Program Director of the Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing

June 3, 2021
Priority Deadline to Apply:
July 14, 2021
University of the Pacific

Position Description

The University of the Pacific (Pacific), in partnership with the national search firm, Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the position of Program Director of the Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing (ELMSN). Reporting to the Dean of the School of Health Sciences, the Director will be responsible for program planning, implementation, administration, fiscal management, and ongoing review and assessment for the ELMSN Program. Located on the Sacramento campus, the ELMSN program is a pre­licensure, master’s degree program with a focus on integrating the American Association of Colleges of Nursing 2021 new Essentials. The Director will be responsible for the attainment of accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in 2023, as well as maintaining Board of Registered Nursing approval. This is a twelve ­month, non ­tenure track faculty appointment. Academic rank is commensurate with experience.


  • Plan, develop, and evaluate all courses and the overall curriculum in collaboration with the faculty;
  • Coordinate and participate in student recruitment, admissions (including collaborating with the  Enrollment Management office), advisement, evaluation, and counseling;
  • Recruit, supervise, support, and evaluate the ELMSN program staff and faculty, monitoring workloads and performance based on the needs of the program and curriculum;
  • Teach required courses in the curriculum in areas of expertise;
  • Oversee budget, and manage program resources ethically and responsibly in  accordance with University policy;
  • Engage across professional and disciplinary programs at Pacific in the development and growth  of the curriculum to ensure meaningful collaborative opportunities in all aspects of the teaching and learning program;
  • Use innovative instruction and technology in the development and delivery of the curriculum;
  • Provide leadership for university regional accreditation;
  • Attain and maintain CCNE accreditation;
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of relationships with preceptor sites;
  • Oversee program assessment working in collaboration with faculty in the program, the nursing program evaluator, the School Director of Assessment and Accreditation, and the university;
  • Serve on internal and external committees and taskforces as requested by the Dean;
  • Serve on state and national professional committees as appropriate;
  • Represent the program to community and healthcare organizations;
  • Develop and maintain a program advisory board;
  • Actively work on scholarship endeavors
  • Assist in other related areas as requested by the Dean.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned doctoral degree (Ph.D., Ed.D., or DNP);
  • Registered Nurse licensed by the State of California or eligible for licensure within one year of appointment;
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in graduate/pre-licensure nursing education;
  • Eligibility to meet Board of Registered Nursing approval as Director;
  • Knowledge of state, federal, and local laws and regulations relating to program compliance and Board of Registered Nursing Codes and Regulations;

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Documented leadership as Director of a Pre-Licensure Program;
  • Experience with CCNE accreditation;
  • Experience with simulation and other innovative teaching strategies.
  • Experience leading teams of educators or clinicians

Skills and Expertise:

  • Effective interpersonal skills and sensitivity to academic and personnel issues;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Proven organizational ability;
  • Ability to mentor personnel;
  • Demonstrated commitment to promote and enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion and proven ability to work successfully with diverse populations.

About The Institution

The Nursing Program and the School of Health Sciences:

University of the Pacific is expanding its health science programs on the Sacramento campus to offer an accelerated graduate nursing degree program: the Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing (ELMSN) Program. This program is uniquely designed for students who have a bachelor’s degree in any field who seek an accelerated pathway to become licensed as a nurse and attain a Master of Science degree in nursing. This program will prepare professionals for high-demand careers in leadership, population health, patient care and public health nursing. The curriculum will include a diabetes management concentration and inter-professional education across our three campuses.
The School of Health Sciences was built on Pacific’s long-standing reputation for educating health care professionals and features innovative curricula, accelerated programs, extensive experiential learning and clinical training for all students. All programs include interprofessional education experiences designed to prepare students to deliver health care in a team-based model. The Pacific School of Health Sciences prepare practice ready athletic trainers, audiologists, clinical nutritionists, physical therapists, physician assistants, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and social workers to meet the health care demands of our community including the Central Valley and in Northern California.

The University of the Pacific:

Established in 1851, Pacific was California's first chartered institution of higher learning. It is a private Methodist-affiliated university with campuses in Sacramento, San Francisco, and Stockton. The University’s mission is to provide a superior, student-centered learning experience integrating liberal arts and professional education by preparing individuals for lasting achievement and responsible leadership in their careers and communities. Pacific is fully accredited and offers more than 80 undergraduate areas of study (including 12 accelerated programs), more than 30 graduate and professional programs in 11 schools and colleges, and a continuing education program.

About The Community


Hailed as one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in America, Sacramento got its start as a supply center for prospectors from around the globe during the 1849 Gold Rush. Since 1854, the city has served as the capital of California, with the sixth-largest economy in the world. Sacramento is a hot spot for urban nightlight with an arts scene that includes exceptional cultural and leisure opportunities. This vibrant metropolitan region boasts a great variety of places to dine, drink, see live music, shop, and find adventure.

Application Process

Please submit all applications and nominations electronically to the University’s search consultant:

Danan Tsan
Assistant Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates

 Complete applications should include the following:

  1. Cover Letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position;
  2. Updated CV;
  3. Three professional references with contact information.

 Applications received by July 14, 2021 will receive priority consideration.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical disability.