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Chairperson-Accelerated BSN Program

Samuel Merritt University (SMU), located in Oakland, California, has been educating health science practitioners who are committed to making a positive difference in diverse communities since 1909. Nearly 1,500 students are enrolled at SMU, with campuses in Oakland, Sacramento, and the San Francisco Peninsula. The University offers an undergraduate degree in nursing; master's degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, and physician assistant; and doctoral degrees in nursing, physical therapy and podiatric medicine.

Samuel Merritt University School of Nursing welcomes applications for Chairperson, Accelerated BSN Program, Oakland Campus(75% Administration; 25% Teaching).

job responsibilities

The Accelerated BSN (ABSN) Chairperson is the academic leader responsible for the management of administrative, curricular, and student/faculty issues of the program on all campuses. The chair maintains standards for professional accreditation, university policy, and plans and manages the budget. He/she collaborates with other administrators to sustain strategic planning goals and priorities consistent with University values and mission. He/she models appropriate ethical and professional behaviors, as well as expert communication skills.

Curriculum & Instruction
Manages the ABSN curriculum and instructional programs at all sites at which the program is delivered. Collaborates with Student Services and faculty on recruitment, marketing, admissions, orientation, scheduling, grievance procedures, advising, retention, financial aid, special services, awards, and graduation processes for the ABSN program. In collaboration with site managers and clinical coordinators, oversees submission of course schedules and faculty assignments for the ABSN program at each site. Collaborates with the clinical coordinators in the development, monitoring, and evaluation of clinical agency contracts and arrangements for student clinical experiences that pertain to the ABSN. Responsible for ABSN curricular integrity at all sites to assure compliance with California BRN and CCNE standards.

Faculty/Staff Development
Identifies and mentors ABSN faculty’s orientation and professional development needs.  Conducts or provides input for the evaluation of the ABSN faculty, site managers, and clinical coordinators. Assists in the supervision and evaluation of the administrative assistant(s) for ABSN programs. Assists in identifying new program opportunities for nursing and develops proposals for their development and implementation.

Financial and Resource Management
Provides information to the Associate Dean for Prelicensure Programs for macro and micro budget planning for the ABSN program and remote sites. Oversees the management of the budget items that pertain to the ABSN programs at all sites.

Reports and Documentation
Prepares accreditation and other relevant reports for the ABSN programs. Identifies, develops, and manages opportunities for the ABSN programs for grants and sponsored programs. Represents the ABSN program, the School, and the University at relevant external conferences, workshops, and meetings.

education and Experience

In addition to possessing excellent communication skills, the ability to function effectively in a team or independently, and knowledge of the faculty role, qualified candidates should also possess:

  • At least three years of progressive experience in teaching in nursing baccalaureate or higher degree programs.
  • At least three years of experience in administration/ management in baccalaureate or higher degree nursing programs.
  • At least two years of experience in clinical nursing.
  • Master’s degree in nursing.
  • Earned doctorate from an accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Holds or is eligible for an unencumbered Registered Nurse license in California.

how to apply

Rank and compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Please send letter of interest and CV to the Coordinator of Faculty Recruitment at Thank you for your interest in Samuel Merritt University School of Nursing!


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.


posted august 2014