Director of the Physician Assistant Program

August 18, 2023
Priority Deadline to Apply:
October 16, 2023
Rochester Institute of Technology

Position Description

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), in partnership with the national search firm, Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the Physician Assistant Program. The Director is responsible for the administration and operation of the program in compliance with the requirements of the University and the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA). This is a twelve-month, tenure track position and reports directly to the Head of the Department of Clinical Health Professions (DCHP).

RIT is seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. Click here to view RIT’s core valueshonor code, and statement of diversity.


  • Oversee the program’s organization and administration, providing effective leadership and management;
  • Provide knowledge, insight, and overall responsibility for the accreditation process and procedures and maintaining compliance with the Accreditation Standards for Physician Assistant Education;
  • Oversee ongoing program self-assessment to review the quality and effectiveness of student instruction, policies and outcomes;
  • Assigns teaching workloads and maintain continuous review and approval of program content and course sequencing;
  • Actively participate in teaching as negotiated with the DCHP Head and Dean;
  • Oversee program’s fiscal management as it relates to daily and long-range planning and development;
  • Maintain overall responsibility for the overall planning and development of the program;
  • Facilitate student recruitment and retention; oversee and coordinate the program admission process, including student selection, in conjunction with the Office of Admissions, the Department of Clinical Health Professions and the College of Health Sciences and Technology (CHST);
  • Oversee and coordinate all student academic advisement in collaboration with the CHST Assistant Dean for Advising and Student Success office staff;
  • Provide effective leadership and strategic direction with transparent communication with faculty, staff, and students;
  • Assist and collaborate with program personnel in the development, coordination and recruitment of clinical rotation sites;
  • Conduct annual performance appraisals and Plan of Work exercises for faculty and staff development in PA Program;
  • Oversee the PA Program committees;
  • Works collaboratively with the Head of the DCHP and the College’s leadership to maintain and grow the program’s reputation;
  • Work collaboratively with the Academic Coordinator and provide instruction, guidance, and support to program staff and adjunct faculty who coordinate, supervise, instruct, and evaluate all students.
  • Provide supervision/mentorship to the Medical Director, faculty, and staff in all activities directly relating to the PA Program;
  • Oversee process to determine student awards and program, university, and community events.

Professional and Scholarly Activities:

  • Maintain professional certification and registration;
  • Participate in scholarly activities in keeping with University/College expectations;
  • Participate in local, regional, and/or national professional organizations and attend meetings when possible;
  • Maintain current clinical expertise;
  • Maintain contact with local professional medical community.


  • Participate in program meetings; recruitment, admission, and graduation events;
  • Participate in committee assignments, at the programmatic, College, and University level (when possible and applicable);
  • Voluntary community activities are strongly encouraged.


  • Master's degree;
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience as faculty and administrator in an accredited PA program;
  • Certified graduate of an accredited program in Physician Assistant;
  • Current or emeritus NCCPA certification and New York State licensure (or eligibility);
  • Five years of clinical experience;
  • Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences;
  • Strong communication and leadership skills.

About The Institution

About Rochester Institute of Technology:
At Rochester Institute of Technology, we shape the future and improve the world through creativity and innovation. As an engaged, intellectually curious, and socially conscious community, we leverage the power of technology, the arts, and design for the greater good.

Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Beyond our main campus in Rochester, New York, RIT has international campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo. And with over 19,000 students and more than 135,000 graduates from 50 states and over 100 nations, RIT is driving progress in industries and communities around the world. At RIT, we are always on to something amazing.

About the College of Health Sciences and Technology:
At RIT’s College of Health Sciences and Technology, we are poised to transform the quality, safety, and affordability of health care. By combining technology and medicine, we seek to educate 21st century healthcare professionals, develop new patient-focused programs and systems, effectively assess community needs, and develop and apply innovative healthcare delivery practice. The College offers various degree programs and certificates in Physician Assistant, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Dietetics and Nutrition, and more. Details about all aspects of the Physician Assistant program at RIT may be found at

About The Community

About the Rochester, New York Community:
From Rochester’s wide-ranging culinary scene to visiting one of the many festivals Rochester hosts or even stopping by the mall to explore a shopper’s paradise, you are sure to find something to love. Situated, just 15 minutes south of bustling downtown Rochester, students, faculty, and staff at RIT enjoy a wide array of activities. Rochester boasts over 140 festivals and events year-round, over 12,000 acres of parkland, numerous family friendly attractions, and close access to beautiful Lake Ontario.

Application Process

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

Mr. Christopher Healy, 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.)
  4. Statement of Diversity Contribution

Applications received by October 16, 2023 will receive priority consideration. The search will remain open until the position is filled.

The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the workplace. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to