Professional Development Leader at Houston Methodist (Houston, TX)

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Houston Methodist Academic Institute
6670 Bertner Ave
Houston, TX 77030

Category: Academic Institute

Job Type: Full-Time

Posted Date: Jan. 17, 2022

At Houston Methodist, the Professional Development Leader position is responsible for the development, coordination, implementation, evaluation and revision of activities/programs aimed at orientation, competency/skills validation, and facilitating ongoing professional growth of nurses and interprofessional colleagues across the entity/system. This position is also responsible for the facilitation of learning which incorporates educational design including the use of technology and simulation, adult learning principles, change management, and evidence-based practice into curriculum development in accordance with Houston Methodist policies and procedures and applicable regulatory requirements. The Professional Development Leader position serves as a mentor and a resource/consultant across all units/departments/organization/system, as assigned.


Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.

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  1. Promotes a positive work environment and contributes to a dynamic, team-focused work unit that actively helps one another to achieve optimal department/organization/system results. Serves as a leadership resource and a consultant across units/departments/entity/system as assigned. (EF)
  2. Builds interprofessional relationships to effectively collaborate with multiple departments to enhance professional practice and performance through involvement in shared governance. (EF)
  3. Serves as a role model and mentor of others in the development of evidence-based decision-making. Coaches staff to grow in knowledge, abilities, skills, and attitudes across the continuum of professional development. (EF)
  4. Uses peer-to-peer accountability towards improvement of department score for turnover/retention/employee engagement on unit-based scorecard. (EF)

  1. Conducts system/organizational assessments and analyzes results (utilizing unit metrics, nursing dashboards/scorecards, interprofessional rounds, accreditation recommendations, patient satisfaction scores, nursing satisfaction scores, and staff surveys) to develop strategic plans and leads activities/initiatives to meet needs. (EF)
  2. Accountable for activities/program(s) including the development, implementation, evaluation, outcomes and revisions/redesigns including on-time reports with actionable items. (EF)
  3. Ensures accessibility and availability of education programs to appropriate staff. Ensures the educational programs/offerings meet/exceed the customer's expectations. (EF)

  1. Leads and facilitates project/program initiatives to ensure continuous improvement. Collaborates with departments and other stakeholders to provide/integrate educational services to promote unparalleled patient safety and quality outcomes. (EF)
  2. Proactively identifies, facilitates/leads and implements research, evidence-based practice and/or performance improvement projects. (EF)
  3. Ensures activity/program integrity by incorporating evidence-based practices, change management principles and current educational theory in designing programs/services. (EF)

  1. Collaborates with leadership to develop programs/services and curricula, within the approved budget with recognition of return on investment and/or cost avoidance. Appropriately allocates and utilizes resources. (EF)
  2. Role models and drives time and resources efficiently. Implements solutions to achieve organizational objectives that lead to a positive financial impact. (EF)

  1. Promotes a spirit of inquiry by utilizing research and the dissemination of new knowledge to advance clinical practice and patient care. Participates in the development, implementation, evaluation, and revision of standards of nursing care that affect nursing practice. (EF)
  2. Develops proposals for implementation of new programs, projects, and/or nursing research, faciliating growth using innovative techniques, teaching strategies and learning methodologies. (EF)
  3. Expands individual nursing knowledge, completing and updating the individual development plan (IDP) on an on-going basis. Develops and disseminates, as appropriate, informational/educational resources and programs designed to improve quality and professional practice. (EF)

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.



  • Bachelor's degree and Master's degree, one from an accredited School of Nursing
  • Master's degree education field preferred

  • Four years clinical nursing experience and
  • Two years in a professional development role

  • Texas RN license or temporary TX RN license, should obtain permanent license within 90 days. Compact license acceptable according to current Board of Nursing requirements
  • American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC)-recognized certification
  • Nursing Professional Development (NPD) certification preferred
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • American Heart Association Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and/or Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) preferred

  • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations.
  • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles.
  • Acts as effective change agent
  • Strong assessment, organizational and problem solving skills as evidenced by capacity to prioritize multiple tasks and role components
  • Demonstrates expert time management skills
  • Ability to facilitate a working team
  • Ability to assess learning/skill/practice gaps and facilitate creation of learning opportunities to bridge gaps
  • Supports staff in combining innovation and technology

Work Attire Yes/No Uniform No Scrubs No Business professional Yes Other (dept approved) No
On-Call* No (for Non-Exempt or Exempt jobs) *Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc) regardless of selection above. Travel** May require travel within Yes Houston Metropolitan area
May require travel outside No of Houston Metropolitan area
**Travel specifications may vary by department.

Please note any other special considerations to this job:

Company Profile:

Houston Methodist Academic Institute was formed to rapidly and efficiently translate discoveries made in the laboratory and the clinic into new diagnostics, therapies and treatments. The research institute was created in 2004 to provide the infrastructure and support for these endeavors, and to house the technology and resources needed to make innovative breakthroughs in important areas of human disease. A 540,000 square foot building dedicated to research and clinical trials, the academic institute houses over 2,047 credentialed researchers conducting 1,470 ongoing clinical protocols.
More Information on Houston Methodist
Houston Methodist operates in the Healthtech industry. The company is located in Houston, TX, Baytown, TX, Houston, TX, Houston, TX, Katy, TX, Nassau Bay, TX, Sugar Land, TX and The Woodlands, TX. Houston Methodist was founded in 2022. It has 22000 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits, Life Insurance and 401(K). To see all 66 open jobs at Houston Methodist, click here.
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