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Student Placement Specialist

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Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: CNHS - Dean's Office
Pay Grade: 31
Date opened: Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Eastern Standard Time

General Summary: 

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) Student Placement Specialist works with all aspects of placing students in clinical learning experiences for undergraduate nursing programs. The incumbent will work directly with students, faculty, staff, and community partners to secure clinical experiences and to develop clinical partnerships.  The incumbent will also be cross-trained to assist other CIPO staff. The Student Placement Specialist reports to and is directly supervised by the CIPO Supervisor.

Examples of Duties: 

  • Serve as the first-line interface between CIPO and undergraduate students to support clinical placements, and respond to such inquiries in a timely manner;
  • Collaborate with the Undergraduate Program Directors, CIPO, faculty and coordinators to develop, evaluate and refine a placement process for undergraduate nursing clinical experiences;
  • Manage a timeline for communicating agency specific requirements to students and clinical faculty, such as additional health requirements, background requirements, site specific forms, orientations, computer classes, completion of training modules within the Centralized Clinical Placement (CCP) or other software developed by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education;
  • Establish and maintain working partnerships with agency liaison personnel for the purpose of requesting, securing, and communicating student placements and preceptorships within CCP or other software, and to remain up to date on agency changes that would affect placements (e.g. reorganization, personnel changes, mergers, unit closing etc.);
  • Develop and implement coaching tutorials for students in order for them to successfully use placement software;
  • Manage all contractual and clinical information, including but not limited to, health, CORI, agency evaluations, clinical incidents, and other required public information, to appropriate CIPO staff, Supervisor, Program Directors, faculty or staff, and to clinical, state, and regulatory agencies as required;
  • Support student progression standards by communicating student clearance and placements;
  • Evaluate the efficacy of the preceptor and placement site in terms of meeting course and program outcomes and certification requirements with recommendations to the Program Directors and faculty regarding the continuing use of the site for future placements;
  • Advise the CIPO supervisor, InPlace Solutions, or similar software stakeholders concerning upgrades and future development needs of the database to meet changing clinical placement requirements, and/or administrative needs;
  • Analyze data and evaluations for accreditation reports, the CNHS annual report and for the purposes of quality improvement and site suitability;
  • Attend agency and CNHS meetings, including in the role of the CNHS clinical placement liaison, including Information and Orientation Sessions and appropriate program meetings and retreats;
  • May assist in supporting the work of other CIPO staff, as needed;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • A Bachelor’s degree and Three to Five (3-5) years of work experience in a health care, higher education, or closely related field is required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience managing complex projects with cross-functional teams is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong commitment to student service;
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative setting with diverse constituencies;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, organizational skills, and interpersonal skills, including the capacity to work cooperatively with a wide range of individuals;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and other software systems;
  • Ability to analyze data and other information utilizing and maintaining spreadsheets and databases;
  • Ability to access and enter data from information management systems and student information systems accurately;
  • Ability to develop processes and policies that foster the the development of effective placement relationships, and the efficient and economical task management;
  • Ability to handle multiple projects at the same time and remain highly organized;
  • Ability to prepare written reports, correspondence and recommendations;
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently;
  • Ability to work under pressure and under timeframes;
  • Ability to handle confidential material; 
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently work in a team capacity with a broad range of staff to accomplish program goals.

Application Instructions:

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three professional references.

Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date. 

Only Internal candidates in the Professional Staff Bargaining Unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting.  All other candidates will be considered after that period. 

Salary Ranges for the appropriate Pay Grade can be found at the following link: 

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All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

Applications close: Eastern Standard Time

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The University of Massachusetts Boston provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, genetic information, pregnancy or a pregnancy-related condition, or membership in any other protected class. The University of Massachusetts Boston complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the university operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment.

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