Program Coordinator, Physician Assistant Studies

January 6, 2023
Priority Deadline to Apply:
February 15, 2023
University of Southern Mississippi

Position Description

The University of Southern Mississippi, in partnership with the national search firm, Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the position of Program Coordinator, Physician Assistant Studies. The University of Southern Mississippi seeks a coordinator who will serve as the strategic, academic, and operational leader of the Physician Assistant Studies Program by providing effective leadership in the areas of curriculum development, accreditation, faculty recruitment and development, student recruitment, quality improvement, strategic planning, and budget management. Serving as a primary point of contact, this position is a vital component in a coordinated effort to effectively communicate with other staff and administrators across the University, as well as CNHP faculty, staff, administrators, students, potential students, and visitors.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Recruits, hires, and evaluates faculty members for the program as well as overseeing curriculum development and course design.
  • Works in collaboration with School Director, College Recruitment Specialist, Dean, Associate Deans to promote the program, develop marketing materials, recruit students, and manage the daily needs for the program.
  • Represents the program at all School level meetings and serves as a key contact for accreditation bodies and licensing boards specific to the Physician Assistant Studies Program with direction from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the College Dean.
  • Serves as an important conduit connecting the Physician Assistant Studies Program with the community and other University departments, clinics and hospital systems, and communicating information, and contributing to the growth and improvement of the institution.
  • Mentors junior faculty members and oversees the faculty credentialing process at the program level.
  • Performs other duties as needed or assigned.

Additional Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Maneuvering within Windows-based software applications such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel; basic knowledge on Internet browsers to access web sites.
  • Knowledge of PA curriculum development, accreditation requirements and state and national board exams and jurisprudence.
  • Basic knowledge of using email to send and receive correspondence; knowledge in incorporating software tools and equipment into office procedures.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, oral and written communication skills and proficiency with a computer and ability to perform data entry.
  • Proficiency in using search engines and web-based applications for research and in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Access for reports and documents.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals; write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organizations and maintain cooperative relationships with colleagues.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form; exercise discretion, confidentiality, and judgment in dealing with sensitive issues.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must hold a master's degree from an accredited college or university in Physician Assistant Studies and hold a current or emeritus NCCPA license.
  • Must hold a doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in a relevant field (e.g., PhD, EdD, DMSc. DHSc, MD, DO).
  • Must have a minimum of three years of full-time experience in higher education relevant to PA programs and five years of clinical experience. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience coordinating a Physician Assistant (PA) Program, teaching in a PA program and university administrative experience.

About The Institution

About The University of Southern Mississippi:
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 131 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and large event venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 37 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of more than 14,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 27 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit

About the School of Health Professions:
The Dr. Lynn Cook Hartwig Public Health Program offers undergraduate degrees that includes a Bachelor of Science in Public Health with emphasis areas in Health Policy and Administration, Health Promotion and Health Behavior, and Allied Health.  Students graduating with an undergraduate degree are prepared to obtain jobs in various health settings, including community health programs, health clinics, hospitals, government sponsored health programs, and state and local health departments.  For the Master’s of Public Health degree, students can choose from three public health emphasis areas: Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Health Promotion and Health Behavior, Health Policy and Administration. Graduates are qualified for excellent upper-level jobs in health administration, research or education in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities, managed care organizations, state and regional health departments, and industry and government agencies.

The Athletic Training Program is the only accredited masters Athletic Training program in the state of Mississippi.  Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

The Kinesiotherapy Program is the only Kinesiotherapy Program in the southeast region of the United States.  Registered kinesiotherapists work closely with health care providers including: physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. The kinesiotherapy major is an excellent choice if you wish to pursue graduate studies in medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or prosthetics and orthotics.

The Recreational Therapy major is a baccalaureate program that prepares students for certification as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).  Graduates with a B.S. degree or higher in Therapeutic Recreation are eligible to apply to the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) for certification, and are awarded certification upon successful completion of the national exam.

About The Community

About Long Beach, MS:
Located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Long Beach is a small town with much to offer. Throughout downtown and the entire city, restaurants, shops and other small businesses thrive. Minutes away from Southern Miss is Long Beach Harbor, providing first-class amenities, direct access to the Mississippi Sound and some of the most amazing scenery along the Gulf Coast. It’s just one of many public facilities throughout the city dedicated to creating quality experiences for residents and visitors.

Long Beach was named among the Top 10 Safest Cities in Mississippi by Movoto, listed as one of CNN's Top 22 Can't Miss Beaches in the U.S., and named among the Best Towns in Mississippi for Young Families due to great public schools, affordability, growth and prosperity by It was also ranked number 1 among the 10 Best Places in Mississippi by Movoto based on amenities, quality of life, crime, tax rates, weather, unemployment and commute time.

Long Beach’s proximity to Gulfport (4 miles) and Biloxi (16 miles) broadens the city’s appeal. It is also a short drive away from New Orleans (72 miles), the Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, great shopping, attractions and other amenities.

Application Process

All correspondence relating to the position of Program Coordinator, Physician Assistant Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive search consultant: 

Erin House, Assistant Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates

A complete application should include the following

  1. Cover Letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position;
  2. Updated CV;
  3. Three (3) professional references with contact information, title, institutional affiliation, email address and direct phone numbers. (No references will be contacted without written permission from the candidate.)

Applications received by February 15, 2023 will receive priority consideration. The search will remain open until the position is filled.

The University of Southern Mississippi is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/ Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.