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Assistant Director Education & Research

  • 508330
  • Full-time


The mission of the Arizona State Board of Nursing is to protect and promote the welfare of public by ensuring that each person holding a nursing license or certificate is competent to practice safely. The Board fulfills its mission through the regulation of the practice of nursing and the approval of nursing education programs. The mission, derived from the Nursing Practice Act, supersedes the interest of any individual, the nursing profession, or any special interest group.

Assistant Director Education & Research

Job Location:

1740 West Adams Street Suite 2000
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Posting Details:

Hourly Pay Range: $30.82 - $62.50 

Grade: E2

This position will remain open until filled

Job Summary:

Directs the Nursing Programs under the general direction of the Executive Director with wide latitude for use of initiative and independent judgment.

Work involves interpreting, administering and directing the enforcement of laws and rules pertaining to approval of nursing and nursing assistant programs, monitoring of the programs and examinations.

Job Duties:


• Directly responsible to the Executive Director and accomplishes the functions outlined below in accordance with established rules, policies and directives

• Collaborate closely with other agency departments as necessary for coordination of agency activities


• Collaborate with other department associate directors to develop operational plans for the agency each year, including strategic planning, preparing the budget and the performance

• Maintain effective communication with coworkers and Executive Director to promote teamwork in accomplishing departmental and agency functions

• Interview, hire and provide for the training and professional development needs of the department staff management reports, to ensure consistency in implementing the Board’s mission and goals

• Serve as a resource to agency staff/board in matters pertaining to education, examinations, nursing practice and advanced practice registered nursing

• Collaborate with other department associate directors through formal and informal means to operationalize the agency’s goals and objectives and to promote coordination and integration of functions between departments

• Facilitate, staff and/or participate in inter/intra agency and external committees or task forces to review and develop rules, regulations, policies or position papers for the Board of Nursing

• Monitor, evaluate, analyze, and interpret internal and external health related trends and activities as these impact development of agency policy

• Confer and correspond with individuals and groups regarding board activities, education rules, particularly through reports or presentations

• Assist the Executive Director with other functions as assigned, including special projects and/or reports to the Board

• Responsible for developing and overseeing implementation of the goals and objectives of the education department

• Provide input into the development and modification of board rules and regulations

• Provide oversight to direct the questions related to complex licensure issues

• Prepare reports and present the same to the Board

• Contribute to agency Goals and Objectives

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):


• Comprehensive knowledge of nursing as a profession, including trends and issues

• Knowledge of agency programs, functions, policies and procedures

• Knowledge of investigative methods, practices and techniques

• Knowledge of regulations and statutes pertaining to nursing

• Knowledge of all levels of nursing education programs

• Knowledge of administrative law

• Knowledge of research methods


• Skill in understanding and interpreting statutes, rules and legal documents

• Skill in conducting complex or specialized investigations


• Ability to effectively communicate with agency board members, dean’s & director’s and the public in general

•  Ability to analyze investigative findings and determine appropriateness of investigative action

• Ability to interpret the role of all levels of nursing and explain differences in scope of practice

• Ability to maintain effective interpersonal relations with individuals and groups

• Ability to enforce rules and regulations with consistency, objectivity and tact

• Ability to identify, interview and hire qualified personnel

• Ability to develop and supervise department personnel

• Ability to plan and direct the work of the department

• Ability to speak in public and write effectively

• Ability to analyze and solve problems

Selective Preference(s):


• Graduate of an accredited college or university, holding at least a master’s degree in nursing; Doctorate degree in nursing preferred

• Educational preparation shall have included courses in administration, curriculum and teaching

• Licensed as a registered nurse in Arizona or eligible for licensure


• Broad experience in various types of nursing positions and experience in nursing education

• Successful executive level experience


The State of Arizona offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:

• Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance

• Life insurance and long-term disability insurance

• Vacation plus 10 paid holidays per year

• Health and dental insurance

• Retirement plan

• Sick leave

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


• Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS)

• Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment

Contact Us:

• If you have any questions please feel free to contact Joey Ridenour at JRidenour@azbn.gov for assistance


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.