Position title
Staff Development Instructor

Application Requirements

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must successfully submit a completed application prior to the posting deadline. Applications submitted with incomplete or missing education and/or work experience sections will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed. These applicants will be disqualified from consideration. The attachment of a resume to the application does not fulfill this requirement and will not prevent incomplete applications from being rejected. Education and work experience fields must be completed, regardless of the presence of an attached resume.

Please answer any supplemental questions truthfully and completely. Use the employment history section of your application to substantiate your answers to supplemental questions.

Once the posting closes, all applications will be reviewed. The information provided on the application will be utilized to determine whether or not each applicant meets the Minimum Requirements for this position as noted in the Job Description. Please read the Minimum Requirements thoroughly and then demonstrate that you meet these requirements on your application. Applicants who do not meet the Minimum Requirements will not be considered for the position.

After the Application Review, qualified, eligible applicants will move on to the next step, either a Written Exam or an Education and Experience Review.

There is not a Written Exam for this position; instead, we will conduct an Education and Experience Review, in which we assign points to each applicant's education and relevant work experience as depicted on their application. We encourage all applicants to provide a comprehensive, concise history of their education, certification, licensing, and employment on their employment application so that we are able to accurately assess their experience.  Eligible candidates will be ranked on an Eligibility List based on their total score on the Education and Experience Review.

Equal Employment Opportunities – It is the policy of Northampton County to provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, sex, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or any other status protected by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and any other state, federal, or local law.

For questions regarding this posting, please contact Sherry Christman, Human Resources Analyst, at schristman@northamptoncounty.org or 610-829-6382.


Under direction performs health care training, providing direct instruction and assisting with in-service program development and administration. Responsibilities include the coordination of an in-service educational program, including managing the training needs and provisions with other institution staff as well as conducting training sessions.

This position reports directly to the Staff Development Director.

This position exercises limited supervision during orientation and training over the following job classifications: Unit Clerk, Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and Registered Nurse (RN).


Develops, schedules and presents in-service courses for professional, technical and ancillary personnel of the nursing service, including ongoing courses of study and singular topics.

Conducts formal nurse’s aide programs. Reviews new employee performance by observing behavior in sessions, discussing progress, and working with them in lab, and on the nursing units. Holds conferences, evaluates progress and makes basic assessments of skills acquisition.

Makes notes of progress, identifies problems and other situations utilizing the Gracedale probationary performance evaluations and the individual program evaluation tools. Discusses evaluations with higher-level nursing instruction staff and recommends alternative courses of action. Manipulates employee’s orientation schedule in order to meet their individual needs.

Provides ongoing evaluation of nursing staff as needed.

Presents general orientation sessions for all employees, and extended orientation sessions for all new nursing service staff.

Presents training and retraining sessions on topics such as the implementation of new patient care policies and procedures, infection control, safety, new nursing equipment and other subjects. Assists floor nurses with troubleshooting and/or procedures as necessary.

Identifies books and other instructional materials for use in in-service programs.  Designs, writes, copies and/or otherwise produces handouts and other training materials for use in training sessions. Develops, or assists in the design of, examinations for courses.

Coordinates schedules and training efforts with department heads and other institution staff. Recommends programs, schedules, make-up sessions and other activities to insure established program is carried out. Maintains a comprehensive electronic tracking system which captures attendance, performance and other records in order to prepare reports of activities and results for use by facility administration, State or other regulatory agencies.

*An employee assigned to this title shall perform a majority, but may not perform all, of the duties listed in this job description. Conversely, minor level duties performed on the job may not be listed. The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.


EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE – Graduation from an accredited school of nursing; AND

At least three (3) years of satisfactory full-time experience in professional nursing as a Registered Nurse (RN), at least one (1) year of which is in long-term care. This includes meeting resident’s needs through direct care, supervision, or education; AND

At least one (1) year of full-time, or full-time equivalent, professional work experience in an educator role; AND

Possession of a current and unrestricted Registered Nurse (RN) license in Pennsylvania.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS - Applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and present valid proof of vaccinated status, in order to be eligible for hire at Gracedale Nursing Home. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), people are considered fully vaccinated two (2) weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series (such as Pfizer or Moderna vaccines), or two (2) weeks after a single-dose vaccine (such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine).

Upon hire employee must have a drug screening and COVID-19 testing. Employees may also be periodically tested for COVID-19 as required or recommended. In addition, Gracedale Nursing Home will follow The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements with regard to booster(s) needed for workers in health care settings.

Thorough knowledge of nursing and other patient care goals, objectives, principles and practices commonly employed in residential nursing facilities.

Knowledge of organizational, functional and operational structure commonly found in residential nursing facilities.

Knowledge of facility patient care and administrative policies and procedures and general job requirements pertaining to the design and structure of orientation sessions.

Knowledge and utilization of current, effective training strategies through attendance at webinars, teleconferences, workshops and/or seminars.

Basic knowledge of in-service education requirements promulgated by the State and other licensing authorities.

Basic knowledge of adult education principles and practices.

Ability to instruct individuals and groups.

Ability to identify training needs and to design and implement educational programs in response.

Ability to maintain a flexible schedule in order to perform training duties across all shifts.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, trainees, employees, county officials, and the general public.

Ability to operate a personal computer and secure information from established data processing, spreadsheet, word processing, database and graphics programs.

Ability to read, write, speak, understand and communicate in English to perform the duties of this position.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both verbally and in writing.

Job Benefits
Full-time employees of the County of Northampton are afforded a package of benefits which includes the following:
Medical Insurance
Vision and Prescription
Life Insurance
I. Medical Insurance
Coverage begins for the employee the first of the month following full-time employment for employees and their eligible dependents.  Cost to the employee to participate in the plans varies by the coverage selection and number of dependents; and may be subject to collective bargaining, if a union member. The employee may also elect to opt out of the County\\\'s medical insurance if proof of coverage through the spouse\\\'s employer is provided. Under this arrangement, the employee is provided with an annual $1,500.00 opt out payment.
II. Vision and Prescription
Coverage begins for the employee the first of the month following full-time employment for employees and their eligible dependents. Copayments may vary, subject to collective bargaining, if a union member. Coverage under the vision plan varies and depends upon the employee\\\'s choice of doctor and frame selection.
III. Dental Coverage
Coverage begins for the employee the first of the month following full-time employment for employees and their eligible dependents. Copayments may vary, subject to collective bargaining, if a union member.
IV. Life Insurance
A life insurance policy is afforded to full-time employees beginning on the first day of employment, unless specified differently in a collective bargaining agreement. It remains in effect as long as the employee is actively employed and terminates upon resignation or retirement. $20,000 is afforded to all eligible employees.
V. Retirement
All full-time employees and part-time employees working more than 1000 hours per year qualify for County of Northampton retirement benefits, in which employees must contribute 5% of their earnings, and employees may choose to add additional voluntary contributions, not to exceed an additional 10%.   Additionally, employees may participate in an optional deferred compensation plan [457(b)] which may provide present tax advantages and future retirement savings. Such arrangements are made directly with the providers and the County will administer payroll deductions only.
Additional Information

Telephone, personal computer/laptop (including word processing and other specialized software), fax machine, copy machine, overhead projector, video equipment, VCR/DVD players, implements used for writing, i.e. pens, markers, pencils, etc., scheduling charts, blood pressure gauges, thermometers, mechanical lifts oxygen equipment, patient record charts, and other necessary medical care equipment.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, talk or hear, and must possess agility and strength sufficient to lift, support and maneuver heavy patients of limited physical capacity. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move twenty-five (25) to fifty (50) pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to multi-task in office, patient care and classroom-type environments.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet while in the office, but moderately loud in the classroom, lab areas and patient care areas.

Formal application, rating of education and experience, oral interview and reference check as well as job related tests may be required.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.


Employment Type
Job Location
2 Gracedale Avenue, Nazareth, PA, 18064-9213, USA
Base Salary
$66,355.00 Per year
Date posted
March 16, 2022
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