Founding Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy

April 29, 2019
Priority Deadline to Apply:
June 7, 2019
Le Moyne College

Position Description

Le Moyne College, in partnership with the national search firm, Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the position of Founding Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Reporting to the Dean of the Purcell School of Professional Studies, the Founding Program Director is responsible for the overall planning, direction, and management of the DPT program.

The Founding Program Director will serve as the strategic academic and operational leader of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program by providing leadership for the faculty in terms of program development, accreditation self-study, curriculum, administration, teaching, research, and service. The specific duties of the Director include, but are not limited to: 

  • Provide direct oversight for all academic and administrative matters concerning the development of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.
  • Lead the faculty and development team in strategic planning and monitor the process to further the program's mission in teaching, research, service, and patient care.
  • Supervise the process of seeking, achieving, and maintaining all necessary CAPTE program accreditation.
  • Ensure that the Physical Therapy faculty is involved with research and scholarly activity.
  • Ensure that the Physical Therapy facility continues to meet the educational, functional and maintenance needs of the faculty, students, and staff.

The Program Director will work collaboratively with an inter-professional team in the development of the respective health sciences programs. The Program Director is also responsible for attaining and maintaining CAPTE accreditation and will pursue academic excellence within the program by providing program leadership, promoting the program and enhancing its visibility, assisting with recruiting and retaining students, and managing the day-to-day logistics of the program. The Program Director is responsible for the continuous evaluation of faculty and completing a written evaluation of each faculty member on a regular basis. 


This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position.  The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications:

  • An academic terminal degree in Physical Therapy or related field (i.e., PhD, EdD, or equivalent)
  • A license to practice physical therapy in New York (or ability to obtain)
  • Experience preparing for, obtaining and maintaining CAPTE accreditation
  • Administrative experience (including program planning and implementation, personnel management, evaluation and budgeting)
  • A record of scholarship and history of teaching and service
  • 6 years of full - time higher education experience and a minimum of 3 years full-time experience in a physical therapist education program

About The Institution

Founded in 1946, Le Moyne is the second youngest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S and the first to open as a co-educational institution. The College is named for Simon Le Moyne, a Jesuit priest, missionary and teacher with a considerable influence on Central New York. Le Moyne’s first classes were held in downtown Syracuse before excavation began on the former Gifford Farm. In 1948 the College’s first two structures, now known as Grewen Hall and the Coyne Science Center, were built.  Today, approximately 2,500 full-time undergraduate students and 650 graduate students are enrolled at Le Moyne, with a ratio of 56% full-time undergraduate female and 44% full-time undergraduate male. Students (undergraduate, graduate, full-time and part-time) come from 30 states and 37 countries.

Le Moyne’s 160-acre, tree-lined campus is located in a residential setting 10 minutes from downtown Syracuse, the heart of New York state. Our 48 buildings include a variety of student residential housing, several academic and administrative buildings, the Panasci Family Chapel, Noreen Reale Falcone Library and W. Carroll Coyne Center for Performing Arts. The Campus Center features the LaCasse Dining Center and the Campus Pub, while the Dolphin Den (located on the first floor of Grewen Hall) is a popular gathering spot, as is the Le Moyne Plaza. The lower part of campus features the Recreation Center, the Henninger Athletic Center, a multi-use turf field, and baseball and softball diamonds.

Le Moyne offers more than 700 courses leading to Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees in more than 30 different majors. Le Moyne also provides courses of study leading to a master’s in business administration, education, nurse administrator, nurse educator, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, arts administration, information systems, taxation, and family nurse practitioner. The College's Center for Continuing Education offers evening degrees, certificate programs and houses the Success for Veteran's Program. 

Le Moyne College is a diverse learning community that strives for academic excellence in the Catholic and Jesuit tradition through its comprehensive programs rooted in the liberal arts and sciences. Its emphasis is on education of the whole person and on the search for meaning and value as integral parts of the intellectual life. Le Moyne College seeks to prepare its members for leadership and service in their personal and professional lives to promote a more just society. 

President Linda LeMura’s vision for Le Moyne begins in the classroom: one student, one teacher, one connection at a time. Over the next five years, Le Moyne will continue to introduce cutting-edge, 21st century programs that will propel our students to become the bold, imaginative leaders our society so urgently needs. Led by world-renowned faculty members, the most innovative thinkers in their fields, we will continue to draw the brightest, most highly qualified students to our campus. At our core will remain our Jesuit mission and identity, and our dedication to service and learning. Finally, we will work to provide financial support to students so that they receive an education that is not just inspirational, forward thinking, and timeless, but affordable.

About The Community

Syracuse is a city in and the county seat of Onondaga County, New York, in the United States. It is the fifth most populous city in the state of New York following New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, and Yonkers. At the 2010 census, the city population was 145,252, and its metropolitan area had a population of 662,577. It is the economic and educational hub of Central New York, a region with over one million inhabitants. Syracuse is also well-provided with convention sites including a downtown convention complex. Syracuse was named after the original Greek city Syracuse, a city on the eastern coast of the Italian island of Sicily. 

Syracuse is home to the country’s only upside - down stoplight (thanks to the Irish). It also has the world’s largest indoor suspended ropes course (inside of Destiny USA, New York’s largest shopping, dining and ntertainment center). It also has finger-licking good BBQ (at the original Dinosaur Bar-B-Que) and is a great place to experience its downtown urban renaissance. Nature lovers can enjoy the multitude of State and County parks in the area or drive a short distance to experience the Finger Lakes Region, Adirondack Mountains, or St. Lawrence Seaway. Great restaurants, great shopping, and a great way of life - Syracuse has it all.  In 2010, Forbes rated Syracuse fourth in the top 10 places in the U.S. to raise a family.

Application Process

All correspondence relating to the position of Founding Program Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT) at Le Moyne College should be directed in confidence to the College’s executive search consultant: 

Mr. Jamie Marcus, Associate Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates

The full and complete application should contain the following information:

1) A cover letter outlining your experience as a physical therapist and/or in related fields in higher education.  Special attention will be paid to those applicants who have started, developed, and/or expanded a Master's or Doctoral program for physical therapy.

2) A complete CV outlining your career in higher education and within health - related areas. 

3) The names of five professional references, including their relationship to you, their position, email, and direct phone numbers.  References will not be contacted without written permission.

Applications submitted by June 7, 2019, will receive priority consideration. This search will remain open until the position is filled.

Le Moyne College establishes this Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy for hiring and promotion, reaffirming the belief of the College - including its trustees, president, administrators, faculty, and staff - that all persons have the right to work and to advance  themselves on the basis of merit and ability in a non-discriminatory work environment.  Accordingly, this Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy establishes these procedures which are designed to ensure equal employment opportunity for all persons who apply to Le Moyne College for employment and all persons currently employed by the institution regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or term of pregnancy