Department Head of Nursing

Department Head of Nursing


Western Piedmont Community College
1001 Burkemont Avenue
Morganton, NC 28655
Phone: 828-438-6000

Job Location

Foothills Higher Education Center


Minimum to Midpoint ($4,996 – 6,247/monthly)



Job Category

  • Instructional (Faculty)

Application Period

Opens: Monday, August 14, 2023
Closes: Monday, October 2, 2023

Target Start Date

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Expected Work Hours


Reports to

Dean of Health & Human Services

Employment Type

Full-Time (12-Month Contract)

Minimum Qualifications

1.  Master of Science in Nursing or related field (ex. Nurse Education) from an accredited institution
2.  Prior to employment, have education in teaching and learning principles for adult education, including curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation, appropriate to the program director role. This education may be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • completion of 45 contact hours of NC Board of Nursing (NCBON)-approved continuing education courses;
  • completion of a certificate program in nursing education;
  • nine semester hours of graduate course work in adult learning and learning principles;
  • national certification in nursing education; or
  • documentation of completion of structured, individualized development activities of at least 45 contact hours approved by NCBON. Criteria for approval shall include content in the faculty role in the curriculum implementation, curricular objectives to be met and evaluated, review of strategies for identified student population, and expectations of student and faculty performance.

3.  Minimum of two years of full-time experience as a Registered Nurse or part-time equivalent.
4.  Two years of full-time experience as a faculty member in an NCBON- approved nursing program.
5.  Current unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state of North Carolina.

Preferred Qualifications


Position Description

Statement of Primary Purpose

Reporting to the Dean of Health & Human Services, the Department Head serves as the Director of Nursing and leads all aspects of the Nursing Department to ensure development and delivery of quality courses and programs with learning outcomes aligned with employer needs. The Department Head fosters an innovative environment where students are supported in their learning and career development and faculty are engaged as teaching professionals. As required by the NC Board of Nursing, the Department Head is a 12-month position.

Essential Responsibilities/Duties


  • Hire, supervise, develop, and evaluate nursing faculty.
  • Orient new full-time and adjunct program faculty to their roles and responsibilities.
  • Conduct regular communication meetings with nursing faculty—both individually and as a department—and appoint subcommittees for special tasks as needed.
  • Schedule and oversee both curriculum and continuing education courses that meet the needs of students and the community, and assign instructors according to faculty workload policies and procedures.
  • Maintain workplace skills and subject matter expertise through ongoing professional development.


  • Coordinate assessment of student learning and success. Collect and analyze learning outcomes; retention, completion, and licensure exam pass rates; job placement rates; and program satisfaction. Use findings to lead continuous program improvement.
  • Engage the full nursing faculty to develop, implement, and evaluate the curriculum.
  • Select and maintain resources, equipment, and facilities to support teaching and learning, including operation of a high-tech simulation center.
  • Ensure that program information is provided promptly and accurately for distribution via the college’s catalog, website, brochures, news releases, admissions packets, forms, policies, procedures, etc.


  • Teach assigned courses (9-12 contact hours per fall and spring semester) and maintain at least 5 office hours weekly.
  • Regularly observe and guide faculty to use appropriate syllabi, objectives, competencies, and evaluation tools; apply best practices in teaching and instructional technologies; and maintain course resources and clinical site affiliation agreements.


  • Advise and monitor success of individual students from enrollment to completion and ensure that other nursing faculty are engaged in these processes as well.
  • Collaborate with other college areas to develop and apply strategies to improve student retention success.
  • Gather feedback and collaborate with the program’s advisory committee, clinical agencies, key employers, and relevant state and community groups.
  • Conduct or engage in activities designed to recruit students to nursing programs.
  • Collaborate with college administrators and other divisions and departments to advance students and the institution.
  • Participate in college committees.


  • Maintain student records (ex. attendance, grades) according to college and state policy and procedure.
  • Maintain ACEN accreditation and comply with requirements of the NC Board of Nursing (BON) and the North Carolina Community College System. Submitting ACEN and BON nursing reports annually.
  • Participate in structured planning and assessment processes, including ongoing program review and presentation of findings per the college’s evaluation cycle.
  • Develop policies and procedures in accordance with college, state, and regulatory requirements.
  • Prepare annual budget requests to support program needs and complete financial transactions (ex. purchasing, travel, inventory) in a timely and accurate manner.

Perform additional duties as assigned.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online at

Job Post Contact

Anita Berry

Benefit/Recruitment Specialist

Western Piedmont Community College

(828) 448-3127


Western Piedmont Community College, an equal opportunity employer, values and encourages campus diversity in students, faculty, and staff.