Physician Assistant Program Director

Position Details

The University of New England, a national leader in the health sciences and Maine’s largest private university invites applications and nominations for the position of Program Director of Maine’s only Master of Science Physician Assistant Program.

In 2017, University of New England received a plethora of accolades as prominent rankings were published and UNE was named one of the 382 Best Colleges by the Princeton Review and earned a place on the Forbes Top Colleges List five years in a row.  The University is included among the “Best Universities” in the North by U.S. News & World Report and has been recognized for outstanding programs in health sciences and medicine.  UNE has a long history of education in the health professions and currently includes doctorate programs in Osteopathic Medicine, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy and Physical therapy, and master’s programs in Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Nurse Anesthesia, Public Health and Social Work.  The strength and volume of the health professions programs supported by outstanding faculty and state-of-the-art facilities has positioned UNE as a leader in interprofessional education.  The Westbrook College of Health Professions is a pioneer in the pedagogy of interprofessional education, having established the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) in 2010, thereby solidifying UNE’s commitment to preparing the next generation of health care providers for team-based practice.

The Physician Assistant program is housed on 41 acres in suburban Portland, 10 minutes from the city’s downtown hub and scenic waterfront.  A picturesque campus, UNE personifies quintessential New England with brick buildings and a green quad lined with seasonal blooms and gorgeous foliage. In the Physician Assistant program, there are seven full-time faculty, one part-time and at least three administrative staff members.  Each new student cohort consists of 50 students who are highly selected through a competitive admissions process.  For 2017, the program received over 1,400 applications for 50 seats.  The program is distinct for small group case-based learning classes, first-year clinical experience, a cadaver gross anatomy lab providing personal hands-on instruction, two years of pharmacology training, and a state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Center, newly renovated in 2017.  Students begin patient care in the first year through UNE’s unique Interprofessional Geriatric Education Practicum.  The PA Program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) through 2026.

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced Physician Assistant program educator who possesses leadership experience either through direct team management or participation on college and university service committees to lead a solid, well established Physician Assistant Master’s Program.  Reporting to the Dean of the Westbrook College of Health Professions, the Program Director will provide leadership and vision to the faculty and staff in advancing the department’s mission of training students to provide primary care to all age groups and patient populations in a team-based model that focuses on patients in underserved rural and urban communities. Responsibilities include departmental administration, mentorship, and development of faculty, cultivating a seamless experience for students throughout didactic and clinical training, oversight of the accreditation process, teaching, budget management and advocating for the program to the college, university and community.

Demonstrated Leadership Responsibilities Include: Excellent management and budgetary skills, a transparent and collaborative administrative style, an ability to foster respect and a team spirit, excellent communication skills, and an entrepreneurial spirit capable of cultivating new resources.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate: Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies or equivalent and eligibility for certification as a Physician Assistant in Maine is required along with certification by NCCPA.  A Ph.D., Ed.D. or other relevant doctorate is preferred. 

This individual will possess a minimum of 3-5 years administration experience in an educational setting.  Candidates must also have 3-5 years full-time teaching experience in an academic faculty position or equivalent teaching experience.  

Participation in the ARC-PA accreditation process strongly preferred. 

Nominations, Applications, and Inquiries

The search committee will begin reviewing and evaluating applications immediately and continue to accept and review credentials until a new Program Director is selected.  To ensure fullest consideration, candidates are advised to submit their materials by June 8 , 2018. 

Joy Yablonsky of AGB Search is assisting with this search. 

Nominators and prospective candidates may contact her at or 215-934-1386.  If you have any personal interest in exploring the position or learning more about it, we would be delighted to discuss the opportunity with you in strict confidence. 

Applications should be submitted electronically in Word or PDF format to:

Materials must include:

  • A letter of interest (LOI) that addresses your qualifications, management experience, leadership philosophy, and how your experience directly responds to the Opportunities and Challenges and Attributes set forth in the job profile for the next Program Director 
  • A complete CV or resume 
  • Names and contact information (telephone and e-mail) for five references, none of whom will be contacted until a later stage of the search or without the formal permission of the candidate.  All inquiries and applications will be received and evaluated in confidence.

​​​​​​​The University of New England operates in accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Maine Human Rights Act, and all other applicable civil rights laws and regulations. The University of New England does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, sex, age, marital status, ancestry, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation; including transgender status and gender expression, citizenship status, political affirmation, veteran status or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law in the administration of its employment practices or in the educational programs or activities that it offers. The University is committed to the use of Affirmative Action principles and techniques in furtherance of its Equal Opportunity Policy.