Job Announcement: MAT Waiver Project Director

PAEA invites applications from the PA education community for its Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Waiver project director position.

We’re seeking a PA faculty member with a strong clinical practice background that includes primary care and/or caring for patients with substance use disorders. Demonstrated leadership skills are required, as this role includes creating the program from the ground up and interacting with grant collaborators with significant national and regional reach. Project development, assessment, and research experience will contribute to a strong application. This is a full-time position that will run until February 1, 2020, with grant funding support.

At this exciting time in PAEA’s evolution, the MAT project director will:

  • Play a critical role in connecting current national initiatives within the education field to PAEA member institutions and be the directly responsible individual ensuring the aims of the grant sub-award are achieved.
  • Work closely with PAEA’s chief policy and research officer, the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP), and the PAEA executive team to advance continuous improvement and innovation across the MAT Waiver initiative.

This opportunity has been made possible through a sub-award that PAEA received in partnership with AAAP. The AAAP coalition grant, State Technical Assistance Team Education and Support, is part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Opioid State Targeted Response Technical Assistance grant program.

Primary Responsibilities

The project director will be responsible for the following objectives:

  • Adding a PA perspective to existing waiver training curriculums and enhancing education materials and messaging to ensure they are inclusive and appropriately focused on the needs of PAs
  • Creating a program with the goal of having at least 30 percent of PA faculty and 30 percent of graduating PAs be MAT Waiver–trained by the end of the grant period
  • Planning and implementing program evaluation in conjunction with the PAEA Research Team. Specifically, the project director will be responsible for encouraging member programs to sign up students for a unique identifier (e.g., National Provider Identification) and using this identifier to facilitate short- and long-term outcomes measurement of the MAT Waiver training project
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Working knowledge of the MAT Waiver process, Drug Addiction Treatment Act (DATA) 2000, and Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act (CARA)
  • Eligibility for a DATA 2000 Waiver through completion of training offered by the Providers’ Clinical Support System (PCSS)
  • A demonstrated commitment to continuous quality improvement
  • Familiarity and ability to partner with related health care education and practice organizations, foundations, and other stakeholders at the national and regional level
  • Understanding of assessment and research principles and experience with program evaluation
  • Experience as a PA educator
  • Experience working with national stakeholder organizations and/or government agencies
  • A proven ability to innovate, with strong creative problem-solving skills
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills
  • A capacity for evidence-based decision making
  • A master’s degree (required) or doctorate (preferred)
  • Management and supervisory experience
  • Flexibility, including responding to meeting requests in the Washington, DC, area on short notice and traveling and working on weekends as required. The position may be remote or local.

Compensation level is competitive with the market, grant-funded, and includes a benefits package. This position will include one day per week release time for teaching or clinical practice.

Applications will be accepted until March 15 or until the position is filled.

To apply, please email the following to Lynn Heitzman at

  • Cover letter that includes relevant experience and motivation for application
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Three to five references with contact information

Questions about the position are encouraged and may be emailed to David Keahey, MSPH, PA-C, at

PAEA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.