Bastyr University is seeking an experienced and dedicated Associate Dean of Clinical Education.

About Bastyr:

Bastyr is a progressive internationally recognized pioneer in Natural Health Arts and Sciences education and research. Founded in 1978, the University today offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs that reflect multidisciplinary, science-based natural health curricula with an emphasis on the integration of mind, body, spirit, and nature. Regionally accredited since 1989, Bastyr University is composed of three schools, the School of Naturopathic Medicine, The School of Natural Health Arts and Sciences and the School of Traditional World Medicines. Bastyr is comprised of a main campus in Kenmore, WA, a health clinic in Seattle, and a branch campus and health clinic in San Diego.

Diversity Equity Inclusion (DEI) Academic Commitment: Bastyr University believes that inclusive diversity is essential for achieving academic excellence and creating a profoundly enriching university experience. Our faculty and staff are committed to achieving our mission by educating students to be future leaders that bring the natural health arts and sciences to people from all backgrounds. Promoting an educational environment that allows students, faculty and staff to develop their talents while experiencing a sense of community, we expect campus members to engage in respectful communication, behaviors and thoughtful self-reflection, increase their understanding of cultures and empower people who are disenfranchised, marginalized or oppressed. In so doing, the University pledges to prepare our students (and support faculty and staff) to recognize and appropriately respond to health inequities that affect multiple communities. This involves infusing DEI knowledge, skills, and practices in all academic programs, clinical training and patient services. In all, Bastyr University is dedicated to the welfare of our students and patients as well as to promoting equal opportunity and access in education and health care.

In alignment with Bastyr’s DEI commitment, applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged.

University Vision: As the world’s leading academic center for advancing and integrating knowledge in the natural health arts and sciences, Bastyr University will transform the health and well-being of the human community.

About the Naturopathic Medicine Program: We educate naturopathic primary care physicians who care for the health and well-being of their communities, through education, research, leadership, and clinical services. Respecting the naturopathic principles, we integrate science, nature and spirit.

About This Role:

Primarily based at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Seattle, WA, the Associate Dean of Clinical Education is an essential part of the administrative team of the Naturopathic Medicine program. The competency-based clinical education component of the program of study provides an opportunity for students to develop the clinical competence, skills, professionalism and confidence necessary for successful clinical practice. Critical to the mission of educating primary care naturopathic physicians, this position is also essential to help engage in our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion for students, staff and patients. This role serves on a team led by the dean of the School of Naturopathic Medicine for both Washington and California. There are four associate deans, two for academics (one at each campus) and two for clinical education (one at each campus). 

Anticipated Focus:

  • 60% administration – supervision of education programming, clinical faculty and special projects
  • 40% clinical teaching


Supervision of all aspects of clinical education program:

  • Supports the university mission, vision and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and the program’s mission, vision and commitment to training naturopathic doctors that provide compassionate care to all communities.
  • Designs, develops and administers the naturopathic clinical program and schedule
  • Reviews, revises and implements clinic requirements for naturopathic medical students and design and implement practical examinations in consultation with others
  • Designs and updates a student clinician handbook, which clearly communicates clinical education policies, requirements, protocols and consequences
  • As a member of the SNM student progress committee, addresses Washington ND students’ clinical academic progress, remediation, appeals processes, and disciplinary action
  • Attends to students’ academic concerns and complaints related to clinical education including but not limited to concerns about clinical supervisors, residents or fellow students, clinical practice, and issues regarding diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Supervision of clinical faculty and operations as it pertains to education:   
  • Recruits, evaluates and advises core and adjunct clinical faculty with respect to their teaching activities, performance, patient care and commitment to Bastyr’s DEI principles
  • Manages the clinic teaching schedule and participates in the budget planning process
  • Interacts with the external site coordinator for clinic scheduling and networking for establishing new sites
  • Organizes and co-chairs regularly scheduled clinic faculty meetings
  • Assists the director of community and graduate education in supporting the ND residents
  • Interacts with other academic departments, such as nutrition, counseling and health psychology and acupuncture on clinical education matters
  • Interacts with the chief medical officer in regards to clinical education and the quality of patient care
  • Interacts with other clinic administration such as the business office, the preceptor coordinator, clinic marketing and clinic operations.

Special projects:

  • Contributes to the accreditation process as it pertains to clinical education.
  • Other special projects as directed by the Dean

Teaching responsibilities:

  • 40% of this position is teaching, usually clinical teaching as a supervisor in our teaching clinic or external sites for two shifts a week, four quarters a year
  • The associate dean may also participate in didactic teaching as desired or required


  • Serves on several standing or ad-hoc committees, assists the Dean with updates to school policies/procedures, ensures current/accurate student program tracking, enforces policies and procedures, updates Catalog and Student Handbook with reference to the School of Naturopathic Medicine, etc.

Experience and Education:

  • Naturopathic Physician with ability to be licensed in the Washington State
  • Five years of teaching experience and five years of experience as a practicing naturopathic doctor, or a combination of experience in relevant fields
  • Minimum one or more years of academic administrative experience, including academic planning, curriculum development, and dealing with student issues
  • Prior experience with accreditation is helpful

Skills and Abilities:   

  • Skills and ability to practice naturopathic primary care medicine
  • Skills and ability to provide competency focused training and assessment of naturopathic clinical students
  • Demonstrate leadership and management in graduate medical or allied health education, such as: negotiating, problem solving, decision making, conflict management and interpersonal communication skills
  • Self-motivated and able to motivate others, work with deadlines and under pressure
  • Self-awareness and ability to engage students, faculty and staff in diversity, equity and inclusion practices and problem solving


  • Understanding of the principles of naturopathic medicine
  • Understanding of the importance of diversity equity and inclusion in education and patient care
  • knowledge of the higher education system and accreditation
  • knowledge of the pedagogy of clinical teaching and education including assessment

How to Apply:

Please refer to job #20-022 and position title when applying. Please send your letter of interest and resume to:  jobs@bastyr.edu .  

In your letter of interest, please include your teaching philosophy, your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a statement of administrative experience and/or a vision statement for the role. A full CV or resume should accompany your letter of interest. 

The deadline for submission of these materials is July 15, 2020.  The anticipated start date is September 01, 2020, but may be subject to change.

Bastyr University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental, vision and prescription coverage; generous paid time off; access to Bastyr’s Centers for Natural Health; and a competitive 403(b) retirement plan.  

Bastyr University is an equal opportunity institution. We do not discriminate in matters of employment or participation in programs, services or benefits on the basis of gender, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, individuals with disabilities, genetic information, or veteran status. Our programs, services and facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Please do not hesitate to contact jobs@bastyr.edu to request or discuss a special accommodation due to a disability.

All applicants must prove authorization to work in the United States at the time of a position offer. Individuals must be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation. Any applicants requiring special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability during the application process should contact Human Resources at (425) 602-3087 (phone), (425) 602-3058 (fax) or jobs@bastyr.edu.