Director, Nursing Education

Website Palomar College

Position Title Director, Nursing Education
Department Nursing Education
Location San Marcos
Full or Part Time Full-Time
Category Administrative
Hours per week Exempt position
Number of Months 12 month
Work Schedule
Exempt position
Grade 68
$11,374.50 [step 1] – $13,855.54 [step 5]. Step placement may be negotiable dependent upon education and experience. Administrators that possess earned doctorates from accredited institutions are awarded an annual stipend of $1,842.81.
Salary/Wage Frequency Monthly
In addition​ to a competitive compensation structure, Palomar College​ also offers an extremely generous benefits package.
    • Insurance fully paid for employees and their eligible dependents: four medical plans, dental HMO, and the vision plan (additional plans are available that require employee buy up/monthly contribution)
    • Vacation, sick leave and 25 paid holidays
    • $80,000 employee term life​/accident insurance policy (additional buy up options available)
    • Employee long-term care insurance
    • Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) – Free counseling, financial, legal, personal and professional development resources
    • Additional buy up options available for other voluntary insurance benefits
    • Enrollment in CalSTRS (California State Teachers Retirement System)
The estimated maximum value of this employer-paid benefits​ package is approximately $41,360 annually.
Primary Function
Responsible for the leadership, administration, planning, and development of the District’s Nursing Education Department and its Registered Nurse (RN) educational program; ensures the quality of the program and its compliance with relevant laws, regulations and external accreditation standards; supervises assigned employees.
Minimum Qualifications
To be eligible for this position, you must meet and provide evidence of the following minimum qualifications:


  1. One (1) years’ experience as a Director or Assistant Director of Nursing with validated performance of administrative responsibilities consistent with administering a registered nursing program, including coordinating and directing all activities in developing, implementing, and managing the program, including its fiscal planning pursuant to Title 16, § 1420(h);
  2. Two (2) years’ experience teaching in pre- or post-licensure registered nursing programs; and
  3. One (1) year’s continuous, full-time or its equivalent experience direct patient care as a registered nurse or clinical instructor within the last five years; OR equivalent experience and/or education, as determined by the BRN.
  • Note: For work experience, a “year” is defined as equivalent to 40 hours per week for 12 months. For supervisory experience, the experience must be at a professional level (i.e. evaluation and/or discipline of staff).


  • Education: A Master’s or higher degree from an accredited college or university which includes course work in nursing, education or administration.
Only coursework completed at, and degrees awarded by, accredited institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education will be considered as satisfying the minimum qualifications. Coursework and degrees that are completed outside of the United States are required to have transcripts evaluated (evaluation to U.S. equivalency and a course by course analysis) by an appropriate U.S. credentials evaluation service. For a list of credentials evaluation agencies accepted by Palomar College, visit the National Association of Credentials Evaluation Services (NACES) website at, or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) website at
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility and Antiracism (DEIAA) Statement
Palomar College serves over 30,000 students from a variety of backgrounds and we are proud to be a Hispanic Serving Institution. Our student body is rich in its diversity. Click here to see a quick overview of our student demographics on our recent Student Fact Sheet.
Palomar College is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility and antiracism (DEIAA). We are dedicated to empowering students to succeed and are guided by our core values; some of which are the following:
    • Access – We make education possible for everyone.
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – We recognize and respect diversity, seek to foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, and strive to address inequities.
All positions require cultural competency which includes the sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff.
Preferred Qualifications
  1. Coursework beyond the minimum qualifications in Nursing or a related field.
  2. Teaching experience in a pre-licensure registered nursing program.
  3. Experience with grant writing.
  4. CPR certified.
  5. Participation in local and/or national nursing organization.
Licenses and/or Certificates
  1. Current license or eligibility for licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of California.
  2. Possession of a valid, current California driver’s license by time of appointment.
Supervision Received and Exercised
Supervision Received From: Dean, Instructional, Mathematics, Science, and Engineering
Supervision Given: Faculty, Classified, hourly, and volunteer staff in Nursing Education
Duties and Responsibilities
Essential Functions: Essential responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
    1. Performs full supervisory activities in accordance with relevant District policies, procedures, and applicable employee contracts/handbooks, which includes selecting and training new employees; planning, assigning, scheduling, and evaluating completed work; approving overtime/compensatory time; preparing and signing employee performance evaluations; recommending reclassifications; responding to grievances and taking appropriate disciplinary action; and performing related supervisory activities.
    2. In conjunction with Nursing Education faculty and in collaboration with the Dean, develops and reviews curriculum for the RN program; assures regular review and revision of courses of study, implementing applicable regulations, accreditation requirements, course classification, methods of instruction, taxonomy of programs, and other required information as required for RN programs by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).
    3. Leads regulations and accreditation studies for the RN program under the BRN, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and other accreditors; reviews the program for compliance with accreditation standards and federal, state, and local laws; prepares regulatory reports for the BRN and prepares accreditation reports to submit to accreditors; in conjunction with Nursing Education faculty, identifies and implements necessary modifications to the RN program to assure continuous compliance with accreditation and regulatory requirements.
    4. In collaboration with the Dean and Department Chair, develops the Nursing Education schedule of classes to meet the needs of students based on enrollment trends; reviews the assignment of faculty to classes and clinical sites; monitors the faculty workload for compliance with the faculty bargaining agreement each semester; assures accurate and timely attendance reporting for all courses offered in the department.
    5. Identifies and partners with local hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare organizations to serve as clinical agencies for clinical instruction; prepares and implements contracts with clinical agencies in accordance with BRN requirements; reviews and assesses clinical agencies’ compliance with District and BRN requirements; collaborates with clinical agencies to strengthen Nursing Education’s clinical program and address deficiencies; maintains clinical placement activities and consortium duties in collaboration with the Department Chair.
    6. Oversees recruitment, outreach, and student support programs; develops student support programs in Nursing Education to facilitate student success; in collaboration with the Department Chair, monitors fulfillment student learning outcomes.
    7. Oversees the application process for admissions to the RN program and student eligibility; oversees admissions to RN licensing test and other required exams.
    8. In collaboration with the Dean and Department chair, exercises leadership in the development and monitoring of the budget and manages fiscal resources consistent with District policy and sound financial management principles.
    9. Develops and implements policies and procedures for the RN program in accordance with BRN, and accreditation agencies, state, and District requirements.
    10. Researches, writes, and submits grants for external funding to support Nursing Education programs and services; seeks and obtains other sources of supplemental funding; coordinates the implementation of additional funding.
    11. Serves as a liaison between Nursing Education and District departments, clinical agencies, accrediting bodies, external nursing education programs, local K-12 schools, and other relevant organizations; builds and maintains collaborative relationships with external partners for purposes of enhancing Nursing Education’s programs.
    12. Oversees the collection and maintenance of program data required by state regulations and accreditation agencies; prepares year-end program and other periodic reports.
    13. In collaboration with the Department chair, leads the District’s program review and planning process (PRP) for Nursing Education; working with department faculty and employees as appropriate, identifies program goals and objectives, student learning outcomes, achievements, and areas of improvement; prepares annual progress reports on the fulfillment of PRP goals and objectives.
Marginal Functions:
  1. Participates in/on a variety of committees, task forces, boards, meetings, and/or other related groups in order to receive and/or convey information.
  2. Participates in shared governance through service on planning and/or operations committees and task forces.
  3. Preforms duties in accordance with the regulation in the Director’s handbook per the BRN.
  4. Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
Knowledge of:
    1. Principles and practices of administration, supervision and training.
    2. RN instructional program curriculum, instruction, student outreach and recruitment, and practices.
    3. Matriculation process, objectives, policies and regulations.
    4. Advanced research methods and report writing techniques.
    5. Budget preparation and control.
    6. Pertinent federal, state and local codes, laws and regulations, including the California Education Code, Title 5 and Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations, and BRN and ACEN requirements for an RN instructional program.
    7. BRN regulations and ACEN accreditation standards.
    8. Educational goals and objectives of an RN instructional program.
    9. Basic accounting principles and practices.
    10. Public relations principles and practices.
    11. Marketing and promotional principles and practices as they apply to student recruitment.
    12. Community college organization, operations, policies, and objectives.
Skill in:
  1. Supervising, training and directing the work of others.
  2. Utilizing a computer and related software applications.
  3. Analyzing and troubleshooting difficult situations accurately and adopting effective courses of action.
  4. Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  5. Developing and maintaining departmental budgets.
  6. Maintaining sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, age, cultural, physical or mental disability, medical condition, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, nationality, race, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff.
  7. Interpreting complex data and information.
  8. Reading, interpreting, applying, and explaining rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  9. Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  10. Maintaining accurate and complete records.
  11. Maintaining confidentiality and exercising discretion.
  12. Designing, developing, and implementing comprehensive research projects, including accreditation studies.
  13. Guiding, facilitating and supporting the development and maintenance of the institutional strategic planning process.
  14. Responding effectively to all situations/incidents using sound judgment and decision-making skills.
  15. Working independently with little direction.
  16. Planning and organizing work.
  17. Meeting schedules and timelines.
  18. Using discretion in responding to difficult persons and situations promptly and effectively.
  19. Preparing reports by compiling and organizing data from a variety of sources.
Working Conditions
Environmental Conditions: The employee works under typical office conditions with extensive exposure to computer screens and contact with faculty, students, other departments and the public.

Physical Conditions: Essential and marginal functions require mental and physical fitness to perform necessary job functions with or without accommodation. Position requires travel to District and other locations, including clinical facilities.
Terms of Employment
  • This is a full-time, 12 months per year educational administrator position.
  • The person selected for hire will be required to complete the following pre-employment requirements: live scan/fingerprinting, official transcript(s), and TB risk assessment. Other pre-employment requirements may be required depending on the position (i.e. certifications or licenses; see applicable job posting section for details). Successful completion of all pre-employment requirements is mandatory to be eligible for employment. These requirements are in accordance with the following Administrative Procedures and Board Policies: AP 7120AP 7125AP 7126AP 7127AP 7330BP 7330AP 7336AP 7337, and BP 7335.
Open Date 03/04/2024
Close Date 04/29/2024
Open Until Filled No
Posting Number P0885P
Additional Application Information
  • Supplemental application materials (required): Please provide a diversity statement that supports your commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive community.
  • Please include two professional letters of recommendation for this position. Letters must be submitted by 5/6/24, one week after the position closes. See “Reference Letters” section of the application for details. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that letters of recommendation are submitted by the due date.
  • The hiring committee will decide if interviews will be conducted in person at the College or via Zoom. Travel expenses for first-level interviews are not reimbursed by the College. Second-level travel reimbursement is only available for eligible candidates. HR will notify those who are eligible when second-level interviews are scheduled.

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