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Human Simulation Program Manager

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Work type: FT
Location: Des Moines
Categories: Staff

Des Moines University is seeking a Human Simulation Program Manager that will provide daily management and oversight of the Human Simulation Program.  This position will use an evidence-based approach to drive quality in human simulation programming. The Human Simulation Program Manager will collaborate with program faculty and Standardized Patient Educators to develop and implement human simulation events, especially complex and detailed projects such as human simulation online and Interprofessional Education (IPE) events.

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing daily management and oversight for development and implementation of Human Simulation Program events.
  • Work with the appropriate faculty representative and the Human Simulation Educator to plan, design, write, create, and prepare realistic SP based simulation scenarios using appropriate simulation methodology based on the goals and objectives of the program and course.
  • Lead the development and/or revision of scheduled SP based simulation cases. Ensures case development procedures and timelines are followed to ensure completion prior to the scheduled start date.
  • Oversight and management of Standardized Patient pool.
  • Actively recruit and hire qualified candidates to continually build a diversified list of available actors for SP activities.
  • Scheduling of SPs for human simulation events.
  • Manage SP orientation and training activities ensuring evidence-based methods of training are being used, according to Standards of Best Practice.
  • Provide confidential student remediation and guidance as needed when/if students struggle to manage simulation activities/sessions at or above performance standards.
  • Deliver confidential feedback and reports to DMU faculty on student performance
  • Lecture, when available, to extramural programs as requested.  Lectures may contain simulation components and require simulation technical support.
  • Participate in community outreach programs, direct tours of the lab and participate in speaking engagements to promote the simulation lab, if needed.
  • Assess, initiate, and develop new uses of simulation methodology by participating in continuing education at the state, regional and national levels in the use of simulation.
  • Participate in and successfully complete all University required training including, but not limited to discrimination/harassment and code of conduct.
  • Performs other job-related duties and special projects as assigned.

This role will have supervisory responsibilities which will include:

Oversight of the Standardized Patient Educators and Standardized Patients in the SPAL program. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Education and experience:

  • Paramedic, Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, or Physician Assistant strongly preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in simulation, adult education, communication, theater or healthcare related field is required.  Master’s degree or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Experience with human simulation scholarship and/or research strongly preferred, including presentations or publications.
  • 3+ years of clinical experience strongly preferred.
  • 3+ years of medical simulation/ human simulation/standardized patient educator experience preferred.
  • Experience in course development and education methodology preferred.


  • Current State of Iowa license, or be eligible to gain license to practice in the State of Iowa or appropriate certifications for Iowa and national organizations strongly preferred.
  • Current CHSE, CHSOS, CHSE-A, or CHSOS-A certification strongly preferred

Essential skills:

  • Excellent problem-solving skills with ability to analyze situations identify existing or potential problems and recommend solutions.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Applications (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel).
  • Proficiency with web conferencing software (Zoom, Teams).
  • Proficiency with CAE LearningSpace or equivalent human-simulation based software AV (B-Line, EMS).
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusivity

Other Requirements:

  • Maintain current clinical license to practice in Iowa, if applicable.
  • Works extended and/or flexible hours as required or requested.
  • Ability to travel local & nationally 5 percent of time as required.

About DMU:

Our employees are what make DMU special, so we treat them well!  Our Total Rewards reflect this commitment. Qualified faculty and staff enjoy outstanding health/medical benefits, a generous retirement match, flexible work arrangements, tuition assistance, professional development funding, and access to wellness facilities with programs that promote a well-balanced lifestyle.  Visit to learn more about our benefits.  

Founded in 1898, Des Moines University is a premier medical and health sciences institution comprising of three colleges– College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, and College of Health Sciences – that offer nine graduate degree programs. The programs share a collective strength — an inclusive campus community where students and faculty come together in pursuit of knowledge, research and innovation. Join us as we impact the future of medicine and healthcare in our new state of the art campus opening in West Des Moines in 2023.

Department:  Simulation Center                                          Status:  Exempt

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, 8-4:30pm


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