Are you passionate about working at an institution whose focus is student success? Do you want to work with a dynamic team that is leading the national conversation on increasing retention and completion? Can you envision yourself challenging and being challenged to find innovative ways to address persistent service gaps? If these questions resonate with you, then we invite you to consider joining the faculty ranks at Yakima Valley College (YVC), an innovative and equity-focused designated Hispanic Serving Institution dedicated to helping all students achieve their academic and professional goals.
Yakima Valley College seeks a Director of Nursing Programs who is committed to community college students and their success. This is a full-time, 12-month, administrative position.
Reporting to the Dean of Workforce Education, the Director of Nursing Programs is responsible for the management and administration of YVC’s Nursing Programs (Nursing Assistant Certified, Practical Nursing, and the Associate Degree in Nursing) according to ACEN and NWCCU accreditation standards. Responsibilities include planning, evaluation, budgeting, maintaining program accreditation, classroom instruction, and overseeing curricular and clinical training. In addition to the general oversight of student success with a focus on equity, the director will be responsible for strategic planning related to student success, including recruitment of students, retention strategies, and program assessment which includes data collection and analysis related to the student experience and placement of graduates. This position works directly with clinical placement sites and relationship management with industry and higher education partners are key. The duties of this position encompass the requirements of the WAC 246-840-555-6.
The successful candidate must be able to develop equity-minded practices within an educational environment.
Please note: This recruitment will remain open until filled. Application review will begin on Monday, January 24, 2022.
- Provide leadership and administrative oversight for Yakima Valley College’s nursing programs including Associates level nursing, practical nursing and apprenticeship programs (NAC to PN).
- Supervise, orient and evaluate assigned faculty in adherence to negotiated agreements, applicable state and federal laws, accrediting bodies, as well as college policies and procedures.
- Ensure that assessment findings of each program meet applicable ACEN accreditation standards.
- Advise college administration regarding accreditation requirements and needs of the nursing programs.
- Provide leadership to improve access and successful educational outcomes for diverse student populations, including non-native English speakers and those underrepresented/underserved in order to serve the mission of the institution.
- Plan and manage department budgets and purchasing.
- Develop and maintain memorandum of understanding and foster relationships with facilities, educational organizations, industry and health care organizations to assist faculty in recruiting and placing students in clinical sites.
- Actively participate with industry to ensure instructional programs are current with industry standards, practices and trends.
- Implement new and revised courses and classes in accordance with adopted budgets and plans.
- Facilitate student recruitment, selection and advising.
- Ensure that all faculty are appropriately certified and/or licensed.
- Make all faculty assignments in accordance with faculty expertise and program needs.
- Support nursing faculty as needed to create and maintain a professional development plan as required by WAC 131-16-093 thru 095.
- Develop, implement and maintain policies, procedures and specifications to ensure effective operation within the college and ACEN standards.
- With appropriate faculty, assist in development of instructional programs.
- Work collaboratively with all healthcare programs offered at YVC.
- Work collaboratively with the Dean of Workforce Education and WED Division.
- Foster a broad organizational culture that supports collegiality, personal well-being and professional development of students and faculty.
- Represent the college to develop, promote and enhance the nursing profession.
- Participate in departmental and college wide committees, state and community boards and activities as assigned.
- Perform other duties as assigned
- Nursing Commission notification rules as set forth in WAC 246-840-513 and 246-840-554.
- ACEN accreditation standards or associate degree nursing programs.
- Management and supervisory practices.
- Collective bargaining agreements.
- Budgeting and fiscal procedures.
- Effectively and professionally, communicate in both oral and written forms to people who represent a broad spectrum of ages, abilities, ethnicity, education, and cultural backgrounds.
- Use effective interpersonal and conflict resolution skills and function as an effective team member.
- Work as part of a team supporting the college’s mission and vision.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty, staff and community partners.
- Maintain confidentiality, think critically and exercise independent judgment.
- Effectively use Microsoft Office, specifically experience creating & editing documents, spreadsheets and presentations, and learning management systems (i.e., CANVAS)
- Lead efforts to increase student success in Nursing, including closing achievement gaps between demographic groups.
- Coach nursing faculty in teaching methods/styles that support successful learning appropriate to the student population at Yakima Valley College.
- A bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) from a nursing education program accredited by a national nursing education accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education; and a graduate degree
- A graduate degree from a nursing education program accredited by a national nursing education accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.
In addition to degree requirements applicants must have the following:
- Preparation in education which includes teaching adults, adult learning theory, teaching methods, curriculum development, and curriculum evaluation, or two years of teaching experience in nursing education that demonstrates this type of preparation.
- Curriculum development and administration experience.
- Five years of experience as a registered nurse including two years of experience in nursing education.
- Current knowledge of nursing practice at the associate degree program level.
- Eligibility for vocational certification in the State of Washington.
- Active, unencumbered Washington state registered nurse license.
- Doctor of nursing practice or doctoral degree in nursing or education from a nursing education program accredited by a national nursing education accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education
- Demonstrated experience with national accrediting organizations or nursing education programs, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and or the commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the NLN
- Demonstrated experience in administration, academic governance, or fiscal management
To apply for this position, you MUST submit a complete YVC Online Employment Application and include the following REQUIRED attachments:
- A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (a generic cover letter will not be accepted). The search committee should be able to easily “check off” each qualification asked for in the job description.
- A current resume (a resume will not substitute for the “work experience” section of the online application).
- Three (3) professional references (personal references do not count as professional).
- Unofficial transcripts for confirmation of degree and required for the fulfillment of the minimum qualifications (when applicable). The successful candidate will be required to submit official transcripts at the time of hire.
- Copy of Credentials or license as required for the fulfillment of the minimum qualifications
- Supplemental Questions – Your responses should provide examples and timelines in your education or experiences which gives evidence of each claim you make.
Please note: Failure to follow the above application instructions will lead to disqualification. Please do not include any attachments other than the ones requested above. E-mailed documents will not be accepted after the closing of the recruitment or in lieu of attaching your documents to the online application.
Those applicants invited to interview may be required to complete a skills test.
Candidates will be subject to a Criminal History Background Check as a condition for consideration of employment.
Due to an emergency proclamation by the Governor, all employees will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment. Employees may request a medical or religious accommodation by contacting the Human Resources Department at 509-574-4670.
“In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.”
Yakima Valley College does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, genetic information, or age in admission, treatment, or participation in its programs, services and activities, or in employment. All inquiries regarding compliance should be directed to the Director of Human Resource Services, YVC, South 16th Ave. & Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima, WA 98902; or call 509.574.4670. Click here for the full non-discrimination statement.
Yakima Valley College’s Annual Safety and Fire Report is available online at https://www.yvcc.edu/services/safety-security, containing mandated information about current campus policies concerning safety and security issues, required statistics, and other related information for the past three calendar years. To obtain a paper copy of the report, please call 509.574.4610.
Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the recruitment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible.
All positions are subject to funding.