Assistant Dean - Physician Assistant Program in New York, New York

CUNY School of Medicine
New York City, New York
Apr 27, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist The CUNY School of Medicine in their search for an Assistant Dean for their Physician Assistant Program.  The CUNY School of Medicine (CSOM) at The City College of New York (CCNY), is the only medical school in the City University of New York system. The PA Program is a distinguished program with an excellent reputation.  It is one of the oldest and most diverse in the nation boasting continually high pass rates and delivering excellent healthcare providers.

The ideal candidate is energetic, committed to academic excellence, inter-professional education and the mission of The CUNY School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program. Forward thinking, they offer a proven record of efficient and inspirational leadership.

The program’s reputation for excellence has earned national acclaim for performance and a broad network of clinical sites for clerkships.

Among other recent accolades, Princeton Review rated City College as one of the northeast's best colleges, one of the country's greenest colleges, and one of the "colleges that pay you back." Forbes listed CCNY among America’s Top Colleges.  CCNY was also ranked in the top 1.2 % of institutions worldwide in the 2016 Center for World University Rankings.

The position reports to the Dean of the School of Medicine offers excellent benefits, compensation, an ideal and vibrant location and easy access to public transportation. The program is well resourced and supported and provides a dynamic environment with great potential for growth and leadership. Situated within the School of Medicine, engagement of research and collaboration with medical school faculty is encouraged and supported. This is an ideal opportunity for an innovative and creative approach to inter-professional education.

Supported by a dedicated staff and motivated student body, the successful candidate will assume full responsibility for the administration of the program. The PA program is a 28-month graduate program leading to a M.S. degree and certification as a Physician Assistant pending successful completion of the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination. 


  • As chief executive of the PA program, provide direction and leadership in the supervision, coordination and long-range planning for all aspects of the academic and educational operations including:
    • Operational oversight
    • Support and implementation of policies and procedures to meet program goals through services
    • Academic support for the students
    • Coordination of programmatic activities with the medical director of Harlem Hospital and other hospitals affiliated with the Program
  • Facilitate collaboration and integration of the PA program with the school's BS/MD program
  • Fiscal management of the program and preparation of capital budgets of over $1 million.
  • Implement and evaluate curricula, instructional and educational programs associated with academic progress of students
  • Establish, monitor and maintain standards in compliance with accrediting agencies
  • Provide direction of the activities for administrative staff, faculty, clinical coordinator (full-time employees) and adjunct faculty


  • This position is in CUNY's Executive Compensation Plan and requires a minimum of a Bachelor's degree and eight years' related experience
  • Master's degree
  • PA-C (certified) or a Board-Certified MD, or DO with medical license in NYS
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of experience in physician assistant education or in a health-related discipline is required
  • Strong clinical and academic experience
  • Successful record of developing proposals for funding
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Commitment to diversity, multiculturalism and affirmative action and must be sensitive to and possess interest in working with minority students in an urban educational setting in New York
  • Demonstrated commitment to PA education and the profession.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. degree
  • Experience and interest in inter-professional education are highly desirable
  • Experience in administration and accreditation of academic programs is strongly preferred


CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development.  They offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off.  Staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.

About City College of New York

The founding institution of the City University of New York, City College offers outstanding teaching, learning and research on a beautiful campus in the heart of the world's most dynamic city. Programs include architecture, engineering, education and the liberal arts and science and leads CUNY in funded research.

About CUNY School of Medicine, City College of New York

The school has a small faculty of 40 full-time members, and professors serving in various capacities: teaching, advising, and pursuing research projects with support from prestigious external funders including the National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, National Foundation of Infectious Diseases, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Josiah Macy Foundation, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development as well as a number of  private foundations.

About the CUNY School of Medicine, Physician Assistant Program

The Harlem Hospital Physician Assistant Program was founded in 1970 as a joint project of the Harlem Hospital Center and Columbia University School of Public Health. The program is one of the oldest in the country, founded only five years after the birth of the profession. It was developed to train individuals with prior health care experience to practice primary care in communities of greatest need.

In 1972, the Program developed an academic affiliation with Antioch College which continued until the New School for Social Research assumed responsibility from 1974-1978. In 1978, the Program partnered with the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education of the City College of New York (CCNY) and now is The CUNY School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program.

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CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

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