Director of Didactic Education, Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA) Program
California State University, San Bernardino
Location: San Bernardino, California
Internal Number: 4025159
Director of Didactic Education, Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA) Program California State University, San Bernardino
Job No: 524111 Work type: Management (MPP) Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time, Telecommute eligible (work onsite as scheduled and/or as requested and telecommute as scheduled)Job Summary:
The Director of Didactic Education (DDE) provides effective leadership for all aspects of the didactic phase of the MSPA program. The DDE is responsible for oversight of the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Program's didactic curriculum. The Director of Didactic Education must possess prior teaching experience in PA education, as well as strong leadership and organizational skills. This full-time position reports directly to the Program Director and works collaboratively with MSPA program faculty and staff.
About the Program
California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is developing a Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA) program to help meet the current and future healthcare needs of the region and state. The MSPA program is projected to start in 2025 pending accreditation. To date, CSUSB has received nearly $14 million in funding to support the development of this exciting new program and its facilities. The program will make a lasting impact on increasing access to quality care through an innovative curriculum, involvement in the community, and strategic healthcare partnerships. The program is also committed to diversifying the PA profession so its graduates will more closely mirror the communities they will serve.
Required materials for application:
CV, cover letter, and diversity statement.
Major duties and responsibilities:
Oversee the design, development, implementation, coordination, evaluation, and maintenance of the didactic curriculum, which includes ensuring full compliance with ARC-PA Standards.
Develop the teaching schedule and workload for the didactic phase.
Manage student academic progression, retention, and completion strategies for the didactic phase.
Evaluate and collaborate with third-party vendors for equipment, software, and services needed to enhance the student experience during the didactic phase.
Foster relationships with key stakeholders and community partners to strengthen the didactic phase, as well as create valuable experiential learning and community service opportunities.
Contribute to initial and ongoing accreditation activities by serving as the content expert for all aspects of the didactic phase.
Lead the comprehensive assessment of the didactic phase, including data collection and thoughtful analysis.
Collaborate with the Program Director and MSPA program faculty to perform programmatic evaluations.
Develop, review, and revise as necessary the mission statement, goals, and competencies of the program.
Serve as a part of the program's leadership team by providing mentorship and support to new faculty.
Lead the recruitment, onboarding, and evaluation of instructional faculty and preceptors for the didactic phase of the program.
Teaching and Student Support
Provide student instruction in areas of clinical expertise using active learning methods.
Counsel and mentor students related to academic and professional development.
Coordinate instruction (i.e., Course Director) within specified courses.
Evaluate student performance and provide remediation/reassessment as needed.
Participate in the MSPA program's admissions process, including recruitment, application review, interviews, and final selection for admission.
Serve as an active member of MSPA program committees and relevant CSUSB committees.
Work collaboratively with academic programs at CSUSB and partner institutions.
Engage in active service and scholarship as defined by the workload policy.
Engage in ongoing faculty development, including continued clinical practice and/or educational programs related to clinical medicine or PA education.
Perform other duties as determined by the Program Director.
Minimum Qualifications: Required Education and Experience
Graduate of an ARC-PA accredited program.
Master's Degree or higher in a field related to the PA profession.
Minimum of three years of experience working in a clinical setting as a Physician Assistant.
Current certification through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
PA licensure (or eligibility for licensure) in the state of California.
Minimum of one year of full-time experience in a PA program (or the equivalent). - Will consider two years of part-time PA education experience (or the equivalent).
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.
Demonstrated leadership and organizational skills.
Advanced time management and analytical skills.
Ability to manage multiple projects independently in a fast-paced organization with competing priorities and distractions.
Excellent teaching skills, including the ability to engage students.
Strong critical thinking, analytical, research, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills.
Demonstrated commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
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.
The following qualifications will also be considered when reviewing applications. However, the qualifications are not required in order to apply.
Prior experience in successfully leading and managing a team and/or large-scale project.
Doctoral degree in a related field (e.g., DMSc, DHSc, EdD, PhD, D.O., M.D.).
Additional years of clinical practice and/or full-time teaching experience in a PA program (or the equivalent) beyond the position requirements.
Prior experience with curriculum development within a PA program (or the equivalent).
Ability to incorporate active learning and utilize current educational technology into teaching.
Prior experience working within a diverse campus community.
The CSU system provides a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental and vision plans, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), sick and vacation time, and 14 paid holidays a year. Eligible employees are also able to participate in the fee waiver education program. A summary of benefit information can be found here.
Schedule: Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am-5:00pm weekends and evenings
This is a full-time management (MPP) position. MPP employees serve at the pleasure of the campus President. MPPs do not serve a probationary period and never receive permanent status.
This position will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed beginning March 20, 2023. (First review dated extended!)
Conditions of Employment
Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered 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.
CSUSB hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. See Form I-9 Acceptable Documents at https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/form-i-9-acceptable-documents.
CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who physically access campus facilities or programs to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which includes obtaining a COVID-19 booster dose, or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. See policy at https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/11030468/latest.
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. 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. We will 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.
California State University, San Bernardino is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We recruit, hire, train, and administer all personnel actions without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, color, caste, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected military or veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law. 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) For more information about Diversity & Inclusion at CSUSB, please visit https://www.csusb.edu/human-resources/diversity-inclusion
We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact the ADA Coordinator by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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California State University, San Bernardino offers a challenging and innovative academic environment. The university seeks to provide a supportive and welcoming social and physical setting where students, faculty and staff feel they belong and can excel. The university provides students the opportunity to engage in the life of the campus, interact with others of diverse backgrounds and cultures, as well as participate in activities that encourage growth, curiosity and scholarly fulfillment. Through its branch campus in Palm Desert, the university mission extends to the Coachella Valley.