Program Director and Assistant Professor Nursing, Tenure Track

  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Grand Rapids, MI, USA
  • Mar 23, 2024
Full time Nursing Deans & Directors

Job Description


Program Director and Assistant Professor Nursing, Tenure Track


Program Director and Assistant Professor Nursing, Tenure Track


Job ID 1598


November 15, 2023


Department: Nursing


Employee Group: Faculty Association


Start Date:


Schedule: 37 Contract Hours spread over Fall, Winter and Summer Semesters based on department needs.


Compensation: Consistent with Faculty Association contract (Page #115)


Benefits: Full Time


Reports to: Associate Dean School of Health Science


Posting Closes: Open until filled (Initial review December 4, 2023)




GRCC is seeking a Program Director for the Nursing Program. The Program Director is responsible for both the Associates Degree and Practical Nursing programs, as well as work associated with the School of Health Sciences. Duties include curriculum design and development; instruction, recruitment, and advisement of students; budgeting; management of faculty (full time and adjunct); and participation in college committees and professional development activities. The Program Director is responsible for maintaining program accreditation requirements. In addition to the essential functions listed below, it is expected that faculty demonstrate outstanding communication skills, effective collaboration skills, personal initiative in problem-solving abilities, and time management. The Program Director should possess an interest in working with diverse student populations from a wide range of age, ethnicity, national origin, and ability; engaging in and developing innovative teaching strategies; effectively assessing student learning outcomes; demonstrating a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development; emphasizing an inclusive and positive work culture; and, providing service to our students, the college, and the community.





  • Provide leadership for the day-to-day operation of the Nursing Programs.


  • Contribute to the growth and development of the Programs and the College by representing the department as a liaison and facilitator in college wide committee work, program planning, and other disciplines.


  • The Program Director will represent the nursing programs at college-related activities and liaison between students, the administration, faculty, other staff and the public.


  • Provide support to faculty to assist them in their efforts to achieve the optimal learning environment for GRCC's nursing students.


  • Oversee Nursing Program committees and plan monthly department meetings with faculty and staff.


  • Plan and prepare the master schedule of nursing program classes, registration of students and enrollment maintenance of all classes in the nursing programs.


  • Schedule clinical sites, assign faculty to teach nursing courses, as prescribed by the college policies and the Faculty Agreement.


  • Oversee curriculum development activities within the department to ensure compatibility with College curriculum goals, College mission, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), and the Michigan Board of Nursing.


  • Assume responsibilities for maintaining nursing programs accreditations.


  • Supervise the management of Educational Development Plans for students and evaluate credits/placement of transfer students.


  • Communicate with prospective and current students including appointments, phone conversations, written responses and processing of appeals.


  • Work with the Dean of the School of Health Sciences in creating annual proposals for Perkins and other special funding opportunities.


  • Manage the annual budgets and expenditures for the Nursing Programs.


  • Assist the Associate Dean in the hiring of full time faculty to teach courses in both the Practical Nursing and Associate Degree nursing programs.


  • Recruit, hire, and assign adjunct faculty to teach in both the Practical Nursing and Associate Degree nursing programs as needed each semester.


  • Prepare reports, certify graduates, seek approvals and otherwise maintain appropriate relationships and memberships with the Michigan Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).


  • Maintain existing community relationships and create new opportunities for growth.


  • Serve as the liaison and key contact for student clinical placements and community organizations related to the Nursing Programs.


  • Maintain memberships and take an active part in local, state, and national organizations related to nursing education.


  • Work with the program support staff and health programs admissions coordinator to fill each year's student cohort.


  • Develop and monitor admission requirements, pre-licensure testing, filing reports, and analysis of data for use in on-going program improvement.


  • Create, coordinate and implement nursing student orientation programs.


  • Oversee the Nursing Programs' Advisory Committee and maintain a diverse membership with broad community representation.


  • Work with and utilize college resources to develop continuing education and professional development courses as needed.


  • Supervise Nursing Programs' Educational Support Professionals and Student Intake Specialist.


  • Strong advocate for both Practical Nursing and Associate Degree Nursing Programs.


  • Opportunities to teach both clinical and didactic nursing courses.


  • Other duties as assigned.




Education Credentials



  • Masters Degree in Nursing required.


  • Current Michigan nursing licensure required.


Work Experience



  • Minimum of two full-time years/4000 hours of clinical experience in nursing required.


  • Minimum of three (3) years of full-time didactic and clinical experience in an accredited nursing program required.


  • Experience in both Associate Degree and Practical Nursing Programs strongly preferred.


  • Community College teaching experience is preferred.





  • Possess excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills.


  • Possess excellent communication skills.


  • Demonstrated successful leadership of complex, collaborative initiatives.


  • Demonstrated successful advocacy for those in need.


  • Clear evidence of sensitivity to and understanding of students from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of abilities.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.


  • Clear understanding of accreditation requirements from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the Michigan Board of Nursing.


  • Clear evidence of ability to make data driven decisions including data management and analysis


Physical Demands



  • The position requires long periods of sitting, standing, reading, and writing, listening, and speaking.


Mental Demands



  • Knowledge and understanding of current and future challenges facing nursing education


  • Ability to work under pressure while possessing mature judgment and flexibility in regards to interruptions and schedule changes.


  • Ability to handle sensitive or difficult situations in a professional, confidential manner.


  • Ability to cope effectively with the demands associated with working with students in fast-paced healthcare settings and within the organization.


  • Must be punctual and dependable.


  • An understanding of and appreciation for the community college philosophy and student population.


  • An interest in working with diverse student populations, who represent a wide range of age, ethnicity, national origin, and ability.


Working Conditions



  • GRCC will comply with any mandated health and safety requirements. Compliance information is available on our policies website.


  • Must be able to meet clinical facility requirements such as current immunizations, BLS and annual TB screening, when appropriate.


  • Must be able to travel to off campus clinical settings.


  • Must be able to work in a classroom and laboratory in an academic setting well as external clinical sites.


  • Ability to work in high traffic, in-door environments.


  • Must be able to work flexible hours.




GRCC is only accepting online applications for this position at Submit a cover letter resume, and unofficial transcripts for full consideration. The opportunity to apply for this position will close at the end of the day on the close date referenced at the top of this job posting. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grand Rapids Community College is an equal opportunity employer. Visa sponsorship is not available.




GRCC uses an Evidence Based Selection Process, where we make data driven hiring decisions to help mitigate bias throughout the hiring process. As part of this process, candidates will participate in reference checks and interviews.




Grand Rapids Community College creates an inclusive learning and working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of each person. It is the policy and practice of GRCC to provide equal educational and employment opportunities regardless of age, race, color, religion, marital status, sex/gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, height, weight, national origin, disability, political affiliation, familial status, veteran status or genetics in all programs, activities, services, employment and advancement including admissions to, access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required by state and federal law. GRCC is committed to reviewing all aspects of GRCC programs, activities, services and employment, including recruitment, selection, retention and promotion to identify and eliminate barriers in order to prevent discrimination on the basis of the listed protected characteristics. The college will not tolerate any form of retaliation against any person for bringing charges of discrimination or participating in an investigation. Further information may be obtained from the EEO Office or the Office of General Counsel, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295.


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