Inaugural Program Director/Department Chair, Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program

December 9, 2019
Priority Deadline to Apply:
January 24, 2020
Randolph-Macon College

Position Description

Randolph–Macon College (R-MC), in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the position of Inaugural Program Director/Department Chair, Master of Physician Assistant Studies (DMPAS) Program. The Program Director is responsible for the overall planning, direction, and management of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program. The Program Director will serve as the Program’s strategic, academic, and operational leader by guiding the faculty in program development, accreditation self-study, curriculum, administration, teaching, research, and service. The Program Director will serve as an advocate for the program within the medical, academic, local and rural health communities.

This twelve-month administrative position (50% effort) will be responsible for the development of the PA program and successful acquisition of PA accreditation status. Teaching responsibilities will account for 40% of the job and scholarship responsibilities (5% effort) and service responsibilities (5% effort) comprise the remainder of the position duties. The Program Director/Department Chair will receive sufficient release time and financial resources to support maintenance of certification and licensure and continuing professional development specific to PA education. The Program Director/Department Chair will report directly to the Provost. This position is eligible for tenure.

The Principal Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Securing accreditation and maintaining compliance with Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA);  
  • Managing and maintaining all PA program budgets and resources;  
  • Directing all operations and strategic planning for the PA program;  
  • Leading curriculum development and development of clinical sites;  
  • Overseeing the recruitment and management of PA program faculty and staff;  
  • Supervising the medical director, clinical director, academic director, principal and instructional faculty, and staff in all activities that directly relate to the PA program;
  • Directing the admission process for students (through CASPA) and closely collaborating with the Office of Admissions on admissions policies, recruitment of students, and marketing of the PA program;  
  • Overseeing student advisement and remediation;  
  • Preparing reporting and program outcome information as needed;   
  • Chairing the PA Accreditation Committee and representing the PA program for the College;   
  • Providing effective leadership and management of the PA program;  
  • Assuming responsibility of program organization, administration, fiscal management, continuous review and analysis, planning, development and participation in the accreditation process.  

Teaching responsibilities of this position include:

  • Curriculum development and revision;
  • Assessment/mapping and revision;  
  • Classroom and laboratory instruction;  
  • Academic and professionalism advising;  
  • Remedial instruction;  
  • Student recruitment and retention;  
  • Inter-professional education;  
  • Assessment development;
  • Ongoing program self-assessment.


Successful applicants will display strong leadership, organization, budget development, communication technology literacy, interpersonal ability, time management, and self-motivation.   In addition, successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of working successfully with diverse populations and meet the following:

Minimum requirements:

  • Master’s degree;   
  • 3 years of full-time higher education experience;  
  • 5 years of clinical practice experience;  
  • An understanding of PA education and ARC-PA accreditation standards;  
  • Board certification (without interruption) and a Virginia medical license (or other state license and eligible for VA license).  

Preferred requirements:

  • Doctoral degree relevant to graduate medical education (DHSc, EdD, DMSc, PhD, MD, DO, etc.);  
  • Previous ARC-PA accreditation experience is highly desirable;  
  • Previous experience in PA education leadership such as Program Director, Associate Program Director, Academic Director, Clinical Director, Medical Director or other director level role;   
  • SACS-COC or other regional accreditation knowledge and experience;  
  • Research experience;
  • Publications in scientific journals.

About The Institution

Randolph–Macon College:

Randolph-Macon is a private, coeducational liberal arts and sciences college located on a beautiful 125-acre campus 15 minutes north of Richmond in the scenic town of Ashland, Virginia. R-MC enrolls 1,543 undergraduate students, who pursue their academic paths in 54 areas of study including majors, minors, pre-professional programs and other areas.  R-MC was founded in 1830 by the Methodist Church, and named for Virginia statesman John Randolph and North Carolina statesman Nathaniel Macon. The mission of Randolph-Macon College – to develop the mind and the character of its students – underlies the college’s ultimate purpose: to prepare students for successful lives.

About The Community

Ashland, Virginia 

Just 90 miles south of Washington, DC, and minutes outside of Richmond, Randolph-Macon College is ideally located in the scenic town of Ashland, Virginia — affectionately known as "the Center of the Universe" by those who live here. A busy campus community life plus friendly people equal an ideal college environment. Here, students build lifelong friendships with each other and enduring relationships with faculty mentors.

There's always plenty to do around here, on campus and off. Major and local retailers and restaurants and a 20-screen movie theatre can be found in Ashland or just south along Route 1, and Richmond offers many more options, including the popular Carytown shopping district. The athletically inclined can take advantage of R-MC's Brock Recreation Center, mountain biking in nearby Poor Farm Park, or the hiking, biking and waterways of the James River Park system in Richmond. The R-MC calendar of events includes theatre, music and film as well as a full schedule of visiting artists, writers, scholars, leaders, and public figures. Nearby Richmond offers such attractions as the world-class Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the annual Richmond Folk Festival, which welcomes musicians from around the world.  

Application Process

Applications and Nominations

All correspondence relating to the position of Inaugural Program Director and Department Chair, Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program at Randolph – Macon College, should be directed in confidence to the College’s executive search consultant: 

Mr. Jamie Marcus, Associate Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates 

The full and complete application should contain the following information:

1)      A cover letter highlighting your professional experience;
2)      A complete CV outlining your career and educational credentials;
3)      Teaching Philosophy Statement;
4)      Course Dossier (past five years);
5)      The names of five professional references, including their relationship to you, their position, email, and direct phone numbers. References will not be contacted without written permission.

Applications submitted by January 24, 2020, will receive priority consideration. This search will remain open until the position is filled.

Randolph-Macon College, an Equal Opportunity Employer, believes that students learn best in a diverse, inclusive community and is committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students.  We seek candidates who are committed to creating a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, and we welcome applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education.