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Higher Ed Administrative Careers - Other, Higher Ed Administrative Careers - Program Administration
SUMMARY: Palm Beach Atlantic University seeks a founding Program Director to provide leadership and vision to advance the mission of the proposed Physician Assistant Program, which will offer a masters-level education for primary care physician assistants. Special emphasis is placed on preparing clinicians to provide primary care as an act of service with a Christ-centered focus.
INITIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: As the founding Program Director, she/he will guide the development of the Program in preparation for successful Provisional Accreditation by ARC-PA. This will include: conducting a feasibility study; coordinating the hiring of a medical director, faculty, and other staff; supervising the development of the Program’s curriculum, including syllabi and evaluation methods for all didactic and clinical components of the Program; and securing clinical sites with signed agreements and preceptors sufficient in number to meet the clinical practice needs of the maximum class size. The Program Director will coordinate all accreditation site visits and supervise admission practices in compliance with PA Program policy as well as provisions of ARC-PA accreditation.
ONGOING RESPONSIBILITIES: The Program Director will oversee the administration of the Program, ensuring that departmental operations comply with the standards and policies of PBA, SACSCOC, and ARC-PA, and will oversee ongoing assessment as stipulated by all three. The Program Director will supervise the curriculum; schedule didactic and clinical courses; supervise faculty, staff, and medical director, including professional development and faculty workload; prepare the Program’s annual budget and oversee expenditures; superintend the development of clinical opportunities; and oversee the admissions process. The Program Director may dedicate up to 20% to clinical practice to support curricular outcomes and maintain practice skills and licensure, and, as time allows, teach in the didactic and clinical phases of the Program. Finally, the Program Director will serve as the Program’s principal liaison and representative to all internal and external constituencies.
QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate will meet the following qualifications:
Should have PA program administrative experience (e.g., clinical coordination, academic coordination, assessment coordination) and knowledge of or participation in the ARC-PA accreditation process is strongly preferred.
Must possess leadership qualities evidenced by outstanding communication skills; the ability to plan, organize, and manage; and the ability to develop and sustain collaborative teams, and engage in inter-professional cross-disciplinary work is necessary.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: A Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies or the equivalent from a regionally accredited institution is required. A Ph.D., DMSc, or other relevant doctorate is preferred. Must possess previous or current experience as a clinically practicing physician assistant and have at least three (3) years of academic experience as a physician assistant in a higher education faculty position or equivalent teaching experience with a record of teaching, research, and service commensurate with an appointment to the rank of associate professor or higher.
In addition, the following certifications or licensures are required:
NCCPA certification as a physician assistant
Current licensure, or be eligible to hold licensure, by the Florida Department of Health Board of Medicine
Currently credentialed, or eligible to be credentialed, with health insurance plans
Currently hold, or be eligible to hold, registration as a dispensing practitioner by the Florida Department of Health and the Drug Enforcement Agency
The hiring of this position is being coordinated by the Carter Baldwin Executive Search firm.
About Palm Beach Atlantic University
STATEMENT OF DIVERSITY: PBA complies with all applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws and does not engage in unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, gender, disability, veteran status, race, color or national origin in any employment practice, admissions, education program or educational activity. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment and access to and treatment in University programs, services and activities.
Palm Beach Atlantic University is a comprehensive Christian university focused on enlightening minds, enriching souls, and extending hands. Its purpose is to offer a curriculum of studies and a program of student activities dedicated to the development of moral character, the enrichment of spiritual lives, and the perpetuation of growth in Christian ideals. The University is located in the tropical beauty of West Palm Beach, Florida, and the campus is situated on the Intracoastal Waterway and across the waterway from Palm Beach, Florida. It is located within a vibrant business community and a diverse population.