Assistant Director, College of Nursing (North Phoenix)

Northern Arizona University   Flagstaff, AZ   Full-time     Management
Posted on March 20, 2024
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Assistant Director, College of Nursing (North Phoenix)


Location: Nursing


Regular/Temporary: Regular


Job ID: 607676


Full/Part Time: Full-Time


Workplace Culture


NAU aims to be the nation's preeminent engine of opportunity, vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and beyond.


About NAU


Northern Arizona University serves almost 30,000 students. We are a vibrant community, with 21,000 students in Flagstaff—the home of our largest campus—and the remainder online or at our 20+ statewide locations. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.


Committed to an inclusive university environment, NAU has all the benefits of a large institution with a personal touch. We carefully balance teaching, scholarship, and service for faculty members. Supporting our core value of student-centrism, NAU's faculty members promote learning and help students reach academic milestones.


Flagstaff is an outdoorsy mountain town with four seasons and a thriving cultural scene. Located at 7,000 feet, Flagstaff houses 70,000 people and sits at the base of the sacred San Francisco Peaks.


For more about inclusive excellence at NAU, visit the


About the Department/College


Aligned with NAU's mission to develop solutions to challenges and drive innovation in a supportive, inclusive, and diverse environment, the School of Nursing seeks to build on our longstanding strengths in preparing skilled, resilient, and culturally responsive nurses for the modern nursing profession. The Northern Arizona University School of Nursing continues to build a world-class team of curious, creative, scholarly, and responsive faculty to positively impact the nursing profession in Arizona and beyond.


NAU's School of Nursing is one of the best nursing programs in the country, offering numerous pathways to achieving a Bachelor of Science degree, as well as masters and doctorate level degrees. Nursing offers classes at locations around the state of Arizona including Flagstaff, Phoenix (North Valley), Tucson, and Yuma. Some degree programs are also offered online. The School of Nursing is growing in order to meet the demand for nurses around the state, especially in rural and underserved areas.


About the Position


The Northern Arizona University College of Nursing is seeking an Assistant Director in North Phoenix, who can contribute to academic excellence, an inclusive learning community, and fostering development support and positive outcomes for faculty and students.


The Assistant Director, North Phoenix for the Prelicensure Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN), is a 12-month administrative faculty contract position that will report directly to the Dean for the College of Nursing (CoN). This position will serve all prelicensure and post licensure (RNBSN and Concurrent Enrollment Program) located at the North Valley campus. This position assists with providing leadership in the management and implementation of the BSN programs within a designated region. They will participate in budget preparation and fiscal administration, curriculum development and coordination, determination of teaching assignments, supervision and evaluation of faculty, and selection/coordination of program specific external clinical facilities and instruction in conjunction with the Dean. This position will provide professional leadership and support for teaching faculty; serve as a mentor and facilitator for faculty assigned; and enable an environment which fosters creativity, responsiveness, and responsibility. This position will provide oversight and availability with our school partners, involvement with student activities, and initiate curriculum changes and marketing updates. This position will also assess space available to accommodate new or expanding programs within assigned region.


Responsibilities Include:


  • Understand and perform in the role of Nurse Educator, inclusive of teaching, scholarship, and service.
  • Design and develop written syllabi/course outlines, curricula, and instructional materials.
  • Facilitate implementation of evidence-based teaching and assessment in classroom instruction (online and in-person), nursing skills labs, clinical facility, and clinical simulation to entry-level BSN students.
  • Supervise faculty in classroom, online, lab, and/or clinical settings.
  • Establish and promote educational and business partnerships.
  • Maintain office hours to support operations of the campus
  • Contribute to College of Nursing and university governance by serving on committees.
  • Participate in ongoing professional growth and development opportunities.
  • Provide input to the best use of funds and other resources to support effective learning and working spaces.
  • Some teaching responsibilities required.


This position is a hybrid position which allows the incumbent to complete their work at both an NAU site, campus, or facility and at a non-centralized site with or without accommodation.


This is a 12 month non-tenure track position.


Minimum Qualifications


Assistant Clinical Professor:


  • Bachelor's degree in Nursing AND
  • Master's degree in Nursing or related field
  • 3 years of clinical nursing practice
  • Prior nursing teaching experience
  • Eligible for RN license in Arizona


Associate Clinical Professor: All of the above, and


  • 6 years of fulltime teaching nursing at college or university
  • National certification in nursing specialty or related field OR Doctoral degree in nursing or related field


Preferred Qualifications


  • Experience in curriculum and course development, design, and delivery
  • Prior leadership experience in baccalaureate nursing education
  • Doctoral degree in nursing or related field
  • Teaching experience in nursing using distance learning technology


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities




  • Knowledge of Canvas or similar learning management system.
  • Knowledge of instructional design, effective pedagogy, team teaching, and innovative learning methodologies.
  • Knowledge of best practices in teaching and learning in traditional and hybrid classroom environments.
  • Knowledge of online course development and delivery.
  • Knowledge of current trends in higher education and demographic trends.
  • Knowledge of strategic planning, budget development, fiscal planning, and management techniques.
  • Knowledge of effective supervisory and leadership practices.




  • Course development skills.
  • Effective leadership and active listening skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills




  • Communicates effectively.
  • Develops and maintains good working relationships.
  • Facilitates learning in multiple modalities.
  • Teaches a wide variety of courses.
  • Advocates for faculty, staff, and students in the department.
  • Recruits, advises, and mentors undergraduate or graduate students.
  • Teaches and works effectively with members at all levels of the University.
  • Engages with and leads collaborative multi- and inter-disciplinary teams.
  • Works in a collaborative environment with faculty, staff, and students.
  • Organizes and coordinates others in developing, implementing, and evaluating short- and long-term goals, standards, curriculum, and programs.


Driving Requirement


Driving a vehicle on behalf of the university is anticipated to be a regular part of this position. Arizona Administrative Code Fleet Safety Policy requires all employees who drive on university business become authorized by submitting Driver's license information for driving record monitoring, and completion of training appropriate to the level of driving performed. The law applies to all faculty, staff, and students who drive personal or university-owned motorized vehicles for any business purpose. More information on the can be found on the NAU website.


Compensation & Benefits


Commensurate with candidate's academic qualifications and experience.


This is an Administrative Faculty (ADF) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); 22 days of vacation, sick leave accruals, and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU Administrative Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable annually according to the terms of offer. Upon completion of the administrative assignment, employees will return to the faculty role, renewable according to the Academic year (9 month) faculty do not accrue vacation. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment. If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of the pay period following election. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following election. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU

NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.


Pre-Employment Check


This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting. If you are applying for a job that requires a CDL, you will be required to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse and adhere to the clearinghouse requirements. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship


NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.


FLSA Status


This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.


Submit Your Application


Applications received before April 22, 2024 will receive full consideration.


To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description (if viewing this position through the NAU HR website). Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to, follow the 'Current Openings' link, locate vacancy 607676, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.


Application must include (saved as PDF and/or Word documents):


  • a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position;
  • a curriculum vitae; and
  • names and contact information for three references.

Please do not include any other documents. Additional documentation will not be reviewed.


If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.


If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process, please contact the Disability Resources Office at 928-523-8773,, or PO Box 5633, Flagstaff AZ 86011.


Equal Employment Opportunity


Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.


NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.


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