Assistant Director


The Assistant Director is a physician assistant education and accreditation expert who performs many of the vital steps in the ongoing review of accredited programs. He or she assists the commission in its program evaluation and accreditation decision making by reviewing and interpreting documents, preparing reports and providing historical information. He or she will also provide information and guidance to individuals, groups, and organizations regarding PA program accreditation. The Assistant Director serves as a resource to staff on issues related to PA education and the profession.

REPORTS TO: Associate Executive Director / Executive Director

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to:

  • Reviews program submitted applications, self-study reports, reports from the portal and other required program documents submitted to the ARC-PA, completing worksheets on these applications and reports as requested.
  • Assesses site visitor worksheets and observations
  • Reviews program responses to commission observations
  • Participates in the preparation of workshop materials
  • Creates and delivers presentations at ARC-PA sponsored workshops and at PAEA meetings and
  • Serves as a site visitor as needed
  • Updates existing or develops new worksheets, applications and other documents, including the accreditation and policy manuals
  • Participates in commission meetings
  • Drafts correspondence to programs and institutions conveying the commission’s actions
  • Monitors, evaluates, suggests and implements changes necessary for the organization’s continuous quality improvement


Education and Credentials

  • Master’s degree
  • Graduate of an accredited physician assistant program
  • Current NCCPA certification or previous passage of the NCCPA exam


  • At least 2 years prior service to the ARC-PA as a site visitor or commissioner
  • Ten or more years of educational and administrative experience in an accredited PA program
  • Experience with accreditation activities at a program level

Knowledge and Skills

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated administrative capabilities
  • Highly organized and task oriented, as demonstrated by previous work experience
  • Ability to think and work independently and as part of a team
  • Proficiency in the use of computers for word processing, data management, e-mail and Internet
  • Flexibility to adjust to changing demands, work schedules, travel and external circumstances
  • Ability to interact in a professional manner with staff, volunteer leaders, program personnel and consumers
  • Demonstrated ability to deal discreetly with confidential information