Founding Program Director, Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program in Austin, TX

August 2, 2021
Priority Deadline to Apply:
November 29, 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 Founding Program Director of the Master of Physician Assistant Program at their new Austin, Texas campus.  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 full-time position will be responsible for the development of the PA program and successful acquisition of PA accreditation status. Teaching, scholarship responsibilities and service responsibilities will comprise the remainder of the position duties. The Program Director will receive sufficient release time and financial resources to support maintenance of certification and licensure and continuing professional development specific to PA education.

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, 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 University;  
  • Providing effective leadership and management of the PA program; and
  • Assuming responsibility of program organization, administration, fiscal management, ongoing self-assessment and analysis, planning, development and participation in the accreditation process.  

Teaching Responsibilities of this position include:

  • Curriculum development and revision;
  • Assessment development;
  • Assessment/mapping and revision; 
  • Classroom and laboratory instruction; 
  • Academic and professionalism advising; 
  • Remedial instruction; 
  • Student recruitment and retention; 
  • Inter-professional education; and
  • 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; 
  • Current or emeritus NCCPA board certification (without interruption); and
  • Texas medical license (or other state license and eligible for TX license). 

Preferred requirements:

  • Doctoral degree relevant to graduate medical education (DHSc, EdD, DMSc, PhD, JD, 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 or other director-level role; and
  • Publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

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), Goodyear, AZ and Austin, TX.

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 the Goodyear, AZ campus, and a newly developing Austin, TX campus.  They are developing new programming in Healthcare fields, and their continued quest to explore new educational models and programs builds on their legacy of excellence that helps 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
Scott Healy & Associates

Complete applications should include the following:

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

Applications received by November 29, 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.