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Academic Chair, Nursing Programs

Santa Fe College
Gainesville, FL

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Job Status:Open Title:Academic Chair, Nursing Programs Opportunity Type:Full-time Position Type:Executive/Managerial Position Classification:Exempt Home Department:Nursing Programs Pay Grade:N/A Closing Date:05/23/2022 Overview:

Santa Fe College (SF) has been recognized as one of the top-rated community colleges in the United States. Santa Fe College is a comprehensive public college that offers a range of Bachelor’s degrees, Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degree options, as well as Certificate and Non-Degree programs. Santa Fe College is a student-centered institution with a commitment to open access, academic excellence, and cultural and ethnic diversity. A high quality of life, temperate climate, proximity to the University of Florida, diverse cultural events, and plentiful recreational opportunities make SF and Gainesville an ideal community to work and live.

Compensation: Compensation package is comprised of many college paid benefits including health and life insurance, retirement, leave time, and tuition waivers for Santa Fe College and the University of Florida.


The Division of Academic Affairs is seeking an academic chair for the Nursing Programs department to provide leadership for all academic and operational activities in the department. This department offers comprehensive undergraduate educational opportunities including a 120-hour Nursing Assistant program, a certificate in Practical Nursing, an A.S.N degree, and an RN-BSN completion program. The department chair provides leadership, direction and support to the Nursing Programs department by facilitating the operational functions; providing a vision for the department and articulating college goals; coordinating the review of curriculum and assessment of student learning and engagement; providing management and allocation of financial resources; recruitment, development, retention and scheduling of faculty and staff; accepting responsibility for reporting, compliance, and other accountabilities while creating an effective working environment that encourages scholarly and creative activities in the pursuit of excellence in teaching leading to outstanding educational programs. The chair must be an advocate of faculty and a representative of the administration, serving as a consensus builder while providing an open forum for faculty, staff and students. This position will also be responsible for maintaining program accreditation and/or Florida Board of Nursing approval and for fulfilling accreditation and reporting requirements as assigned.

Responsibilities and Duties:
  • Under the guidance of the Associate Vice President and Provost, develop and articulate the vision and goals of the department in the context of the college’s mission, values, and goals congruent to the strategic plan.

  • Provide academic and instructional leadership for all areas of the Nursing Programs focused on the development, implementation and evaluation/assessment of learning outcomes, and documenting student learning and success.

  • Provide leadership that promotes best practices in instruction, curriculum, and student engagement and maintains awareness of industry best practices while identifying emerging issues and trends.

  • Moves the department forward to make sure the department’s evolution reflects external changes in the discipline.

  • Maintain a positive, professional, and productive relationship with local, state, and national colleagues, clinical affiliate and internship administrators, advisory board members, employers, and industry representatives.

  • Ensure that programs are aligned with regional workforce needs in collaboration with advisory boards, local employers, and other stakeholders.

  • Collaborate with faculty and staff both within and outside the Division of Academic Affairs on College initiatives and projects as assigned, including interdisciplinary educational opportunities.

  • Promote a positive and professional culture of open communication and evidence-based decision making in all aspects of the department’s operations.

  • Demonstrate the college’s commitment to diversity through recruitment and hiring practices; create an inviting and inclusive sense of community for faculty, staff, and students.

  • Leads department level planning and program review activities, including assessment of learning outcomes and use the results, in collaboration with the AVP and Provost, to improve departmental operations and student success relative to student access, retention, learning and success.

  • Provide input as requested to the AVP and Provost in the development of college proposals to expand programs through partnerships, acquisition of additional resources and securing external funding sources.

  • Providing leadership in achieving and maintaining program accreditations that add value; planning and preparing for program reviews and College/program accreditations. This includes developing, reviewing, and revising policies and procedures to ensure programs comply with SACSCOC, state regulatory agencies, and professional nursing accreditation standards.

  • Ensures adequate facilities are available, including specialized lab and simulation facilities with appropriate SOPs and locations for clinical experiences and internship placements acting as the college liaison with these entities following college protocols for contracts and agreements. Manages college facilities that include maintenance and scheduling of highly specialized facilities with unique purposes.

  • Analyzes the department’s needs both short and long term for space utilization, reserves for replacement and resources for supplies, equipment and capital expenditures and makes requests accordingly.

  • Plans, manages, and assesses department budgets and resource allocations to efficiently meet goals, demonstrating accountability and good stewardship.

  • Manages operational activities and oversees daily activities.

  • Develops and implements annual plans for course offerings, faculty scheduling, program recruitment and active enrollment management in accordance with Academic Affairs leadership directives.

  • Conducts regular department meetings and is responsible for ensuring timely communication of college information with direct reports.

  • Facilitates meeting and event planning that may include advisory committees and conferences for members of the community and other organizations.

  • Develops and maintains policies, procedures, and handbooks for successful operations. Promotes best practices in instruction and student engagement by maintaining knowledge of regulatory, legal and practice issues affecting nursing education.

  • Prepares internal and external reports. Collects, verifies, and reports programmatic data for college, state, national and accreditation purposes.

  • Addresses all student issues in a professional and timely manner, and in accordance with instructional policies and procedures.

  • Recommends or selects full and part time faculty and staff in accordance with college guidelines, ensuring verification of references, submission of required application materials and completion of credentialing for faculty.

  • Implements timely and informative performance appraisals for full and part time faculty and staff in accordance with established guidelines and provides oversight for the continuing contract process.

  • Responsible for scheduling, loading and assignment of all faculty and staff and maintaining appropriate time and attendance records for approving leave and timesheets. Selects full and part time faculty and staff with established guidelines.

  • Facilitates and encourages the development of faculty and staff by making professional development opportunities and resources available.

  • Motivates and inspires team members, models professional behavior, provides guidance and coaching when performance does not meet expectation and initiates appropriate disciplinary actions when needed

  • Currently, Chairs are expected to maintain currency of subject matter knowledge, certifications and instruction and therefore typically teach at least one course every other year as part of their regular assigned duties unless specifically exempted by the Provost.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Reports to: Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs (Health Sciences)


Required: A Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in nursing is required. A current State of Florida Board of Nursing RN or ARNP license; candidates with out-of-state licenses are required to achieve FL licensure prior to employment. Have acceptable educational, administrative and/or clinical experience related to position.

Additional Requirements: A criminal background check will be conducted.

Preferred: A doctoral degree in an appropriate field or college-level teaching. Experience in simulation design and instruction. Leadership experience in program accreditation and/or successful reaffirmation of accreditation. Experience working with a diverse population at a post-secondary educational level.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to work successfully in a multicultural environment.

  • Adaptability to Change – able to be flexible and supportive, able to positively and proactively assimilate change in rapid growth environment.

  • Communication – able to effectively communicate in a professional, diplomatic, empathetic, and tactful manner using preferred method and level as applicable to the job.

  • Critical Thinking & Judgement - able to make well-reasoned, sensible, and timely decisions based on careful, objective review and informed analysis of available information, considerations, and other factors.

  • Ethics – able to demonstrate integrity, professionalism, civility, and a high degree of ethics in all job-related actions.

  • Leadership – has demonstrated success as an entrepreneurial, high energy, driven, hands-on leader. Possess expertise in selecting, training, developing, coaching, mentoring, and retaining a highly motivated workforce.

  • Organization & Time Management – able to plan, schedule, and organize tasks related to the job to achieve goals within or ahead of established time frames.

  • Problem Solving – proven skills in identifying issues, determining their cause, developing creative solutions, and following through with implementing resolutions.

  • Relationship Management – able to personally provide a high level of interactive service to others, including building relationships and addressing identified needs.

  • Results Orientation – proven ability to set and exceed established targets.

  • Systems & Software - proficient level of knowledge of Microsoft Office and/or relevant position software programs.

  • Team Orientation & Interpersonal – highly motivated team player with ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with all levels within and external to the organization.

Application Process: All applicants must submit a completed online SF Employment Application, a letter of intent, an up-to-date resume/curriculum vitae, applicable industry credentials, as well as academic transcripts through the job portal to be considered for this position. Unofficial transcripts are only accepted for review purposes, official transcripts are required prior to any offer of employment being made.

Contact: Required Documents:Letter of Intent, Licensure, Resume/Curriculum Vitae, Unofficial Transcripts
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