Chair and Program Director: Master of Physician Assistant Program

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sep 15, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Chair and Program Director: Master of Physician Assistant Program


The University of the Sciences (USciences), in partnership with the national search firm, Scott Healy & Associates (SH & A), is seeking a Chair and Program Director for their Physician Assistant Program. The Chair and Program Director is responsible for the overall planning, direction, and management of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program. The Chair and Program Director will serve as the Program’s strategic academic and operational leader by guiding the faculty in program development, accreditation self-study, curriculum, administration, teaching, research, and service. The Chair and Program Director will report directly to the Dean of the Samson College of Health Sciences.


Samson College of Health Sciences: At the Samson College of Health Sciences, the students focus on improving patients’ lives, and the graduates translate that enthusiasm into rewarding careers as physical therapists, occupational therapists, physician assistants, and professionals in exercise science and wellness management.


The College is made up of four departments: Kinesiology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant Studies. The Department of Physician Assistant Studies offers two degree programs: Undergraduate Pre-Professional Program (BS) and the Graduate Professional Physician Assistant Program (MSPAS).


The University of the Sciences: USciences has prepared students to be leaders and practitioners in the healthcare and science fields for nearly 200 years. The key to its distinctive education is a tradition of hands-on research and experiential learning that is evident in every graduate who has walked its campus. Since its founding in 1821 as Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, the first college of pharmacy in North America, USciences has grown to degree-granting programs from bachelors through doctoral degrees in the health sciences, bench sciences, healthcare business and policy fields. USciences students are proven everywhere they go. For more information on USciences, visit


The Community: USciences is a part of the University City District (UCD) which has world-renowned anchor institutions, small businesses, and residents. This area is rich with health systems that provide direct patient care as well as numerous opportunities for collaborative research and clinical practice.  The institution is within walking distance to the Philadelphia VA, Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and a city health center. UCD is also a vibrant place to work and live.  It’s a destination for eclectic food, boasts excellent public transit, and also has bike lanes and numerous bike share locations.  With a Walk Score of 90, it is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in Philadelphia. For more information about UCD, visit their website at:


Education and Experience:

  • Candidates must be a PA and hold a current or emeritus NCCPA certification in good standing;
  • Fiscal management, organizational and administrative skills;
  • Knowledgeable in continuous review and analysis, planning and development;
  • Practical knowledge of innovative educational methods and curricular design;
  • Current experience with and knowledge of accreditation and certification procedures for physician assistant programs;
  • Five years experience teaching within a PA program preferably as a Director or Associate Director;
  • Demonstrate creativity in recruiting students from underrepresented minorities and developing teaching modalities to ensure student success;
  • Experience and success improving access for women and underrepresented minorities including mentoring women and minorities;


Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supports the missions of the university, college, department and respective degree programs;
  • Exercises general administrative authority and responsibility for the department;
  • Fills faculty and staff positions and provides professional development;
  • Coordinates the teaching, service, and advising of the department;
  • Promotes faculty research and professional service;
  • Manages Department/Program budget and resources;
  • Assess student learning at the program and course levels, and develops plans for improvement;
  • Establishes departmental goals and procedures for assessing goal attainment;
  • Participates in professional development and scholarly activity or service at a national level;
  • Oversees all accreditation and certification procedures for physician assistant programs


Application and Nomination Process:

All correspondence relating to the Chair and Program Director position at USciences should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive recruitment consultant:

Mr. Jamie Marcus, Associate Vice President

Scott Healy & Associates

[email protected]


The full and complete application should contain the following information:

  1. A cover letter highlighting your professional experience;
  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 October 16, 2020, will receive priority consideration. This search will remain open until the positions are filled.


USciences is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity. USciences does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, age, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other legally protected status, in employment or other programs.


The finalist will be required to pass a background check.

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