Chair of Osteopathic Principles and Practice

Recruitment Period: 11/01/16- Until FilledStatus: Full Time, 1.0 FTE

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 offers 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 140 miles from Seattle, 170 miles from Portland, and 200 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). This position has responsibility to ensure that the educational standards are maintained for the accreditation of the program. This position reports directly 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.

•Select and retain excellent faculty and administrative staff, and act to ensure their continued 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.

• Plan and evaluate the departmental curriculum and assure that departmental curricular offerings effectively support the COM educational mission

•Participates in faculty evaluation and promotion.

•Foster the growth of departmental scholarly activity.

•Direct the budgetary and business affairs of the department.

•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.

•Conducts himself/herself appropriate and consistent with the philosophy and mission of PNWU.

•Other duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate is expected to have a national reputation and record of successful development of educational programs and training of students and fellows, a history of scholarly activity, and demonstrated excellence in clinical service. Moreover, the successful candidate will have an interest in collaborative practice, evidence for educational excellence demonstrated by leadership roles and recognized for investment in faculty development and mentoring.

  • Earned degree as Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.). Graduate of a fully accredited college of osteopathic medicine, accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation. Board certified by the American Osteopathic Association in OMM/NMM.
  • Eligible for a medical license in WA State.
  • Five years working as a faculty member in area of responsibility.
  • 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.

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; schedule activities and/or meetings; gather and/or collate data; and work with data utilizing specific, defined processes.

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