Clinical Site Engagement Assistant Director

Location: Nursing
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 607247
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Workplace Culture

NAU aims to be the nation's preeminent engine of opportunity, vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and beyond.

Special Information

  • This position is posted as Clinical Site Engagement Assistant Director, which is a working title. The NAU system title for this position is Assistant Director, Academic Programs.
  • This position is subject to the availability of funding. The incumbent is not eligible for Service Professional non-renewal notice, or Classified Staff layoff or recall status.
  • This is a position full-time 12-month appointment, funded by a 3-year grant.
  • To be considered for this position: a resume, cover letter, and professional references are required in addition to the application.

Job Description

The Clinical Site Engagement Assistant Director supports the mission of the institution by forming relationships with external partners and providing leads for placement personnel to facilitate agreements that lead to an expansion of student clinical placements across the state for the NAU School of Nursing (SoN).

This Assistant Director position will oversee building relationships and partnerships that lead to securing agreements for individual Nursing student clinical placements. By expanding current placement relationships to include baccalaureate, master's, and doctorate nursing programs and building new partnerships. The Assistant Director ensures sufficient placement capacity to sustain current and future undergraduate and graduate programs, collaborating closely with unit faculty and staff who assess the suitability of placement opportunities and finalize the logistics of such placements.

This position requires online collaboration or travel to various partner sites throughout the state of Arizona, in order to build and expand relationships. This position may require occasional evenings and weekends for signature events and activities when necessary to align with partner scheduling. The individual selected for this role will directly report to the School of Nursing's Executive Director.

Clinical Engagement and Placement Operations Oversight – 75%

  • Advocates for nursing clinical placements for undergraduate and graduate students with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Secures adequate clinical placements throughout the state of Arizona and the Native American reservations, with added focus on clinical sites within rural and underserved communities.
  • Supports the School of Nursing's Executive Director and collaborates with the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) in developing and implementing strategic plans regarding placements.
  • Communicates with administration, nurse educators, and program coordinators, as well as placement coordinators at clinical sites to develop relationships leading to clinical placements.
  • Coordinates with School of Nursing personnel to determine future student placement needs and needs for emerging program development.
  • Coordinates with the academic unit to plan for the necessary student clinical placement capacity needed to support programmatic growth.
  • Leads initiatives to build partnership with clinical partners statewide (career fairs, community outreach/engagement activities, preferred partnership arrangements).
  • Serve on SoN Advisory Committee.

Leadership – 20%

  • Provides direction and integrative coordination in the planning, development, and implementation of a comprehensive clinical placement program.
  • Provides advanced functional or technical leadership and direction to support staff, University constituencies and external organizations and representatives within a broadly specified area of professional expertise, in accordance with SoN goals and objectives.
  • Applies advanced ability in work design, project management, financial planning, and goal development; applies awareness of trends and changes.
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures consistent with those of the SoN, University, and clinical partners.
  • Monitors metrics and performance, ensuring compliance of clinical components for nursing programs.
  • Evaluates higher-level processes and workflow, identifies inefficiencies, and works with management to develop solutions.
  • Handles escalations and provides thoughtful and well-considered resolutions.
  • Will be responsible for the supervision and training of one or more full-time, benefit eligible coordinators and or student support staff.

Other – 5%

  • Other duties as assigned.

Background Information

This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting. If you are applying for a job that requires a CDL, you will be required to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse and adhere to the clearinghouse requirements. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


Salary range begins at $72,445. Annual salary commensurate with candidate's qualifications and related experience.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.


This is a Service Professional (SPF) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System or the Optional Retirement Program; 22 days of vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified dependents. More information on benefits at NAU is available on the Human Resources benefits website. NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus. Service Professionals are hired on a contract basis, renewable each 6 months according to terms of the Conditions of Professional Service. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. If a new employee chooses the ASRS retirement option, participation in the Arizona State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it, will begin on the first of the pay period following 6 months after the new employee's start date. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP), which is an alternative to the ASRS plan for faculty and other appointed staff, will begin to participate on the first day of the pay period following election. Additionally, the long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following election.

Learning and Development

Your career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity for professional development. New employee on-boarding training includes courses to be completed within the first 30 days.

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

About Northern Arizona University

NAU began as a teachers’ college, and our commitment to building a better tomorrow through education remains our highest priority. Our students, mentored by faculty members who are renowned in their fields, are at the center of all we do.

In the classroom and online, through hands-on experiences in an unparalleled learning environment, and with the NAU community cheering them on, our students discover and hone their ambitions.

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