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Assistant Director, Practice Placements

Westfield State University

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Assistant Director, Practice Placements

About Westfield State University:

In 1839, Westfield State University was founded on the ideals of Horace Mann who sought to improve society through education. We were the first public education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. The spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies contributing to the development of knowledge, skills, and character essential for students to become responsible leaders and engaged citizens.

Westfield State is a highly residential campus with approximately 55% of our 3,100 full-time undergraduate students living on campus. The campus is ideally situated on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts just 30 minutes from the thriving cultural centers of Springfield, Northampton, and Amherst with a selection of museums, theater, collegiate and minor league sports, hiking trails, and restaurants. The University is within 1.5 hours of Boston and Albany and within 3 hours of New York City and the Green Mountain range of Vermont.

Thank You for Your Interest in Becoming a Westfield State Community Member

You are welcome here. You can advance your career and make a difference here. We invite you to bring your whole self and talents to Westfield State University. The University seeks applicants whose record of teaching, student advising, research, and administration positions them to contribute to the everyday practice of our institutional values.

Our Values

Westfield State commits to values that strengthen a common bond among all members of our community and promotes a rich campus environment.
  • Embrace Diversity - We treat all members of our community with dignity and respect.
  • Maintain Excellence and Integrity - We maintain excellence and integrity in all that we do.
  • Collaborate with Each Other - We make decisions in a transparent and collaborative manner.
  • Provide Accessible Education - We commit to providing an accessible, affordable public higher education for all.
  • Build a Strong Community - We are inclusive and ensure equity, supporting the personal development of all community members, and embracing multiple perspectives.
  • Engage the Outside Community - We support civic engagement in local, regional, and global initiatives.

Job Description:

Campus Title: Assistant Director, Practice Placements
State Job Title: Assistant Director
Department: Nursing
Job Code: HA6600
FLSA Status: Exempt
Funding: 7115-0100
Bargaining Unit: APA
Job Type: Full-Time, Permanent
Timeframe: 48 weeks
Shift: Monday-Friday, 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m.; Occasional evening and weekend placements
Regular Days Off: Saturday and Sunday
Supervision Received: The Assistant Director of Practice Placements receives general supervision from the department chair and executive director.
Supervision Exercised: None.
Salary: $70,000-$75,000 (To commensurate with education and experience)

General Statement of Duties: The Assistant Director of Practice Placements reports to the department chair. Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to: working with the chair and faculty to develop and maintain field sites that meet the department's mission, goals, and expected outcomes; conducting independent site visits for potential new clinical sites; application and placement process for nursing students; assist in ensuring that clinical faculty and faculty are prepared and supported for their work with students and each other; maintaining information in the department's electronic documentation systems; serve as a consultant to clinical faculty and faculty regarding potential disruptions of assigned clinical sites and, as necessary, act as mediator when problems arise in the field that require intervention; provide assistance to students, clinical faculty, and faculty; participation in department and university committees as appropriate.

This position requires personal vehicle travel. Flexible scheduling is expected to accommodate occasional evening or weekend placements. Remote work may be considered for the ideal candidate.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Duties include but not limited to:
  • Work to develop and maintain clinical sites. Conduct independent site visits for potential new sites and utilize independent judgment and discretion to evaluate the appropriateness of an Affiliation Agreement with a particular field site to support the mission, goals, and expected outcomes of the department.
  • Coordinates clinical orientation as appropriate for students and clinical faculty
  • Utilizes the Western Massachusetts Centralized Clinical Placement database to communicate with participating practice partners
  • Coordinates the development of and maintenance of the information contained in the department's web-based systems and help students, clinical faculty, and faculty as needed.
  • Develops procedures to maximize the return rate of clinical evaluation from students, clinical faculty, and placement sites.
  • Monitor clinical placements and facilitate communication among the students, clinical instructor and faculty regarding any potential disruptions. Serve as a consultant regarding potential disruptions of assigned clinical sites and, as necessary, act as mediator when problems arise in the field that require intervention beyond the clinical instructor, faculty, and student.
  • Provide assistance in the development of field-related policies, procedures, manuals, and other documents as necessary.
  • Update and further develop, maintain, and oversee the current faculty mentor program.
  • Serve as the primary mentor for new clinical faculty.
  • Maintain all aspects of affiliation agreements within the department.
  • Evaluate clinical placement sites, including on site evaluations and periodic site reviews as needed.
  • Recruits new clinical faculty and preceptors and develops retention strategies for existing folks in these roles.
  • Participates in department quality assurance, including data collection and participation in BORN and CCNE evaluation.
  • Assists with and represents the University at events such as recruiting, orientation, and celebration.
  • Participates in positive growth of the department in initiating recommendations for additional resources and changes according to the department and University needs.


Required Qualifications
  • Applicants must have a baccalaureate nursing degree and an unencumbered RN license. Upon hire, attainment of a masters degree is expected and the candidate must be matriculated into a masters in nursing or related non-nursing degree program with successful completion within 5 years.
  • Applicants must have strong interpersonal, independent judgment, organizational, and computer skills as well as the capacity to work in a fast-paced team-based environment.
  • This position requires the abilities of a registered nurse with excellent communication skills, general knowledge of healthcare systems, as well as administrative / clerical skills

Additional Information:


Salaries for current Westfield State University employees and individuals currently working for the state of Massachusetts must be calculated individually in accordance with collective bargaining agreements as well as state policies. State job specifications may be found on the Department of Higher Education's webpage.

Employee Benefits:

Benefits are an important component of an employee's total compensation package.
  • Health Insurance: Westfield State offers a variety of HMO, POS, and PPO-type health insurance plans for eligible employees with coverage effective on the 1st of the month following the 60 days of employment.
  • Retirement: the MA State Employee Retirement System provides eligible employees with a retirement pension following a 10-year vesting period. In lieu of the retirement pension, eligible employees may select the Optional Retirement Plan with a maximum 5% employer matching contribution.
  • Tuition Waivers & Discounts: eligible employees, including spouses and dependent children, receive reduced tuition at MA state colleges, community colleges, and universities.
  • Paid Time Off: employees receive 11 paid holidays and generous vacation, personal, and sick leave benefits.
  • Additional information regarding employee benefits is available on the University's Benefits & Wellness webpage.

Disability Accommodations

Westfield State University is committed to the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities and will ensure the availability of reasonable accommodations. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact Human Resources at (413) 572-8809 or visit us in the Horace Mann Building, 1st floor.

Background Check

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion and review of a background check. A criminal record will not automatically disqualify an applicant from consideration.

Application Instructions:

An on-line application is required. The successful candidate must submit an official transcript at the time of hire. Interested candidates should electronically attach the following documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Contact information for three references *
  • Copy of unofficial transcript of highest degree

* Provide the contact information for reference providers in the reference section of the online application.

Deadline: The job posting will be open a minimum of ten days and, if needed, will remain open until finalists have been selected.

NOTE: If you need assistance completing your application please contact our online Help Desk. The link to the help desk can be found at the top of the page via Contact Us.

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Westfield is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, creed or economic status.



Founded in 1838 by educational reformer and political leader Horace Mann, Westfield State was the first co-educational college in America dedicated to free, public education for teaching professionals without regard to race, creed or gender.


The College today calls upon this rich tradition of practical innovation as it develops and refines relevant and rewarding fields of study, opportunities for service, and global experiences. Westfield's residential nature and beautiful setting at the base of the Berkshire Mountains offers every student a rich, classic college experience.

Athletics, superb outdoor recreation, 100+ student clubs and organizations, international studies, leadership opportunities, national and international guest speakers, and close connections with the city of Westfield lend a collegial air to the future-focused Westfield learning community.


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