Program Director for the Physician Assistant Program

August 24, 2022
Priority Deadline to Apply:
May 12, 2023
Wagner College

Position Description

Wagner College, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for a new Program Director for the Physician Assistant ProgramThis is a full-time, 12-month position, reporting to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. The Program Director for the Physician Assistant (PA) Program has administrative responsibility for the organization and operation of the PA Program; oversight of facility, staff, and students; assessments of outcomes and achievement of goals; and implementation of strategies modifications. Wagner College seeks an experienced leader who can embody the community-oriented culture of the College, and lead the PA Program with an innovative approach, to continue to provide an excellent learning environment for its students.

Responsibilities of the Program Director for the PA Program:

  1. Responsible for organization, administration, and leadership of the Wagner PA Program;
  2. Oversees daily functions and operations, in compliance with program and institutional policies;
  3. Supervises the Medical Director, Academic Coordinators, Clinical Coordinators, Graduate Coordinators, and Research & Simulation Learning Coordinators;
  4. Supervises the Assistant to PA Program Director & Coordinator of Global Outreach, and the Coordinator of Clinical Placement & Simulation Lab;
  5. Develops an Annual Report with review of goals, achievements, and outcomes for review by the Provost;
  6. Oversees PA students enrolled in the Didactic, Clinical, and Graduate Phases of the PA Program;
  7. Monitors and oversees principals and instructional (adjuncts);
  8. Monitors, supervises and delegates, as required, to program personnel;
  9. Recruits and hires, as required, additional principal and/or instructional faculty, with appropriate academic preparation and/or experience;
  10. Oversees the curriculum (structure, sequence, content, syllabi, objectives outlines, materials) for the didactic, clinical and graduate years of the PA Program;
  11. Ensures the program offers appropriate didactic courses and supervised clinical practice experiences that facilitate students' progression through the three phases of the PA Program;
  12. Oversees student’s achievement of objectives, fulfillment of requirements, progression through the program and preparation for graduation;
  13. Provides guidance for student recruitment, working collaboratively with the Dean of Admissions;
  14. Coordinates student selection strategies that assure the selection of qualified applicants who meet the program requirements;
  15. Ensures that applicant selected for admission have the necessary prerequisites, academic standards and motivation to achieve program goals;
  16. Ensures maintenance of student records and documentation of academic progression, working collaboratively with the Registrar;
  17. Provides fiscal management of program and student budgets;
  18. Ensures continuous program assessment, identification of students and areas in need of improvement;
  19. Recommends ongoing program modifications based on outcome measures;
  20. Oversees the preparation of all documents, handbooks (Student Handbook, Faculty Handbook Preceptor Handbook); Manuals (Research Manuel, International Experience Manual, SIM Manual); assessment tools, and survey;
  21. Attends national conferences (American Academy of Physician Assistants, Physician Assistant Education Association, and National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistant) keeping abreast of professional trends;
  22. Represents the PA Program at Department Chair, Graduate Council, and Committee of the Whole meetings; and
  23. Responsible for all related duties as assigned by the Provost.

Special Considerations:
The Program Director of the PA Program will maintain full-time employment for fall, spring, and summer sessions. The Program Director must be available weekends for Campus Visit Days and Interview Sessions, and available in the evenings for program events (Graduation, Research Forums).



  • Graduate of an ARC-PA accredited PA Program, Masters Degree (MS, MPA, MPH), and PhD Candidacy
  • NCCPA Certification
  • New York State Licensed Physician Assistant
  • A minimum of 5 years of clinical experience
  • A minimum of 5 years of teaching experience

About The Institution

About the Physician Assistant Program:
The Wagner College PA Program is committed to preparing future professionals possessing sound academic knowledge and proficiency in clinical skills, requisite for providing and promoting quality healthcare to all individuals. The program is dedicated to the advancement of PA education, promotes service to the community, and emphasizes the acquisition of the knowledge and skills required of the PA functioning in a dynamic healthcare environment. The mission of the PA Program at Wagner College is to prepare professional academic clinicians committed to quality health care for all individuals.

About Wagner College:
Wagner College is a private liberal arts school with strong professional programs in New York City. Our beautiful 105-acre campus on Staten Island is home to a close-knit community of 2,200 bright students. Wagner College prepares students for life, as well as for careers, by emphasizing scholarship, achievement, leadership, and citizenship. Wagner offers a comprehensive educational program that is anchored in the liberal arts, experiential and co-curricular learning, interculturalism, interdisciplinary studies, and service to society, and that is cultivated by a faculty dedicated to promoting individual expression, reflective practice, and integrative learning.

About The Community

About Staten Island, NY:
Staten Island is just a ferry ride away from Manhattan, and access to the rest of New York City. NYC offers some of the world’s best night life, restaurants, and entertainment, and Staten Island itself abounds with architectural landmarks, museums, beaches, parks, and even a zoo to explore.

Application Process

All correspondence relating to the position of Program Director for the Physician Assistant Program at Wagner College should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive recruitment consultant: 

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

The full and complete application should contain the following information:

  1. Cover Letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position;
  2. Updated CV outlining your career in in higher education in health-related areas;
  3. List of five (5) professional references including name, title, contact information and relationship to you; and
  4. A statement about how you will integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into the program (this may be included in your cover letter).

Applications received by May 12, 2023 will receive priority consideration. This search will remain open until the position is filled.

Additional Information:
In compliance with NYC’s Pay Transparency Act, the annual base salary range for this position is $140,000 - $150,000. Wagner College considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, as well as market and organizational considerations when extending an offer.

Wagner College achieves this mission through the implementation and enhancement of The Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts, which was formally launched in 1998. This innovative and bold curricular methodology is predicated on a method of integrated learning. It builds upon Wagner’s history of combining liberal arts and focused professional programs, coupled with our unique location and requires experiential learning for all students. The Plan has thus ushered in a new vision of engaged student learning that is at once reflective and integrated, theoretical and practical. Our goal has been, and continues to be, to provide a transformative college experience which best prepares our students for positions of effective and responsible leadership and citizenship in their chosen professions, and in their personal and public lives. From the outset, our faculty have eagerly led this learning centered endeavor.

Preparing all students for such leadership requires a coherent, efficient, effective and universal educational program and a focused Faculty and Administration, supported by an equally committed Board of Trustees.

Wagner College prepares students for life, as well as for careers, by emphasizing scholarship, achievement, leadership, and citizenship. Wagner offers a comprehensive educational program that is anchored in the liberal arts, experiential and co-curricular learning, interculturalism, interdisciplinary studies, and service to society, and that is cultivated by a faculty dedicated to promoting individual expression, reflective practice, and integrative learning 

Wagner College offers a generous benefit package that includes medical, dental, vision, pension and paid time off benefits to all full-time employees. The Wagner College Office of Human Resources partners with all members of the College community to cultivate a work environment that values equal opportunity, diversity equity inclusion and access, professional development and individual excellence.

Wagner College provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Wagner College complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Located in an increasingly diverse metropolitan area, Wagner College is committed to scholarship and community outreach relevant to the needs of New York City. Wagner values campus diversity (domestic and international) and in keeping with this initiative, it welcomes applications from diverse candidates and candidates who support diversity and internationalization efforts.