Physician Assistant Program Director

April 12, 2022
Priority Deadline to Apply:
September 23, 2022
Monmouth University

Position Description

Monmouth University, in partnership with the executive search firm Scott Healy & Associates, invites nominations and applications for a Physician Assistant Program Director. This is an exceptional opportunity for a highly qualified and dynamic leader in physician assistant studies to lead our faculty in the pursuit of distinction and excellence in the health sciences. This 12-month, full-time, administrative position reports directly to the Dean of the Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies. The ideal candidate will embrace a program culture where students come first and clinical excellence is paramount. The well-established three-year program was recently re-accredited and is seeking a motivated professional to embody and advance the vision of the University and the PA profession.

Monmouth University values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching, and service missions of the University. Multilingual applicants from diverse, minority, or underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged. The University is seeking a Program Director who will work collaboratively with the Dean and transdisciplinary team in the Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies, as well as internal and external partners, to help realize that vision.


  • Be responsible for the planning, implementation, and oversight of the academic program.
  • Be a team-oriented, collaborative decision maker with effective communication and problem-solving skills.
  • Know how to manage a budget, recruit, hire and retain faculty, and ensure and maintain high academic standards and program quality.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in the professional community to continually maintain clinical sites.
  • Understand fully the demands of maintaining ARC-PA accreditation.


Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or higher in physician assistant studies or a related field.
  • Current or emeritus National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) certification and eligible for physician assistant license in the State of New Jersey.
  • Three years of full-time higher education experience at the time of appointment.
  • Knowledgeable about physician assistant program director responsibilities required by ARC-PA.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Successful leadership as a program director in a physician assistant program.
  • Service as an accreditation site visitor for ARC-PA.

About The Institution

About the School of Nursing and Health Studies and the Master of Science in Physician Assistant program:
The Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies has 38 full-time faculty, 14 staff, and close to 1,000 students. The School offers undergraduate health studies, health promotion, health and physical education; master’s physician assistant; doctoral occupational therapy; and undergraduate, master’s and doctoral nursing programs. The School also offers post-master’s and post baccalaureate certificates and continuing education programs.

The fully accredited Master of Science in Physician Assistant (PA) program is a full-time, 95-credit curriculum comprised of 28 months of coursework and supervised clinical practice experiences completed in three years. The program admits a cohort of 30 students per year and has a 97% five-year average first time taker pass rate on the national PA exam. ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the program. The Program Director will work in a fully renovated building with dedicated space built to optimize teaching and learning. This includes the new 7,000 square foot state-of-the-art Linda Grunin Simulation Lab and Learning Center, a groundbreaking partnership between Monmouth University and Monmouth Medical Center that provides hands-on learning in a realistic, high tech simulation environment.

About Monmouth University:
Located along New Jersey’s northern coastline, Monmouth University is a premier private, comprehensive institution that is home to innovative academic programs, expert faculty, and Division I athletics. The University enrolls approximately 5,700 students in 59 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including four doctoral programs.

Just one hour from New York City, and close to Philadelphia, Monmouth University sits at the heart of a region with vibrant arts and cultural offerings and a thriving economy with an expanding technology sector, fueled by entrepreneurship. The University’s 168‑acre coastal campus has been named one of the most beautiful in the world and blends the classic beauty of two National Historic Landmarks with state-of-the art facilities.

Small classes geared toward individual attention, and immersive learning experiences that extend beyond the classroom, define the welcoming student experience at Monmouth.

Founded in 1933 as Monmouth Junior College, the institution became Monmouth College in 1956 and received its university charter in 1995. Today, with a keen focus on delivering academic excellence to a socially and economically diverse student population, Monmouth University offers a unique combination of “access and excellence.” Among private, non-sectarian, Division I schools that enroll more than 25 percent of first-time, full-time Pell Grant-eligible students, Monmouth is situated academically in the Top 5 of U.S. News & World Report rankings nationally.

Monmouth University is recognized for its distinctive programs and high-profile Centers of Distinction. The University is an academic affiliate of the GRAMMY Museum and houses the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music. The University is nationally recognized for its Monmouth University Polling Institute, established as a leading center for the study of public opinion on critical national and state issues. The University is also home to the innovative Kislak Real Estate Institute; the leading coastal policy and research Urban Coast Institute; a best-in-class student-centered sports broadcasting affiliation; and New Jersey’s only Peace Corps Prep program, which ranks nationally in the top 10 certificate-granting institutions.

With a strategic plan nearing completion, Monmouth University has articulated a clear vision for moving from a leading regional university to recognition as a national university in the next Carnegie Classification cycle in 2023 – made distinct by the pursuit of access and excellence.

About The Community

About Monmouth County and West Long Branch, NJ:
Monmouth's beautiful coastal campus is a one mile walk from the Atlantic Ocean and is convenient to New York City and Philadelphia. Within fifteen minutes of campus, three small towns are popular destinations for arts, culture, and tourism. Asbury Park, known for its rock-and-roll identity, is now a mecca of fine and fun dining, a thriving LGBTQ community, and a famous boardwalk on what Money magazine calls “second-best beach destination in the U.S.'' Affectionately known as the City by the Sea, Asbury Park has a legendary music scene, indelibly linked to Bruce Springsteen, and is a great place to shop in boutique stores and tempt your palate with a wide range of cuisines. Red Bank, voted New Jersey’s hippest city, is a center for arts and entertainment. Red Bank has two professional theaters, global representation in its restaurants and eateries, and a wide variety of unique retail establishments, ranging from nationally known giants to trendy boutiques and galleries. Halloween parades, holiday street concerts, and summer music and food festivals provide weekend fun for area residents. Red Bank’s stunning Navesink River views, charming historic buildings, and dining for all palates and pocketbooks make this town a regional destination. Our neighboring town, Long Branch, has been a popular spot for surf, sun, and shore fun for presidents and celebrities since the gilded age. Today, the redeveloped Long Branch waterfront offers upscale shops and restaurants at Pier Village, pristine beaches, and recreational facilities—all just minutes from Monmouth’s campus. Monmouth County offers a wide choice of lifestyle options. The technology, financial services, and health care sectors have created strong communities that draw residents from around the world. Area public and private schools are among the best in the nation and include magnet schools for marine sciences, health care, communications, and theatre and performing arts.

Application Process

All correspondence should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive recruitment consultant:

Danan Tsan, Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates

The full and complete application should contain the following information:

  1. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Statement that indicates a commitment to diversity and inclusion and how this informs pedagogy and andragogy
  4. Professional References

Additionally, all application materials will need to be submitted to the University portal: 

Applications submitted by September 23, 2022 will receive priority consideration. This search will remain open until the position is filled.

Monmouth University supports equal opportunity in every phase of our operation including recruitment, admission, educational programs, and employment practices of recruitment, hiring, promotion, reclassification, transfer, compensation, benefits, termination, layoff and return from layoff, social and recreational programs and any other aspects of education or employment. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, nationality, sex (including pregnancy and sexual harassment), affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, genetic information, marital status, domestic partnership or civil union status, age, liability for military service, protected veteran status, or status as an individual with a mental or physical disability, including AIDS and HIV-related illnesses or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law. The University also complies with all major federal and state laws and executive orders requiring equal employment opportunity and/or affirmative action.

Monmouth University affirms the right of its faculty, staff, and students to work and learn in an environment free from discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment, and has developed procedures to be used to resolve discrimination or harassment complaints. A copy of the University-wide policy on discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment, which describes the procedures for resolving such complaints, may be obtained from the Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity located at:

400 Cedar Avenue, Great Hall, Room 304
West Long Branch, NJ 07764
Phone: 732-571-7577
Fax: 732-263-5140