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Program Director, Doctor of Pharmacy Program

Keck Graduate Institute
Claremont, California
Salary commensurate with experience
Closing date
Oct 6, 2023

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Position Type
Graduate Program
Specialty Area
Work Setting
College / University

Position Overview:

The PharmD Program Director will lead efforts to continue the school’s tradition of innovative teaching, learning, research, scholarship, and patient/client-centered care. This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly collaborative, forward-thinking, enthusiastic leader to inspire a tightly knit community of faculty, staff, and students, and to guide the school as it continues its commitment to excellence in education, developing creative and effective leaders dedicated to ethical conduct, interprofessional collaboration and service to others. The Program Director will oversee all the PharmD faculty, including basic, clinical, and administrative sciences, and report to the Dean. Faculty rank will be based on background training and experience.

Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) was founded in 1997 as the first higher education institution in the United States dedicated exclusively to education and research related to the applied life sciences. KGI offers innovative postgraduate degrees and certificates that integrate life and health sciences, business, pharmacy, engineering, and genetics, focusing on industry projects, hands-on industry experiences, and team collaborations. KGI employs an entrepreneurial approach and industry connections that allow students to become leaders in healthcare and the applied life sciences.

Located in beautiful Claremont, California, KGI is a member of the Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges, two graduate institutions, and The Claremont Colleges Services, which provides shared institutional support services. Each nationally recognized college has its own campus, students and faculty, and distinctive mission, and each offers top-notch curricula, small classes, distinguished professors, and personalized instruction. The Claremont Colleges consistently place at the top of national college rankings, including Forbes, Money and U.S.  News and World Report, and the Princeton Review.

Education and Experience:

Qualified candidates will have earned a pharmacy doctorate (PharmD and/or Ph.D.) and be eligible for pharmacy licensure (if applicable). The ideal candidate will have prior administrative experience in an academic setting, a demonstrated capacity for leadership, possess a strong record of teaching, service, and scholarly achievement, and demonstrated ability to support school educational, service, and research initiatives.

Essential Functions and ResponsibilitiesIndividuals must possess knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the essential function of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions may be performed, with or without, reasonable accommodations, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

  • Supports and participates in accreditation activities as required and in cooperation with other Associate/ Assistant Deans and the Dean of the School.
  • Recommend and oversee the program budget
  • Recruits and supervises, evaluates, and facilitates the professional development of faculty and staff members.
  • Provides vision, leadership, and a collegial environment.
  • Delegates administrative and management tasks and supervises personnel as appropriate.
  • Conduct regular faculty evaluations and feedback activities.
  • Develops and implement policies and procedures that are aligned with accreditation and association standards, guidelines, and educational outcomes.
  • Assigns teaching responsibilities, ensures the quality of curricular offerings, promotes student achievement, and supports a culture of assessment and innovation.
  • Supervises the development and maintenance of didactic and experiential education course syllabi.
  • Provides leadership in the development and incorporation of educational goals and strategies.
  • Supports admissions activities of the School.
  • Facilitates coordination/integration with interprofessional partners.
  • Maintains and builds collaborative efforts with internal/external partners to enhance practice, acquisition of experiential sites, research opportunities, and external funding.
  • Participates in teaching as appropriate to faculty appointment and area(s) of expertise.
  • Conducts scholarship that advances the theory and practical aspects of pharmacy practice, education, and the development of faculty/personnel.
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Individuals must possess knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the essential function of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions may be performed, with or without, reasonable accommodations, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

  • Ability to articulate a clear vision that showcases the program’s strengths while developing new levels of excellence.
  • Excellent communication skills, including communicating effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Excellent time management skills and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team of highly motivated and experienced individuals.
  • Honesty, integrity, and commitment to maintaining high professional standards.
  • A valid driver’s license or equivalent means of reliable transportation to off-site meetings and events is required.
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities with excellent organizational skills.
  • Honesty, integrity, and commitment to maintaining high professional standards.
  • Ability to build consensus and proactively manage conflicts.
  • Innovative and entrepreneurial.

Special Requirements:
Keck Graduate Institute has implemented a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) and Influenza Vaccination Program covering all employees and students. Employees must submit proof of vaccination, an Institute-approved exception, or deferral to comply with the policy.

Physical and Mental Requirements

Ability to maintain good concentration level while dealing with interruptions; attention to detail with emphasis on accuracy; capable of giving, receiving, and analyzing information; formulating work plans, and articulating goals and action plans.  Sitting in a normal seated position for extended periods of time.  Standing for extended periods of time. Reaching and extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction.  Finger dexterity is required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than the whole hand(s), or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard.  Communication skills using the spoken word. Ability to see within normal parameters.  Ability to hear within normal parameters.  Ability to bend and stoop, for example, to file.  Ability to move about.  Ability to lift and carry short distances up to 20 lbs., for example, to lift or move office supplies, files, books, and packages.  Ability to drive locally.  Occasionally, will be required to stand for prolonged periods of time at activities/events on and off-campus.

To Apply:

A confidential review of applications, nominations, and expressions of interest will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. To be ensured full consideration, please submit a cover letter highlighting your professional experience; a complete CV outlining your career and educational credentials; and three professional references (including their names, relationship to you, their position, email, and direct phone numbers). Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy:

Keck Graduate Institute is an equal-opportunity employer. It does not discriminate against qualified employees or applicants based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable state or federal law. Equal employment opportunity will be extended to all persons in all terms and conditions of employment. KGI strongly encourages candidates from underrepresented groups to apply.

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