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Dean, Physical Therapy

San Marcos, California, Miami, Florida, Austin, Texas, St. Augustine, Florida Job ID: 888 Date posted: 01/31/2023


At the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS), we seek innovative people that focus on supporting our learners through every stage of their educational journey. Working at USAHS allows you to put students first, while being a force for good. We believe that advancing our communities starts with a diverse employee base, so that as we interact with others, we can build bridges to trust, respect, and understanding. At USAHS, we understand how important it is to be able to come to work as your full, authentic self, bringing with you all of the experiences and ideas that are uniquely 'you'. Grow not only in your career but as a person. Be a force for good. Be the University of St. Augustine.

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  • Student First
  • Collaborate
  • Innovation
  • Customer Focus
  • Committed to Vision and Values
  • Accountable

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The mission of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is the development of professional healthcare practitioners through innovative, individualized, and quality classroom, clinical, and distance education.

  • Student first
  • Professionalism
  • Promoting excellence and innovation in education
  • Collaboration
  • Integrity
  • Health and wellness
  • Responsiveness
  • Creative and critical thinking


As a Certified B Corp institution since 2015, we are proud to be a part of a global movement that empowers businesses to meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability to balance and purpose. As part of the B Corp community we are committed to working toward reducing inequality, lowering levels of poverty, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and the creation of more high-quality jobs. As part of our family, you will be given the opportunity to participate in a wide range of community projects focused on environmental sustainability and community support.

Key Benefits

  • Generous Medical, Dental & Vision Plans

  • Higher Education Tuition Assistance

  • Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Short and Long Term Disability Coverage

  • Life and Accident (AD&D) Insurance

  • 401(k) Retirement Plan

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences offers competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits that include various options for health and wellness, income planning and protection, a generous paid time off policy including holidays, and professional development opportunities. See the full summary

Position Description

Job ID 888 Date posted 01/31/2023 The mission of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is the development of professional health care practitioners through innovation, individualized, and quality classroom, clinical, and distance education.


The Dean, Physical Therapy provides academic leadership and administrative oversight of all Physical Therapy (PT) programs, resident, and flex, as well as all entry-level program directors on all USAHS campuses. Through use of programmatic data internally and externally, the Dean promotes academic excellence and growth of the PT programs, for the benefit of students and employees. The individual in this position coordinates communication and programmatic consistency across campuses and delivery methods for all PT programs. The individual will lead, develop and assist program directors by coordinating program outcome assessment, accreditation reporting, faculty performance evaluation and development, curricular improvement, and (re)accreditation, etc.


Strategic Planning and Change Management

  • With the Chief Academic Officer, develops a strategic plan for all PT programs to focus on growth and quality improvement goals and initiatives that align with the goals of the Program, College, and University
  • Participates in the development, implementation, and assessment of the program and University’s strategic plan
  • Serve as spokesperson in determining how PT programs are innovative and of high quality to position USAHS as a leader in PT education
  • Communicate on a regular basis with university stakeholders across all units
  • Participate in shared governance by acting as an intermediary between executive leadership and program directors, faculty, and students of all programs
  • Work closely with marketing, university representatives, and admissions personnel to assure enrollment projects and goals are being met; provides feedback on student recruiting methodology
  • Strengthen industry partnerships and affiliations to provide students with practical experience, innovative learning, and employment opportunities. 

Leadership Development

  • Leads intra- and inter-campus PT faculty meetings and retreats; assists program directors with faculty development needs; student academic/professional misconduct issues
  • Leads recruitment and training and development efforts for PT program directors; performs evaluations of the program directors
  • Provides oversight to faculty performance evaluation process, assuring consistency; works with program directors to develop and reinforce faculty development and retention plans; assures alignment of faculty development goals to program strategic goals; assists directors with faculty recruitment, as needed; recommends faculty hiring to Chief Academic Officer
  • Monitors equity in faculty and program director workload
  • Supervises orientation and development of new PT program directors and assistant directors

Fiscal and Resource Management

  • Examines resource use; works with program directors for allocation and sharing of resources
  • Works between program directors, the Academic Leadership Council, and the Chief Academic Officer for the coordination of policy revision/development
  • Works with Executive Dean of the College of Rehabilitative Sciences to assure the clinical services office is meeting program needs
  • Works between program directors, Finance, and the Chief Academic Officer for the coordination of resource procurement and management
  • Develops annual budget and expenses for area(s) of responsibility and guides program directors in the development of their budgets; administers or delegates the administration of budgets, approving expenditures and reviewing reports
  • Establish workload and assignment models that effectively allocate faculty resources and leverage capabilities

Quality Improvement and Accreditation

  • Stays up-to-date with CAPTE standards, policies, procedures, and changes; assures accreditation reports from each campus are completed
  • Coordinates programmatic (re)accreditation for new programs/locations
  • Works with Accreditation and Legal, Compliance, and Regulatory units to assure adherence to all accreditation standards and regulatory requirements
  • Guides program director leadership of and local participation in the programmatic accreditation process; assures full compliance with federal, state and accrediting body standards and regulations
  • Oversees programmatic outcome analysis; develops improvement plans; implements curricular and teaching effectiveness to support program, student, and faculty success; leads PT program review
  • Assures that all student academic and behavioral performances are evaluated and treated with consistency and follow University, College, and Program policies and procedures
  • Assures the curriculum is contemporary, well-delivered, and in compliance with accreditation standards across all campuses; promotes course coordination in PT courses and works closely with director(s) in other disciplines and units to promote coordination of courses; reviews Course Coordinator reports; assists with curriculum revisions
  • Encourages, supports, and develops intercampus and interprofessional educational and research endeavors
  • Works with Admissions to review admissions standards and procedures for PT programs

Teaching, Scholarship, and Service

  • Serve on leadership committees to coordinate University activities across all departments and facilitate communication, policy development, and compliance.
  • Participate in service initiatives that demonstrate commitment to the University, education profession, and the community.
  • Participate in marketing/recruiting activities and other activities as a representative of the University.
  • Represent the University at Local, State and National meetings/conferences.
  • Maintain currency in the theory and practice of instructional innovation and promote an applied research agenda that advances the University’s strategic goals.

  • Promotes University’s core values, mission and vision
  • Supports and demonstrates a student-centered philosophy
  • Attends and participate in Academic Leadership, Program Director Council, and Student-Director Meetings
  • Maintains superior customer service to internal and external customers
  • Fosters a success-oriented, accountable environment within the University
  • Upholds University’s professional, ethics and integrity standards
  • Maintains communication channels for all PT employees and students
  • Maintains an active scholarly agenda and provides service to the University and profession; teaches as time allows

May perform other duties and responsibilities that management may deem necessary from time to time.


REPORTS TO:President and CAO

POSITIONS SUPERVISED: Academic Program Directors, Academic Program Assistants


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.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • Personal and professional values in concert with the University’s mission and vision
  • Exceptional leadership, communication and management skills; demonstrates forward, creative thinking
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, and to interact effectively with colleagues, administrators and faculty members and students, as well as external constituencies
  • Exceptional leadership, communication and management skills; demonstrates forward, creative thinking
  • Operate effectively in a changing environment and effectively guide change management process
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively as part of a team, and to interact effectively with colleagues, administrators and faculty members and students, as well as external constituencies;
    • Ability to project vision, leadership, and objective reasoning to students, faculty, and staff
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)


  • 7-10 years of progressive academic administrative experience in a higher education
  • Earned academic/terminal degree doctorate (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D., DHSc., etc.)
  • Professional experience in a health professional field preferred
  • Experience developing educational programs; growth oriented
  • Demonstrated senior-level administrative ability and University/College level faculty employment and teaching experience
  • Possess knowledge of discipline specific accreditation


  • Current clinical certification as a Physical Therapist is required
  • Should have licensure eligible in the state of employment, and other states as needed.

TRAVEL: Regular travel to campus locations is required, approximately 25-30%

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • 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 student’s 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.


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.

Hiring Range $148,000 - $212,100
Compensation is a reasonable estimate and will be determined using the hiring range listed above and factors including, but not limited to, skillset, level of experience, education, and physical work location, to the extent consistent with applicable law.

The University is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, genetic information, national origin ancestry, disability, marital status, military status, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state, or local laws, regulations, or ordinances.


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