Director of Faculty Development

Recruitment Period:  5/13/16 - 6/15/16
Status:  Full Time

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) invites applications for Director of Faculty Development in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The Director of Faculty Development will provide vision and oversight for all forms of faculty development, including determining appropriate support, resources, programming and training opportunities to facilitate faculty professional growth. The Associate/Director will be responsible for providing continuous improvement through a diverse range of faculty development programs designed to support teaching, leadership and research.  The Associate/Director will report to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

The Director of Faculty Development will have a history of demonstrated success bringing projects to fruition while providing creative and resourceful solutions to complex challenges. The successful candidate will demonstrate leadership skills, collaborative and participative team building skills, effective interpersonal communication and a commitment to quality and service. Key to success will be attention to detail, high energy, problem-solving capabilities and a respectful communication style.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Creates a vision for faculty development within the context of the PNWU-COM mission.
  • Creates and conducts needs assessments to develop faculty including community preceptors at local and regional sites.
  • Provides leadership in faculty development by designing, implementing and assessing a comprehensive program of faculty development to assist faculty at all career stages.
  • Develops faculty development events, workshops, program, seminars, learning communities and conferences designed to improve teaching and learning.
  • Maintains an active calendar of local, national and international and faculty development opportunities.
  • Enhances individual teaching effectiveness by consulting with individual faculty to facilitate growth in appropriate pedagogy (including instructional design and educational technology), curriculum design and assessment of student learning and professional formation.
  • Provides classroom and clinical observation and peer feedback for teaching faculty.
  • Creates a culture of teaching excellence at PNWU-COM.
  • Coordinates longitudinal Osteopathic Scholars Faculty Development Program to include inviting guest scholars, constructing a longitudinal curriculum, inviting and selecting applicants, etc.
  • Creates and coordinates “new faculty” orientation program.
  • Advocates for and works collaboratively with faculty and administration to create and promote educational scholarship.
  • Secures grants and funding for continued faculty expansion and growth.
  • Understands accreditation standards and expectations specific to the department and adheres to policies and procedures to meet or exceed such standards;
  • Conduct appropriate and consistent with the philosophy and mission of PNWU;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education, Experience and Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:


  • Required:  Master’s degree in related field
  • Knowledge of adult learning theory – including instructional design, learning styles, distance learning theories and practices, etc.

Preferred Qualities:

  • Familiarity with principles and practices of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Experience working with and/or training physicians in an educational setting.
  • Familiarity with current trends, methodologies and practices in medical education.


  • 3-5 years of professional experience working in an institution of higher learning, preferably in the health sciences.

Desired Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Strong organization, interpersonal, and planning skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team and flexibility to work with others in a variety of circumstances
  • Ability to problem solve by analyzing issues and creating action plans
  • Ability to manage projects and people and prioritize and self-direct work flow
  • Ability to work with and manage different computer programs and databases
  • Ability to schedule activities and/or meetings
  • May include travel to other cities and states.

PNWU was founded in 2005 to meet the critical need for healthcare professionals in rural and underserved communities in the Pacific Northwest. The mission driven campus operates as a 501(c) (3) not-profit healthcare educational institution offering a doctoral degree in Osteopathic Medicine with a total enrollment of 540 medical students.  Collaborations with other allied health science programs and future campus growth are well underway. The campus is located in Yakima, Washington, a city of approximately 95,000 located in the south central part of the state near the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains in a major agricultural and outdoor recreation region.  It is approximately 140 miles from Seattle and 170 miles from Portland. The Yakima Valley is a wonderful place to live, work and play providing a wide variety of interests—


PNWU offers a comprehensive benefits package to eligible employees first of the month following date of hire and competitive salary.

To ensure full consideration APPLY by the closing date. You will be asked to attach a resume/CV and references before submitting the online application.

For more information about the position, see the full job description.

PNWU is a drug-free workplace, equal opportunity employer and educational institution. To request this publication in an alternative format, please call Human Resources, 509.452.5100.