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Academic Program Director - Physician Assistant Program

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Job ID Req #134 Location : San Marcos, CA, United States
Date posted 04/29/2019



GENERAL SUMMARY

At the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) we are committed to the development of professional health care practitioners through innovative, individualized, and quality classroom, clinical, and distance education. The institution has a far-reaching presence through distance education and campuses located in San Marcos, California; St. Augustine, Florida; and Austin, Texas and our new campus in Miami, Florida and offers distance education.

In collaboration with Dean and faculty, the Program Director assures delivery of the local campus curriculum in a manner that meets program goals, learning outcomes, consistency, and institutional expectations. The Program Director leads local campus programmatic accreditation to assure all standards are met and reports are appropriately filed. Works closely with the Dean and other Program Directors and/or faculty on revisions of program policies, admissions, academic progress and graduation competencies. The Director is accountable for strategic plan initiatives concerning the program, as well integrating with other departments and programs to resolve student and faculty issues and promote assessment of educational effectiveness. Program directors serve as an important conduit connecting the program with other University departments, communicating information and contributing to the growth and improvement of the institution.

As a Founding Program Director for Physician Assistant Studies, you help to create the energy and excitement about our new Programs. “Clinical Excellence” is our sacred mantra and every day is an opportunity for you to live the mission of developing professional health care practitioners through innovative, individualized and quality teaching methods. Together with the support of fellow clinical experts, USAHS is dedicated to delivering a top-notch education to our students.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:


The Founding Program Director will assist in planning, development and implementation of Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies. In collaboration with Dean and faculty, the Program Director assures delivery of the curriculum in a manner that meets program goals, learning outcomes, consistency, and institutional expectations.

  • Works with the accreditation team and leads programmatic accreditation to assure all standards are met and reports are appropriately filed.

  • Works closely with the Dean and other Program Directors and/or faculty on revisions of program policies, admissions, academic progress and graduation competencies.

  • Directly accountable for the strategic plan initiatives concerning the program, as well integrating with other departments and programs to resolve student and faculty issues and promote assessment of educational effectiveness.

  • Serve as an important conduit connecting the program with other University departments, communicating information and contributing to the growth and improvement of the institution.

  • Working in collaboration with other departments, the PD will assist in the planning and implementation of associated clinical education resources, per accreditation standards.

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

May perform other duties and responsibilities that management may deem necessary from time to time, to include:

  • Work with instructional design team to lead course development process, including hiring appropriate subject matter experts

  • Collaborates with Clinical Education department to assure quality clinical experiences for students Leads curriculum development and improvement efforts in concert with other disciplines as needed.

  • Serve on identified committees and councils

  • Complete scholarship, service and clinical work as identified in professional development plan

  • Participates in student recruiting efforts;

  • Works closely with enrollment and admission departments to meet projected enrollment goals;


TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS: Position is located on the San Marcos, California. Position will require periodic travel to other campuses and professional or marketing events.


MANAGEMENT/SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES


POSITION IN ORGANIZATION

REPORTS TO:
Dean

POSITIONS SUPERVISED: Future PA Core and Contributing faculty as program develops


PROBLEM SOLVING

Candidates should demonstrate the ability to assess problems utilizing evidence, objective data and critical thinking, develop solutions, implement change and assess impact. A successful problem-solver will demonstrate a high degree of flexibility in their leadership style and adapt to change accordingly.


DIMENSIONS

Candidates are expected to demonstrate leadership in innovative educational delivery approaches to education, including the use of online education, simulation technologies and interprofessional education.


TECHNICAL, MANAGERIAL, and PEOPLE SKILLS REQUIRED

To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Incumbents will be evaluated, in part, based on performance of each essential function. Appropriate reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.



EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

  • The successful candidate will have a Doctorate (PhD) in Education, Leadership or a similar academic terminal degree will also be considered.

  • A minimum of at least 5 years’ experience teaching in the field of Physician Assistant education, have earned a rank of Associate Professor or Professor and

  • At least three years’ experience as a chairperson or program director of a ARC-PA accredited program in Physician Assistant Studies.


LICENSURE and/or CERTIFICATION

·Current clinical certification as a Physician Assistant.

·Must be licensure eligible in California, and other states as needed.


BUSINESS COMPETENCIES

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies to perform the essential functions of the position:


·Committed to Mission and Values - Has a clear understanding of institution’s mission and values. Has a passion for facilitating learning and for enabling students to navigate their own learning journey.

·Contribute Knowledge to the Discipline - Compelled by the opportunity to contribute through research, scholarship professional practice or creativity.

·Accountable -Takes personal responsibility for own goals and outcomes to ensure student success. Establishes clear expectations, follows through on commitments to students and holds them accountable for assignments and performance

·Collaborative - Works cooperatively with others across the institution and beyond, including the community and through partnerships. Represents own interests while being inclusive and fair to others.

·Communicates Effectively - Adapts oral and written communication approach and style to the audience and based on the message. Also listens attentively to others.

·Drives Engagement - Makes students feel welcome, understood and valued. Creates a learning environment that is compelling, challenging and productive.

·Academic Discipline Expertise - Has sufficient credentials, industry expertise and/or experience in the discipline to teach according to the standards and qualifications required.

·Education Design - Designs learning experiences closely linked to learning outcomes including lesson planning, design of project, work integrated, group learning experiences, or interactive learning objects. Has depth of expertise in pedagogy, andragogy and overall learning effectiveness.

·Teaching Delivery/Learning Facilitation Skills - Manages small, large, blended, hybrid and/or online classrooms, monitoring and ensuring participation, managing one’s own and students' time and attention effectively.

·Drives Engagement - Creating a climate where people are motivated to do their best to help the organization achieve its objectives.

·People Leadership - Leads by example when it comes to finding and developing talent, with a focus on talent acquisition strategies, setting performance targets that raises standards and development of high potential talent.

ADDITIONAL COMPETENCIES

·Utilizes expected financial management practices of the University; creates a sound budget and expenses for area(s) of responsibility;

·Manages program funds responsibly and equitably.


WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment, but may involve exposure to moderate noise levels. Work involves operation of personal computer equipment for six to eight hours daily and includes physical demands associated with a traditional office setting , e.g., walking, standing, communicating, and other physical functions as necessary.



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