and/or drug screening. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background checks and drug screening information will be used in a confidential, non- discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.
Does this position require a background check?
Criminal Background Check, Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) Check, and Drug Screening. Position requires employee complete Arkansas Mandated Reporter training prior to employment.
Posting Detail Information
Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicants
For full consideration, apply by December 15, 2019.
Anticipated start date
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution, dedicated to attracting and supporting diverse student, faculty, and staff populations. The University welcomes applications without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.
UA Fort Smith provides equal employment, admission, and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, disability, veterans' status, sexual orientation, or gender identify. The University abides by all applicable employment laws.
As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, the University is committed to provide equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees with regard to recruitment, hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, training, fringe benefits and all other aspects of employment.
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