Senior Executive Director for Personal, Academic, and Career Excellence (PACE)

PACE · Colton, California
Department PACE
Employment Type Staff-FT
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor
Compensation $120,000 - $150,000 Annually

Position Purpose

Given the mission of CUSM to serve Inland Southern California, it is imperative that we meet the needs of our students by addressing structural inequities present in community, education, income, and social arenas. The Personal, Academic and Career Excellence (PACE) unit will engage in robust resource provision to facilitate student thriving and support. As we grow as a university, having a center accessible to all students for support in their respective programs is essential. The integrated approach to resources also ensures that we address challenges holistically and comprehensively by attending to areas of wellbeing, mental health, life skills, leadership development, academic development, career development, and academic performance. Coordination between support service personnel through a centralized leadership structure will maximize resources and student success. Centralization will provide economies of scale purchasing opportunities, shared successful practices, continuity from pathways/preparation to matriculation, and comprehensive student performance monitoring and support. Separation from program administration of the education components (student affairs, medical education, etc.) adds fidelity and confidentiality to these services.

PACE is being established to offer services in an interdisciplinary model across the continuum of preparation to graduation. The Senior Executive Director for PACE will build the unit and support and collaborate with the education, student affairs, counseling, and diversity teams to deliver services including test preparation, disability testing/services/accommodations, tutoring, academic coaching, and comprehensive support to medical students and pathway students at the undergraduate and post bacc levels. The SED will also oversee career guidance and match prep services for the clerkship years.  CUSM currently has a very successful test preparation program and wishes to expand and offer robust test preparation services to pathway students in order to fulfill our mission. The SED will oversee this expansion and be charged with building a team for the unit's core functions.

Essential Functions

  • Implement academic coaching, scheduling, and support systems for students doing premedical coursework and MCAT preparation
  • Provide coordination and case management services for medical students requesting disability accommodations following equity practice principles and federal requirements.
  • Oversee tutoring services and supplemental instruction for medical students in years 3 and 4 and pathway students
  • Collaborate with the director of test preparation to design and deliver academic skills instruction and support services directly to medical students and pathway students
  • Refer students for counseling when needed.
  • Oversee career advising services for match preparation for years 3 and 4 of medical school
  • Provide academic coaching support when needed.
  • Provide tracking, follow-up, and case management for pathway students participating in CUSM programs in collaboration with EIDP team.
  • Assess the effectiveness of PACE services.
  • Foster and advocate for an inclusive learning environment that engages diversity to strengthen and maintain a positive educational experience for all students.
  • Articulate and promote the benefits of diversity to achieve excellence in medical education, health care delivery, and the physician workforce using equity practice.
  • Engage and collaborate with students, faculty, and staff across the academic health center to reflect an understanding, appreciation, and respect for diversity and human differences.
  • Cultivate an environment of thriving and joy for students, especially those who are historically marginalized, minoritized, excluded, and/or economically or educationally disadvantaged, through support initiatives core to medical education.
  • Collaborate and build relationships with stakeholders and entities that serve and interface with pathway students.


Job Requirements – Minimum Qualifications Skills and Abilities



  • Excellent interpersonal skills, written and verbal communication, and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand multiple perspectives as applied to student support.
  • Leadership and team building
  • Demonstrated experience with academic programming, classroom teaching, online teaching and/or program delivery, basic assessment skills, and outreach events.
  • Presentation, word processing and spreadsheet software, and Microsoft Office Suite experience. Proficiency in media, video conferencing, and group meeting interfaces preferred. Proficient in social media as an education tool preferred.
  • Team player who can adapt to a dynamic environment.



  • Ability to work independently with little supervision.
  • Ability to identify talent, build a team, and support team members
  • Capacity for giving and receiving feedback and implementing continuous quality improvement processes.
  • Ability to relate to students who have experienced structural barriers, such as racism and income inequality, in educational settings.
  • Ability to synthesize information and learn new systems.
  • Problem-solving, patience, and strong active listening skills.

Minimum Requirements

  • Master's degree in a related field, with three years of related experience in higher education.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in a related field, with five years of experience in higher education.
  • Familiarity with health professions preparation pathways and/or working with premedical/post bacc students.
  • Experience working with graduate or professional students, especially medical students.
  • Experience building and designing new programs

While CUSM supports a range in pay, the actual pay will depend on qualifications met above as well as the experience of performing the tasks.


Working Environment

  • Office setting, with some university and community settings for outreach and events.
  • Some flexibility, with some preparation elements, often delivered online weekdays, 4-7pm.
  • Some weekends are required for special events.
  • About 50% of duties may be performed remotely.


Physical Demands

  • Occasional lifting, carrying, bending, pushing and/or
  • Significant fine finger dexterity
  • Sitting – 75%
  • Walking – 10%
  • Standing – 15%

Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement

California University of Science and Medicine (CUSM) supports the principles of equal opportunity, inclusion and diversity in employment and education. The University seeks to ensure that no person will encounter discrimination in employment or education on the basis of age, skin color, ability status, biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, immigration status, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual identity, or Veteran's status. This policy is applicable to both the employment practices and administration of programs and activities within the University. It is the policy of the University that no person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or in any way be subject to discrimination in any program or activity at the University. Further, CUSM is committed to being an antiracist institution that continuously works to end oppression in all forms. Therefore, CUSM actively maintains institutional structures and learning opportunities to prevent bias or discrimination incidents and address them with individual and collective accountability should they occur.

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  • Location
    Colton, California
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Manager/Supervisor
  • Compensation
    $120,000 - $150,000 Annually