Instructor-Director of Nursing

Instructor-Director of Nursing


Gaston College
201 Highway U.S. 321
Dallas, NC 28034
Phone: 704-922-6200

Job Location

201 Highway 321 South

Dallas, North Carolina, 28034


$65,000.00 - $75,000.00 Annually



Job Category

  • Instructional (Faculty)

Application Period

Opens: Monday, September 26, 2022
Closes: Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Target Start Date

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Expected Work Hours

Full Time

Employment Type

Full Time

Minimum Qualifications



  • Master of Science degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution required.
  • Current unrestricted license as a registered nurse in North Carolina required.
  • Must meet minimum Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) criteria and the minimum criteria of other pertinent accrediting, licensing, and credentialing agencies in the area of teaching assignment.
  • Prior to, or within the first three years of employment, must complete a preparation in teaching and learning principles for adult education, including curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation per the North Carolina Board of Nursing.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents; respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community; effectively present information to various audiences; define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in medical terminology (mathematical or diagram form); and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.



  • Minimum of two years’ full-time employment in direct patient care required.
  • Prior college-level teaching experience required.

Physical Requirements

As a healthcare professional, the work environment can be stressful at times in dealing with a wide variety of challenges and deadlines. Relative to healthcare instruction, may be exposed to blood and bodily fluids with the risk of communicable, infectious diseases; toxic or caustic materials and disinfecting chemicals; burns from hot surfaces such as autoclaves; possible stray radiation, and other environmental factors that are commonly found in medical environments. The following physical activities and abilities are required as part of instruction based on the Physical and Emotional Technical Standards of Health & Human Services Programs:

  • Critical Thinking: Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment. For example: must be able to identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations; develop or participate in the development of care plans.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, groups, etc. from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds. For example: shall establish rapport with patients/families and health care team members.


  • Communication Skills: Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form. Must be able to clearly speak English to explain treatment procedures, initiate health teaching, and document and interpret actions and patient responses.


  • Mobility: Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces; stand and walk for extensive periods of time (up to 12 hours). For example: moves around in classroom and clinical areas, work spaces and treatment areas.


  • Motor Skills: Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective care. For example: use equipment, position patients, and perform precise procedures.


  • Hearing: Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess patient needs. For example: hear monitor alarms, emergency signals, cries for help, hear patient concerns.


  • Visual/Depth Perception: Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment with sufficient close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and focus adjustment to differentiate light/color intensity and evaluate perceivable changes in the environment. For example: observe patient responses, monitoring equipment, reading medical data, preparing and administering medications and injections, and performing physical assessments of patients including subtle changes in color.


  • Smell: Normal sense of smell. For example: to detect odors indicating unsafe conditions or changing patient status.


  • Tactile: Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment. For example: assess patients through palpation with fingers and hands, distinguish between warm/cold, feel vibrations, perform blood pressure checks, and administer IV fluids.
  • Weight-Bearing/Lifting/Carrying: Ability to lift and manipulate/move up to 50 pounds. For example: support and position/reposition patients, move or carry medical equipment.


  • Bending/Stooping/Squatting/Kneeling: Frequent bending, stooping, squatting, and kneeling.  For example: when administering patient care such as CPR, operating medical equipment, or removing environmental hazards from the floor.


  • Twisting: Occasional twisting at the waist. For example: when bathing patients and performing other procedures.
  • Cognitive Abilities: Ability to be oriented to time, place and person and organize responsibilities, make decisions. For example: shall assess patient complaints and implement appropriate plans.


  • Climbing: No significant climbing is required; one may be required to climb a step stool.


  • Reaching: Occasional reaching, including above one's head. For example: when performing aspects of patient care and hanging and adjusting IV bags.


  • Pushing/Pulling: Pushing/pulling of up to 50 pounds.  For example: administering patient therapy and care, pushing equipment such as oxygen tanks and monitors, and transporting patients in wheelchairs, beds, or gurneys.


  • Sitting: Occasional sitting. For example: entering data into a computer.

Preferred Qualifications

  • North Carolina Nursing Director training preferred.
  • Prior administrative leadership experience preferred

Position Description



OPEN UNTIL FILLED - Review of applications will begin 10/07/22  

The Director of Nursing will provide leadership for the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN), Practical Nursing (PN), and Nurse Aide (NAS) programs, including curriculum development, economic and workforce initiatives, initiating and realizing College projects, and fostering and strengthening community partnerships.




  1. Provide day-to-day leadership for the Nursing Department, including guiding program initiatives and nursing instructors to achieve program objectives. Promote an attitude of teamwork among staff, instructors, students, and community representatives and support the efforts of other team members to achieve success.   Work cooperatively with team members and colleagues, contributing positively and constructively to the achievement of team and College objectives.
  2. Provide day-to-day direction and coordination of full- and part-time teaching assignments and oversee orientation of new instructors on position and program duties and responsibilities.  Address and resolve concerns, organize and execute tasks in support of the program, and monitor activities and results. Review and ensure that instructor credentials meet or exceed program requirements and develop and maintain standards of instructional quality.  In collaboration with the professional development department and divisional leadership, develop a professional development plan for full- and part-time instructors.
  3. Under the direction of Academic Affairs and/or Economic and Workforce Development and the applicable division or department, prepare, deliver, and evaluate courses/classes, as assigned as per credentials.
  4. Provide quality online, classroom, and lab instruction to optimize student learning and outcomes through effective teaching strategies by presenting information, ideas, and skills appropriate to a variety of learning styles. Foster a teaching and learning environment that supports student success and equitable opportunities for all students. Provide students with the approved course syllabus, plan learning experiences that are appropriate for the student to successfully achieve the course objectives, and relate instruction and evaluation to the syllabus.
  5. Maintain records and databases regarding student attendance and academic performance.
  6. Evaluate students fairly on the basis of program criteria with timely interim and final performance evaluations and assign grades in accordance with college policy and the achievement of course objectives as stated in the syllabus. 
  7. Maintain overall accessibility to students, which necessitates flexibility in arranging out-of-class consultations to accommodate student needs. 
  8. Maintain currency in content areas through appropriate professional development. 
  9. May teach day, evening, and/or weekend classes and clinical labs in multiple modes at multiple instruction sites and in multiple nursing program options, including during summer semester.
  10. Collaborate with the Associate Dean of Nursing and Dean of Health and Human Services in the administration of College policies and procedures and divisional guidelines.   
  11. Represent the College, the Division, and the College’s Nursing Program by communicating information on various topics, answering questions, and resolving concerns.  
  12. Participate in the unit planning process for the division, adhere to the Administrative Code and Rules in accordance with the North Carolina Board of Nursing and the Nursing Practice Act, and the American Nurses Association (ASA) Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements, as updated.
  13. Assist the Associate Dean of Nursing and Dean of Health and Human Services with curriculum accreditation and approval. Develop and implement strategies to improve efficiency and effectiveness of courses and programs.  Remain current on emerging healthcare trends and identify and assess community training needs.  
  14. Review existing programs for continuous improvement, assist in the development of new programs to meet changing needs, and make recommendations as appropriate. Evaluate and develop materials for recommended changes and implement ADN, PN, and NA curriculum, including the development of program outcomes.  Develop, implement, and evaluate student admission, progression, and graduation requirements.  
  15. Oversee the preparation of curriculum course schedules, course descriptions, outlines, and objectives, and approve textbooks and supplementary materials.  Develop new, innovative, and/or flexible courses, programs (including cooperative programs), systems, policies, and procedures to facilitate the enhancement of community education based on need. Review and ensure that instructional facilities and equipment meet or exceed program requirements.  
  16. Champion student success through support, recognition, and involvement in other College activities.   
  17. Assist with the recruitment, registration, and orientation of new students.
  18. Lead, facilitate, and coordinate team and committee meetings. Plan and coordinate advisory committee meetings.  
  19. Collaborate with others in selecting individuals to serve on the curriculum advisory committee.
  20. Prepare, administer, and oversee the budgets that relate to the management of curriculum equipment and supply inventory.
  21. Assist with the review, development, and revision of various College and division publications.
  22. In collaboration with the divisional personnel, work closely with the College’s marketing function to market and promote the College and the nursing programs, and identify public relations opportunities to promote the College and the division, which may include public speaking events. Foster positive community relations through maintaining regular contact with various vocations and representing the College as a member of various community and civic organizations and functions.
  23. Maintain all required College records pertaining to the Nursing Program.  In collaboration with the Associate Dean of Nursing, assist with contractual agreements with clinical and other agencies.
  24. Maintain a high standard of professional and ethical practice in representing the College. Maintain confidentiality of sensitive and/or confidential information.
  25. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the field or discipline with continued adherence to professional accountability.
  26. Provide a high level of service to customers by establishing and maintaining effective working relationships and partnerships. Accept responsibility for managing situations and problems.
  27. Adhere to the College’s policies, procedures, and other established guidelines, including the North Carolina Community College System, North Carolina Board of Nursing, and accrediting agencies.
  28. Perform other duties as assigned, including special projects.

Job Post Contact

Maelle Keener