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Director of Clinical Education

Dominican University
River Forest, Illinois

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Institutional & Business Affairs, Program Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

JOB TITLE: Director of Clinical Education

FLSA STATUS:  Exempt (salary)

DEPARTMENT: Physician Assistant Studies Program

REPORTS TO:  Program Director of the PAS Program

JOB STATUS:  Full-time staff, at least 37.5 hours/ week, eligible for benefits
LOCATION: On campus (a release day can be negotiated after acceptance of the offer)

DATE AVAILABLE: Immediate Opening



The Director of Clinical Education role is to support the vision and mission of Dominican University by preparing students to be innovative leaders, pursue truth, provide compassionate service, and graduate students from diverse backgrounds. The Director of Clinical Education will support the day-to-day operations of the Physician Assistant Studies Program and the education of its students in the clinical year. This individual will be responsible for retaining clinical preceptors, acquiring new preceptors and new clinical rotation sites, supporting curriculum review, evaluation, and data collection and assessment in accordance with ARC-PA standards. This role, in collaboration with the Program Director, will participate in the success of the Physician Assistant Studies program by assessing, evaluating, and implementing the clinical year curriculum and working with faculty in the didactic year to integrate clinical activities. The Director of Clinical Education will report to the Program Director and supervises the Clinical Coordinator and Clinical Administrative Assistant.



To support the University's mission of preparing students to pursue truth, to give compassionate service, and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.


JOB COMPONENTS/PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Interim PAS Director of Clinical Education is responsible for:

  1. Working in collaboration with the University, program director, and medical director to develop new clinical affiliations and maintain current clinical affiliation sites that meet ARC-PA accrediting requirements
  2. Develop, coordinate, revise and evaluate the clinical course curriculum
  3. Providing knowledgeable guidance for the clinical year program components
  4. Evaluating and acting as the course lead, along with the associate director, for the clinical rotations completed in the program by second year students
  5. Evaluating and assessing clinical sites to ensure they meet ARC-PA requirements working in collaboration with the program director, medical director, and faculty.
  6. Participating in ARC-PA program assessment, data collection and analysis and preparation of self-study reports in collaboration with the program director
  7. Working with, mentoring, and participating in continuous assessment of the efficacy of clinical preceptors.
  8. Assist in ensuring the safety of students at all clinical sites
  9. Mentor, advise, and provide leadership of physician assistant students in community service rotations.
  10. Coordinate and implement monthly return to campus day activities
  11. Participate in data and assessment by assessing student learning, program satisfaction, and program effectiveness in accordance with ARC-PA Standards
  12. Participate in committees at the department level and college level
  13. Demonstrate a strong commitment to the development and success of the PAS program by collaborating with the registrar’s office, Borra College of Health Science departments, Student Success and Engagement, and other offices throughout Dominican to ensure the success of the PAS program and students.
  14. Perform other duties as requested, delegated or assigned




The following qualifications are required unless otherwise stated.

  • NCCPA-Certified Physician Assistant, Board-certified MD, or DO
  • Illinois license or eligibility
  • 3 years of experience teaching in a graduate health science program
  • 5 years of clinical practice experience
  • Ability to acquire professional affiliations and contacts in the medical field




  • 3 or more years’ experience in finding and developing sites for accredited clinical programs
  • 3 or more years’ experience, preferably in primary care, pediatrics, emergency medicine, general internal medicine, or family practice
  • Strong organizational skills and keen attention to detail
  • Strong problem-solving capabilities
  • An ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Commitment to fostering an equitable and inclusive community for students and colleagues
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication abilities including both oral and written skills
  • Ability to effectively advocate for the PAS program as a member of the inter-professional healthcare team
  • A strong commitment to the development and success of the PAS Program at Dominican University




Dominican University is a Catholic, comprehensive teaching university located in River Forest, a suburb of Chicago. Dominican University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission as a baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degree-granting institution. It is highly regarded for its academic rigor and thoughtful accompaniment of students, its intentional affordability and values-based, relationship-centered learning environment. Dominican currently enrolls over 3,300 students, which includes 2,280 undergraduates and 1,027 graduate students. Sixty-eight percent (68%) of our undergraduate students identify as Latinx, 5% are Black or African American, and 3% are Asian. Under-represented minority students, make up 77% of the DU undergraduate enrollment and 38% of the graduate enrollment. Over 90 percent of undergraduates receive some type of financial aid. Nearly half of all undergraduates are first-generation college students; over half are federal Pell Grant recipients, illustrating their families’ level of income; and 58% are eligible for low-income MAP grants from the State of Illinois. Recognized since 2011 as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), a federal designation of the U.S. Department of Education, Dominican is committed to expanding and enhancing educational opportunities for Latinx students and all students from historically underrepresented groups.


To Apply

Apply online at Applicants will be asked to submit a cover letter and resume with a list of 3 references.


A background screening is required.


EEO Statement

Dominican University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to the goal of building an equity-centered faculty and staff committed to teaching, working, and learning in a multicultural environment. Dominican University believes that justice, equity, and inclusion are critical to our growth and development and seek to recruit, develop, and retain from a diverse pool of applicants who bring varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.


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