Program Director, Physician Assistant Studies


  • Full Time
  • Austin, TX

Program Director, Physician Assistant Studies – Austin, TX

We are dedicated to the development of professional health care practitioners through innovative, individualized, and quality education in classroom, clinical, and distance learning formats. With a broad reach across multiple campuses and through distance education, we are focused on fostering clinical excellence every day.

As the Founding Program Director for Physician Assistant Studies, your role will be pivotal in generating enthusiasm and commitment to our new program. Your mission will be to develop professional health care practitioners using innovative and quality teaching methods, supported by a team of clinical experts.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Oversee planning, development, and implementation of a master’s degree program in Physician Assistant Studies.
  • Collaborate with Dean and faculty to ensure effective curriculum delivery.
  • Manage program organization, administration, fiscal planning, and accreditation requirements.
  • Lead programmatic accreditation efforts and maintain consistent compliance with standards.
  • Collaborate with other Program Directors and faculty across disciplines for program policy revisions.
  • Develop strategic initiatives for the program and integrate with other departments to enhance educational effectiveness.
  • Serve as a key link between the program and other university departments.
  • Assist in planning and implementing clinical education resources as per accreditation standards.
  • Fulfill responsibilities aligned with ARC-PA standard A2.06-A2.10.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead course development with the instructional design team.
  • Collaborate with the Clinical Education department for student experiences.
  • Lead curriculum development and participate in inter-disciplinary improvement efforts.
  • Engage in committees, scholarship, service, clinical work, and student recruiting.
  • Work with enrollment and admission departments to meet enrollment goals.

Position in Organization:
Reports to: Associate Dean Positions Supervised: Future PA Core and Contributing faculty as program develops

Technical, Managerial, and People Skills Required: 

  • Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies or related field; Doctorate preferred.
  • Experience in Physician Assistant education and program leadership.
  • Current clinical certification as a Physician Assistant.
  • Licensure eligibility in California and other states.
  • Periodic travel to campuses and professional events required.

Business Competencies: 

  • Collaboration, resilience, trust, result-driven, innovation, customer focus.
  • Leadership skills in talent acquisition, performance management, and developing high potential talent.

Work Environment: 

  • Standard office environment with moderate noise levels.
  • Involves traditional office setting demands including computer work for extended periods.

This position offers the opportunity to play a significant role in shaping a new educational program, ensuring its success and impact in the field of health sciences.

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