Continuing, Non-Tenure Track Program Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice-Nurse Anesthesia Program



Job description

Posting Number: 20231027F

Villanova, PA

Work Schedule: full-time/12-months

Department: 232-Nursing

Position Summary

The Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing is pleased to invite applications for the position of Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice-Nurse Anesthesia (DNP-NA) program. This full-time 12-month continuing non-tenure track position commences in Summer 2023.

Under the leadership of the Associate Dean for the Graduate Program, the Director serves as the primary administrator for the Doctor of Nursing Practice-Nurse Anesthesia Program and provides strategic, visionary, and dynamic leadership to faculty, staff, and students in the nurse anesthesia program in the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing. The Director works collaboratively with the Dean, Vice Dean, administrative team, and faculty, staff, and students, to define, implement, and continuously evaluate the nurse anesthesia program curriculum and budget. S/he is responsible for meeting and maintaining accreditation and regulatory standards for the Nurse Anesthesia Program and provides leadership and strategic vision for the DNP NA program.

At the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, we innovate and educate. We seek a visionary, innovative and dynamic leader in this role who will maximize our academic potential for the greater good of the entire community. Join us-a strong community committed to inspiring each other to ignite change.

Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University’s mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University’s mission and values.

Duties and Responsibilities

Academic Oversight

  • Provides strategic leadership for the implementation of the DNP-NA curriculum ensuring the FCN program remains at the forefront of cutting-edge DNP-NA education. Facilitates implementation of all accreditation mandates required by the Council on Accreditation.
  • Conducts and addresses course and student evaluations through class observations, counsels and advises students as it relates to performance in both clinical and didactic courses.
  • Completes program evaluation annually through the Program evaluation plan (PEP).
  • Collaborates with the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs to create teaching assignments for the DNP-NA program each semester.
  • Develops, plans, implements, and supervises students’ clinical and didactic learning experiences and evaluates and reviews summative evaluations with students each semester.
  • Obtains and maintains clinical site rotations for the DNP-NA program.
  • Plans and participates in recruitment and orientation of new faculty, lecturers, and students.
  • Collaborates with the Administrative team, and the College’s Director of College Recruitment and Admissions to promote and advance the recruitment, admission and retention of a diverse student body.
  • Develops and implements annual Faculty Development Workshops, participates as a lecturer or obtaining lecturers in conjunction with the Philadelphia Area Nurse Anesthesia Program Advisory Group.
  • Nurtures an environment of collegiality and transparency and support faculty academic concerns.
  • Teaches in academic programs.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Serve and represent the College on various internal and external boards and committees that function within the program and its affiliates.
  • Develops, reviews, and oversees implementation of academic program policies and procedures in collaboration with the Dean, faculty, and other constituents. Creates and maintains nurse anesthesia student handbook documentation.
  • Creates all necessary student clinical and didactic records, statistical reports and files, and completes annual report to Council on Accreditation.
  • Supervises administrative staff, Associate Program Director, and faculty in the DNP-NA program including lecturers and didactic faculty.
  • Visits clinical sites on an annual basis.
  • Creates and submits an Annual Report to the Dean and maintains student and faculty data.
  • Support faculty retention and serves on search committees as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

  • CRNA with an earned doctoral degree from an institution of higher education that was accredited by an agency officially recognized by the US Secretary of Education to accredit institutions at the time the degree was conferred.
  • Must maintain RN license and recertification by the NBCRNA.
  • Must have formal instruction in curriculum, evaluation and instruction (per COA DNP std B17.)
  • Minimum of three years’ academic administration experience or other significant academic/educational nursing leadership experience.
  • Must demonstrate leadership capabilities, decision-making authority and expertise sufficient to conduct the curriculum, prepare and administer the program budget, and direct activities of the student body and faculty.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to lead development and implementation of mission-centered, innovative, cost-effective curricula.
  • Experience retaining and mentoring diverse faculty and students.
  • Experience developing strong clinical partnerships locally and globally to support the academic programs.
  • Teaching experience at the graduate level.
  • Experience with innovative, evidence-based, and technologically rich teaching strategies.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, collegiality, and the ability to collaborate.
  • Fiscal acumen.
  • The highest standards of personal and professional integrity.
  • An administrative leadership style that is responsive to the needs of faculty, students, and staff.

How to apply

Apply online

Applications must include a cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae.

1) A statement articulating how the candidate’s contributions support the University’s mission (and enduring principles) and 2) a statement on inclusive excellence are required at time of interview.

Contact information for three individual references are required for all finalists.

Required for appointment:

  • Official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate degrees.
  • Evidence of professional liability insurance.
  • Criminal background check clearance.
  • FBI fingerprints and PA Child Abuse Clearance.

Salary Posting Information


Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University’s mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University’s mission and values.

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Villanova University is a private university located in Radnor Township, a suburb northwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States. Named for Saint Thomas of Villanova, the school is the oldest Catholic university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.