Job Description

Job Title: Director, UPMC Jameson School of Nursing (RN)
Job ID: 06891710
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Monday thru Friday 8-5
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Jameson
Department: School of Nursing
Location: 2414 Wilmington Road, New Castle PA 16105


Are you an experienced nurse educator with a passion for academia? Are you looking for an opportunity to advance your longstanding career in education as an influencer and leader? Do you consider yourself an expert at managing student affairs? Check out this rare opportunity at UPMC Jameson School of Nursing!


UPMC Jameson School of Nursing, located in New Castle, Pennsylvania, seeks a full-time Director to lead our institution. Reporting directly to the Executive Director of UPMC Schools of Nursing, you will be responsible for the development and administration of the nursing program at our school.


The UPMC Jameson School of Nursing is a place of action — where modern facilities set the scene for the education of today's student for the important and exciting profession of nursing. 

The students entering our program will be challenged by a stimulating environment but will soon be aware of the inheritance of rich tradition of one of the most respected professions in the world today. Throughout its over 100-year history, more than 2,493 students have graduated from the UPMC Jameson School of Nursing and gone forth to make satisfying and rewarding careers for themselves and worthwhile contributions to their communities, their families, and their country. 

Our school features a new physical site in New Castle, with top notch technology and clinical training tools. Our program strengths include, but are not limited to:

  • High NCLEX pass rate (above 90% in 2018!)
  • Students begin interacting with patients during the first week of the program.
  • Utilization of technologies including Canvas Course Management System and simulation
  • Student-to-instructor ratios allow for challenging and closely guided learning experiences
  • Students receive a variety of clinical experiences at UPMC Jameson and UPMC Horizon.
  • An excellent reputation for educating highly successful and well-respected nurses.
  • Active and full participation in student organizations.
  • Students earn transferable credits from Westminster College for non-nursing courses

As Director of the School of Nursing, you will be responsible for the development and administration of the nursing program at the appointed school. The Director serves as a member of the Schools of Nursing Executive Leadership team to insure compliance with system policies and accreditation and approved regulations while developing strategies for continued educational excellence and coordinating operational and functional activities within the appointed school.

Responsibilities Include:

Transformational Leadership:
  • Accountable for the strategic planning and overall direction and scope of the school in accordance with and support of the strategic goals of the organization and the shared vision for the UPMC Schools of Nursing.
  • Accountable for the operational and functional activities of the educational programs sponsored by the school.
  • Direct responsibility to hire, lead, evaluate and terminate direct subordinates in accordance with system policies and procedures.  The incumbent guides faculty and staff in overall policy making, decision making and problem solving in relation to major activities and critical operations. 
  • Functions as chair of the Faculty Organization Committee and participates as a member of the Schools of Nursing committees as well as other relevant school committees. 
  • Generates and implements creative and innovative strategies to solve complex problems in the delivery of a nursing program that meets regulatory standards and State and National benchmarks.
  • Role models professional behavior and represents the schools and the system in a positive manner. 
  • Demonstrates an interactive leadership style that supports the development of trusting and collaborative relationships among co-workers, students, community partners and other system colleagues with the ultimate goal of providing a student-centric culture and learning environment.
  • Assumes a leadership role in major school, hospital, system and community projects.
  • Holds the final authority for implementation of the approved curriculum and school policies within the School of Nursing. 

Professional Growth:
  • Accountable for collaborating and sharing best practice in the development of standardized student policies including recruitment, admissions, satisfactory academic progress and counseling services as well as branded promotional and marketing materials.
  • Demonstrates expertise and commitment to implementation of a standardized curriculum design based on integration of current nursing education knowledge and evidence and the predicted competencies required of newly licensed nurses.  Curriculum design includes new models of implementation and evaluation to support program outcomes that meet or exceed State and National benchmarks.
  • Leads curriculum and policy development to be consistent with Schools of Nursing Standards, requirements of the respective regulatory and accrediting agencies and system-wide quality standards. 
  • Accountable for collaborating and sharing best practice in the development of standardized student policies including recruitment, admissions, satisfactory academic progress and counseling services as well as branded promotional and marketing materials.  
  • Leads and implements curriculum and policy development to be consistent with Schools of Nursing standards, requirements of the respective regulatory and accrediting agencies and system-wide quality standards.
  • Accountable for faculty development and performance appraisal and is expected to counsel and guide faculty and staff in formulating and fulfilling professional goals.
  • Maintains consistent, attainable expectations of performance for faculty and collaboratively sets goals that foster creativity, innovation and leadership development.
  • Through the establishment of a robust faculty development program the Director guides faculty to think analytically and creatively, become self-directed and self-motivated and utilize critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills necessary to develop the future generation of nurses.. 
  • Accountable for fiscal management of the school to ensure that system-wide standards of cost-effectiveness and re-direction of waste are met.  This includes the accountability for salary, operational and capital budgets as well as the internal, state and federal student loan program and student financial aid regulations.
  • Accountable for ensuring A133 and other internal and external audits are free of adverse findings
Structural Empowerment:
  • Accountable for the development and implementation of a faculty orientation, competency and mentorship program so that faculty are developed as course leaders and committee chairs. 
  • Supports faculty promotions via My Nursing Career and establishes sound succession planning based on the needs of the Schools of Nursing for continued growth and evaluation.
  • Promotes innovate teaching-learning strategies through full integration of Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) into the standardized curriculum. 
  • Accountable for creating and supporting an educational environment that enhances student learning and professional development and utilizes contemporary teaching strategies. 
  • Supports an educational climate that empowers students as learners and creates a student governance structure that supports student participation in relevant decision-making processes in the school.
  • Uses rapid cycle process improvement and test of change of methodology to create an innovative educational milieu in which new ideas are freely shared, tested and adopted.
Quality & Innovation:

  • Participates in community initiatives and fosters an environment in which students, faculty and support staff are encouraged to be involved in Community Initiatives that support the Schools of Nursing and the System's missions.
  • The Director engages in leadership roles and projects with educational partners and communities of interest. 
  • Serves as a consultant and participates in the work of interdisciplinary teams in their local business units as well as on a system-wide level to meet the goals of the system.
  • Leads the Systematic Program Evaluation process to comply with Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Standards (ACEN). 
  • Participates in school-wide program evaluation initiatives.
  • Initiates formal articulation/affiliation agreements with local, state and national universities to develop efficient, effective and innovative career pathways for new graduates and alumni of the school. 
  • Holds leadership positions in professional organizations pertinent to the educational mission of the school, nursing practice, health care policy, trends, research and nursing administration.
  • Exhibits a high level of initiative, works independently and establishes priorities to meet school and system goals. 
  • Initiates changes reflective of constructive feedback and input from partners, communities of interest and customers.
  • Collaborates with other schools of nursing leaders to develop new models of educational delivery and work redesign to meet the systems future needs for nurses.
  • Contributes to the advancement of the science of nursing by integrating existing evidence into program development, generating new evidence and contributing to the science of nursing by including technology and innovation, participating in evidenced based projects, nursing research and or quality improvement projects, submits abstracts to local, regional, state and national presentations and submits articles for publication in relevant journals. 
  • Accountable for monitoring individual faculty workload to ensure compliance with school-wide standards for equitable faculty workload standards. 
  • Contributes to the Schools of Nursing dashboard by providing individual schools data to the Associate Executive Director for Business Operation.  Data includes, standardized metrics related to student attrition, student graduation, faculty retention, tuition loan forgiveness, participation, faculty workload, admission standards as well as other relevant measurements. 
  • Monitors and reports Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and insures compliances with State and Federal financial aid regulations. 
  • Conducts location-specific root cause analysis of student attrition; creates remedial strategies and measures and reports outcomes of remediation. 
  • Accountable for initiating and monitoring outcomes of testing due diligence and guiding faculty to develop reliable and valid tools to measure student's acquisition of knowledge. 
  • Insures that Systematic Program Evaluation process are measurable and conform to standards set forth by ACEN. 
  • Creates innovative methods to measure student and faculty feedback to maximize response rate.  Data gathered through survey will be analyzed and modifications to program operations will be accomplished.     
  • Responsible for collaborating to create qualitative and quantitate measurement tools and rubrics to evaluation student performance based on QSEN KSA's (Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes). 
  • Accountable for maintaining first time NCLEX pass rates and graduation rates at or above national benchmarks 
Healthy Workforce:

  • Role models respectful and professional interpersonal relationships to school leaders, faculty, support staff and students by consistently practicing excellence in customer service, open honest communication, transparency and interpreting system and school standards while holding others accountable for service excellence and the promotion of dignity and respect. 
  • Promotes an inclusive, civil, student-centric environment that is respectful of individual difference. 
  • Supports the systems commitment to a culture of safety by creating a safe environment reflective of the systems commitment to a Just Culture.
  • Develops and maintains working relationships with key stakeholders (affiliate universities, alumni and community leaders) to promote a climate of collaboration.
  • Performs in accordance with System-wide competencies/behaviors
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • Current RN licensure in Pennsylvania, 
  • BSN required
  • Master's Degree in Nursing with graduate preparation relevant to the administration of nursing education programs required
  • Minimum of five years of teaching experience in an accredited nursing program OR minimum of five years of experience in nursing education/administration is required
  • Doctoral preparedness is preferred, but not required.  
  • High performance, intellectual, interpersonal and managerial skills, characteristics of a transformational leader and exercises those skills to create, evolve and administer the educational program of the school.  
  • Knowledgeable concerning educational programs for health care practitioners, health care trends, health care policy, internal and external resources, current theories in nursing education, management, leadership, nursing practice and nursing research. 
  • Must have the ability to work cooperatively with the educational leadership team and faculty members and support staff in building and nurturing effective collegial relationships in achieving school goals.  
  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, self-direction and professionalism and must be willing to work within the framework of the Schools of Nursing organizational structure, the system and the affiliating clinical and community agencies.
  • Must possess visionary leadership skills, strategic long term and short term planning skills, business management skills, organizational skills and the ability to analyze and synthesize complex data and make decisions accordingly. 
  • Interpersonal skills and communication skills that reflect cultural sensitivity and flexibility are required. 
  • Have demonstrated expertise in quality / process improvement and expert knowledge in curriculum, educational trends, local, regional and national educational and healthcare policies.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Registered Nurse (RN)

  • UPMC is an equal opportunity employer / Disability / Veteran

    Salary Range: $0 / hour

    Union Position: No

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