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Chair of the Department of Primary Care

Arkansas Colleges of Health Education
Arkansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 6, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Medicine, Other Health & Medicine, Administrative, Student Affairs, Health Services
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Full Time
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About Arkansas Colleges of Health Education
Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE) is a private, non-profit, graduate-level health sciences institution located on over 500 acres in Fort Smith, Arkansas. ACHE’s service-driven mission is to educate and train a diverse group of competent and compassionate healthcare professionals; to create health and research support facilities; and to provide healthy living environments to improve the lives of others. Founded in 2014, ACHE has experienced rapid growth and is poised to be a leader in healthcare education for years to come. ACHE is the first and only private institution in Arkansas that is dedicated solely to healthcare and wellness, and maintains a strong commitment to the surrounding community.

About Fort Smith and the Arkansas River Valley
Fort Smith is a vibrant community of around 90,000, with a low cost of living and ample recreational opportunities. Located in the beautiful Arkansas River Valley at the foothills of the Ozark mountains, Fort Smith is nestled between the Ozark-St. Francis and Ouachita National Forests. The region provides hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, hang gliding, whitewater rafting, and camping all within a short drive. In addition, the city supports a variety of cultural attractions, including museums, theaters, an award-winning symphony, and two historic entertainment districts.

Chair of the Department of Primary Care

The Chair of the Department of Primary Care will be responsible for the planning, directing, and the implementation of programs, policies and procedures for the Department of Primary Care that ensures the integration of scientifically based, outcome evaluated clinical knowledge and skills, biomedical sciences, and osteopathic principles and practices for predoctoral and postdoctoral students, provide service to the college and professional communities and engage in innovative scholarship and research to advance medical knowledge.


Provide oversight and direction for the Department of Primary Care’s faculty and staff in planning, developing, and implementing ACHE’s curriculum to ensure clinical and biomedical science integration and that all students have the potential to acquire competency in the AOA’s established core competencies. Provide leadership in the development, delivery, and evaluation of the clinical, standardized, and simulated education offerings of ACHE. Supervise and evaluate the performance of the Department’s faculty and staff annually or as indicated by policy, report evaluations to the Associate Dean of Clinical Medicine, make recommendations for discipline, promotion and recognition of the faculty and develop a culture of excellence, continuous improvement, and advancement for each of the faculty members. Assign, direct, coordinate and integrate Department’s faculty teaching and clinical services schedule and load consistent with college policy. Maintain CME and licensure requirements. Maintain a personal and professional development plan and portfolio, including documentation of teaching, professional development activities and plans, service provided to college and communities, scholarly activity and/or research to assure personal growth and continued competency with specialty field. Clinical work, as assigned, at local hospitals, clinics, or other medical service providers for the purpose of developing and maintaining clinical skills and instructing and supervising students of the College in their clinical rotations. Establish and maintain scheduled office hours for faculty advising, student advising, tutoring, remediation, and consultation. Plan, develop, and manage the Department’s budget to allow the department to implement educational programs for ACHE, ensure effective and efficient operational functions and procedures consistent with established college policies. Provide administrative leadership, faculty mentorship and development for junior members of the faculty, staff, and students. Recruit, develop and evaluate faculty for the clinical education efforts of the college. Provide professional and clinical services in the Student Health Clinic or other clinical setting consistent with training and degree as assigned by administration. Coordinate and integrate Department of Primary Care’s faculty teaching and clinical services schedule. Participate in curriculum development, assessment, and modification as a part of the college’s ongoing quality improvement and assessment program. Participate in the assessment or evaluation of and provide feedback to other members of the faculty as a component of the college’s ongoing quality improvement and assessment program. Participate in the assessment and evaluation of students and residents, provide feedback and remedial assistance to ensure that the students of ACHE meet the standards established by the faculty and college and obtain the knowledge, skills and competency required. Participate in preparation of grant proposals and academic evaluative reports. Demonstrate the highest standard of professionalism and ethical behavior in all aspects of personal and professional actions and performance. Demonstrate and role model an ongoing ability to work cooperatively with colleagues, supervisors, and support staff. Provide service to the college community and students through serving on ACHE and department committees, providing leadership, mentorship, and expertise to students, participating in community outreach events, international medical events and with professional organizations or groups as assigned by the Dean. Demonstrate adaptability and the willingness to assist the college in fulfilling its mission, values, and goals vision through teaching, academic administrative duties (course/system coordinator), providing patient care, and community service and/or perform special duties as assigned. Advance the prestige of ACHE through advancement of and avocation for its mission, values, and goals. Advance the prestige of the college through scholarly publication and/or research. Other duties as assigned by the Dean or his/her designee.


Education and Experience

Minimum Qualifications
  • Terminal degree (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) with current Board Certification in appropriate area of specialization if applicable.
  • Five years (5) academic experience as a full-time faculty member at a College of Osteopathic Medicine or College of Allopathic Medicine.
  • Demonstrated leadership, productivity and administrative experience in a clinical, professional, research/scholarly activity or educational settings.
  • Good standing with all regulatory and governmental boards and agencies.
  • Eligible for coverage by college’s malpractice insurer if applicable.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Five years (5) academic experience as a full-time faculty member at a College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Allopathic Medicine, Academic Health Care Teaching Center, or seven years (7) experience as a full-time faculty member in a Graduate Medical Education program.
  • Demonstrated leadership and productivity in the areas of clinical or professional service, scholarly activity, medical research, or education.

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities

Demonstrate knowledge and skill in the delivery of medical education in the classroom, laboratory, simulation and standardized laboratory settings and in clinical settings for students and residents. Demonstrate knowledge of varied curriculum template and educational formats. Demonstrate ability to mentor and motivate students and peers. Demonstrate a depth of knowledge in one or more of the medical, psychological, or social disciplines required for the education of medical students, the practice of medicine, the advancement of medical knowledge and research/scholarly activity. Demonstrate leadership skills, organizational skills, delegation skills, and time management skills.


Communication and Comprehension

ACHE is in full compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and does not discriminate with regard to applicants or employees with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodations when necessary. The following are essential abilities and physical requirements for all positions at the college.

Ability to orally communicate effectively with others. Ability to work cooperatively with colleagues and supervisory staffs at all levels. Ability to understand oral and written information, using the English language, and organize thoughts and ideas into effective forms of communication. Ability to make decisions which range from moderate to a significant impact on the immediate work environment, as well as outside contributors. Possess public communication skills that allow professional representation of ACHE to a variety of business and community customers and associates. Strong organizational skills.

Problem Solving

Intuitively able to reason, analyze information and events, and apply judgment in order to solve problems of both a routine and complex nature.
Expertise in negotiation. Experience with scholarly publication and/or research.

Physical and Sensory Abilities

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. May require significant travel or work away from campus. Requires attendance at events representing ACHE both within as well as outside of the college setting. Frequently required to work at a desk, conference table or in meetings of various configurations. Frequently required to see for purposes of reading matter. Frequently required to hear and understand speech at normal levels. Occasionally required to lift items in a normal office environment. Frequently required to operate office and presentation equipment.

If you need assistance in the application process because of a disability, or any other reason, please contact Barbara Jetton, Vice President of Human Resources, at 479.308.2291 or .

Arkansas Colleges of Health Education is an equal opportunity employer.

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