Program Director for Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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Category:: Administrative / Staff
Department:: 01-50-5044 - Doctor of Nursing Practice
Locations:: East Longmeadow, MA
Posted:: Jul 26, '18
Type:: Full-Time Salaried (Exempt)

About Bay Path University:

When Bay Path opened its doors to students in downtown Springfield, MA in 1897, it had a very clear goal: to provide a practical, affordable, and career-oriented education to meet the needs of companies, organizations, and communities. From the beginning, Bay Path prided itself on being entrepreneurial, constantly pushing the boundaries of the academic experience to fit the student. To start them on the road of success. We still do.

Today, that spirit and philosophy is more important than ever in higher education. At Bay Path, it's not just the number and breadth of undergraduate and graduate programs that defines us-and we have many-but it is our ability to connect the classroom to learning to leadership to experience to career that is at the core of what we do best. We know the work that needs to be done.

Bay Path University, an independent and not-for-profit institution, was named Among Fastest Growing Baccalaureate Colleges by the Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac, and is a member of the Women's College Coalition. With a main campus in Longmeadow, MA and four satellite locations, (East Longmeadow, Sturbridge, Concord, Springfield), Bay Path offers undergraduate, graduate (for women and men) degrees, and professional certificates.

We're committed to preparing our students to navigate a constantly changing world. Whether it is one of our innovative academic programs, groundbreaking online learning platform, or through our Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders initiative, we educate our students in ways that will help them to grow, learn to adapt, and always to flourish. Be part of the change.

We invite you to visit our website at where you can learn more about Bay Path University.

Job Description:

  • Position Code: PDDNP
  • Job Type: Program Director .80 FTE, Exempt
  • Hours: 4-days per week, some evenings and weekends required.
  • Location: Remote

JOB SUMMARY: We seek a dynamic, collaborative leader who has an established track record for high quality curricular development at the university level and who is interested in preparing Nurse Practitioners for 21st Century careers. The successful candidate will have a unique and exciting mandate and will work with faculty to design, build and nurture the University's offerings to attain enhanced student achievement and external recognition. An appreciation for an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to learning is especially desired. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to use creative and innovative approaches to academic program development.

The DNP program is designed primarily as a post-baccalaureate Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program of study leading to a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP-FNP). Additional opportunities include: MSN to DNP (administration; BSN to FNP; BSN to MSN; or BSN-DNP (administration).

The Chief Nurse Administrator (CNA)/Program Director (PD) of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program provides general oversight of the DNP-FNP program. This person is responsible for the management of the day-to-day operations of the program and will function under the supervision of the Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Healthcare Management and Director of Graduate New Initiatives.

This person is academically and experientially qualified to accomplish the mission, goals, and expected program and student learning outcomes; is vested with the administrative authority to provide effective leadership to the program staff and faculty in alignment with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the National Nurse Practitioner Standards and Guidelines.

This position is a .80 FTE twelve-month, non-tenure one year position. Reporting to the Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Healthcare Management and Director of Graduate New Initiatives, this position is instrumental in the overseeing the program, faculty and the education of its students. This position will work remotely but be available two days every two weeks at the East Longmeadow campus in year one.

Bay Path University's School of Education, Human and Health Sciences houses the University's Genetic Counseling, Physician Assistant, Occupational Therapy, Healthcare Management, Public Health, Clinical Mental Health and Programs in Education, Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis. Through evidence-based practice and project-based learning, most of these programs prepare health care professionals for success in a rapidly changing global environment, with applied work, clinical rotations, practicums and fieldwork assignments.

The scholar selected for this position will join a collaborative and dedicated School who emphasize excellence in education at all levels. This person will be involved in expanding program offerings; grow enrollments substantially; lead school partnerships and significant new initiatives for the purposes of cutting-edge preparation. The director will be expected to participate in curriculum and programmatic development and innovation; advise graduate students; participate actively in local, state, and national professional organizations; and contribute to the service mission of the University and the School.


Program Director:

The CNA/PD, in coordination with the Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Healthcare Management and Director of Graduate New Initiatives shall have the authority, accountability and responsibility that come with academic and administrative oversight of all aspects of the DNP -FNP program including, but not limited to:

  • Provides effective leadership, direction and support in implementing the vision, mission, strategic plan, and core commitments of the DNP program in alignment with the University's and School's strategic plan.
  • Chairs the DNP Program committee; holds regular meetings with DNP faculty to facilitate communication concerning academic, student and course issues; provides feedback to faculty concerning course and programmatic evaluations.
  • Represents the DNP program locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Responsible for review and program approval processes as required by the University and accrediting bodies, including the maintenance and submission of records and reports as needed.
  • Manages faculty assignments.
  • Develops the DNP course schedule aligned with other programs and cohort site requirements.
  • Chairs the DNP Program Admissions Committee and represents the DNP program on University committees as assigned.
  • Engages in scholarly activities.
  • Develops working relationship within the larger University, and with local communities, practice partners and other key stakeholders that promotes intra- and inter school collaboration and communication.
  • Experience in both on-line course development and on-line teaching required.
  • Leads curriculum development and instructional advancement in the DNP/FNP program.
  • Facilitates the development of and assumes responsibility for program budget management.
  • Develops program description and associated program information for publication in the University catalog and Web page. Reviews this information on an annual basis with regard to program curricula and makes appropriate recommendations for changes in order to keep information current.
  • Recruits, appoints, supervises and evaluates both full-time and part-time faculty, assuring faculty credentials meet accreditation and programmatic criteria as stated in the DNP and FNP standards.
  • Assists with search, in collaboration with Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Healthcare Management and Director of Graduate New Initiatives, for full-time Program Director.
  • Maintains communication and works cooperatively with clinical instructors of off-campus instructional sites.
  • Maintains appropriate contacts in meeting the requirements of the programs' accrediting agencies: CCNE, FNP, and the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.
  • Recruits clinical sites from numerous facilities.
  • Prepares clinical contracts and continually meets requirements for state and national regulations.
  • Obtains qualified preceptors at each clinical facility.
  • Conducts student recruitment through on-going information sessions and open-houses, and other recruitment activities.
  • Develops, submits and maintains all records and documents as required by accrediting agencies (i.e., CCNE) such as self-studies, program reviews, and annual reports.
  • Oversee all activities for initial and on-going program accreditation such as self-study, letters of Intent, and site visit coordination.
  • Plans and implements new student orientation and coordinates on-going student advising.
  • In collaboration with the Center for On-line Learning and assigned Instructional Designer(s) works to develop and maintain courses in Canvas LMS.
  • In collaboration with the Hatch Library personnel works to establish DNP-FNP library resource site for program and student access.
  • Recruits and maintains members of the program Advisory Committee which must meet at least once annually for input and reporting processes.
  • Attend trainings and meetings as required, remotely and on campus.
  • Perform any other duties or tasks as assigned by the University.


If you operate a University owned, leased or personal vehicle at any time while performing your duties you must follow all policies and procedures outlined in the Operations Manual. You must have a valid driver's license and must successfully pass the online safe Driving Course and driving record check at time of hire and annually thereafter. Additionally, you must report any driving offense, on or off company time, which causes a loss, suspension, or any other change in your license status. You must report this change within one business day of the offense. You can report this change to the Human Resource Department or your direct supervisor. Failure to do so can lead to disciplinary action, up to and including terminations.

This list of essential job functions and other responsibilities is representative of those duties and responsibilities that are required of this position. However, the list is not to be considered as all-inclusive. A supervisor or director may assign other duties and/or other duties at alternate locations to meet mission requirements of the University and cooperation of all personnel is expected to carry out the mission.


  • All DNP faculty and staff
  • Work study students


  • Registered Nurse (RN).
  • Earned doctorate (PhD, EdD, DNS, DNP) in nursing or related field strongly preferred.
  • Licensed or eligible for licensure in Massachusetts as a Registered Nurse or Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.
  • Experience in a DNP academic program or previous experience in nursing academic program administration.
  • Commitment to the mission and values of the University and to the highest standards of the profession of Nursing.
  • Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal and networking skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task, use good judgment, work in a vibrant academic environment and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to negotiate, creatively problem solve and interact in diverse clinical settings.
  • Proficient with computer Learning Management Systems (LMS).
  • Skillful problem-solving capabilities.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Online teaching proficiency.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to multi-task effectively.
  • An ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Adept interpersonal skills and communication: personally, via phone, email and web-conferencing.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Must successfully pass the online safe Driving Course and driving record check at time of hire and annually thereafter.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion .and within FERPA and HIPPA regulations.
  • Ability to adhere to University policies and procedures.
  • Should be committed to a culture of diversity, respect and inclusion; demonstrated ability to build working relationships with people having a wide variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences different from ones' own.
  • General knowledge of the University's mission, purpose and goals and the role this position plays in achieving those goals.

Additional Information:

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Bay Path University is a diverse community devoted to proactively nurturing a campus-wide culture that promotes and ensures respect, inclusion and safety for all members regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity, socio-economic background, or physical ability. We are one University that opens our hearts and minds to conversations, to learning and to creating a community that is welcoming of all. Regardless of position, it is expected that each employee will embrace this commitment and demonstrate an attitude of respect toward and acceptance of all members of our community.

Bay Path University is a smoke- and tobacco-free community.

All offers of employment are contingent on satisfactory background checking.

Application Instructions:

Applicants for this position should attach a cover letter resume / curriculum vitae, the contact information for four (4) professional, work related references and any other relevant information pertaining to this position and your candidacy. Please apply online. Faxes and emails will not be accepted.

Bay Path University is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and learning in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, women and all underrepresented backgrounds. An Equal Opportunity Employer, Bay Path University is committed to fostering diversity in its student body, faculty, and staff.




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Posted: 7/26/2018
Application Due: 12/28/2018
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