Founding Physician Assistant Program Director

February 8, 2023
Priority Deadline to Apply:
April 21, 2023
Bradley University

Position Description

Bradley University and OSF HealthCare, in partnership with the national search firm, Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the position of Founding Physician Assistant Program Director. Bradley University seeks a strong and innovative leader who will assemble a team of high-quality educators and develop a strong Physician Assistant (PA) curriculum.  The program director will oversee curriculum development; strategic planning and partnerships; fiscal management of personnel and faculty resources; collaboration and innovation for interprofessional education; application for initial accreditation that meets all standards of ARC-PA; ongoing maintenance of accreditation; and the recruitment for and promotion of the program. The Founding PA Program Director will report directly to the Dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences.


Program Development

  • The ideal candidate will have the background and experience to lead the development of a high-quality curriculum that is consistent with ARC-PA Standards and will lead to successful graduates. In addition, the director will recruit and hire a high quality, diverse team of faculty and staff.

Enrollment Planning and Management

  • The director will be responsible for recruitment and selection of qualified students and for operationalizing the curriculum through development of semester schedules and faculty assignments according to their expertise. The director will work closely with Carroll’s recruitment and marketing team.

Budget Planning, Development and Management      

  • The director is responsible for prioritizing and communicating budgetary and other resource needs to the Carroll administration and responsibly managing the allocated budget. 

Manage Program Affairs       

  • The director will oversee the day-to-day operations of the PA program including supervision of the medical director, faculty and staff.  The director will ensure timely and appropriate internal and external communications. In addition, the director will develop and maintain an ongoing program evaluation and outcomes assessment processes consistent with ARC-PA Standards.

Provide Academic, Personal and Professional Leadership

  • The director will mentor faculty and staff to facilitate their personal and professional growth and advancement including encouraging excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The director will be responsible for fostering team-work, high morale, and a positive workplace for program personnel.               

Provide Student Service

  • The director will ensure students are aware of program and institutional policies and responsibilities and address any deviations or concerns.  The director will facilitate student access to institutional and community resources as needed.

Represent the Program to External and Internal Constituencies

  • The director will work with college administration and colleagues to develop and maintain a strong reputation for the PA program within the institution, region and the PA profession.  The director will represent the program to internal and external constituencies in a positive and professional manner.


  • Minimum of a master’s degree (doctorate preferred);
  • Certified Physician Assistant/Associate (PA);
  • Three years of full-time higher education experience at the time of appointment; and
  • Eligibility for licensure as a PA in the State of Illinois.

About The Institution

About Bradley University:
Bradley University is a top-ranked, prestigious, private university in Peoria, Illinois, offering 5,400 undergraduate and graduate students the opportunities, choices and resources of a larger university and the personal attention and exceptional learning experience of a smaller university.  Bradley offers a comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate academic programs in business, communications, education, engineering, fine arts, health sciences, liberal arts and sciences, and technology. The University is located on an 85-acre campus in Peoria, the largest metropolitan area in Central Illinois.

About OSF HealthCare:
OSF HealthCare is an integrated health system owned and operated by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, headquartered in Peoria, Illinois. OSF HealthCare employs nearly 23,000 Mission Partners in 146 ​locations, including 15 hospitals with 2,091 licensed acute care beds, 44 urgent care locations and two colleges of nursing throughout Illinois and Michigan. The OSF HealthCare physician network employs more than 1,800 primary care, specialist and advanced practice providers.

About The College of Education and Health Sciences:
The College of Education and Health Sciences (EHS) at Bradley University offers nationally recognized, accredited degree programs ranging from undergraduate to doctoral degrees preparing our graduates for high demand careers in healthcare, education, and other human service professions. In addition to establishing several new degree programs, the EHS College expanded access to many high-quality certificates and degree programs to students across the country through distance learning. The EHS College employs over 100 faculty and staff who achieve boundary-breaking innovation through interdisciplinary collaboration.

About The Community

About Peoria, Illinois:
Peoria is a city on the rise with a thriving arts community, a wide range of exceptional educational opportunities and sporting events and activities for all. With a variety of historic landmarks, museums, parks, bike trails, delicious restaurants and cafés, and more, there is no shortage of fun in the Peoria Area. Additionally, Peoria has one of the lowest costs of living, as well as one of the most affordable housing markets, in the country.

Discover more of what Peoria has to offer here:

Application Process

All correspondence relating to the position of Founding Physician Assistant Program Director at Bradley University should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive search consultant: 

Jamie Marcus, 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 April 21, 2023 will receive priority consideration. The search will remain open until the position is filled.

Bradley University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The administration, faculty and staff are committed to attracting qualified candidates from groups currently underrepresented on our campus. Employment with Bradley University is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a criminal background check.