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Assistant Director of Graduate Nursing Programs

Cedar Crest College
Allentown, Pennsylvania

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Assistant Director of Graduate Nursing Programs


The School of Nursing at Cedar Crest College, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, is currently accepting applications and nominations for an Assistant Director of Graduate Nursing Programs. We are seeking a dedicated nursing professional committed to educating graduate level nurses in the DNP, BSN-DNP, MSN, and PMC (post master’s certificate) programs with specialty tracks in FNP, AGACNP, nurse educator, and nurse administrator. Working as part of the nursing administrative team, this Assistant Director shares oversight of all aspects of the academic experience of the graduate nursing programs and consults with the Director of Graduate Nursing on matters pertinent to the graduate nursing programs. Reporting to the Director of Graduate Nursing Programs and the Dean of the School of Nursing, the Assistant Director of Graduate Nursing Programs is a full time, 12-month position.


Essential Responsibilities:

  • Oversees and participates in the continuing assessment and refinement of graduate nursing curriculum.
  • Reviews final graduate nursing programs’ evaluations.
  • Monitors the advisement and rostering systems for graduate nursing students in collaboration with the Program Director, faculty, office manager, and Dean.
  • Oversees input of faculty and the scheduling coordinator regarding all clinical practicums, and course schedules pertinent to the graduate nursing curriculum.
  • Participates in the marketing and recruitment efforts for the graduate nursing programs.
  • Coordinates outcome measurements for the graduate nursing programs in accordance with the Systematic Plan of Evaluation, periodic program review, and internal and external assessment requirements.  
  • Assists with the maintenance of the graduate nursing programs in accordance with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, State Board of Nursing regulations.
  • Assists with preparation of various reports of the graduate nursing programs as needed by the College or accreditation bodies.
  • Assists with maintenance and audits of graduate student records.
  • Addresses student concerns and issues to ensure satisfaction and quality in the graduate nursing programs.
  • Assists in the development of all graduate nursing program initiatives.
  • Coordinates, participates in, and evaluates the effectiveness in all aspects of the graduate nursing programs to ensure a satisfactory and efficient student experience.
  • Teaches in the graduate nursing programs.
  • Serves on College and School wide committees as needed.


Other Responsibilities:

  • Serves as a resource to nursing faculty members regarding student advising and programmatic policies and procedures.
  • Facilitates orientation of part-time and adjunct faculty members.
  • Participates in Information Sessions for the School of Adult and Graduate Education.
  • Facilitates orientation for students entering the graduate nursing programs in the fall, spring, and summer.
  • Facilitates orientation for clinical preceptors working with students in the graduate nursing programs.


Required Qualifications:

  • A terminal degree (PhD, EdD, or DNP) and a Master of Science in Nursing.
  • Current license or eligible for licensure as an RN in Pennsylvania.
  • Record of scholarship, teaching, and service.
  • A minimum of three years of experience in higher education with graduate and online programs.
  • Experience working through nursing accreditation processes and with licensing bodies.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in an academic leadership role.
  • An advanced practice registered nurse certification (NP, FNP, AGACNP, AGPCNP, PPCNP, PACNP, WHNP, CNM, CNS).


About the School of Nursing:

Cedar Crest’s nursing programs have a long tradition of excellence in nursing education, and the recent creation of the School of Nursing has allowed the institution to expand its educational offerings. In 2018, the school added a Doctor of Nursing practice degree (DNP) with three areas of specialty: family nursing, acute adult/gerontology, and nurse anesthesiology. Our DNP program is a practice-focused doctoral program in nursing that prepares expert nurse clinicians for the highest level of practice to improve health outcomes for individuals and populations. In addition to the DNP, Cedar Crest’s School of Nursing offers a BSN, an Accelerated BSN, an RN to BSN, an MSN and certificate programs in various specialties. A multimillion-dollar state-of-the-art Nursing Simulation Center provides realistic practice settings such as acute-care patient rooms, a community health lab, health assessment labs, and a functional operating room for student learning. The mission of the Cedar Crest College graduate nursing programs is to educate and prepare nurse leaders who will advance evidence-based practice, education and healthcare delivery to improve health outcomes for individuals, families and communities within a global context.


About Cedar Crest College:

Cedar Crest College, founded in 1867, is a four-year, independent, liberal-arts college that emphasizes cross-disciplinary cooperation and excellence in teaching, research, and practice. Cedar Crest enrolls over 1500 students through our co-educational School for Adult and Graduate Education and our traditional programs for women. The large majority of Cedar Crest’s students – nearly ninety percent – are women. More than one-third are students of color, and nearly forty percent are first-generation college students. Our student body is also diverse in terms of religion, nationality, and sexual orientation. Cedar Crest College is a part of the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges, a consortium of six colleges and universities. The College’s beautiful 84-acre campus, a registered national arboretum, is located in Allentown, Pennsylvania.


About Allentown:

Pennsylvania’s third-largest city, Allentown is nestled in the lovely Lehigh Valley, which boasts the best of both worlds: vibrant and diverse urban communities, as well as gentle hills and charming country sides. The Lehigh Valley includes access to parks, trails, and other outdoor recreation, top-rated public schools, and a wide range of cultural and sporting venues that enhance the value of our location. The College is conveniently located one hour north of Philadelphia and 90 minutes west of New York City. In addition to our convenient location, we offer an exceptional benefits package, work-life balance, and a commitment to health and wellness, evidenced by our smoke and tobacco-free campus.  



All correspondence should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive recruitment consultant:

Danan Tsan, Vice President

Scott Healy & Associates

[email protected]


The full and complete application should contain the following information and should be submitted through :

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of teaching philosophy
  4. Three letters of reference
  5. Diversity statement that describes planned contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion


Applications submitted by March 13, 2023 will receive priority consideration. This search will remain open until the position is filled.


Cedar Crest College is an equal opportunity employer fundamentally committed to diversity and inclusion.  As such, the College encourages applications from individuals belonging to minoritized groups in higher education, in support of our diverse student community.


All new employees are required to provide their vaccination status to the College, and if vaccinated, provide proof of vaccination.  

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