Midwifery Clinical Education Supervisor (#20-019)


The Department of Midwifery is accepting applications for a full-time Clinical Education Supervisor to join our team. Our mission is to educate and inspire leaders in midwifery and maternal child health systems.

Department of Midwifery Mission and Equity Statement

The Clinical Education Supervisor works to promote excellence in midwifery clinical education by overseeing the clinical education aspects of the Master of Science in Midwifery program.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Provide oversight of clinical training and the acquisition of clinical skills of all students in the Master of Science in Midwifery program. Tasks include but are not limited to:
    • Prepare students for successful clinical placements leading to mastery of entry-level midwifery skills as the instructor of the Orientation to Practicum course series (three non-credit bearing classes in the first year of the program).
    • Facilitate the placement of all midwifery students into clinical training sites with input from and in coordination with student needs and available clinical sites.
    • Oversee the training and use of the clinical tracking systems used by students for record-keeping.
    • Monitor student acquisition and demonstration of clinical skills via quarterly evaluations provided by preceptors.
    • Provide regular feedback to students about their progress in Practicum.
    • Ensure that Department of Midwifery clinical requirements meet those of the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) and that our tracking systems accurately reflect these.
  • Collaborate with the Department Chair and Preceptor Coordinator to create systems and initiatives designed to engage and support our preceptors and Community Faculty as educators.
  • Oversee and facilitate Department of Midwifery annual objective structured clinical exams: Advanced Clinical Exam (ACE) and Basic Clinical Assessment (BCA).
  • Supervise Preceptor Coordinator.

The Clinical Education Supervisor is essentially a bridge from student to preceptor. They are responsible for facilitating student placements, with a particular focus on site pairings that support student safety and that support student and preceptor trust to facilitate timely and effective learning.

The Clinical Education Supervisor is a teacher: they support the preceptors in learning how to teach or to improve their teaching techniques and strategies, and they support the students in integrating preceptor feedback and learning what for many is an entirely new skill set.

They are also a teacher of professionalism, assisting students and preceptors in excelling in their professional communication and interactions, both together and in the context of the larger midwifery community. To this end, the Clinical Education Supervisor must model strong communication skills, both verbal and written, including grammar, proofreading, writing and editing abilities.

The Clinical Education Supervisor is above all a facilitator of human relationships, particularly in challenging and exhausting moments, and understands that their role is to help individuals strategize how they navigate conflict and communication rather than fixing it for them. They must be able to maintain calm and organization in the midst of rapidly expanding and changing needs, be collaborative, proactive and a strong problem solver.

This person must have a vehicle and be able to travel and network with current and prospective preceptors and produce reports and correspondence using Microsoft Office products. This position requires strong administrative as well as computer and internet skills. This is a full time, very demanding position and would not be a good match for a currently practicing midwife.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • Graduated from a midwifery education program and/or licensed/certified midwife (required)
  • Direct experience as a midwifery educator in a clinical setting (preferred)
  • Familiarity with direct-entry midwifery practice in North America
  • 2-4 years prior experience in a busy “customer-service” oriented office
  • Experience in a supervisory role, evaluating performance, giving feedback, enhancing team work
  • Progressive experience in decision making, setting policies and procedures, and project management
  • Strong conflict mediation and resolution skills
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education, experience and training (required)
  • Master's degree preferred

The comprehensive benefits package includes Health, Dental & Vision, retirement plans, Section 125 plans and generous paid time-off; see the Bastyr Employee Benefits page for more details. A budget for job related travel expenses including mileage and meals is provided by the University.

Please refer to job #20-019 and job title when applying and send cover letter, resume, diversity statement, and three references to: jobs@bastyr.edu. Priority will be given to the first cycle of applicants who apply by May 8, 2020. Start date: Summer 2020.

Our faculty and staff are committed to achieving our mission by educating students to be future leaders in the natural health arts and sciences. Bastyr University promotes a work environment that allows students, faculty and staff to develop their interests and talents while experiencing a sense of community and a commitment to diversity.

Bastyr University is an equal opportunity institution. We do not discriminate in matters of employment or participation in programs, services or benefits on the basis of gender, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, individuals with disabilities, genetic information, or veteran status. Our programs, services and facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Please contact the university in advance if you require special accommodation due to a disability.

Special Note: All applicants must prove authorization to work in the United States at the time of a position offer. Individuals must be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation. Any applicants requiring special assistance during the application process should contact the Human Resources department by phone (425) 602-3087 or fax (425) 602-3058 or email jobs@bastyr.edu.