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Full-Time Founding Program Director, Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program (MSPAS)

Keck Graduate Institute – Posted by Keck Graduate Institute Claremont, California, United States

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Founding Program Director, Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program (MSPAS)


Keck Graduate Institute (KGI), in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the position of Founding Program Director, Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) Program. The KGI School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is seeking a Founding Program Director to lead a new Master of Science Program in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS). The program is scheduled to launch in the fall of 2022, and will complement current programs in Pharmacy, Genetic Counseling, Genomic Data Analytics and a planned Occupational Therapy program in 2023. A new allopathic medical school is also in development at KGI.


The Program Director is responsible for the overall planning, direction, and management of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program. The Program Director will serve as the Program’s strategic, academic, and operational leader by guiding the faculty in program development, accreditation self-study, curriculum, administration, teaching, research, and service. The Program Director will serve as an advocate for the program within the medical, academic, and local health communities. In addition to being knowledgeable about the profession, the successful candidate will have strong communication skills, be responsive to personnel issues, and have experience with problem solving.


Essential Functions and Responsibilities

Individuals must possess knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions may be performed, with or without, reasonable accommodations using some other combination of skills and abilities:

  • Acquiring and maintaining of ARC-PA accreditation;
  • Developing and overseeing the Physician Assistant Program;
  • Designing and implementing the curriculum;
  • Recruiting and retaining qualified faculty, staff and support personnel;
  • Acquiring and maintaining of clinical sites;
  • Adhering to ARC-PA Standards;
  • Effective budget management;
  • Developing and enforcing program policies and procedures;
  • Developing admissions criteria for applicants and participating in the admissions process;
  • Developing and implementing plans for continuous programmatic and curricular outcomes assessment;
  • Ensuring high quality didactic and clinical instruction;
  • Involvement in the didactic and clinical education of students;
  • Fostering academic and clinical collaborations with other programs in the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Henry E. Riggs School of Applied Life Sciences and the KGI Medical School;
  • Keeping abreast of all issues impacting Physician Assistant education and practice through ongoing clinical practice and continuous education;
  • Engaging in active scholarship.



The successful candidate will possess:

  • A Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies;
  • Three years of full-time academic experience in a Physician Assistant Program;
  • Current NCCPA certification and PA licensure or eligibility for a PA licensure in California;
  • Relevant clinical experience;
  • Demonstrated leadership and management experience;
  • Knowledge of and experience with ARC-PA standards;
  • Strong commitment to student success and innovative education.


Keck Graduate Institute

Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) was founded in 1997 as the first higher education institution in the United States dedicated exclusively to education and research related to the applied life sciences. KGI offers innovative postgraduate degrees and certificates that integrate life and health sciences, business, pharmacy, engineering, and genetics, with a focus on industry projects, hands-on industry experiences, and team collaborations. KGI employs an entrepreneurial approach and industry connections that provide pathways for students to become leaders within healthcare and the applied life sciences.


Located in beautiful Claremont, California, Keck Graduate Institute is a member of the Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges, two graduate institutions, and The Claremont Colleges Services, which provides shared institutional support services. The Claremont Colleges consistently place at the top of national college rankings, including Forbes, Money and U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review. Each nationally recognized college has its own campus, students and faculty, and distinctive mission, and each offers top-notch curricula, small classes, distinguished professors and personalized instruction. To learn more, please visit


The Claremont, CA Community

Located approximately 30 miles east of Los Angeles, Claremont is a prestigious community consisting of 35,000 residents and 140 acres of developed parks and tree-lined streets. The City’s development has always been closely associated with the academically acclaimed Claremont colleges: a consortium of five undergraduate and two graduate higher education institutions. The community takes pride in its rich cultural, educational and architectural heritage, as well as its small-town atmosphere. Known throughout the region for its stately and beautiful single-family homes (many of historical significance), Claremont also offers condominiums, townhouses, and apartment living to meet varied needs and lifestyles.


In balance with residential development, there are thriving commercial and major industrial centers in Claremont as well as the historical downtown “Village.” The City has a well-educated, professional, and skilled labor force; quality and diversified residential areas; and excellent educational and recreational facilities. These attributes—along with progressive, well-managed City government and intense interest in community and cultural activities—make Claremont an ideal place to live and to conduct business.


Applications and Nominations

All applicants are directed to apply here: All other correspondence relating to the position of Founding Program Director, Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program (MSPAS) at Keck Graduate Institute, should be directed in confidence to the Institute’s executive search consultant:

Mr. Christopher S. Healy, Vice President

Scott Healy & Associates


The full and complete application should contain the following information:

  • A cover letter highlighting your professional experience and your vision for this new program;
  • A complete CV outlining your career and educational credentials;
  • The names of three professional references, including their relationship to you, their position, email, and direct phone numbers. References will not be contacted without written permission.


Applications submitted by June 5, 2020, will receive priority consideration. This search will remain open until the position is filled.


Keck Graduate Institute is an equal opportunity employer. It does not discriminate against qualified employees or applicants based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable state or federal law. Equal employment opportunity will be extended to all persons in all terms and conditions of employment. KGI strongly encourages candidates from underrepresented groups to apply.

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Job Categories: Physician Assistant. Job Types: Full-Time.

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