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 1,400 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.
PROGRAM CLINICAL COORDINATOR
The Program Clinical Coordinator plans, manages, and evaluates the clinical curriculum of the Program of Nurse Anesthesia commensurate with accepted norms of higher education and accreditation standards of the Council on Accreditation (COA). This is a 0.5 – 1.0 FTE benefited position, based in Oakland, California.
A partial listing of position responsibilities include: Assume first line responsibility for ensuring an adequate number of clinical sites for students; includes contract negotiation with site officials and Academic Vice President’s office. Act as primary Program liaison to Site Clinical Coordinators. Assume responsibility for planning and publication of student clinical rotation schedule. Oversight of student clinical attendance. Assume ultimate responsibility for ensuring that evaluations are completed and submitted in a timely manner. Act as Chairperson of the Clinical Faculty Committee which entails setting bimonthly agendas, conducting the meeting and assigning responsibilities as is required to accomplish the business of the faculty (clinical coordinators).
Required Skills and Characteristics: Expertise in clinical teaching; expertise in didactic instruction preferable. Strong leadership and critical thinking abilities. Management and communication skills required to generate rotation schedules for NARs. Substantive computer skills and technological competence sufficient to meet position demands; willingness to obtain additional education/training as necessary to meet demands. Ability to adjust other professional commitments to meet varying program scheduling requirements. Ability to travel as position requires.
Education and Experience Requirements: Earned master’s degree, preferably in nursing. Interest in pursuing doctoral degree is desirable. Current recertification by both the Council on Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists. Current RN Licensure and NA Certification from the California BRN. Three to five years experience in education and/or departmental administration or management preferred. Substantive (3-5 years) clinical expertise as a CRNA, with documented evidence of strong performance required. Active participation in nurse anesthesia professional activities at state or national level is desirable.
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.