Principal Faculty, Assistant Director of Clinical Education, Physician Assistant Studies

Job ID 2021-1398
Job Locations
Regular Full-Time
Budgeted Salary Range
78,000 - 112,000

Location, Job Title, Benefits

Rocky Vista University in Parker, CO has an opening for a

Assistant Director of Clinical Education, Physician Assistant Studies



To be considered for this position applicants should submit a resume/cover letter and salary requirements.


SALARY AND BENEFITS: The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to skill, knowledge, experience, education, and credentials.


The salary range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.


RVU offers a full benefits package that includes 401(k), Health, Dental and Vision insurance, paid vacation, sick and holidays.


RVU is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Primary Purpose

The Assistant Director of Clinical Education, Principal Faculty for the Physician Assistant Program, will work closely with the Director of Clinical Education and the PA Program Clinical team members to provide planning, implementation and evaluation of the Programs’ clinical education curriculum, including integration with the pre-clinical phase of training.  In addition, this role will deliver curriculum content and participate in Program operations including, but not limited to program committees, Simulation-related activities, and evaluating student performance in didactic and clinical settings.

Essential Job Functions


  1. Contribute to the Program’s continuous process of self-assessment to ensure quality of the clinical curriculum, in collaboration with the Director of Clinical Education, Medical Director-Clinical, and Program Director.
  2. Assist in developing clinical sites and preceptors for the PA program and in collaboration with members of RVU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) when possible.
  3. Assist the Director of Clinical Education in the clinical rotation scheduling process to ensure learners are placed in required rotations and in compliance with accreditation requirements.
  4. Assist in ensuring compliance with accreditation standards related to the didactic and clinical phases of the program.
  5. Establish, implement, and monitor required clinical tracking components.
  6. Monitor student clinical progress toward achieving program outcomes and competencies.
  7. Establish regular clinical student site visits in collaboration with the PA Clinical Team.
  8. Perform regular and “as needed” clinical phase visits, evaluating and documenting student performance and providing regular updates to Program faculty.
  9. Contribute to the mid-year and annual evaluations of staff members supporting the clinical phase.
  10. Assist in development and implementation of Simulated clinical encounters associated with the early, mid, and late phases of clinical training to ensure alignment of competencies across the curriculum and in collaboration with the Curriculum and Student Assessment Committees.  


  1. Serve as course director in pre-clinical and clinical phase courses, ensuring integration of didactic and clinical phase content.
  2. Develop and deliver lectures, laboratories, and small group interactive sessions through varied delivery methods.
  3. Develop, implement, and score competency-based assessments.
  4. Serve as faculty advisor to assigned PA students.


  1. Serve on PA program and University committees according to professional interest and assigned duties.
  2. Attend PA Program faculty meetings, retreats, and accreditation-related events.
  3. Participate in the PA Program’s admissions process.
  4. Participate in activities of state, regional, and national organizations to promote a positive image of the PA concept within academic, lay, and professional communities.


  1. Engage in scholarship and faculty development including original research, publications, presentations, and workshop participation.


Perform other duties as assigned

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Current expertise in clinical curriculum content associated with Physician Assistant or medical training.
  2. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team.
  3. Demonstrated ability to adapt to change.
  4. Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  5. Demonstrated ability to prioritize, organize, manage competing deadlines, and bring projects to successful completion with limited oversight.
  6. Proficient in Microsoft Office (e.g. Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Terminal degree for profession, and related to position (e.g. Master degree for PA, MD/DO for physician).
  2. Current license (or eligibility) to practice in Colorado.
  3. Ability to travel to clinical sites.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Current certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
  2. Previous experience as a clinical preceptor or clinical coordinator.
  3. Experience delivering curriculum content to PA students (clinical or didactic).
  4. Experience using a variety of academic learning systems (Canvas, BlackBoard).
  5. Clinical experience of 3-5 years.


Final applicant will be required to pass background check and drug screening.


Rocky Vista University, on the recommendation of the COVID-19 Response Team (CRT), implemented a mandatory vaccination policy for all employees and students effective July 1, 2021 


Qualified applicants will be contacted. There may be an additional video interview for you to complete. Please watch your email including spam and promotions folder.


Rocky Vista University is in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and does not discriminate with regard to applicants or employees with disabilities, and will make reasonable accommodation when necessary. The following are essential abilities and physical requirements for all position at the University.

  • Ability to orally communicate effectively with others;
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing, using the English language;
  • Ability to work cooperatively with colleagues and supervisory staff at all levels;
  • May be exposed to short, intermittent, and /or prolonged periods of sitting and/or standing in performance of job duties;
  • May be required to accomplish job duties using various types of equipment/supplies to include, but not limited to, pens, pencils, calculators, computer keyboards, telephone, etc.;
  • May be required to transport oneself to other campus offices, conference rooms, and on occasion, to off-campus sites to attend meetings, conferences, workshops, seminars, etc.


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