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Chair, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

Company: Sutter Health
Location: Oakland
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

Who we are: 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 School of Nursing (SoN), 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. The position combines administration, 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 SoN 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 resulting in the production, reorganization/refinement, dissemination or creation of works that advance knowledge in nursing.

Position Summary: The BSN chair is the academic leader responsible for the management of administrative, curricular, and student/faculty issues of the program. The chair maintains standards for professional accreditation, university policy, and plans and manages the budget. He/she collaborates with other administrators to sustain strategic planning goals and priorities coincident with University values and mission. He/she models appropriate ethical and professional behaviors, as well as expert communication skills. The chair reports to the Associate Dean, Pre-licensure & Undergraduate Programs, and supervises faculty and student workers, as necessary.

Major Areas of responsibilities include but not limited to:

Administration (90%)

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Manage the curriculum and instructional programs
  • Collaborate with student services and faculty on recruitment, marketing, admissions, orientation, scheduling, grievance procedures, advising, retention, special services, awards, and graduation processes for the BSN program.
  • Collaborate with the associate dean for prelicensure programs, clinical coordinators, and other program directors in the development of faculty assignments and course schedules.
  • Responsible for curricular integrity to assure compliance with California BRN and CCNE standards
  • Collaborate with the NCLEX success coordinator and other prelicensure program directors to develop and implement strategies for student preparation for the licensure examination.

Faculty & Staff Development

  • Supervise and evaluate faculty
  • In collaboration with the faculty development coordinator, identify faculty orientation and professional development needs
  • Actively participates in hiring full time faculty for the SoN
  • Conducts or provides input for the selection of adjunct faculty
  • Financial, Resource& Systems Management
  • Provide information to the associate dean for prelicensure programs and budget director for macro budget planning for the BSN program
  • Manage the program budget
  • Collaborate with the dean and associate deans to manage external funding
  • Work with the dean and associate deans to identify, evaluate, develop, and implement systems for the effective administration of the program
  • Reports & Documentation
  • Prepare accreditation and other relevant reports for the BSN program
  • Represent the program, the SoN, and the university at relevant external conferences, workshops, and meetings
  • Other
  • Identify new program opportunities for nursing and draft proposals for their development and implementation

Teaching (10%)

  • 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 serve as a coach and mentor for students; confer with them on their progress and assist 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, grade student papers and projects; supervise independent study projects as needed, and evaluate learner performance in both the classroom and clinical settings.
  • Notify course manager of 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.


  • Draw 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.
  • Engage in scholarly activities reflecting dissemination and professional peer review.


  • Participate in faculty organization meetings
  • Participate in SoN faculty meetings
  • Participate in university or school committees as needed
  • Provide service to the profession and the community
  • Participate in university and SoN events as specified in University and SON attendance expectations.

Education & Experience

  • Earned doctorate in nursing or a related field from an accredited institution of higher learning, required
  • Minimum of three years of full time teaching experience at thae baccalaureate or higher degree level, required
  • Minimum of three years of experience in administration/management in baccalaureate or higher degree nursing programs, required
  • One year of clinical experience within the last 5 years, per Board of Registered Nursing requirements
  • Rank is commensurate with qualifications and experience
  • Unencumbered California registered nurse license or eligible for licensure in California
  • Experience working with leadership in healthcare and academic institutions and community organizations, preferred
  • Experience with faculty and staff development, preferred


  • Excellent communication skills
  • Read and write clear documents
  • Function effectively as a member of a team and independently
  • Knowledgeable about the faculty role


  • Create and sustain a culture of respect, cooperation, and innovation among faculty and students
  • Express or exchange ideas
  • Receive detailed information through communication
  • Travel to relevant campuses and meetings, as required

The University has an institution-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to build a welcoming and supportive campus environment, and acknowledge that diversity is an educational imperative to achieve excellence.

Keywords: Sutter Health, Oakland , Chair, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, Other , Oakland, California

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