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DNP-Nurse Anesthesia Program Director/Program Administrator

Position overview

Salary range: The salary range for this position is $175,000 to $225,000. This position includes membership in the Health Sciences Compensation Plan.

Application Window

Open date: April 17, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, Sep 18, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, Apr 16, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis seeks an experienced program leader and highly motivated doctorally prepared Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) to join the School of Nursing as the founding Program Director of the hybrid Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)-Nurse Anesthesia degree program. This person will be a member of the School of Nursing faculty and contribute to the multiple missions of the school.

The proposed DNP-Nurse Anesthesia degree program, under development, will help address a CRNA workforce gap in Northern California and throughout the state. The founding Program Director/Program Administrator will be integral to establishing innovative partnerships with outside stakeholders as well as UC Davis Medical Center. The program director will also seek to establish pipelines for health care professionals from, and interested in, working in rural and underserved communities.

As part of UC Davis, one of the world’s top universities (, the School of Nursing attracts likeminded faculty and student change agents interested in leading health care with a vision for optimal health and health care equity for all. Faculty, students and staff promote health equity and high-quality care through innovative research, education, clinical practice and health policy.

This position will serve as a full-time, non-tenured faculty at the assistant, associate or full rank in the Health Sciences Clinical Professor (HSCP) or Clinical X Series at UC Davis Health, which is located on a modern, 140-acre campus in Sacramento, California. The Sacramento campus is home to the School of Nursing, School of Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center (including a level I trauma center and burn unit, and a full range of outpatient services), a fully accredited Children’s Hospital, and an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.

All applicants must meet be based in the Northern California area and meet all State of California licensure, board-certification, and experience requirements needed to successfully practice within the state. Candidates must also be familiar with California CRNA scope of practice policies, requirements, and procedures and be familiar with the geographic regions and needs of the state.

The starting budgeted salary range for this position is $175,000 to $225,000. This position includes membership in the Health Sciences Compensation Plan.

The Founding Program Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)-Nurse Anesthesia degree program will play a significant role in the strategic planning of the curriculum, mission and outcomes of the program, and in ensuring the program is aligned with the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, UC Davis Health System, and the University of California at Davis. As the program administrator, the Program Director is a CRNA who by title and function directs the organizational administration of the nurse anesthesia program; providing leadership and oversight of all aspects of the educational program including but not limited to governance, didactic and clinical curriculum, recruitment, accreditation and evaluation.

The Founding Program Director/Program Administrator reports to the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Associate Dean for Academics.

• Responsibilities include working in collaboration with the Program Assistant Director (to be recruited) and program faculty to ensure quality program curriculum and instruction in the didactic phase of the program. The Program Director/Program Administrator could have the opportunity to participate in recruitment of the Assistant Director.
• Duties include course management, teaching, skills labs, student advisement, and student formative and summative evaluation. Responsibilities may also include participation in student remediation, test writing and analysis, program admissions, accreditation processes and program assessment to include serving on committees essential to the DNP-Nurse Anesthesia program and school’s functioning.

• Successful full-time candidates provide clinical services in a local community setting . The clinical placements may be at UC Davis Health or in an external community setting.
• This role includes direct patient care and precepting graduate CRNA students from the School of Nursing.
• The incumbent mentors students in the clinical setting. This includes overseeing procedures, providing feedback, and assisting with training.

• School of Nursing, UC Davis Health and Campus Committee Service
• Provide mentoring to graduate students, including serving, as chair or committee member for scholarly projects.

A candidate for appointment in the HSCP or Clinical X Series is evaluated by the following criteria, which is appropriately weighted according to the primary emphasis on clinical and clinically relevant teaching and patient care services and also according to the needs of the school and the individual’s responsibilities in the specific discipline. The four criteria are:

  1. Teaching
  2. Professional competence and activity
  3. Scholarly or creative activity
  4. University and public service

All individuals in the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing are accountable for maintaining and fostering a culture of inclusion, as outlined in the School’s Diversity and Inclusion webpage at
All candidates will also be evaluated on their contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Academic rank and salary are commensurate with credentials, qualifications, education, experience, and clinical practice. The university offers a comprehensive benefits package. The budgeted salary ranges provided are based on full-time employment.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Qualifications for CRNA Faculty Role:

• Doctoral degree (PhD, DNP or equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher education that was accredited by an agency officially recognized by the US Secretary of Education to accredit institutions at the time the degree was conferred.
• Graduate preparation in the basic and clinical sciences relevant to nurse anesthesia practice.
• License to practice as an RN in California or multi-state licensure.
• Current certification/recertification as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).
• Minimum of three to five years of leadership experience in higher education and clinical experience as a practicing CRNA; obtained within the United States.
• Possess D.E.A. certification or be eligible for certification as applicable.
• Possess B.L.S. (C.P.R.) certification.
• Must be comfortable in a highly interactive teaching/learning environment that includes collaborative teaching, significant faculty/student interaction and strong clinical integration.
• Must demonstrate excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills.
• Must be able to work full-time, in-person.

Qualifications for Program Director Role:

• Minimum of three to five years of academic program administration in an educational program of anesthesia with higher education teaching experience.
• Experience in curriculum, instruction, and evaluation - includes completed educational content, evidenced on a transcript from an accredited institution of higher education or an AANA approved continuing education program, or a CE program approved by another nationally recognized professional approval organization.
• Simulation experience in a high-fidelity lab accredited nurse anesthesia program.
• Actively participate in the admissions process in recruitment of a diverse student cohort in a nurse anesthesia program.
• Review of clinical midterm & summative performance of nurse anesthesia student evaluations.
• Provide counseling to students involved in unsatisfactory clinical performances, and develop appropriate remediation plans and disciplinary actions.
• Partner with team to ensure adequate affiliation agreements/contracts for off-campus clinical sites as well as off-campus clinical coordinators and preceptors.
• Current knowledge of CRNA practice and related professional issues.
• Current knowledge of institutional and programmatic accreditation requirements for nurse anesthesia educational programs.
• Demonstrates knowledge of environmental issues that may influence the program and nurse anesthesia practice by engaging in professional development. Issues can include, but are not limited to, community and workforce needs, changes in financial and clinical resources, state and federal regulatory requirements, accreditation requirements, scope of practice, educational environments, healthcare reimbursement and technology advancements.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

• Eligible for allied health professional credentialing.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching

  • One Complete Set of Teaching Evaluations (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Sacramento, CA