Founding PA Program Director

College of St. Joseph is seeking qualified applicants to serve in the position of the founding program director to design and develop a new Physician Assistant program which would be implemented in 2016.  This is a great opportunity for a leader to create the curricular design for a PA program that serves two distinct populations – traditional aged students who would start as freshmen and continue through the completion of a master’s degree and those with appropriate bachelor’s degrees and professional experience  who apply  through the centralized application service for physician assistants (CASPA).  College of St. Joseph is seeking provisional status for this program from ARC-PA in March of 2016 and is currently preparing a feasibility study with the assistance of a professional consultant.  An evaluation visit by ARC-PA has been scheduled for October 1-2, 2015.  When hired, the new director would assume direction of this preparation with continued assistance from an external consultant.

Position Description:

The position is a 12-month administrative position with the general responsibilities in leading, administrating, maintaining, and structuring the PA program in accordance with the ARC-PA standards and best practices in PA education; recruiting faculty and promoting their professional development; securing an adequate number of appropriate clinical sites to support students’ professional development; overseeing the academic and clinical functions of the program through assessment and analysis; collaborating on the recruitment, admission, and retention of students in the program; teaching in the program; and coordinating the didactic components of the PA curriculum.


The candidate must be a physician assistant with current NCCPA certification and a master’s degree in PA studies from an accredited program or a physician with current licensure as an allopathic or osteopathic physician in the state of Vermont and certified by an ABMS- or AOA-approved specialty board.

A minimum five years of experience in patient care as a PA is required with a preference of five years of academic experience. This could be an excellent opportunity for an experienced PA faculty member who is an academic coordinator or clinical coordinator and is looking for upward mobility

Demonstrated leadership skills with strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interact effectively with students, faculty, staff members, and external stakeholders.

Demonstrated management skills and substantive administrative experience.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary is competitive for program directors according to the PAEA 28th annual report and is coupled with a generous benefits program including medical, dental, retirement, term life, special tuition benefits covering employees, spouses, and dependent children, and all benefits including those prescribed by law.

Apply:  Email your cover letter, curriculum vitae, three references and the College of St. Joseph Application for Employment, which can be found at, to Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a successful candidate is identified.

Equal Opportunity Employer: The College of St. Joseph is committed to a policy of equal employment, in compliance with applicable provisions of state and federal law that prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, age, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, religion, sexual orientation, veteran or military status, disability, or any other legally protected characteristic, as such characteristics and prohibitions are defined by applicable law.