SON: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty Director - Faculty Appointment

Job Number
Job Type
Regular Full-Time
School Of Nursing
SON: Academic Advancement
Campus Location (For Posting) : City
Location : Name
Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Not Applicable
Required Documents
Cover letter, List of References

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The Program Director/Specialty Director is an organizational champion, strategic leader, and tactical contributor to the School of Nursing (SON). Provides internal and external leadership for the Program or Specialty that advances the NHWSN mission, vision, and values. Working closely with the Associate Dean for Education develops goals and metrics and collaborates with internal and external strategic partners integral to achieving outcomes. Leads program/specialty faculty team, student engagement, and delivery of high-quality education. Develops and evaluates internal and external metrics and feedback systems for continuous improvement. Develops and evaluates a strategic plan for increasing visibility, reputation, and national ranking of the program/specialty. Facilitates the programmatic/specialty strategic initiatives with faculty, staff, students, alumni, practice partners, and the community. Serves on or leads various school, university, and professional committees, advisory groups, taskforces, or projects as appropriate. Works closely with the Associate Dean for Education, Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion, Admissions, and Student Affairs, Program/Specialty Directors, Program Administrators, Curriculum, Progression, and Program Evaluation Committees, and faculty to ensure program outcomes and continuous improvement, including collaboration on course offerings, program changes, and student experiences. Collaborates with leaders of NHWSN departments. The Associate Dean for Education will provide oversight and be a strategic partner regarding continuous improvement and issue resolution regarding program/specialty, curriculum, faculty, students, and staff.


The Program/Specialty Director will hold a terminal degree (DNP, or PhD, or equivalent) as well as GA RN/APRN licensure. Experience in nursing education and practice is required and academic nursing leadership experience is preferred. This is a three-year ranked faculty position with re-appointment annually based upon performance appraisal of the Associate Dean for Education, Associate Dean for Academic Operations, and Associate Dean for Academic Advancement.


The Program/Specialty Director will ensure the following:

  • Organizational Champion
  • Strategically aligns with the SON Leadership team.
  • Cultivates innovative approaches to advance program/specialty in accordance with the NHWSN’s mission and vision.
  • Leads the implementation and evaluation of all aspects of competency-based education to improve student learning and ensure success.
  • Leads strategic action with key stakeholders integral to achieving student learning and program outcomes.
  • Works closely with Clinical Placements in obtaining and evaluating clinical sites and learning experiences.

Program/Specialty Leadership and Management

  • Leads the program/specialty to eminence in outcomes and reputation.
  • Exhibits vision, courage, and optimism.
  • Collaborates with NHWSN, Emory, and community leaders to promote community engagement and establish and sustain partnerships.
  • Advances high quality education and student success in collaboration with faculty.
  • Oversees and advances program/specialty student experience and outcomes.
  • Advances inclusive excellence priorities in collaboration with the Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion, Admissions, and Student Affairs.
  • Leads student engagement that fosters leadership and student outcomes.
  • Provides leadership in the management of program/specialty through program planning, curriculum development, implementation of innovations, and systematic evaluation.
  • Ensures use of innovative technology-mediated teaching methods and tools for continuous improvement of the program/specialty.
  • Champions online learning delivery models (post-licensure).
  • Ensures achievement of credentialing and accreditation standards.
  • Advises on hiring, supervision, and evaluation of the program/specialty faculty, including identifying programmatic needs for faculty recruitment and retention.
  • Responsible for faculty assignments in collaboration with the Associate Dean for Education and Associate Dean for Academic Operations.
  • Ensures strategic alignment with the SON leadership team, as a member or ex-officio member of SON committees, including the SON Curriculum Committee, Progression Committee, Program Evaluation Committee, and Faculty Search (as applicable).

University and Community Engagement

  • Develops and maintains strategic relationships with Emory University, WHSC, EHC, and community leaders to advance program/specialty and outcomes.
  • Supports strategic alignment with the SON leadership team, as a member of external committees


  • Develops and oversees student success initiatives in partnership with NEST.
  • Mentors program/specialty faculty to advance scholarship and professional development outcomes.

Student Recruitment and Enrollment

  • Advances NHWSN goals for enrollment in collaboration with Admissions and Finance.
  • Establishes standards for student eligibility, using internal and external data, and supports admission of high-quality candidates.

Metrics and Outcomes

  • Ensures Program/Specialty outcomes meet national standards and licensure and certification pass rates.
  • Advances enrollment growth.
  • Advances retention and graduation rates.
  • Advances Program/Specialty national recognition.

This position is in-person, on campus, and requires being located in the greater Atlanta area.

Emory Supports a Diverse and Inclusive Culture

Emory University is dedicated to providing equal opportunities and equal access to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran's status. Emory University does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment on the basis of any factor stated above or prohibited under applicable law. Students, faculty, and staff are assured of participation in University programs and in the use of facilities without such discrimination. Emory University complies with Executive Order 11246, as amended, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veteran's Readjustment Assistance Act, and applicable executive orders, federal and state regulations regarding nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. Emory University is committed to achieving a diverse workforce through application of its affirmative action, equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policy in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training. Inquiries regarding this policy should be directed to the Emory University Department of Equity and Inclusion, 201 Dowman Drive, Administration Building, Atlanta, GA 30322.

Emory University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the Department of Accessibility Services at 404-727-9877 (V) | 404-712-2049 (TDD). Please note that one week advance notice is preferred.


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