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PSNA Hiring: Professional Development Specialist

Role, Responsibilities, and General Qualifications

The role of the Professional Development (PD) Specialist is to provide specialized support to the Director of Professional Development. The PD Specialist must possess a sound understanding of education principles and best practices, including: (1) integrated content and pedagogy; (2) coherence with standards and policies; (3) active learning opportunities; (4) mentoring, coaching, or apprenticing; and (5) individual learning. The PD Specialist will demonstrate the ability to assume responsibility with minimal supervision, exercise initiative and sound judgment, and make decisions within the scope of assigned authority. This role works in close concert with the Director of Professional Development and the PD Assistant to ensure smooth operation of the department and its strategic outcomes. Workloads are managed by the PD Specialist to ensure delivery of finalized work by the expected completion date(s). Approximately 14 hours per week.



  1. Develop and process routine communication as related to the Provider and Approver Units in collaboration with the Director of Professional Development. This does not relieve the Director of final responsibility for structure and content.
  2. In collaboration with the Director of Professional Development, act as official liaison between nursing organizations, groups, and vendors that interact with the Director of Professional Development. This may include attending meetings and associated correspondence.
  3. Receive and review correspondence for the Director of Professional Development during absences, providing information and/or materials as required.
  4. Work in collaboration with the Director of Professional Development in the quantitative review process for Approver and Provider Units.
  5. Perform other job-related duties as assigned by Director of Professional Development, CEO, or Chief of Staff.
  6. This position may work remotely (85%) and at hours that are not within the regularly assigned business hours. Minimal hours (15%) may be required for in-person meetings, reviews, etc.


Education, Training, and Experience

Pennsylvania-licensed registered nurse with a current, unrestricted license. This role requires a BSN and/or master’s degree in related field such as education and/or nursing education. Experience in planning, implementing, and reviewing education is preferred.


Knowledge and Abilities

  • Proficient or will become proficient in utilizing the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation continuing education criteria.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, projects, and priorities effectively, efficiently, and professionally.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective high-quality relationships with internal and external customers utilizing excellent communication and customers service skills.
  • Ability to develop and employ the latest online educational technology.
  • Possess a positive, team-player attitude.
  • Basic understanding of English composition.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Will require some travel.



Orientation to the association’s structure, programs, services, policies, and procedures is arranged to accommodate background and experience. Orientation to the ANCC process will be provided by PSNA and ANCC.



Kelley Richwine, Executive Assistant, [email protected]

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