Director of Nursing

Gaston College   Charlotte, NC   Full-time     Education
Posted on August 30, 2022
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The Director of Nursing will provide leadership for the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN), Practical Nursing (PN), and Nurse Aide (NAS) programs, including curriculum development, economic and workforce initiatives, initiating and realizing College projects, and fostering and strengthening community partnerships.


  1. General Responsibilities:  Provide day-to-day leadership for the Nursing Department, including guiding program initiatives and nursing instructors to achieve program objectives.  Promote an attitude of teamwork among staff, instructors, students, and community representatives and support the efforts of other team members to achieve success.  Collaborate with the Associate Dean of Nursing in the administration of College policies and procedures and divisional guidelines.  Represent the College, the Division, and the College’s Nursing Program by communicating information on various topics, answering questions, and resolving concerns.  Participate in the unit planning process for the division, adhere to the Administrative Code and Rules in accordance with the North Carolina Board of Nursing and the Nursing Practice Act, and the American Nurses Association (ASA) Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements, as updated. 
  2. Program and Instruction Coordination:  Provide day-to-day direction and coordination of full- and part-time teaching assignments and oversee orientation of new instructors on position and program duties and responsibilities.  Address and resolve concerns, organize and execute tasks in support of the program, and monitor activities and results. Review and ensure that instructor credentials meet or exceed program requirements and develop and maintain standards of instructional quality.  In collaboration with the professional development department and divisional leadership, develop a professional development plan for full- and part-time instructors. 
  3. Programs and Curriculum: Assist the Associate Dean of Nursing with curriculum accreditation and approval.  Develop and implement strategies to improve efficiency and effectiveness of courses and programs.  Remain current on emerging healthcare trends and identify and assess community training needs.  Review existing programs for continuous improvement, assist in the development of new programs to meet changing needs, and make recommendations as appropriate. Evaluate and develop materials for recommended changes and implement ADN, PN, and NA curriculum, including the development of program outcomes.  Oversee the preparation of curriculum course schedules, course descriptions, outlines, and objectives, and approve textbooks and supplementary materials.  Develop new, innovative, and/or flexible courses, programs (including cooperative programs), systems, policies, and procedures to facilitate the enhancement of community education based on need. Review and ensure that instructional facilities and equipment meet or exceed program requirements.  
  4. Students:  Champion student success through support, recognition, and involvement in other College activities.   Develop, implement, and evaluate student admission, progression, and graduation requirements.  Direct the advisor-advisee program for students within the department.   Assist with the recruitment, registration, and orientation of new students.
  5. Committees:   Lead, facilitate, and coordinate team and committee meetings. Plan and coordinate advisory committee meetings.  As needed and requested, serve as chair of divisional academic appeals committee.  Collaborate with others in selecting individuals to serve on the curriculum advisory committee. 
  6. Budget:   Prepare, administer, and oversee the budgets that relate to the management of curriculum equipment and supply inventory.
  7. Marketing/Public Relations/Community Partnerships:  Assist with the review, development, and revision of various College and division publications. In collaboration with the divisional personnel, work closely with the College’s marketing function to market and promote the College and the nursing programs, and identify public relations opportunities to promote the College and the division, which may include public speaking events. Foster positive community relations through maintaining regular contact with various vocations and representing the College as a member of various community and civic organizations and functions. 
  8. Recordkeeping:  Maintain all required College records pertaining to the Nursing Program.  In collaboration with the Associate Dean of Nursing, assist with contractual agreements with clinical and other agencies.
  9. Teaching Responsibilities:  May teach day, evening, and/or weekend classes and clinical labs in multiple modes at multiple instruction sites and in multiple nursing program options, including during summer semester.
  10. Other: Maintain a high standard of professional and ethical practice in representing the College. Maintain confidentiality of sensitive and/or confidential information. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the field or discipline with continued adherence to professional accountability. Provide a high level of service to customers by establishing and maintaining effective working relationships and partnerships. Accept responsibility for managing situations and problems. Utilize independent judgment in problem-solving of complex issues. Work cooperatively with team members and colleagues, contributing positively and constructively to the achievement of team and College objectives. Adhere to the College’s policies, procedures, and other established guidelines, including the North Carolina Community College System, North Carolina Board of Nursing, and accrediting agencies. Perform other duties as assigned, including special projects.


  • Master of Science degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution required.
  • Current unrestricted license as a registered nurse in North Carolina required.
  • Must meet minimum SACS criteria and the minimum criteria of other pertinent accrediting, licensing, and credentialing agencies in the area of teaching assignment.
  • Prior to, or within the first three years of employment, must complete a preparation in teaching and learning principles for adult education, including curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation per the North Carolina Board of Nursing.
  • North Carolina Nursing Director training preferred.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.        
  • Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.  
  • Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.  Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in medical terminology, mathematical or diagram form, and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.


  • Minimum of two years’ full-time employment in direct patient care required.
  • Prior college-level teaching experience required.
  • Prior administrative leadership experience in higher education at the academic departmental, divisional, or discipline level required; community college experience preferred.
  • Community college teaching experience and knowledge of curriculum development preferred.
  • The ability to incorporate technology and interactive strategies in teaching is required.