Director, Physician Assistant Program
Administrator » College of Arts and Sciences
Posted Tuesday, February 14, 2023

JOB TITLE:  Director, Physician Assistant Program
HIRING SUPERVISOR:  Dean, College of Arts & Sciences        
DEPARTMENT: Natural Sciences-Physician Assistant Program
TYPE:  Full-Time

Lawrence Technological University, a national university, renowned for its “theory and practice” mode of education is seeking a visionary and innovative Program Director of the Physician Assistant Studies Program. The PA program, along with the Nursing program will be at the forefront of a growing emphasis on allied health sciences, including the creation of a new College of Health Sciences to start in the Fall 2023 at LTU.

The Director of the Physician Assistant Studies Program will report to the Dean, College of Health Sciences where he/she is the chief PA programs’ academic officer. The Director’s primary responsibility is to advance the mission of the program, to continue to grow enrollment, and to develop a vision and the strategic steps necessary to achieve that vision.

The Director of the Physician Assistant Studies Program reports to the Dean, College of Health Sciences where he/she is the chief academic officer overseeing the PA Program. The director is responsible for the organization, administration and management of the academic and fiscal aspects of the program, including the hiring of faculty and staff. The director is responsible for all aspects of the accreditation process required by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). He/she will serve as a liaison between LTU and Ascension Providence Hospital. The Director is an eleven month, administrative position in the College of Health Sciences. Additional key responsibilities of the position are managing the enrollment in the program and establishing constituencies and alliances within the University and with Ascension Providence Hospital working with colleagues in a spirit of partnership, transparency and fiscal responsibility. The Director will be responsible for recruiting additional faculty and will assist in student recruitment and admissions.

  • Maintain professional accreditation from the ARC-PA for the PA program;

  • Hire, supervise, mentor and oversee program personnel including the medical director.

  • Work with the medical director to insure instructional and clinical experiences meet the current standards in patient care and the PA profession;

  • Work closely with Ascension Providence Hospital in the development and organization of the program and to discuss future collaborations;

  • Collaborate with other University units and engage alumni, industry and the profession community;

  • Participate in the design, development and evaluation of the program’s curriculum;

  • Identify relevant existing library holdings and needs to support the program;

  • Manage the program’s enrollment, advancing strategies for recruitment and retention of students;

  • Facilitate and guide the development of marketing materials;

  • Work with the Advancement Office and the Dean of the College of Health Sciences in fundraising for the program from both public and private entities and individuals;

  • Represent the program, the College and University effectively in educational, governmental, business, alumni and other public forums.

Engage in strategic planning; assess program and organizational needs. Design strategies to address those needs. Monitor budget and perform compensation, benefits and performance reviews. Prepare communications to employees. Meet with alumni, community leaders and representatives of public and private entities.

 Essential to the position are proven leadership, administrative and organizational skills, and a commitment to academic excellence and fiscal responsibility. Experience with the PA accreditation process, and the vision and creativity necessary to secure accreditation is important. Enrollment management skills and experiences working and recruiting diverse student populations are necessary. Faculty development, fundraising, and community and alumni engagement skills are required.

Individuals should possess significant personnel management, curriculum development, fund raising, instructional, coaching/counseling/conflict resolution, and change management skills. Individuals should also possess the ability to represent the school and university effectively in educational, governmental, business and alumni public forums. Individuals should possess knowledge of leadership concepts and applications, motivation concepts and applications, third-party contract negotiation and management, including development of requests for proposals and knowledge current with emerging trends in education.

Director must be a NCCPA certified PA or a M.D. or D.O. The successful candidate will hold or is eligible for the appropriate license in Michigan. Administrative and academic experience is highly desirable. He/she should also possess a track record of participation and leadership in professional and academic associations, and sufficient experience to engage the professional community. Must possess exceptional interpersonal and relationship building skills.

Superior planning and organizing ability are required. Ability to comprehend and resolve complex interpersonal and organizational problems is essential. The ability to plan and work independently as well as in teams is essential. Incumbents will possess both strong analytical skills and sound instincts to complement programming and service delivery.

Lawrence Technological University (LTU) conducts pre-employment screening on initial candidates for all positions, which may include but is not limited to, a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, license, certifications, and/or verification of work history.

Lawrence Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Lawrence Technological University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Lawrence Technological University. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class. The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at

HOW TO APPLY: Applications must be sent electronically to  and include, in a SINGLE PDF FILE, the following: a cover letter describing interest and qualifications, a complete curriculum vitae, a statement of leadership philosophy, and names of five references. References will not be contacted without informing the candidate. For best consideration, applications should be received by March 15, 2023.