Program Director, Master of Science in Anesthesia (MSA) Program - Department of Medical Education

The Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine invites applications for the position of Program Director, Master of Science in Anesthesia Program, Austin, TX. This position is a full-time administrative and teaching position which is responsible, in collaboration with the Medical Director, for all decisions related to the local daily operational and educational aspects of the Austin, Texas MSA program including didactic curriculum content, student clinical experiences and placements, quality assurance, local program budget, marketing, political liaison with universities and state medical boards, student admissions and matriculation, student advancement, and faculty development. The Program Director ensures that all program activities are in line with the program’s mission, goals, and objectives. This person also assumes responsibility that program activities to comply with accreditation requirements and with all university, school, and program policies and procedures.

The Program Director is expected to devote two administrative days to the program, and to spend at least one additional day in a clinical setting working with CWRU MSA students. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS 

  • In close collaboration with the Austin Medical Director and MSA Program leadership, oversees and provides quality assurance for all aspects of the educational program in Austin, Texas, including but not limited to all didactic curriculum content, all simulation content, the student clinical experiences and all related managerial responsibilities to ensure the smooth functioning of the program in accordance with all university policies and procedures for an effective and positive student experience. (25%)
  • Responsible for the development and monitoring of an annual budget and all administrative reports required by accrediting bodies, university, and school. In close collaboration with MSA Program leadership, prepares and submits all necessary documentation for the initial accreditation of and subsequent accreditation renewals of the program in Austin. (10%)
  • Responsible for staff and faculty recruitment at the Austin program location, providing supervision, conducting annual performance reviews, and other staff/faculty development needs. Leads regular staff and faculty meetings to aid in didactic scheduling, calendar review, textbook review, student issues, program administration, etc. (10%)
  • Participates in and monitors the recruitment, interviewing and selection of potential students for the Austin program location. Develops and implements prospective student marketing strategies. (10%)
  • In collaboration with the Austin Medical Director and MSA Program leadership, monitors student performance data and provides guidance to students on clinical and academic performance, conducting regular and ad-hoc progress and promotions meetings with each student, maintaining the appropriate documentation of this process. Proactively identifies and directs students to available support services for academic, personal, or other stressors that may jeopardize a student’s optimal performance in the program. (10%)
  • Instructs students in their clinical education and participates in student evaluation as a clinical preceptor. Teaches other didactic and simulation courses as required. (8%)
  • Identifies new clinical rotation sites and grows the network of available student placements, maintaining constructive relationships with past, current, and potential clinical partners. (7%)
  • Participates in academic and professional conferences required by the program curriculum, including but not limited to the annual meetings of the ASA, AAAA, TSA and TAAA. (7%)
  • Demonstrates and maintains personal and professional standards consistent with the academic medical profession. Acts as a liaison between the MSA Program and the professional community; outside organizations; and other schools, committees, and task forces within the university. (6%)

NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Direct the coordination of special events, including receptions, seminars, workshops, site visits, etc. at the Austin program location. (4%)
  • Maintain positive relationships with and serves as mentor to local clinical instructors. (3%)
  • Other duties and responsibilities as delegated by the Executive Program Director. (<1%)

CONTACTS 

  • Program Management: Frequent contact with Executive and Associate Executive Program Director for the network to ensure that the MSA Program in Austin is meeting all standards and needs for the evolution of the program and profession. 
  • Faculty: Regular contact with faculty to explain and ensure course delivery follows University and Program policies and standards.
  • Students: Frequent contact with students to teach courses and to mentor their professional development.
  • Department Staff: Regular contact with MSA Program staff to coordinate classroom and student needs.
  • Potential students: Frequent contact with interested and prospective students at professional events, job fairs and during interview days.
  • Professional organizations: Occasional contact with ASA, AAAA, TAAA and TSA to represent and advocate for the program’s interests.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY
The Program Director will have direct supervisory responsibility for the local Directors of Simulation, Clinical Education and Didactic Education, as well as the local Manager of Administrative Operations. The Program Director will have indirect supervisory responsibility for the local Education Coordinator and Education Specialist, who directly report to the local Manager of Administrative Operations. 

QUALIFICATIONS

Experience: Ten years of clinical experience as a certified anesthesiologist assistant (CAA) required. Ideal candidate has a proven track record in higher education program development and/or in a clinical coordination role in anesthesia.

Education/Licensing: Active hospital credentialing committee approval or ability to obtain hospital credentialing committee approval to work as a CAA in Texas is required and must be maintained while in this position. Master’s degree in anesthesia is required; ideal candidate will also possess a graduate degree in education (M.Ed. or Ph.D.). 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Professionalism:

  • Advocate for the CAA profession
  • Successfully leadership roles, ideally in an anesthesia-related field
  • Advocate for diverse, inclusive, and safe environments
  • Effective collaboration with other professions

Interpersonal and Communication:

  • Able to work cooperatively with colleagues and staff at all levels
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, including self- and situational awareness
  • Able to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing

Academic and Teaching:

  • Mentorship and/or advising abilities towards students and/or faculty members
  • Able to teach didactic courses and/or laboratory procedures, also in an interprofessional environment
  • Skilled at writing lessons plans for AA education courses
  • Familiarity with current anesthesiology literature

Clinical Experience: 

  • Able to work in both private and academic settings
  • Able to participate in the clinical education of the students

Administrative and Managerial: 

  • Able to establish priorities, work independently, and proceed with objectives without supervision
  • Able to consistently meet attendance and deadlines
  • Ability to analyze facts, exercise judgment, and arrive at valid conclusions. 
  • Working knowledge of computer software applications and distance education.

WORKING CONDITIONS

The Program Director will be required to spend approximately 100% of their time in academic and administrative duties over the course of three (3) days per week, the specific days and hours for which to be agreed upon with the Executive Program Director and Associate Executive Program Director. 

The position requires that the Program Director can work under stress and to sit for long periods of time at a computer terminal. Frequent travel may be required for student and AA faculty recruitment and participation in professional meetings at the state and national levels.

Either in-person or teleconferenced attendance at administrative meetings and conferences in evenings and on weekends may be required.

Case Western Reserve University is in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and does not discriminate with regards to applicants or employees with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodation when necessary. The following are essential abilities and physical requirements for all positions 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 staffs 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.

HOW TO APPLY
To apply, candidates should email a letter of interest, their diversity statement and curriculum vitae to: Lauren Bohatka, Manager of Partnerships and Development, Master of Science in Anesthesia Program, Case Western Reserve University at lxb360@case.edu.

As our society grapples with the history, legacy and persistence of entrenched racism and its impact on communities of color, we reaffirm our mission to expand opportunities for underrepresented groups; provide a multifaceted education for our students; foster a culture of diversity, pluralism and recognition of individual difference; and realize our ideals within the university and in the larger world.

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity and advancing an inclusive community in which everyone is welcome, respected, valued and heard. Along with colleagues across the university, our faculty, staff and students are engaged in continued and meaningful dialogue about issues of systemic racism, and we are determined to implement direct measures to end discriminatory practices on our campus and enhance our contributions to the communities around us. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Following from the above, applicants will be asked during the application process to submit a statement explaining how their research, teaching, and/or service have contributed to diversity, equity and inclusion within their scholarly field(s) and/or how their individual and/or collaborative efforts have promoted structural justice inside and outside institutions of higher learning. This statement should also reflect on the ways in which the candidate’s continued efforts will foster a culture of diversity, pluralism, and individual difference at Case Western Reserve University into the future.

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.