Summary: The Director of the Simulation Center will ensure high quality simulation-based education through the creation of a realistic state-of-the art learning environment. The role will utilize best practices and evaluation data to identify opportunities for improvement, innovation, implementation and integration of patient simulation technology into existing clinical curricula. S/he will employ a proactive, rather than reactive, approach to engage stakeholders in collaborative partnerships. The director will coach, develop, mentor and evaluate the Simulation Center personnel, while promoting a collaborative and team-based approach to simulation education. The Director is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Simulation Center and staff. S/he oversees the staff, budget, preparation, maintenance, inventory and operation of all simulation areas, equipment/supplies and collaborates with faculty to design, plan, implement and schedule simulation activities. The Director assists with the development and ensures adherence to program policies, course objectives, program outcomes, data collection and reporting and current simulation best practice safety measures and the Director will contribute to local and national research projects.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities: Duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned. Develops and executes the Simulation Center’s strategic goals and educational strategies in alignment with DMU’s vision and mission.
Acts as the primary contact for operations of the Simulation Center and appropriately delegate responsibilities for operations providing guidance and motivation to drive maximum performance.
Leads the overall administrative, operational and financial management of the Center. Coordinates workflow between departments and programs incorporating best practice and evidence-based research in program development with a focus on standardization and efficiencies.
Oversees and ensures the regular maintenance and repair of all simulation equipment and maintains effective communication with manufacturers.
Leads the continued development of relevant simulation activities including, but not limited to designing new training, scenario creation, facilitator development, student assessment in simulation, and reviewing existing simulation methods and scenarios.
Assumes faculty educator role as needed for simulation as content expert. Oversees pre-briefing and debriefing within scope of knowledge or assists content experts with pre-briefing/debriefing.
Oversees and assists with development of simulation curricula to support course and department outcomes; oversees and implement educational programs for new simulation faculty including pre-briefing, simulation and debriefing.
Directs the professional development training for Simulation Center staff and DMU faculty and staff, who participate in simulation-based education, to ensure educationally sound use of clinical simulation and debriefing techniques.
Provides strategic simulation implementation advice to DMU senior leadership and DMU Colleges based on DMU’s mission, vision, and goals.
Directs the integration of simulation activities in educational training, skill development, and assessment methodologies with DMU’s multidisciplinary programs.
Utilizes data-driven approaches as part of a continuing curriculum improvement model.
Provides leadership and instruction in the use of simulation equipment and methods within DMU and external healthcare collaborative partners.
Develops and implements Simulation Center policies, procedures and practices and orientation program.
Leads the development of research initiatives related to the efficacy of simulation in learning and simulation best practices.
Supports and contributes to course development and research projects within DMU.
Creates a positive work environment demonstrating leadership and supervision for Simulation Center staff and maintains learners’ confidentiality.
Participates in and successfully completes all University required training including, but not limited to discrimination/harassment and code of conduct.
Performs other job related duties and special projects as assigned.
Supervisory Responsibilities: This position has oversight of Center Leads and other personnel, including medical, technical, and support staff/faculty, assigned to the Simulation Center. Carries 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; approval of salary recommendations; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below 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.
Education and/or Experience: Minimum Master’s degree in healthcare, education, healthcare discipline, medical technology or simulation field required. Doctoral or Clinical degree preferred.
Two years’ supervisory experience in healthcare simulation (planning, developing, evaluating and customizing clinical, educational simulations as an educator or director required.
Minimum of five years of experience using simulation.
Experience in curriculum development and assessment required.
Educational research experience desired.
Clinical knowledge and experience working in a healthcare related field such as EMT, paramedic, other allied health profession or a clinical professional specialty.
Knowledge of medical terminology and human anatomy/physiology.
Essential Skills: Excellent organizational and leadership skills.
Understanding of financial management and strategic planning.
Must have an in-depth understanding and profound interest in medical simulation education, research, and patient safety.
Understanding of medical terminology, procedures, and techniques.
Outstanding judgment, analytical, problem solving abilities.
Ability to work in collaborative and innovative manner to create nationally recognized organization.
Demonstrated personal commitment to excellence.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to effectively present to the target audience.
Adheres to the organizational code of ethics, takes personal responsibility for actions and demonstrates integrity.
Ability to work in a dynamic environment and adapt to change.
Actively expands knowledge base and professional mastery as a lifelong learner.
Excellent organizational and time management skills plus attention to detail and demonstrated follow-through.
Commitment to diversity and inclusivity.
Participate in and successfully complete all University required training including, but not limited to discrimination/harassment and code of conduct. Demonstrated commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusivity.
Required Documents/Other Requirements: Resume/CV, Cover Letter and Three References
To ensure first consideration, please apply by August 25, 2020. Position will remain posted until filled.
Internal Number: 492335
About Des Moines University
Founded in 1898 in Iowa’s capital city, Des Moines University is a postgraduate medical university comprised of three colleges – College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery and College of Health Sciences – that offer eight graduate degree programs. Des Moines University combines the top advantages in medical education available today: an expert faculty, a rigorous and relevant curriculum, state-of-the-art facilities, a dynamic and diverse research environment, and a supportive, inclusive community of students and faculty active in learning and service. By consistently producing outstanding graduates who excel in their careers, DMU maintains one of the strongest reputations in the sphere of American medical education.