The DNP Program Director is both a strategic leader and tactical contributor to the School of Nursing (SON). The DNP Program Director provides internal and external leadership for the DNP Program that advances the NHWSN mission, vision, and values. Working closely with the Assistant Dean for Graduate Clinical Programs, the DNP Program Director develops goals and metrics and collaborates with internal and external strategic partners integral to achieving outcomes. Leads the DNP program faculty team, student engagement, and delivery of high-quality precision education. Develops internal and external metrics and feedback systems for continuous improvement. Develops a strategic plan for increasing visibility, reputation, and national ranking of the DNP program. Facilitates the DNP program strategic initiatives with faculty, staff, students, alumni, practice partners, and the community. Serves on or leads various school, university, and professional committees, advisory groups, taskforces, or projects as appropriate. Works closely with the Assistant Dean for Graduate Clinical Programs, the CRNA Program Director, Graduate Specialty Directors, Program Administrators, Admissions, Curriculum, and Progressions Committees, and faculty to ensure DNP program outcomes and continuous improvement; including collaboration on course offerings, program changes, and student experiences. Collaborates with leaders of NHWSN departments, including the Associate Dean and Vice President for Academic and Strategic Partnerships; Associate Dean for Transformative Clinical Practice and Assistant Dean for Clinical Placements; Associate Dean for Admission and Financial Aid; Assistant Dean and Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity Initiatives. Collaborates with the Associate Dean for Research and the Director of Graduate Studies to assure integration of research and faculty research expertise in the DNP program. The Assistant Dean for Graduate Clinical Programs will provide oversight and be a strategic partner regarding continuous improvement and issue resolution regarding the DNP education program, curriculum, faculty, students, and staff.
The DNP Program Director will hold a terminal degree (DNP, or PhD, or equivalent) as well as GA RN/APRN licensure. Experience in graduate clinical nursing education is required and academic nursing leadership experience is preferred. This is a three-year position with re-appointment annually based upon performance appraisal of the Assistant Dean for Graduate Clinical Programs in collaboration with the Sr. Associate Dean for Academic Advancement and Assistant Dean for Clinical Advancement.
The DNP Program Director will ensure the following:
-Strategically aligns with the SON Leadership team;
-Cultivates innovative approaches to advance the DNP programs in accordance with the NHWSN’s mission and vision;
-Sets the standard for precision competency-based education to improve student learning and success;
-Leads strategic action with key stakeholders integral to achieving outcomes.
Program Leadership and Management
-Leads the DNP programs to eminence in outcomes and reputation;
-As the DNP Programs leader, exhibits vision, courage, and optimism;
-Collaborates with NHWSN, Emory, and community leaders to promote community, partnership, mentoring and diverse perspectives;
-Advances high quality precision education and student success in collaboration with DNP faculty, Program and Specialty Directors;
-Oversees and advances DNP Program student experience outcomes;
-Advances diversity, equity, and inclusion priorities in collaboration with the Assistant Dean and Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and -Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity Initiatives;
-Leads student engagement that fosters leadership and student outcomes;
-Provides leadership in the management of the DNP Programs through curriculum development, implementation of innovations, systematic evaluation, and program planning;
-Leads and conducts DNP faculty meetings, program evaluation, and development;
-Ensures use of innovative technological teaching methods and tools for continuous improvement of the DNP program, including advancement of distance education delivery models;
-Ensures achievement of credentialing and accreditation standards;
-Advises on hiring, supervision, and evaluation of the DNP program faculty, including identifying programmatic needs for faculty recruitment and retention;
-Responsible for DNP program faculty assignments in collaboration with the Assistant Dean for Graduate Clinical Programs;
-Collaborates with the Director of Curriculum and Accreditation to develop and maintain program policies and assures compliance with all educational and accreditation policies;
-Oversees DNP program curriculum development, including facilitation and approval for course, curricula and program changes submitted to the Curriculum committee;
-Collaborates with Director of Curriculum and Accreditation and DNP faculty to develop schema for course offerings and schedules each semester in compliance with university expectations and policies;
-Ensures strategic alignment with the SON leadership team, as a member or ex-officio member of SON committees, including the SON -Curriculum Committee, Admissions Committee, Progressions Committee, Program Evaluation Committee, Faculty Search, and Advisory Committee.
University and Community Engagement
-Develops and maintains strategic relationships to advance the DNP program outcomes
-Collaborates with Emory University, WHSC, EHC, and community leaders to advance DNP education;
-Participates in the NHWSN Advisory Council;
-Supports strategic alignment with the SON leadership team, as a member of external committees;
-Provides input related to university committees on registration, calendar, and academic compliance as needed.
-Develops and oversees student success initiatives;
-Mentors and sponsors DNP program faculty to advance education, scholarship, and professional development outcomes.
Student Recruitment and Enrollment
-Advances NHWSN goals for DNP enrollment in collaboration with Admissions and Finance;
-Establishes standards for student eligibility, using internal and external data, and supports admission of high-quality candidates for the DNP program.
Metrics and Outcomes
-Ensures DNP Program outcomes meet national standards and advances certification pass rates;
-Advances DNP enrollment growth;
-Advances DNP project clinical partnerships and IPE initiatives;
-Advances retention and graduation rates;
-Advances DNP program national recognition.