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Simulation Operations Specialist - School of Nursing

Administrative Professionals

Azusa, CA
ID: S1577

APU seeks employees who desire to engage in our thriving culture by cultivating community through professional interactions, demonstrating lifelong learning, and modeling Christ-like character. Working together, employees at APU commit to establishing a university atmosphere that is pleasing to God and edifying to one another.


As a member of the School of Nursing, the role of Simulation Operations Specialist (SOS) will utilize their expertise to manage complicated internal processes and systems while providing excellent customer service. The SON community comprises students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and health partners across Southern California.  The role supports the team’s resource management, compliance administration, information distribution, personnel support, and large event execution.


We seek an efficient individual who thrives on change within a team.  We value the ability to prioritize and multitask while maintaining complex project schedules and managing organizational support.  The ideal candidate will be highly organized, maintain outstanding customer service, and perform under general supervision.


The position has responsibilities at SON regional centers and is supervised by the Associate Dean of Experiential Learning. The position works closely with the Dean, Associate Deans, Chairs and other key leaders. The school operates on five Southern California campuses with an annual enrollment of approximately 2,200 students. The SON offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees that prepare scholars for a lifetime of intellectual inquiry.


This position supports educational sessions using sophisticated medical simulation technologies including, but not limited to manikin-based simulation, standardized patients, and clinical skills simulation. The sessions are designed to meet the clinical educational needs of undergraduate and graduate students. Specifically, a Simulation Operations Specialists (SOS) technician is a specially trained staff member who operates and maintains the equipment and supplies used to operate the high-fidelity mannequins and assists the faculty facilitators in delivering high quality simulation experiences. The SOS employs a combination of room setup and manikin/standardized patient characteristics to re-create a clinical environment or situation so the student can “practice” being the nurse in a realistic healthcare environment. This position may be involved in skills labs activities that are appropriate for the licensure/education of the individual.

Once hired, the Simulation Operations Specialist (SOS) will begin a period of a two-month apprenticeship where they are under the direction of the Associate Dean, Exp. Learning or designee. During that apprenticeship, mastery software, and safe operation of the simulation equipment is necessary. The Simulation Operations Specialist will work at multiple locations and report to the Associate Dean, Exp. Learning or designee.


This position is subject to grant funding.


Required Education

  • Training in the medical field with direct patient care responsibilities.
  • Experience in any capacity in the healthcare field with direct patient care.
  • Knowledge of medical education, human anatomy and physiology and basic pharmacology with experience working with medical equipment and supplies.
  • Certification as a Simulation Operations Specialist is preferred.


Required Experience

  • Basic Life Support certification renewed biannually.
  • Certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support preferred.
  • One year of direct simulator experience is preferred.
  • Clinical practice experience with clinical practice with patients/clients preferred.


Primary Duties/Essential Functions

  • Support educational sessions using sophisticated medical simulation technologies including, but not limited to: human patient simulation, and clinical skills simulation.
  • Able to operate and maintain the equipment and supplies used to operate the high fidelity manikins.
  • The simulation operations specialist employs the computer software programs to create the virtual simulation environments.
  • The simulation operations specialist is responsible for the care and safe use of the human patient simulators and the related equipment.
  • Maintain and troubleshoot all equipment.
  • Responsible for reporting all technical or program issues that arise.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Represent APU School of Nursing at simulation conferences and local/regional meetings.



  • Provide suggestions for process and system improvements that increase efficiency or effectiveness.
  • Support school activities that may include evening and weekend assignments.
  • Responsible for daily electronic timekeeping as it applies to the scope of this position.
  • Support, affirm, and sustain the beliefs, values, and mission of the university in all facets of one's role and through the university's daily living expectations.
  • Regular, punctual attendance as required by the supervisor based on department needs.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor.



  • Proven abstract analytical thinking.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Advanced IT skills involving both hardware and software.
  • Ability to acquire new skills and learn new techniques.
  • Able to move the 200 lb. mannequin within the bed.
  • Able to communicate with students at all levels.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with academic and technical colleagues.
  • Creativity.
  • Ability to problem solve and make quick decisive decisions in a changing environment.
  • Ability to effectively multi-task during scenarios.
  • Prior teaching/simulation experience.
  • Clinical experience with patients/clients.


Mental Demands

  • In agreement with the purpose and goals of Azusa Pacific University in providing a Christian-based higher education for its students.
  • Use critical thinking and exercise independent judgment.
  • Maintain confidentiality and manage confidential information.
  • Collaborate with other faculty and staff and maintain collegial relations.
  • Communicate effectively in written and oral form.


Physical Demands

  • Work requires repetitive motion and sitting at a computer keyboard.
  • Continuous sitting for four-six hours daily.
  • Hearing and speaking on the telephone and into manikin microphones.
  • Meetings may require walking and/or driving to various university locations.
  • Pull, push, bend, grasp, reach, and lift to 20 lbs.
  • Able to use stairs or ramps as needed in executing job duties at university facilities.


Visual Demands

  • Reading, writing notes, and computer monitor.
  • Long periods of time on a computer monitor in a dark room.



  • Pleasant office setting, a comfortable temperature.



  • Proficient in Google Apps (Docs, Sheets, Drive, Gmail, Calendar, etc.)
  • Microsoft Office with proficiency in Word and Excel.
  • Prefer experience with additional simulation technologies.



  • Grade 11: $28.53 - $32.81  is the hourly compensation for this role and reflects what Azusa Pacific University reasonably expects to pay for this position. Actual compensation may vary based on the qualifications, experience, and internal equity. In addition to compensation, APU offers a competitive benefits package


Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation. Please click the links to learn more about 'what we believe', our 'mission statement', and our 'statement of faith'.


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Azusa Pacific University will conduct a background check on all final candidates.


Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled unless otherwise stated. Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

This position is located at 901 East Alosta Avenue, Azusa, CA. View the Google Map in full screen.