Director, Nursing Academic Services

Orbis Education   •  

Nashville, TN

Industry: Education


8 - 10 years

Posted 172 days ago

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  The Director of Nursing Academic Services (DNAS) is accountable for ensuring a continuous improvement of a student-centered learning experience in collaboration with the education partner.  The student experience includes all curricular (coursework, laboratory experiences, clinicals), co-curricular (academic enrichment, success planning, support services) and extracurricular (community engagement, professional development, career planning) activities. The DNAS is an experienced nurse leader with a track record of achieving challenging goals who holds a graduate degree in nursing and is eligible for RN licensure in state of site (or possesses an unencumbered RN license in the state.    


  1. Assisting with the recruitment, monitoring, and development of full-time and adjunctfaculty members/clinical instructors.
  2. Establishing clinical partner sites and managing relationships with site.
  3. Assigning clinical placements based on learning outcomes.
  4. Maintaining nursing facilities, equipment, and supplies.
  5. Facilitating student academic progression through advising, coaching, and brokering referrals.
  6. Participating in community and professional activities that bring distinction to Orbis Education and education partner school. 


  • Manage and facilitate New Student Orientation and Hospital/Facility Orientation
  • Collaborate with Academic Success Coach (ASC) in the areas of academic enrichment activities including: tutoring, review sessions, success planning/remediation, coaching and other services as appropriate
  • Identify areas for and participate in continuous improvement processes for learning activities in collaboration with education partner leaders and faculty.
  • Ensure validity and reliability (in collaboration with faculty) of all student assessment and evaluationprocesses
  • Advise, coach, and mentor students for academic success
  • Manage and monitor (in collaboration with faculty and ASC) success plans for at-risk students
  • Facilitate integration of and success planning with standardized testing products (if applicable).
  • Monitor and promote academic integrity
  • Ensure compliance with ADA requirements and associated reasonable accommodations.
  • Monitor and evaluate all site associated learning activities to assure compliance with curricular, accreditation, and regulatory standards.
  • Establish new clinical learning sites.
  • Ensure that clinical affiliation agreements are in place.
  • Assign students and faculty to clinical placements to meet learning outcomes.
  • Ensure all clinical activities are congruent with the curriculum and meet quality, accreditation, and regulatory standards.
  • Collaborate with clinical partner site staff to provide optimal student-centered clinical learning activities and environment.
  • Evaluate quality of, satisfaction with, and appropriateness of clinical sites.
  • Recruit and orient FT & adjunctfacultyassociated with site.
  • Develop and implement professional individual development plans (in collaboration with faculty) related to teaching/learning for FT faculty.
  • Mentor and coach FT and adjunctfaculty for effective student-centered teaching/learning practices.
  • Plan and facilitate professional development activities to enhance teaching/learning.
  • Supervise and evaluate (as delegated by education partner) FT and adjunctfaculty. 
  • Assist with student recruitment.
  • Contribute to the overall success of the site team and company as a whole.
  • Supervise and evaluate academic support staff (if applicable).
  • Track, synthesize, and disseminate to stakeholders individual and aggregate student academic outcomes.
  • Track quality metrics, maintain established benchmarks, initiate and deploy quality improvement strategies when indicated.
  • Maintain physical facilities, equipment, and supplies in accordance with Orbis, partner school, accreditation, and regulatory standards.
  • Allocate resources (human, space, equipment, supplies, etc.) to effectively meet student and operational outcomes.
  • Provide sound business case for all requests for investment of additional resources including human, capital, and operating.
  • Develop in collaboration with other stakeholders and within establish corporate guidelines site annual operating budget.
  • Justify all budget variances ≥10%.
  • Excellent teamwork, communication, and organizational skills
  • Data-driven/evidence-based decision making skills
  • Self-directed with the ability to adapt to changing needs and priorities on a daily basis

Commitment to excellence in quality nursing education at the baccalaureate level or higher


  • Holds a graduate degree in nursing from an accredited program (CCNE or ACEN) within a regionally accredited college or university. Doctorate degreepreferred.
  • Licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) in state of each site locations or compact licensure and eligibility for RN licensure in state of educational partner, if required.
  • NLN Certification as nurse education (CNE) preferred
  • Minimum of 7 years nursing practice with demonstrated evidence of accountability for systems-level outcomes (including management of human resources)
  • Minimum of 3 years teaching experience (must include clinical teaching) at the baccalaureate level or higher in nursing. Inclusion of online teaching experience strongly preferred.
  • Academic leadership experience strongly preferred.