Assistant Program Director - Nurse Anesthesia Program - Human Resources

Assistant Program Director – Nurse Anesthesia Program

School of Health Sciences

JOB SUMMARY: Under the direction of the Nurse Anesthesia Program Director, the Assistant Program Director assists with overall leadership related to the nurse anesthesia program and completes assigned teaching. Serving University of Saint Francis (USF) students and the USF community is paramount. To provide a consistent quality experience across the university, the USF Way, outlined in the Employee Handbook, is used to describe service expectations for all employees.

This is a full-time, 12-month position.



Leadership of the Program

Assists Program Director in leading curriculum development, implementation and evaluation

  • Effectively communicates programmatic issues to the Program Director
  • Participates in curriculum review and ongoing development

Collaborates in the development and implementation of departmental mission and vision

  • Contributes to annual program action planning within the context of departmental strategic plan
  • Analyzes program assessment data for programmatic and departmental improvement
  • Assists in maintaining programmatic accreditation standards
  • Assists in accreditation planning, preparation and evaluation activities
  • Facilitates assessment of student academic achievement and other areas of instructional effectiveness

Provides effective leadership for the department and faculty by:

  • Providing input to the Program Director regarding program budget needs
  • Making recommendations to the Program Director regarding the appointment, promotion, retention, and dismissal of full-time, part-time and adjunct faculty in the program
  • Assisting the Program Director and Administrative Assistant with annual summative and self-evaluation reports
  • Collaborating in planning adjunct orientation, ongoing development, evaluation
  • Assisting in developing, administering, and maintaining programmatic records, policies and procedures
  • Assisting in annual summative and self-evaluation reports
  • Managing conflicts and addressing program issues in a timely manner
  • Maintaining effective communication with all communities of interest

Leadership of Students and Alumni

  • Works effectively with students and faculty to resolve student issues and concerns
  • Participates in new student registration and recruitment activities
  • Assures effective advising of program majors


  • Teaches in the DNP nurse anesthesia didactic curriculum
  • Serves as a student project advisor for DNP evidenced-based projects
  • Assists with the development and coordination of the student clinical rotation schedule
  • Reviews daily clinical evaluations and identify students in need of remediation
  • Conducts routine on-site visits of clinical affiliation sites
  • Engages in teaching and clinical practice according to expertise and programmatic needs

Coordination of Clinical Rotations

Serves as primary coordinator of clinical rotation and practicum schedules:

  • Provides for the establishment, monitoring and evaluation of clinical rotation sites including the supervision and guidance for other faculty members involved in these duties
  • Conducts routine visits to clinical affiliation sites
  • Coordinates didactic, simulation, and clinical course materials to assure coherence with course and program learning outcomes
  • Mentors clinical instructors/preceptors to ensure quality clinical instruction and accurate student performance evaluation
  • Reviews daily clinical evaluations and identifies students in need of remediation
  • Oversees the maintenance of appropriate records such as clinical evaluations, anecdotal notes and attendance on an ongoing basis to document evidence of student progress in the clinical setting
  • Evaluates student anesthesia care plans and clinical case documentation for accuracy
  • Assists the Program Director with the establishment and management of appropriate clinical affiliation agreements
  • Verifies that all students have completed pre-participation requirements for clinical sites and clinical orientation prior to beginning clinical experiences
  • Maintains effective communication both verbally, in writing, and electronically with students, faculty, clinical agencies, and health care professionals for use in program research, assessment of students’ performance, coordination of clinical experiences, and overall effectiveness of department
  • Mentors fellow faculty regarding clinical teaching skills, clinical curriculum planning, development and evaluation
  • Maintains standards of practice in accordance to institutional policies and procedures, professional standards of practice, and accreditation agency standards
  • Contributes to assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of curriculum clinical components

Performs other duties as assigned.




  • Doctorate (Ph.D., DNP, or DNAP) from an accredited institution required
  • Graduate education in the basic and clinical sciences relevant to nurse anesthesia practice required
  • Formal instruction in curriculum, evaluation, and instruction required


  • Current Indiana RN/APRN license or privilege to practice (or eligibility for license) required
  • Current Certification or Recertification as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) required


  • Three years of clinical experience as a CRNA required.
  • Experience as an Assistant Program Director, faculty, or clinical coordinator in a nurse anesthesia program preferred
  • Knowledge of the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs policies and procedures preferred

Knowledge and Skills

  • Competence in educational principles and techniques used in higher education classrooms, laboratory and clinical settings
  • Knowledge of the profession including theory, practice issues, procedures, and regulations
  • Proficiency in interpersonal and communication skills (verbal, written and electronic) necessary to interact effectively with students, faculty, professional staff, administration, clinical affiliates, and the community
  • Skill in goal setting and team building
  • Analytical and organizational skills to plan, implement, and evaluate program activities
  • Clinical competence as evidenced by one or more of the following:
    • Current clinical practice
    • Research in clinical area
    • Education in clinical area
    • Utilization of evidenced-based practice in instruction, in consultation with clinical experts
    • Participation in continuous professional development program

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Located in Fort Wayne, Indiana with campuses in Crown Point, Indiana, and Lafayette, Indiana, the University of Saint Francis is a private Catholic university enrolling 2,400 students. Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan traditions of faith and reason, the University of Saint Francis engages a diverse community in learning, leadership and service.

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