Chair of Osteopathic Principles and Practice

Chair of Osteopathic Principles and Practice
Yakima, WA

Recruitment Period: 02/25/19 - Until Filled
Status: Full Time

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) was founded as a 501(c) (3) non-profit medical institution in 2005 aimed at increasing access to health care in medically underserved areas of the Pacific Northwest.

The University currently confers the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine enrolling a total of 560 medical students with plans to develop other programs and/or colleges. Interprofessional education partnerships with other universities adds another 100 students to the population. The campus includes 300 employees with academic programming spread over a five state region.

PNWU is located in Yakima, WA, 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 120 miles from Seattle, 130 miles from Portland, and 160 miles from Spokane. The Yakima Valley is a wonderful place to live, work and play. For more information, visit

General Summary:
The Chair of Osteopathic Principles and Practice Department provides overall leadership to the department and is accountable to fulfill the education, clinical, service and scholarly activity objectives of the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) as well as facilitate the professional development of the faculty they supervise. This position has responsibility to ensure that the educational standards are maintained for the accreditation of the program and to manage the program's budget. This person shall develop and provide direction to faculty to help them achieve increased success at the professional level. Reports to the Dean.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Establish the vision for all department functions and services in support of the college's strategic mission, vision and core values
  • Acts as a leader and holds people and the department accountable
  • Set long term goals, define the financial, physical and human resources needed for the unit to meet all of its responsibilities, develop budget recommendations for the department or division and oversee their usage
  • Recruit, manage, evaluate, promote and retain excellent faculty and administrative staff, and act to ensure their continued professional development. Set high, achievable goals and foster professional growth in the areas of teaching, service, and scholarly activity
  • Ensure that department systems provide cohesive support to the college's mission and that the department operates effectively within ethical, financial, prudent business practice and legal parameters
  • Facilitates planning and evaluation of the departmental curriculum and assure that departmental curricular offerings effectively support the COM educational mission
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with other medical school personnel and internal and external partners that result in the accomplishment of goals
  • Actively participate in school-related committees as appropriate
  • Maintain appropriate teaching, service, scholarly activity and clinical practice load. Stay current in field
  • Provide clinical expertise and support for 3rd and 4th year curriculum in area of expertise; This includes curriculum development for 3rd and 4th year, Moodle updates, reviewing syllabi and COMAT scores
  • Represent PNWU-COM nationally on the Educational Committee for Osteopathic Practice (ECOP)
  • Supervise OPP Scholars Program
  • Understands accreditation standards and expectations specific to the department and adheres to policies and procedures to meet or exceed such standards
  • Conducts self appropriately and consistently in accordance with the philosophy and mission of PNWU
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Required: D.O.
  • Certification: Requires AOA board certification in area Neuromuscular Medicine (AOBNMM) or a Certificate of Specialty Proficiency in OMM (C-SPOMM)


  • At least five years working as a faculty member in area of responsibility or equivalent
  • Excellent interpersonal, communications, and presentation skills
  • Extensive professional experience with an exemplary record of achievement
  • Ability to generate respect and trust from faculty and staff
  • Possess exceptional credentials in scholarly activity and/or individual achievement

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; and schedule activities and/or meetings.

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The job announcement above is not the full job description, but represents the job responsibilities and requirements. A full job description can be provided upon request.

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