Founding Program Director: Master of Science in Physician Assistant Program

Posted:
November 16, 2020
Priority Deadline to Apply:
December 18, 2020
Institution:
Assumption University

Position Description

Assumption University, in partnership with the national search firm, Scott Healy & Associates (SH & A), is seeking a Founding Program Director for their Physician Assistant Program.  The Founding Program Director is responsible for the overall planning, direction, and management of the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Program. The Founding 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 Founding Program Director is a full-time 12-month administrative position with faculty duties and will report directly to the Provost.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Assumption seeks to offer a PA Studies program animated by the principles of Catholic health care as well as Catholic liberal education. The ideal candidate to lead the program will have prior experience guiding a PA program through the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) accreditation process.  The Director must represent the program compellingly to multiple constituencies including prospective students, professional colleagues in local and regional clinical sites, the accrediting agency, and the media through the University’s Office of Communications.  The Director will build upon the development of the program that has already begun and lead a program with high ethical standards infused with the University’s Catholic mission; rigorous didactic and clinical education taught by talented faculty; and students who will be prepared to successfully pass the licensing examination.  The Program Director will be responsible for completing and submitting a self-study for an accreditation site visit and ARC-PA’s review; and overseeing the curricula in accordance with ARC-PA standards.  The Program Director will be responsible for overseeing faculty and staff.   In addition, the Program Director will work through University governance structures on such matters as curriculum.  The Program Director will collaborate with Enrollment Management in identifying, recruiting, and admitting post-baccalaureate students into the program, meeting enrollment goals, with select seats reserved for the University’s undergraduate applicants who successfully meet standards for a prescribed course of study.  The Director will be responsible for managing the budget; overseeing all didactic and clinical education; and building, developing, and maintaining professional relationships with clinical sites, hospital administrators, physicians, nursing professionals and other clinicians.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an accredited Physician Assistant Program at a minimum; doctoral degree in a healthcare or related field preferred; ABD candidates are welcome to apply;
  • At least three years of experience in higher education;
  • Applicants must be eager to contribute actively to the mission of the University as well as show respect for the Catholic and Assumptionist identity of Assumption University;
  • Must be currently certified by NCCPA;
  • Prior experience guiding a program through the ARC-PA accreditation process and management experience highly desirable;
  • Licensed in Massachusetts as a Physician Assistant or eligible to seek and gain licensure;
  • Experience teaching in a Physician Assistant program and in curriculum development.

About The Institution

Assumption University:  On June 10, 2020, Assumption College officially became Assumption University—a landmark moment in the institution's 116-year history. Assumption University, a Catholic institution sponsored by the Augustinians of the Assumption and rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, strives to form graduates known for critical intelligence, thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service. Assumption pursues these ambitious goals through a curriculum grounded in the liberal arts and extended to the domain of professional studies. Enlivened by the Catholic affirmation of the harmony of faith and reason, the University aims, by the pursuit of the truth, to transform the minds and hearts of students. Assumption favors diversity and ecumenically welcomes all who share its goals. For more information on Assumption Univeristy, visit https://www.assumption.edu/mission

About The Community

Worcester, MA:  Assumption University is located in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Worcester is a city, and county seat of, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States.  It is the second-most populous city in New England after Boston. With its affordable housing, green parks, quality hospitals and proximity to a dozen highly esteemed colleges and universities, there is a unique vitality to this metro area. Worcester provides an excellent cultural life, including amazing restaurants, concert and theater venues, and the Worcester Art Museum, which houses original works by Monet, Gauguin and Degas.

Application Process

All correspondence relating to the Founding Program Director position at Assumption University should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive recruitment consultant: 

Mr. Jamie Marcus, Senior Associate Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates
jamiemarcus@scotthealy.com 

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 in higher education and within health - related areas;
3) 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 December 18, 2020, will receive priority consideration. This search will remain open until the position is filled.

Assumption University, a Catholic institution sponsored by the Augustinians of the Assumption and rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, strives to form graduates known for critical intelligence, thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service.  We pursue these ambitious goals through a curriculum grounded in the liberal arts and extending to the domain of professional studies.  Enlivened by the Catholic affirmation of the harmony of faith and reason, we aim, by the pursuit of the truth, to transform the minds and hearts of students.  Assumption favors diversity and ecumenically welcomes all who share its goals. Assumption University is part of Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts. An Equal Opportunity Employer. Assumption favors diversity, ecumenically welcomes all who share its goals, and strongly encourages applicants from underrepresented racial minorities to apply.