Founding Program Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice

October 16, 2019
Priority Deadline to Apply:
January 6, 2020
Carroll College

Position Description

Carroll College, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the full-time Founding Program Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice.  The Program Director will serve as the leader and chief academic officer of this program, and will be responsible for the effective day-to-day communication, program assessment and planning, fiscal management and evaluation of faculty.  This person will serve to develop and implement the strategic plan, and will provide guidance and oversight through the initial and ongoing accreditation process as the school prepares to seat its first class of students.  This includes the hiring of additional program faculty, recruitment of the student class, and management of the budget. The ideal candidate will be a provocative thought leader with evidence of expertise in clinical practice and excellence in didactic and clinical instruction.

This position reports to the Vice President of Academic Affairs and is a 12-month position, tenure track appointment at the rank of assistant professor or above depending upon academic credentials and qualifications. The director will be allowed one day a week to practice locally, if so desired.

The Program Director will be responsible for: 

  • Designing, developing, implementing, and coordinating the nurse practitioner program including seeking accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE);
  • Curriculum development and evaluation, course scheduling, monitoring adherence to policies, National Task Force Guidelines, and CCNE accreditation standards;
  • Teaching at least two courses per term or as needed by program;
  • Hiring, mentoring, and evaluating instructional and clinical faculty and staff in the program;
  • Assisting with recruitment, retention and advisement of students;
  • Maintaining clinical expertise and certification requirements as a family nurse practitioner by engaging in clinical practice and participating in professional development opportunities;
  • Establishing, maintaining, and conducting visits to clinical placement sites, virtual and in person, to assess student performance and appropriateness of clinical site;
  • Leading marketing and student recruitment efforts to ensure a diverse and high-performing student body;
  • Monitoring and maximizing student progression, retention and graduation through the graduate program.
  • The director will be allowed one day a week to practice locally, if so desired.


The ideal candidate should have: 

  • Required Degree(s): Master of Science in Nursing with licensure as an advanced practice nurse (APRN) with a clinical specialty as a family nurse practitioner;
  • Required Degree: Doctorate in Nursing Practice;
  • Licensure as an advanced practice nurse and certification as a family nurse practitioner;
  • Teaching and administrative experience at the program and/or department level;
  • Currently licensed as an APRN or be eligible for licensure in Montana;
  • Experience in instructional design and course development, especially for distance and online teaching;
  • Experience with teaching and delivering content using online modalities and/or developing and supervising online and distance programs;
  • Experience using Microsoft Office Suite, Learning Management Systems, and the use of instructional technology to teach traditional, hybrid, or online courses and serve as a resource for faculty using these tools;
  • Enthusiasm and commitment as a teacher-scholar with demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.

About The Institution

Carroll College is an independent, Catholic, diocesan, liberal arts college located in Helena, MT. The campus has twenty-one buildings spread across sixty-three acres of prime real-estate on the edge of downtown Helena, MT. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks us the #1 Regional College in the West (last 9 consecutive years) the #2 Regional Best Value College in the West, and the #1 Regional College in the West for Veterans—our students and faculty excel. There’s a shared spirit of togetherness at Carroll that is truly exceptional. We believe in each other, challenge each other, inspire and support each other, every day. We believe in being curious and using that curiosity to push the boundaries of what’s possible. We have heart, and you’ll feel it the moment you step on campus.

Our community lives its faith every day through a Catholic liberal arts tradition of service and social justice. Every week you’ll find hundreds of students coming together for Sunday Mass. And our dozens of service events, Campus Ministry programs, spiritual retreats, and fundraisers personify a community that is dedicated to developing our spirit as well as our minds and contributing to the greater good.  In the ecumenical tradition of the Second Vatican Council, Carroll College is committed to a policy of open participation by members of all religious faiths and all persons of good will in the total academic and spiritual experience of the college community.

About The Community

Helena, MT

Idyllic. That, in a word, best describes Carroll College’s setting in Helena, Montana which is located in the heart of the Rockies.. We enjoy a truly special relationship with the Helena community, and our students enjoy the kind of lifestyle here that very few colleges or universities in the country can match.

A community that Livibility ranked #27 on their Top 100 Best Places to Live survey, and with a population of just over 30,000—as well as another 60,000 in the surrounding county—Helena offers an intimacy and small-town feel that is unmistakable, while at the same time delivering world-class opportunities for outdoor recreation, academics and internships, and arts and culture. In Helena, your moments are waiting.

Situated in west-central Montana, and surrounded by the Rocky Mountains and the Helena- Lewis and Clark National Forest, Helena offers an abundance of distinctive outdoor opportunities with more than 75 miles of hiking and biking trails with access less than one mile from campus.  You will find downhill skiing at the Great Divide Ski area, less than 25 minutes from campus.  Helena is in close proximity to the Continental Divide Trail, natural hot springs, and the Missouri River with Blue Ribbon trout fishing. Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park are each less than four hours away.

The arts thrive in Helena. Here, you’ll find a vibrant community of artists, actors, singers, and performers who share their talents and creativity every day. You can explore the Holter Museum of Modern Art or the world reowned Archie Bray Foundation, as well as many other art galleries downtown. The Helena Symphony is one of the hottest tickets in town all year long, as are the performances at the Montana Shakespeare Company, Grandstreet Theatre, and Myrna Loy Center. And you’ll find jazz festivals, art shows, rodeos, sled dog races, and microbrew reviews happening throughout the year.

Application Process

All correspondence relating to the position of Founding Program Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice at Carroll College should be directed in confidence to the College’s executive recruitment consultant: 

Mr. Christopher Healy, Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates 

The full and complete application should contain the following information: 

1) A cover letter outlining your experience as it relates to this position. Special attention will be paid to those applicants who have initiated or developed a Doctorate program.
2) A complete CV highlighting your career in higher education and educational credentials.
3) The names of three professional references including their relationship to you, their position, email, and direct phone numbers.  References will not be contacted without permission.
4)  A response to Carroll’s mission statement.

Applications submitted by January 6, 2020, will receive priority consideration. This search will remain open until the position is filled.

Carroll College is an Equal Opportunity employer.