Executive Director, Center for Clinical and Professional Development

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450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215


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Full time

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Onsite:Up to 1 day remote/wk


The Executive Director, Center for Clinical & Professional Development is a nurse who is accountable for department-wide education, practice, quality and related programmatic services and activities. The Director is a member of the Nurse Executive Committee and the Nursing and Patient Care Services Executive Committee setting strategy and operational leadership for the Department of Nursing and Patient Services. He/she has broad leadership and management responsibilities and is accountable for the design, implementation and evaluation of programs, processes and structures that assure the competency of nursing and support staff who deliver or support patient care and clinical trials. The accountability includes the design and implementation of programs and activities that enhance the professional practice environment and that support the quality, safety and outcomes of nursing practice. He/she is accountable for directing and managing the following programs: newly licensed nurse residency, new employee orientation, training and continuous education for NPCS staff, the nursing department quality program, the ANCC Magnet Program, as well as related departmental activities such as regulatory readiness, shared governance, nurse practitioner credentialing and academic, professional and community relationships. Additional areas of oversite include international nursing training, education and program planning, clinical aspects of patient education and integrative nursing programs and other interprofessional initiatives across DFCI.

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a leader in life changing breakthroughs in cancer research and patient care. We are united in our mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. We strive to create an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment where we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all backgrounds, and design programs to promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations. We conduct groundbreaking research that advances treatment, we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers, and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.




A. Education and Staff Development

1. Provides leadership direction to Clinical and Professional Development staff, the centralized and service based Clinical Specialists, oversees the design and implementation of the annual competency plan and related educational programs which support nursing practice, patient care delivery and the orientation and development of nursing and support staff.

2. Maintains a knowledge base and expertise in orientation requirements (onboarding, competency assessment, preceptor training / competence) and professional development issues

3. Collaborates with Nurse Leaders to identify and plan programs, which address the current and future development of clinical and leadership staff

Administers the Provider Unit for nursing continuing education

4. Ensures research findings and EBP are utilized in developing educational programs and activities

Communicates opportunities for departmental initiatives and innovations that are promoted in the local, regional and national arenas

B. Nursing Shared Governance Model and Nurse Recognition Program

1. Directs and supports the Central Clinical Specialists and the CPD administrative director in their leadership and staffing of the Nursing Council and Committees.

2. Directs and supports the Central Clinical Specialist and the CPD Administrative Director in their leadership and staffing of the Nurse Recognition and Award Program and other departmental events

C.  ANCC Magnet Program

 1. Supports the work of the Magnet Program Director and team assuring adequate resources and support to maintain ANCC credential

D.  Quality Measurement and Improvement

1. Oversees the Nursing Department Quality Program and supports the work of the Director of Nursing Quality.

2. Oversees the design and implementation of a continuous quality improvement program with specific emphasis on patient outcomes and staff and patient satisfaction in collaboration with the Clinical Nurse Executives, Nurse Directors, Clinical Specialists, Nursing Council Members and the Chief Nursing Officer that include:

a. Leads the consensus oriented process to identify department-wide nurse sensitive outcomes

b. Leads the consensus oriented process to identify department wide annual goals, related measures and to track performance

c. Collaborates effectively with the Center for Quality and Safety to ensure consistency and rigor of quality program

d. Identifies and leads improvement strategies in collaboration with nursing leaders and staff

e. Maintaining knowledge of and expertise in quality, safety and regulatory standards assuring that we meet internal and external compliance requirements

f. Co-leads the Nurse Executive Committee for Quality with one other Clinical Nurse Executive

g. Oversees nurse peer feedback program

E.  Nurse Practitioner Credentialing 

1. Supports the Chief Nurse Practitioner and the CPD Administrative Director in assuring that the process and accountability for credentialing NPs resides within the Nursing Department and is completed consistently and accurately

2. Supports the Chief Nurse Practitioner and the CPD Administrative Director in collaborating effectively with the Office of Medical Affairs and Professional Credentialing assures integrity of Nurse Practitioner credentialing process

3. Supports the Chief Nurse Practitioner in her role in leading the Nurse Practitioner Practice and Credentialing Committee

4. Supports the Chief Nurse Practitioner in assuring that the nurse practitioner peer review of credentialing process is in place

5. Supports the Chief Nurse Practitioner in assuring that the OPPE and IPPE process is consistently adhered to across the department

6. Maintains knowledge of and complies with internal and external regulatory credentialing requirements regarding the NP credentialing Process and organizational expectations

F. Academic and Community Partnerships, Regulatory and Budget Compliance

1. Prepares and manages the operating financial plan for cost center

2. Provides internal and external benchmarking data for the purpose of potentially improving budgetary and patient outcome performance

3. Supports the CPD administrative director and or the central or service based CSs in the licensure verification process, application for continuing education units, Health Stream, Nursing Policy and Procedure update process, the conference reimbursement process and other related administrative processes that the Center for CPD is accountable for working collaboratively with Human Resources where applicable.

G. Self-Development 

1.Assumes responsibility for own professional development.

2. Participation and Leadership in professional organizations

3. Develops annual goals and performance metrics

4. Assures advancement of knowledge and expertise in areas of accountability

5. Develops a scholarly practice through publications and presentations at the national level

6. Maintains competency in the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program elements




1. Current registration in Nursing in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

2. Masters degree in nursing or related field; doctoral degree preferred

3. Oncology experience preferred

4. Ten years of progressive leadership experience; five years in quality and education

5. Certification(s) in Oncology, Education or Administration required




1. Strong analytic and technical skills

2. Articulate leader; strong public speaking skills

3. Skilled scholarly and business writer

4. Effectively leads and manages teams and projects

5. Effective collaborator and able to lead through conflict and challenging situations

6. Excellent interpersonal skills – a comfort level in all settings

7. Outcome and action oriented

8. Transparent, respectful and inclusive

9. Financially astute, able to make sound decisions on what is best for the patient, department and organization



Supervision of Clinical and Professional Development Department administrative staff, program leaders including Administrative Director, Director Nursing Quality, Director Integrative Nursing, Director IDE, Nurse Director International Patient Center Clinical Manager of Patient Education, and co-supervision of Clinical Specialists/Educators.



Some work may take place in patient care areas with possible exposure to communicable diseases.



Work is generally in an office where there are no physical discomforts due to temperature and noise.  Some work may take place in patient care areas with possible exposure to communicable diseases.


At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we work every day to create an innovative, caring, and inclusive environment where every patient, family, and staff member feels they belong.  As relentless as we are in our mission to reduce the burden of cancer for all, we are equally committed to diversifying our faculty and staff.  Cancer knows no boundaries and when it comes to hiring the most dedicated and diverse professionals, neither do we. If working in this kind of organization inspires you, we encourage you to apply.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.

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