California State University, San Bernardino is a preeminent center of intellectual and cultural activity in Inland Southern California. Opened in 1965 and set at the foothills of the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, the university serves more than 20,000 students each year and graduates about 4,000 students annually. CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has the most diverse student population of any university in the Inland Empire. Seventy percent of those who graduate are the first in their families to do so.
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California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is seeking a Program Director to develop and implement a new Master of Science Physician Assistant Program. The Program Director will serve as the leader and chief academic officer of the program and will oversee the development of the program curricula, facilities remodeling and upgrade, accreditation, student recruitment, development of clinical affiliation agreements, and day-to-day operation of the program, as well as program assessment and planning, fiscal management, and faculty recruitment and evaluation. The director will be responsible for the development of a strategic plan for implementing the program, guiding the university through initial and continued accreditation. This position will report directly to the Dean of the College of Natural Sciences with the dotted line reporting to the Dean of Extended and Global Education.
Required Application Materials
All applicants must submit 1). Letter of interest or cover letter, 2). Current resume or curriculum vitae, 3). Three professional references who can provide assessments of your professional experience, accomplishments, and prospects for success in this position, and 4). Diversity Statement – may include your interpretation of diversity, inclusion, gender equity and must include specific examples of how your educational and/or professional experiences, background/philosophy has prepared you for this role at California State University, San Bernardino (maximum 250 words).
The Director of Physician Assistant Program will lead the Physician Assistant Studies Program (Program) accreditation efforts, develop Program curricula, coordinate multidisciplinary clinician educators, and prepare for the initial cohort of students. Once the Program is established, the Program Director will be the strategic and operational leader for the Program, responsible for ongoing program organization, administration, fiscal management, continuous quality review, analysis, and improvement.
- Lead the Program's participation in the accreditation process according to the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).
- Ensure elements of the curriculum and Program are in place to meet accreditation and credentialing requirements for the degree, tracks, and certificates.
- Provide effective organization and administration of all aspects of the Program's operation and fiscal management, including human resources activities such as recruitment, hiring, orientation, and performance assessment of instructors and staff.
- Provide oversight and execution of the continuous review, analysis, and improvement of the Program to ensure compliance with ARC-PA Standards.
- Provide oversight of the development, ongoing evaluation, and implementation of program policies and procedures.
- Lead the development of Program goals and ongoing monitoring of the Program.
- Oversee curriculum design and continuity of coursework.
- Support the mission of the university and the program. Participate in relevant committees and working groups.
- Oversee the identification of clinical affiliates, clinical site development, and clinical site monitoring.
- Engage in professional development and scholarly activity or services.
- Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
- Oversee the day-to-day operation of the Physician Assistant Program.
- Secure clinical sites; develop and execute clinical affiliation agreements.
- Make well-informed, effective, and timely decisions.
- Create an environment of trust, respect, and engagement.
- During the first 18 months, oversee facilities planning and remodeling to meet the needs of the program
- Oversee the maintenance of the facilities to ensure they meet Program needs
- Collaborate with the College of Natural Science to identify and assign educators to ensure instruction for all courses in the Program.
- Orient educators to the Program, evaluate teaching performance, and mentor educators in teaching.
- Assist in planning clinician educators' development efforts.
- Ensure alignment of learning outcomes with Program and professional goals, and ensure consistent delivery of required content.
- Collaborate with the campus offices for Assessment to conduct the course and Program evaluation, using results to plan for continuous improvement.
- Develop and implement systems to track key Program quality indicators such as fail rates, withdrawal rates, etc.
- Lead, or contribute to, Program-related quality assurance processes such as peer review of teaching and assessment.
- Evaluation of Faculty jointly with the department chairs.
- Recruit, vet, and hire faculty working collaboratively with CNS department chairs.
- Ensure that student assessment processes are valid, reliable, fair, objective, consistent, and conducted in a timely manner.
Fiscal & Human Resource Management
- Develop and shepherd the Program budget through the campus approval process; monitor expenses and ensure compliance with approved budget.
- Facilitate the acquisition of resources needed for academic Programs, clinician-educators, and students through allocation in the Program budget, application to internal and external grants, and identification of potential donors.
- Maximize resources in accordance with sound fiscal principles.
- Collaborate with staff to set goals and expectations, and conduct evaluations.
- Set and clarify when needed expectations; provides the team with autonomy in important areas of work and involves them when making decisions that affect them.
Student Recruitment and Retention
- Recruit a high-quality and diverse pool of applicants to the Program.
- Represent the Program at recruitment, orientation, graduation, and other special events.
- Serve as a liaison between students and Program educators.
- Monitor and report on enrollment, retention, and progression of students in the Program, and use data to recommend Program resource, policy, or practice changes to increase student success and retention.
- Solicit feedback from Program stakeholders in relation to Program coordination processes, outcomes, and design.
- Foster partnerships and relationships with key stakeholders and communities to strengthen and support the ongoing development of the program.
- Represent CNS and the Program at national and international professional meetings. Collaborate with colleagues from other schools to advance the Program.
Employment Status: Full-time, Exempt, At-will, included in the Management Personnel Plan (MPP).
Application Review Deadline: This position will remain open until filled. The initial review of applications will begin on January 24, 2022.
- Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, weekends and evenings may be required.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (including being a good listener) to interact and communicate effectively with faculty, staff, students, and external constituencies, both verbally and in writing.
- Advanced time management and analytical skills.
- Ability to manage multiple projects independently in a fast-paced organization with competing priorities and distractions.
- Strong critical thinking, analytical, research, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills.
- Ability to build effective teams through goal setting, defining responsibilities, empowering team members, providing feedback, and adhering to deadlines.
- Strong negotiating skills to settle issues and maintain harmony in the team.
- Ability to use high-level discretion and maintain a high level of confidentiality in handling problems of a sensitive nature and security of confidential records.
- Working knowledge of applicable state and federal employment and education laws and regulations.
- Working knowledge of and ability to operate standard office equipment and technology including, but not limited to, desktop computer, laptop, copier, fax machine, scanner, and printer.
- Demonstrated proficiency and ability to effectively use common computer and technology programs and related computer software packages (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite, Zoom, etc.) in the course of assigned duties.
- Must maintain current NCCPA certification and hold a license as a Physician Assistant within the state of California.
- Experience with ARC-PA accreditation.
- Demonstrated ability to establish partnerships with the local healthcare community.
- A demonstrated administrative ability as shown through activities such as faculty and staff supervision, scheduling, and budgeting.
Education and Experience
- Master's degree in Physician Assistant (PA) Studies.
- Three years experience as a practicing Physician Assistant.
- Three years of experience in an accredited Physician Assistant program, and at least two years directly supervising staff.
- Five years of higher education experience and be eligible for an academic appointment at the level of Associate Professor or above. This is demonstrated through a record of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.
- Minimum one year of experience working in a clinical setting as a Physician Assistant.
- Experience in overseeing facilities redesign.
- Strategic planning in an academic environment.
- Planning, developing, and mapping curriculum.
- Fundraising to support program growth and outreach.
- An M.D., Ph.D., or Ed.D. in a related field.
Anticipated Hiring Range: $140,000 - $180,000 annually
Classification Salary Range: $54,996 - $165,000 annually
Statement of Commitment to Diversity
In our commitment to the furthering of knowledge and fulfilling our educational mission, California State University, San Bernardino seeks a campus climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the entire variety of human experience. In our commitment to diversity, we welcome people from all backgrounds, and we seek to include knowledge and values from many cultures in the curriculum and extra-curricular life of the campus community. Our commitment to work toward an environment that values diversity requires that we create, promote, and maintain activities and programs that further our understanding of individual and group diversity. We will also develop and communicate policies and promote values that discourage intolerance and discrimination.
The concept and dimensions of diversity are to be advanced and incorporated into every aspect of university activity, including student life, the curriculum, teaching, programs, staffing, personnel training practices, research, community services, events, and all other areas of university endeavor.
Dimensions of diversity shall include but are not limited to, the following: race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, gender expression, ability, socioeconomic status, cultural orientation, national origin, and age.
The implementation of the Commitment to Diversity will rest with the university as a whole. The president, in addition to a personal commitment and involvement, may use the University Diversity Committee, campus administrators, faculty, staff, and students as well as other members of the campus community to implement effectively the philosophy and intent of this statement.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or the continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
The person holding this position is considered a `mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.
This position may be "Designated" under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter. Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information: http://hrd.csusb.edu/conflictInterest.html
This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)