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University of Massachusetts Amherst Lecturer A U of M / Graduate Clinical Placement Coordinator in Amherst, Massachusetts

Lecturer A U of M / Graduate Clinical Placement Coordinator

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Work type: Faculty Full Time

Location: UMass Amherst

Department:Dean - College of Nursing


Categories: Faculty, College of Nursing

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

The College of Nursing is seeking a full-time 12-month Graduate Clinical Placement Coordinator (Lecturer-A). Under the general direction of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program director, this faculty member will find new clinical placement locations and maintain existing locations for our graduate students in the Advanced Practice Family, Psychiatric, Public Health, and master's programs. The faculty member will participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of educational programming in the College of Nursing. They will work with the College of Nursing faculty and other departments on campus to promote opportunities for inter-professional education.

This position requires a dynamic response to a constantly changing work environment. This position requires the abilities of a registered nurse with excellent communication skills, general knowledge of healthcare systems, as well as administrative / clerical skills.

Essential Functions

(60%) Clinical Coordinator

  • Provides high-level administrative and clinical support to graduate programs for student clinical placements, including assisting students to locate clinical placement sites and coordinating with the Affiliation Agreement Manager to secure/update clinical site agreements.

  • Evaluates clinical placement sites, including on-site evaluation as needed, and periodic site reviews. Provides training, evaluation, and support for preceptors. Creates and maintains student/preceptor policies and protocols necessary for graduate student placements. Ensures students meet clinical pre-requisites, including all health clearance information, background checks, and drug testing. Recruits new preceptors and develops retention strategies for existing preceptors.

  • Assesses clinical sites according to requirements that they be sufficient, appropriate, and available to achieve the program’s mission, goals, and expected outcomes.

  • Creates and maintains the graduate placement quality assurance policy and continual quality improvement process. Develops procedures to maximize the return rate of clinical evaluation from students, preceptors, contract faculty and placement sites/managers, etc.

    (30%) Student/Preceptor Support

  • Communicates directly with students, preceptors, and faculty to provide comprehensive management of graduate clinical placements and foster lasting preceptor relationships with the College. This includes reviewing credentialing reports, processing student-preceptor arrangement requests, creating student and preceptor accounts for clinical tracking, coordinating student and preceptor placement instructions, and providing support to train, assist, or troubleshoot where needed.

    (10%) Provide service for the Achievement of College Goals

  • Participates as an active member of various College committees as well as College Faculty Assembly and annual retreats as well as participation in the systematic evaluation of the undergraduate nursing program (244 CMR 6.04(1)(e)]

  • Assists with and representing the College at orientation, registration, and graduation activities for incoming and graduating students.

  • Initiates recommendations for additional resources and changes according to college needs.

  • Participates in the hiring and selection of faculty of the college through attendance at candidate presentations.

  • Participates in prospective nursing student recruitment activities.

  • Participates in the development, recommendation, implementation, and evaluation of academic curriculum (baccalaureate, graduate) policies/procedures and issue resolution [244 CMR 6.04(1)(d)]

  • Participates in the governance of the parent institution where appropriate [244 CMR 6.04(1)(b)]

  • Engages in activities that advance the mission and goals of the College and University

  • Participates in credentialing processes at the CON

    Performs other related duties as assigned.

    Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience,Certifications, Licensure)

  • An earned BS degree in Nursing required, Master’s in nursing preferred.

  • Massachusetts RN license is required by time of appointment and must be maintained in good standing [244 CMR 6.04(2)(b)(1)].

  • Possess a minimum of five years full-time experience in nursing, or its equivalent, within the last eight years and evidence of clinical competence in clinical instruction [244 CMR 6.04(2)(b)(4)].

  • A master’s degree in nursing may substitute for 2 years of experience.

  • Experience with outpatient/community nursing.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to maintain clinical nursing practice and academic expertise appropriate to teaching responsibilities [244 CMR 6.04(2)(b)(5)]

  • Ability to communicate effectively with undergraduate/graduate students, faculty, and staff both orally and in writing

  • Ability to work as part of a team

  • Ability to use an online teaching platform and basic IT applications

  • Good organizational skills

  • Ability to meet deadlines

  • This appointment will not initially include a teaching assignment.

  • Must maintain professional development annually.

  • Participation in the Annual Faculty Reporting process is required.

    Work Schedule

    Located on our Amherst campus, this role may include some nights and weekends; Office accommodation and equipment will be provided.

    Salary Information

    Salary commensurate with education, experience, and certifications along with an administrative stipend will be provided.

    Travel to clinical sites outside of the normal work schedule is reimbursable but commuting travel on regular workdays is not an expense reimbursable by the University. Parking at a secondary office location is reimbursable if an annual parking pass is purchased for the first location.

    Applicant Information

Please include CV and cover letter with your application.

Priority deadline isDecember 19, 2021. Search will remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Nov 30 2021 Eastern Standard Time

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