Canisius Employment Opportunities


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Work type: Full-time Staff
Location: Buffalo
Categories: Administrative/Professional



Director of Physician Assistant Program

College of Arts & Sciences


Canisius College invites applications for a position of Director of the new Physician Assistant Program.  The Physician Assistant Program Director will have responsibility for all facets of development and ongoing leadership for a new Physician Assistant Studies master’s degree program, including developing the curriculum, recruiting and hiring faculty, and working with community partners.  It is expected that the first class of students will begin in the fall of 2019. The appointment is full-time, non-tenure track, starting on or after March 1, 2018.

The Director will effectively represent the program and forge relationships with diverse constituencies including prospective students, Canisius faculty and staff, the medical community, Canisius alumni, benefactors, and public.


  • Work collaboratively and collegially with other faculty, with administrators at the college, and with community partners to develop a strong, mission-centered Physician Assistant Program and shepherd it through the appropriate approval and accreditation processes.
  • Lead the faculty development pertinent to the Physician Assistant Program.
  • Direct program curriculum implementation, assessment, and review.
  • Teach in the PA program or related disciplines.
  • Ensure and constantly improve academic quality of the Physician Assistant Program, including ensuring student preparation to successfully complete the PANCE exam.
  • Develop partnerships with local health systems, physicians, and PAs to provide required clinical sites for student during their clinical year.
  • Work with graduate admissions on the recruitment of students.
  • Oversee retention and comprehensive advisement of graduate students.
  • Work collegially and collaboratively with other faculty on existing and developing allied health and natural science programs
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • NCCPA-certification as a physician assistant (master’s degree) including eligibility for PA licensure by the New York State Department of Education Office of the Professions.
  • Experience teaching and/or serving as a preceptor in a Physician Assistant Studies Program.
  • Minimum of three years of practice (patient care) experience as a Physician Assistant.
  • Demonstrated management experience, strong interpersonal and organizational skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, and competence with Microsoft Office software.
  • Knowledge of ARC-PA accreditation standards
  • Experience in successful ARC-PA accreditation is preferred.

The review of applications will start on January 22 and continue until the position is filled.

Applicants must submit a cover letter, CV, vision statement for the program, and a list of 4 references with contact information with their online application. Letters may be addressed to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. 

Canisius College, a Catholic and Jesuit university, has as its foundation the fundamental values of academic excellence, leadership, faith and social justice.  It awards undergraduate and graduate degrees by its academic programs housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, Wehle School of Business, School of Education, and School of Professional Studies.  More detailed information about the College and the community may be obtained at  Canisius is committed to educating and preparing men and women to become leaders in their professions and their communities, and in service to humanity.  The college is an equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.   

Canisius College is located in Buffalo, New York.  Buffalo is an affordable city and is the second largest city in New York State.  Buffalo is undergoing a ‘renaissance’ with many multicultural amenities, vibrant arts, athletic and historic attractions available to experience throughout the year (see the Buffalo Niagara Visitors Center for information  Buffalo is within easy driving distance to many additional cultural and scenic attractions including Toronto, Niagara Falls, Allegany State Park, and the Adirondacks to name a few.  In addition, the Buffalo Niagara International airport is served by all the major airlines and several low-cost airlines (Jet Blue, Southwest, etc.).   In addition, although Buffalo has a reputation for high snowfall, the city is actually located north of the snow-belt area, providing access to several ski resorts.


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