Midwifery Preceptor Coordinator


The Department of Midwifery is hiring a Preceptor Coordinator at the Bastyr University Kenmore campus. The Department of Midwifery is a leader in educating childbirth professionals. We offer two master’s degree programs, and are proud to see our graduates in leadership roles throughout the U.S. and Canada. The work we do extends past our classrooms into the community of educators who oversee and facilitate our students’ clinical training. How midwives are trained is important. 

Bastyr University believes that inclusive diversity is essential for achieving academic excellence and creating a profoundly enriching university experience. Our faculty and staff are committed to achieving our mission by educating students to be future leaders that bring the natural health arts and sciences to people from all backgrounds. Promoting an educational environment that allows students, faculty and staff to develop their talents while experiencing a sense of community, we expect campus members to engage in respectful communication, behaviors and thoughtful self-reflection, increase their understanding of cultures and empower people who are disenfranchised, marginalized or oppressed. In so doing, the University pledges to prepare our students (and support faculty and staff) to recognize and appropriately respond to health inequities that affect multiple communities. This involves infusing DEI knowledge, skills, and practices in all academic programs, clinical training and patient services. In all, Bastyr University is dedicated to the welfare of our students and patients as well as to promoting equal opportunity and access in education and health care.

In alignment with Bastyr’s DEI commitment, applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: All new employees must provide proof of fully vaccinated status on or before their first workday. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. 

The Preceptor Coordinator facilitates the preceptors’ experience in our program from inception of new clinical training sites, to supporting the continuing education, mentorship, and growth of current preceptors. The primary role of the Preceptor Coordinator is to be the point-of-contact for our clinical instructors and to support their experience as educators, from the smallest administrative detail to growing the program and preceptor skills. 

Bastyr University Department of Midwifery strives for continuous challenge and growth in our personal and professional commitment to equity and anti-oppression. The next Preceptor Coordinator will help us to continuously evaluate and improve our processes to work toward our goal of creating anti-racist educational systems. 

The Preceptor Coordinator’s work includes:

  • Curating professional development opportunities for preceptors including new programs, incentives, and educational opportunities to engage preceptors in the Department mission, and to provide continual improvement in the delivery of the program.
  • Supporting clinical preceptors by facilitating the onboarding, experience and ongoing development of our clinical preceptors. 
  • Assessing training sites continuously to ensure they meet the highest quality standards at all times.
  • Discovering and cultivating new clinical training sites through outreach, networking, marketing, active listening to students and preceptors, brainstorming and using social media.
  • Ensuring department policies and procedures are followed for preceptor credentialing and current Educational Affiliation Agreements and maintaining accurate records for all clinical training sites.
  • Facilitating student-preceptor relationships through mediation and conflict resolution.

The Preceptor Coordinator will:

  • Have access to transportation and be willing and able to travel to network with current and prospective preceptors (approximately 25% of the time, as needed).
  • Multitask, prioritize and complete tasks and projects occasionally with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrate excellent judgment, discretion, sensitivity and clarity when dealing with students and preceptors in times of stress and involving confidential or sensitive information.
  • Provide and receive feedback in the spirit of continuous improvement and development of the program.
  • Work well independently and collaboratively as a part of a small department team and at a larger institutional level.
  • Maintain organization skills in the midst of changing program needs.
  • Be collaborative, proactive and a strong problem solver.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education, experience and training.
  • Two years’ experience supporting clinical educators OR work in a birth-related field, ideally as a clinical preceptor.
  • Two years’ experience in conflict resolution.
  • Knowledge and ongoing engagement with equity, social justice and anti-racism, with an understanding of the ways in which systemic oppression and power dynamics impact the student experience.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, to convey information, give direction and have hard conversations when necessary to resolve preceptor/student conflicts, including issues of equity and inclusion.
  • Familiarity with HIPAA and FERPA and the ability to maintain confidentiality regarding students, preceptors and clinical situations.
  • Strong computer and internet skills, access to a high-speed internet connection and the ability to learn new technological databases, skills, and tools, such as Microsoft Office products and various social media platforms, quickly.

A budget for job-related travel expenses including mileage and meals is provided by the University.

Please refer to job #22-022 and position title when applying. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and equity statement to jobs@bastyr.edu. Refer to the job number and title in the subject line. Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.

Other Notes:

Bastyr University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental, vision and prescription coverage; generous paid time off; access to Bastyr’s Centers for Natural Health; and a competitive 403(b) retirement plan.

Bastyr University does not discriminate against any person in matters of employment, application for employment, student or applicant for admission, or participation in our programs or benefits on the basis of the following protected classes: ancestry, gender, gender identity, or expression, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, religion (includes religious dress and grooming practices), sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions), ethnic or national origin (includes language use and possession of a driver’s license issued to persons unable to prove their presence in the United States is authorized under federal law), age (40 and above), disability (mental and physical, including HIV and AIDS), marital status, genetic information, medical condition (genetic characteristics, cancer or a record or history of cancer), veteran or military status or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law. Our programs, services and facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Please don’t hesitate to contact jobs@bastyr.edu to request or discuss a special accommodation due to a disability.

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 or an accommodation due to a disability during the application process should contact Human Resources at (425) 602-3087 (phone), (425) 602-3058 (fax) or jobs@bastyr.edu