Program Director, Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program

June 25, 2021
Priority Deadline to Apply:
August 6, 2021
Franklin Pierce University

Position Description

Franklin Pierce University, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, is pleased to announce a search for the Program Director of the Master of Physician Assistant Program.  The Program Director reports directly to the Dean of the College of the Health and Natural Sciences and is the program administrator for the Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program. The Director is responsible for all faculty, staff and students adhering to the Faculty Protocol, all Franklin Pierce policies and procedures and all accrediting Standards.  Under the direction of the Dean, oversee the program's continuing growth and development.  This 12-month position may include teaching in areas of clinical expertise and program need, and scholarship/professional development, as appropriate.

We seek an innovative leader with strong program management skills able to mentor and lead a team of dedicated faculty members in a distinctive and widely respected program that produces not only skilled practitioners, but also change agents in the field.  The Program Director’s duties and responsibilities are as follows:

Administrative Leadership:

  • Serves as the spokesperson and contact person for the College of Graduate and Professional Studies with the ARC-PA Standards in matters related to accreditation and keeps the Dean apprised of issues, meetings and significant issues as they arise.
  • Certifies program completion for PA students.
  • Supports development and maintenance of curricular quality through monitoring of student course evaluations, grading patterns, post-graduation placements, and related measures to assure on-going (programmatic self-assessment and) accreditation.
  • Coordinates curriculum review and revision as necessary. Advises the Dean and faculty on questions related to Standards.
  • Under the guidance from the Dean and/or his/her designee, develops course schedules and proposes curriculum changes for program. Provides input on changes in the catalog and other related publications as requested.
  • Prepared all necessary and appropriate regulatory reports to local, state and Federal Agencies.
  • Under the direction from the Dean, engages in budget planning and effectively manages the operational budget of the program.
  • Seeks and secures external funding to support the mission and goals of the physician assistant program.
  • Supervises and directs work of Program faculty (full-time and part-time) and other Program staff.
  • Establishes, promotes and maintains high standards of academic performance in teaching, advising and   scholarship/creative activity for Program faculty.
  • Supports Program faculty development in appropriate areas of pedagogy, student advising and  scholarship/creative activity.
  • Actively participates in recruitment of new faculty. Makes recommendations to the Dean on needs for new program faculty, and on promotions, contract status, and dismissal of program faculty or staff .
  • Makes recommendations to the Dean on immediate and long-term instructional and physical needs of the Program.
  • Supports and facilitates the participation of Program personnel in College and University-wide committees, discussions, planning and development.
  • Attends all Academic Directors meetings and engages Rindge faculty in a variety of activities within the graduate programs as appropriate.


  • Teach the required workload as assigned by the Dean or his/her designee in accordance with the course syllabus and Faculty Protocol.
  • Continue to update and revise course content and teaching methodology in order to maintain currency and relevance.
  • Actively seek ways to improve didactic and clinical instruction.
  • Maintain familiarity with current texts, materials, teaching aids and techniques relative to courses within the discipline and recommend their adoption when appropriate.
  • Actively seek ways to improve instruction.

Institutional Service:

  • Actively participate in assisting the College in maintaining standards required for programmatic and regional  accreditation .
  • Participate in full regalia in official graduation ceremonies.
  • Attend other official functions, College of Health and Natural Sciences (CHNS) Reception , and orientation/faculty development events as required in the Faculty Protocol.

Professional Growth and Development:

  • Maintain a program of personal and professional development appropriate for areas of responsibility.
  • Maintain state-of-the-art knowledge and competence in the appropriate academic disciplines.
  • In support of ARC-PA's Standard (A2.06), Franklin Pierce University, CHNS, acknowledges that 20% of his/her work as Program Director can be devoted to either clinical practice or the pursuit of scholar work.


  • A minimum of three years of experience as a practicing physician assistant;
  • Three years of full-time experience in higher education at the time of appointment;
  • Current or emeritus NCCPA certification status;
  • Record of excellence in teaching as well as a record of professional and community service; and
  • Involvement with the physician assistant professional community and past success in management and academic leadership.

About The Institution

About the College of Health and Natural Sciences:

The College of Health and Natural Sciences (CHNS) is one the newest colleges for the university, established in 2019.  It was created by the joining of the undergraduate programs in the sciences to the graduate programs in health-related fields.  The degrees offered include:  Biology, Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, and Health Sciences at the undergraduate level and Doctor of Physical Therapy (twin independently accredited programs in NH and AZ), Master of Physician Assistant Studies, and pre- and post-licensure Master of Science in Nursing.  The nursing programs are part of the School of Nursing that reports to the new college and includes RN to BSN online program.

The college is designed to support the academic and student life, which play a vital role in Franklin Pierce’s undergraduate programs and institutional ethos; we provide extensive opportunities for students to compete, excel, and lead, shaping well-rounded individuals who understand the value of service and community engagement.  Our students excel in the classroom, intern at Fortune 500 companies, present at professional conferences, compete as NCAA Division II athletes, and engage in meaningful community service.  Our entire university is dedicated to providing students with resources, support, and a sense of connection outside the classroom and within our local, regional, and national communities.

About Franklin Pierce University:

Since 1962, Franklin Pierce University has empowered thousands of undergraduate and graduate students to achieve academic excellence and lead meaningful, successful lives.  Drawing from our strong foundation in liberal education, we offer programs and educational experiences that develop essential intellectual and professional skills; promote close connections between students, faculty members, and staff; and position our students to realize their potential through highly personalized, financially accessible academic offerings.

Franklin Pierce encompasses a far-reaching geographic and virtual network, educating a diverse population of residential undergraduates, online learners, and full-time graduate students through our campus in Rindge, NH, online and at our centers in Manchester, Portsmouth, and Lebanon, (NH) and Goodyear, AZ.

As a diversified institution, Franklin Pierce has avoided the perils of the Northeast region experiencing stable enrollments and revenue surpluses over the last five years.  These successes have contributed to embracing our own evolution through innovation.

This is an exciting time at Franklin Pierce, as the university embarks on expanding its operations at our Goodyear, AZ campus, developing new programming in Healthcare fields, and our continued quest to explore new educational models and programs that build on our legacy of excellence that help students expand their knowledge, direct their passions, and graduate as qualified, engaged leaders.

Application Process

Please submit all applications and nominations electronically to the University’s search consultant:

Mr. Christopher S. Healy
Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates

Complete applications should include the following:

  1. Cover Letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position;
  2. Updated CV; and
  3. List of five (5) professional references including name, title, contact information and relationship to you.

Applications received by August 6, 2021, will receive priority consideration.  The position will remain open until filled.

As an Equal Opportunity employer, Franklin Pierce University recognizes the impact of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, backgrounds and perspectives. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, pregnancy, age, disability, gender identity and expression, protected veteran status or any other status protected by law.