30+ days ago


Oakland, CA


Position Overview:

Who we are: Samuel Merritt
University graduates improve health outcomes and reduce disparities for all
members of our communities. We have spent more than a century preparing
outstanding healthcare professionals through immersive learning and community
engagement, and are deeply committed to transforming healthcare through
diversity and inclusion. At the School of Nursing, we are at the forefront
of educational innovation in theory and practice to prepare highly competent
professional nursing leaders who are engaged in the advancement of nursing
practice and the improvement of health for diverse populations/peoples. Our
motto is education plus compassion which we proudly demonstrate in the ways
that we serve our students, faculty, staff, and in our local communities.

Join a team of dedicated educators: Our faculty are known for their passion for growing the nursing profession.
With this passion, we strive to awaken curiosity in our students and instill
lifelong learning.Congruent with our
values, we work hard to inspire service and leadership in our students. For
this reason, the role of faculty is vitally important because of its unmatched
position to shape the professional and personal development of graduates. This position
is in the School of Nursing (SoN) and reports directly to the Program Chair.
The position combines teaching,scholarship, and service. We
define teaching as creating
environments that facilitate student learning and the attainment of expected
outcomes at the course and program levels.Faculty has ownership for the development, implementation, evaluation
and revision of the curricula within the School of Nursing which are designed
to prepare graduates to provide nursing care in a dynamic health care
environment. Service implies the use of academic and professional expertise to
serve the University, the nursing profession and the community. Service
consists of meaningful activities that promote the image, mission or strategic
priorities of the University, the well-being of relevant individuals or groups
among the community of interest or the professional growth of faculty.
Scholarship reflects activities, including practice, resulting in the translation,
production, reorganization/refinement, dissemination or creation of work that
advances knowledge and practice in nursing.

Position Summary: The Psychiatric
Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Program Director is a regular ranked
faculty member of the School of Nursing who is responsible for the oversight of
the PMHNP program for all SMU campuses. The Director reports to the Associate
Dean of Graduate Nursing Program.The Director
is responsible for the development, oversight, and day to day operations of the
PMHNP program, including curricular regulation and accreditation compliance,
clinical site development, faculty development, and interaction with students.

Major Areas of responsibilitiesinclude but not limited to:

Administration (50%)


+ Develops and manages the PMHNP program in conjunctionwith university and graduate leadership, and program faculty.

+ Ensures that the PMHNP program complies with allregulation and CCNE accreditation requirements.

+ Works in conjunction with the SoN ClinicalCoordination Team (CCT) to identify and develop appropriate PMH clinicalpractice sites and opportunities for students, including telemedicine.

+ Provides consultation to the CCT regarding dates,deadlines, submission and return of required forms that are essential tostudent placements in clinical site.

+ Serves as supervisor for all program faculty andpreceptors.

+ Recommends changes in University and School ofNursing policies and procedures as needed.

+ Authors reports (e.g. program evaluation, contributionsto accreditation) as related to the PMHNP program.

+ Provides input to budget formation related to the PMHNPprogram.

+ Serves as an excellent example of customer servicefor coordinators, faculty, and students.

+ Reviews survey data and identifies action steps toimplement changes in support of continuous program quality improvement.

+ Attends university ceremonies and events that arerelated to the PMHNP program.


+ Oversees PMHNP student recruitment and admission.

+ Oversees the development and implementation of studentprogram orientation including didactic and clinical courses; processes,procedures, expectations, and consequences.

+ Facilitates informal resolutions to studentdisputes after course faculty and coordinators have intervened.

+ Communicates issues regarding student performanceto program administrators on an ongoing, basis.


+ Oversees the hiring of qualified faculty.

+ Oversees faculty course assignment.

+ Oversees faculty development.

+ Completes annual faculty evaluation for PMHNPfaculty.

Clinical Practice andorscholarship(20%)

+ Maintains clinical competency and currency byengaging in practice as a PMHNP.

+ Serves as clinical preceptor for PMHNP students asappropriate.

Teaching (30%)*

+ Createsa dynamic, learner-centered environment that uses a variety of teaching methodsbased on educational theory and evidence-based teaching and clinical practices thatsupport the diverse learning needs of the student population.

+ Modelsreflective and critical thinking and serves as a coach and mentor for students;confers with them on their progress and assists them in the development oflearning plans to facilitate successful achievement of course objectives.

+ Maintains andenhances competence in subjects being taught.

+ Confers withcolleagues to assure the integrity of the courses across programs and thecurriculum as a whole.

+ Prepares andreviews written examinations, papers, and student projects; supervisesindependent study projects as needed, and evaluates learner performance in boththe classroom and clinical settings.

+ Notifies CourseManager of at-risk students or unusual occurrences.

+ Documents studentprogress on appropriate forms.

*Teachesa minimum of 216 hours in an academic year (8 didactic units).


Education& Experience

+ Registered Nurse (RN) and Nurse Practitioner (NP), eligible for licensure in

+ California

+ Nationally board certified as a PMHNP.

+ Earned doctorate in nursing (DNP, PhD, DNSc, DNS, EdD).

+ At least three years of experience in advanced practice nursing.

+ At least two years of progressive experience in teaching in graduate nursing.

+ Experience with online educational delivery preferred.

+ Experience in academic administration preferred.


+ Excellent written and oral communication.

+ Knowledgeable about the graduate education and academic administration.

+ Excellent customer relations


+ Ability to function effectively as an academic leader, member of a team, and independently.

+ Ability to receive detailed information through verbal and written communication.

+ Ability to read and write clear documents.

+ Hand and finger dexterity for computer, calculator, copy machine, and telephone use.

+ Must be able to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word in person or on the telephone.

_The University has an institution-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to build a welcoming and supportive campus environment, and acknowledge that diversity is an educational imperative to achieve excellence._

Organization: Samuel Merritt University

Employee Status: Regular

Employee Referral Bonus: No

Benefits: Yes

Position Status: Exempt

Union: No

Job Shift: Day

Shift Hours: 8 Hour Shift

Days of the Week Scheduled: Monday-Friday

Weekend Requirements: Other

Schedule: Full Time

Hrs Per 2wk Pay Period: 80

Applications Accepted: All Applications Accepted

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, registered domestic partner status, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, national origin (including possession of a driver's license issued to individuals who did not present proof of authorized presence in the U.S.), age, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military or protected veteran status, political affiliation, pregnancy or perceived pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical condition, genetic information or any other characteristic made unlawful by local, state, or federal law, ordinance or regulation. External hires must pass a background check/drug screening. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state, and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

About the Company

Sutter Health

Sutter Health has a long history in California. Some of our facilities have been providing care in the communities we serve for more than 100 years. Today, we’re proud to partner with more than 12,000 doctors to care for more than 3 million people.

We’re inspired by our Northern California community and work tirelessly to deliver top-rated, affordable healthcare. Doctors, hospitals, care teams and employees in the Sutter Health network are always looking for new, meaningful ways to care for you and your loved ones. We believe that every moment matters when it comes to helping you live a longer, healthier and happier life.

Our not-for-profit network delivers top-rated, personalized care in more than 100 Northern California communities. Recently ranked among the Top 15 Health Systems in the nation by Truven Health Analytics™, our team of more than 50,000 doctors, employees and volunteers partner to spread innovation, improve access to healthcare services and put our patients’ needs first—all to achieve the highest levels of quality, access and affordability.

Company Size

10,000 employees or more


Healthcare Services

Employee Benefits

Professional Development, Life Insurance, Vacation/paid time off, Flexible Spending Accounts, Medical, Dental and Vision, 401K, Retirement / Pension Plans, Long Term Disability, Tuition Reimbursement