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Associate Director, Nurse Anesthesia
Date Posted 08/26/2019
Hiring Status No Longer Accepting Applications
Location Twin Cities Campus
Position Responsibilities

The primary function of the Associate Program Director is to serve as the clinical coordinator. Additional responsibilities will include teaching in the nurse anesthesia program, assisting the Program Director with curriculum development, and student project advising. The position also involves related duties such as university committee work, departmental duties, and continuing professional development.

Clinical Coordinator

  • Maintain standards of clinical performance in accordance with institutional objectives; professional standards of practice; and regulatory and accreditation agency standards
  • Conduct initial clinical orientation for first-year students on an annual basis during the summer semester
  • Coordinate clinical rotation and practicum schedules
  • Conduct routine visits to clinical affiliation sites on an annual basis
  • Monitor clinical performance status of students and discuss their progress with the Program Director
  • Review daily clinical evaluations and identify students in need of remediation
  • Oversee 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
  • Serve as the primary administrator of Typhon online case log tracking system, including administration of clinical and academic faculty evaluations
  • Evaluate student anesthesia care plans and clinical case documentation for accuracy
  • Assist the Program Director with the establishment and management of appropriate clinical affiliation agreements
  • Verify that all students have completed pre-participation requirements for clinical sites and clinical orientation, in collaboration with the Program Coordinator, prior to beginning all clinical experiences
  • Maintain effective communication 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 the department
  • Mentor clinical instructors and preceptors to ensure quality clinical instruction and accurate student performance evaluation
  • Ensure that all clinical expenses are processed in an accurate and timely manner.

Clinical Faculty Leadership

Collaborates with the Program Director to:

  • Maintain a roster of exceptional clinical faculty and simulation lab assistants
  • Orient clinical faculty to the program and university processes and mission
  • Ensure that clinical faculty are teaching from approved syllabi and using updated technology
  • Conduct regular clinical faculty meetings to promote coherence in curriculum implementation and sharing of best practices
  • Provide ongoing support to clinical faculty
  • Evaluate clinical faculty performance by reviewing student evaluations
  • Ensure that student clinical site and instructor evaluations are processed and discussed with clinical coordinators on an annual basis.


Program Administration

Collaborates with the Program Director to:

  • Administer policies as documented in the SGPP Catalog & Handbook and the SMU Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia Student Handbook and Administrative Manual
  • Select each Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist (SRNA) cohort annually
  • Ensure full compliance with the Standards, Guidelines, Policies and Procedures of the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
  • Ensure that all students have an introduction and orientation to the program
  • Monitor the overall progress of students
  • Represent the value of the program to others both inside and outside the university
  • Maintain relationships in the community for the purpose of recruiting and marketing
  • Ensure that all expenses are processed in an accurate, timely, and judicious manner
  • Prepare for the program’s accreditation process by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
  • Supervise program staff.

Curriculum Development

Collaborate with the Program Director to:

  • Create the doctoral degree curriculum under the advisement of the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Curriculum Committee
  • Assist course-contracted faculty with developing course syllabi
  • Create and teach a complete or partial course as needed and/ or desired
  • Create and participate in skills workshops and simulation activities
  • Participate in course evaluation processes and assist with modifying course content as needed.


Professional Development and University Service

Collaborates with Program Director to:

  • Maintain and enhance nurse anesthesia expertise and scholarship
  • Support and advance the university’s Lasallian Catholic mission, heritage and charism
  • Contribute to the governance structure of the SGPP by committee and taskforce involvement
  • Serve as evening administrator on the Twin Cities campus
  • Participate in school and university celebrations (commencements, convocations, and nurse anesthesia special events)
  • Responsibilities may be adjusted for special assignments at the discretion of the Program Director and the Dean of Sciences and Health Professions.
Essential Skills and Abilities
  • Expert content knowledge in the field of anesthesia
  • Knowledge of the anesthesia profession including theory, practice issues, procedures, and regulations
  • Competence in educational principles and techniques used in higher education classrooms, simulation, and clinical settings
  • Proficiency and promptness in interpersonal and communication skills (verbal, written and electronic) necessary to interact effectively with students, faculty, professional staff, administration, clinical affiliates, and the community
  • Clinical competence as evidenced by one or more of the following:
  • Current clinical practice
  • Research and education in clinical area
  • Must be able to travel regionally and nationally
  • Utilization of evidence-based practice in instruction, in consultation with clinical experts as appropriate
  • Participation in continuous professional development program
  • An understanding of the Lasallian principles preferred.
  The successful candidate must support, respect, and advance the mission of Saint Mary's University as a Lasallian Catholic institution.
Education and Experience
  • An earned doctorate is preferred; applicants within one year of completing a doctoral degree will be considered.
  • One year of academic administration experience preferred
  • The successful candidate should qualify for appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor
  • Credentialed as a CRNA and an APRN in the State of Minnesota required.
Additional Required Materials Cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three professional references
Application Review Date 09/09/2019
Starting Date 10/01/2019
Contact Leah Gordon
Contact Email
Position Full-time
Contract Length 12 Month
Other Details / Information
Benefits Full
Work Sponsorship This position is not eligible for work sponsorship
  We encourage members of the protected classes as defined by the federal, state, and municipal law and those persons attracted to a university with a Lasallian Catholic identity to apply.