Job Details

Northwestern Michigan College
  • Position Number: 2186732
  • Location: Traverse City, MI
  • Position Type: Medicine - Nursing
Northwestern Michigan College Job Description

Job Title: Health Occupations Instructor

Department: Health Occupations Academic Area

Reports To: Director of Nursing Programs

Prepared Date: 03/03/2021

Salary: ($59,256.00- $66,110)

Anticipated Start Date: 08/09/2021

Excellent benefit package, including medical, dental, paid sick leave, and tuition benefit. For more details about benefits, go to and click on Salaries and Benefits, or request a copy from the Office of Human Resources.


This position in the Nursing Department will provide instruction in mental health nursing, clinical nursing, medical-surgical nursing and will be responsible for working in conjunction with the Health Occupations Academic Area toward the development and instruction of Nursing and related Allied Health courses. The instructor will develop and revise courses and course materials as needed. This individual will also assume responsibility for mentoring adjunct faculty. This faculty member is a member of the professional teaching staff that is responsible for effectively implementing the mission of NMC. Responsibilities may include teaching face-to-face on campus, days, nights, weekends, and/or online or Zoom instruction.

All Faculty positions commensurate with degree and experience as outlined in the NMC Faculty Association Collective Bargaining Agreement.


  • Master's degree (M.S.N.) with a major in Nursing, and a focus in Mental Health, Community Health or certification as an Adult or Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Minimum - two years' clinical experience with a focus in Mental Health Nursing
  • Minimum of three years' clinical experience in Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Teaching/training experience with clients, nurses, other health care professionals, and/or students
  • Licensed as a Registered Professional Nurse in the State of Michigan or ability to obtain a license before the final hire date
  • BLS Certification or ability to obtain within 6 months
  • Computer skills, including knowledge and recent experience using calendaring software, Microsoft Word, and (Google Suite-specifically preferred.)

  • Doctorate degree related to nursing
  • Certification in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing with recent experience
  • In-patient or outpatient mental health clinical experience
  • Teaching experience in a school/college of nursing
  • Leadership experience in nursing (i.e. teaching clinical, charge nurse, unit manager, etc.)
  • Gerontology experience
  • Experience in the instruction of web-based, online, and other nontraditional courses
  • American Heart Association BLS Instructor


Supervise adjunct faculty. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; addressing concerns and resolving problems.


Provide classroom and clinical instruction to students and develop theory and clinical nursing classes, including online and/or Flexible Learning Option courses
    • Teaches course work in the classroom, online, or other Flexible Learning Option.
    • Provides clinical instruction, supervision, and evaluation for students assigned for lab and clinical experiences.
    • Participates in curriculum and course development, revision, and evaluation.
    • Employs a range of suitable strategies to foster student learning and assessment of the same.
    • Stimulates class discussions and other active learning activities.
    • Promotes student demonstration of learning through a variety of assessments that may include exams, discussions, debates, presentations, simulations, and/or debriefings.
    • Compiles administers, and grades examinations and other learning activities as needed.
    • Demonstrates an interest in using current and emerging technologies in the classroom.
    • Schedules posted office hours as required by NMC policy in order to facilitate student access.
    • Other duties may be assigned.

Serve as Lead Instructor by planning, coordinating, and supervising clinical co-requisite course sections of assigned theory courses:
  • Arrange and schedule student clinical placements.
  • Write, update, and distribute course syllabus, course calendar, and clinical schedules.
  • Orient clinical instructors to course expectations, evaluation methods, etc.
  • Guide and supervise clinical instructors' evaluations of students.
  • Provide feedback on clinical faculty performance; summarizing findings and directing any concerns to the Director of Nursing according to NMC policy.
  • Record and submit course grades. Notifying the Director of Nursing of any students who fail, drop, or withdraw from the course.
  • Evaluate course outcomes and content and recommend changes to the Director of Nursing.
  • Maintain ongoing contact with clinical site managers and staff in order to promote and maintain an atmosphere conducive to educative harmony, continued goodwill, and effective communication.
  • Resolve conflicts that may arise between individuals (staff, students, etc.).
  • Investigate the events surrounding incidents that require documentation and/or reports, etc.
  • Review and/or formulate documentation relevant to student probation and remediation in conjunction with clinical instructors.
  • Familiarize adjunct faculty with NMC policy and procedures in conjunction with the Director of Nursing.
  • Ensure continuity between lecture content and student clinical assignments.
  • Teach any required seminars and lab components in conjunction with clinical instructors, etc.

Teaching Effectiveness
  • Places the primary emphasis on student learning in the design, delivery, and evaluation/assessment of courses.
  • Understands and adapts teaching to various learning styles present in the classroom as demonstrated in the presentation of course materials and assessment of student learning.
  • Conducts classroom research with classroom assessment techniques.
  • Strives to foster higher-level learning with an emphasis on analysis, problem-solving and critical thinking.
  • Listens to students and encourages them to actively participate in the learning process.
  • Demonstrates respect, care, and empathy for students.
  • Is flexible with switching from one teaching approach to another when things don't work, yet keeps the objectives of the course in sight at all times.
  • Is enthusiastic about the subject matter in the classroom and shares the joy of learning with students.
  • Encourages student growth and celebrates student success.

Faculty Professional Development
  • Demonstrates a continuing engagement with the learning and scholarship in the area of specialization.
  • Strives to be on the cutting edge of professional content knowledge and methodology.

Support of College, Community Initiatives
  • Is fully committed to the mission and values of Northwestern Michigan College and participates actively in the shared governance system.
  • Participates in nursing and academic area meetings and other scheduled area activities.
  • Meets requirements for faculty evaluation and academic advising.
  • Serves on specific academic area and College-wide committees.
  • Supports the academic area and college through other work normally expected of faculty members.

Professional Qualities and Abilities
  • Advises students on curriculum, academic programs, employment, and career goals, and other matters as appropriate.
  • Possess clinical expertise and professional specialization related to the area of teaching assignment.
  • Serves as a role model of good written and oral communication skills and good time management skills.
  • Possesses a positive attitude; able to see goodness in self and others.
  • Shows flexibility including the acceptance of and willingness to change; sees change as an opportunity for growth.
  • Seeks improvement over time by taking risks and trying new things.
  • Knows and acknowledges personal limits.
  • Displays self-discipline and a strong work ethic.
  • Accepts responsibility for professional and personal growth.
  • Successfully organizes, executes, and follows up on projects; sets specific objectives and measures to achieve results.
  • Accepts criticism gracefully and uses it as an opportunity for growth.
  • Handles conflict effectively.
  • Leads and/or follows as circumstances require.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed in this job description are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


To perform this job successfully, an individual will have computer skills, including knowledge of and the ability to use the Internet, email, calendaring software, and word processing software.


Ability to read, analyze and interpret the most complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints. Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style. Ability to effectively present lectures and information to students and academic area leadership in a clear and understandable manner.


Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as proportions and percentages. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra.


Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, musical notes, etc.,) in its most difficult phases. Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and smell. Walking and standing are required in the classroom and clinical areas. Lifting up to 25 pounds and periodic heavy exertion may be required in the clinical/lab setting. Specific hearing and vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions when traveling between campus buildings. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Non-Discrimination Policy Notice

Northwestern Michigan College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, religion, disability, genetic information, height, weight, marital status or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities and admissions. Read more at

Michigan Law requires that a person with a disability or handicap requiring accommodation for employment must notify the employer in writing within 182 days after the need is known.


This is a full-time, two-teaching semester position. This position may require evenings, weekends, on-campus and/or Zoom instruction. This person must be available to teach both online and in-person, on-campus classes located in Traverse City, Michigan. Must have a reliable internet connection and willing to relocate if not currently residing in the area.


Applications must be submitted online at by 8 am on Monday, April 5th, 2021. Applications received by April 2nd 2021, will receive first consideration. This position will remain open until filled. For assistance call 231-995-2612 or 1-800-748-0566 x52612 or email .

Special Instructions to Applicants Please attached a copy of your cover letter, resume, RN License, current CPR card or Healthcare Provider certification, and unofficial transcripts (if possible). Official transcripts will be required of the finalist. Please have your official transcripts sent to or Attention: Human Resources, Northwestern Michigan College, 1701 E. Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686.

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