Department Chair of Nursing Programs

Position: Department Chair of Nursing Programs

Supervisor: President

Job Summary: The primary responsibilities of the Department Chair are managing the program curriculum in accordance with school and agency policies; assist with course instruction; reporting as required by management; manage faculty, scheduling, classroom, and clinical operations; and participate in local, state, and other organizations that are relevant to nursing. This position will also manage all program facets including teaching, student advising, course development, and maintaining clinical partner relationships.


  • Engage students in active learning of the discipline and in critical thinking
  • Maintain regulatory standards for the Registered Nurse (RN, RN to BSN) and Practical Nurse (PN) scope of practice and current requirements as set forth by the OSBN and CCNE
  • Follow and maintain due process as approved by OSBN for nursing programs
  • Follow federal, state, and educational laws and rules governing nursing education
  • Adhere to and enforce all regulatory and accreditation standards for the nursing programs
  • Attend required nursing board meetings, and participate in nursing practice and nursing education task forces and workshops when appropriate
  • Monitor changes in standards for approval and regulations to enhance compliance for the nursing programs
  • Generate administrative reports to ensure operational efficiency for the nursing programs
  • Manage the approval process and administrative functions of the nursing programs
  • Develop and implement operational procedures
  • Serve as advisor to program faculty
  • Facilitate with faculty to develop, implement, and evaluate program curriculum and policies and procedures
  • Provide budgetary information regarding program specific budget and promote responsible resource management
  • Plan faculty assignments for full utilization while meeting the needs of the students
  • Recommend the selection of texts and other instructional support material
  • Direct the recruitment, selection, and evaluation of nursing faculty
  • Direct, develop, and evaluate program and educational outcomes
  • Assist, when necessary, with career services in advising and/or placing students
  • Adhere to and communicate college policies to nursing faculty
  • Administer program curriculum based on established standards for the program
  • Coordinate coverage for faculty in their absence
  • Facilitate and participate in the faculty organization and faculty meetings
  • Administer nursing program clinical experiences and preceptorships
  • Produce program administrative reports and paperwork
  • Plan office hours appropriately to meet the needs of the faculty and students
  • Provide recommendations for crisis management and policy implementation for the nursing programs
  • Provide guidance, support, and mentoring to ensure quick and smooth transitions of faculty into their new roles
  • Maintain the inventory, security, and maintenance of program facilities and equipment
  • Monitor current trends and find ways to implement suitable changes to enhance learning
  • Serve as a role model to students and faculty
  • Establish strategic partnerships with organizations, such as health care facilities, nursing associations, and employment agencies
  • Attend college functions, meetings, student orientations, in-service sessions, and graduation


  • Master’s Degree in Nursing
  • Five years of nursing experience
  • Three years as a nurse educator or an administrative position in a nursing education program
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs
  • Knowledge of academic culture, policies, and procedures
  • Communicate effectively in written and oral forms
  • Experience in using multimedia equipment for instruction
  • Ability to adapt instruction to enhance student learning, including the appropriate use of traditional, technology-assisted, hands-on, and other forms of instruction

Qualified applicants, please submit your resume to Human Resources at Sumner College.