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Director, Occupational Therapy

Posted on Jan 24, 2019 by University of the Pacific

Sacramento, CA 94203
Health Care
Immediate Start
Annual Salary
Position Description:

The founding Program Director for the Doctorate in Occupational Therapy will be responsible for the attainment of accreditation from Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). This position is responsible for program organization, administration, fiscal management, ongoing review and assessment, and planning and development. This is a twelve month non-tenure track appointment.

Essential Functions:
  • Responsible for the academic quality of the program and the development of a humanistic educational environment.
  • Provides leadership for specialized accreditation and university regional accreditation
  • With direction of the Dean of the Dugoni School, shares with administration and faculty the responsibility for recruitment, hiring, mentoring and professional development within the program.
  • Coordinates and supports inter-professional education between the program and other disciplines at Pacific
  • Uses innovative instruction and technology in the development and delivery of the curriculum
  • Oversees planning of facilities (with concurrence with Dean of the School of Dentistry and Sacramento campus director) curriculum and program logistics
  • Assists in identifying, recruiting and securing clinical sites for the program
  • Responsible for conducting business within the department in a supportive, respectful environment where open discourse is encouraged and formal minutes are provided
  • Conduct faculty evaluations and provide development opportunities
  • Ensure that all faculty understand their responsibilities such as submission of grades, selection of textbooks, office hours, student advising etc.
  • Oversee budget and manage program resources ethically and responsibly in accordance with School of Dentistry and university policy
  • Responsible for all program assessment, program review and ongoing accreditation communication and documentation both specialized and regional within the reporting structure of the School of Dentistry
  • Collaborates with Marketing and Admissions offices via the School of Dentistry to promote the program, recruit new students, and maintain a full complement of students enrolled in the program
  • Develops, with other faculty members, admissions standards and criteria
  • In accordance with handbooks, monitors student progress and assists with student issues
  • Works with faculty to develop and implement student retention plans
  • Represents the program to the community and healthcare organizations
  • With support of the Dean of the Dugoni School, develops and maintains an advisory board for the program
  • Works with Dugoni School institutional advancement and collaborates with the Office of the Provost, development teams and other departments to enhance corporate, employer, alumni, and other stakeholder relationships, thereby developing additional resource opportunities
  • Teaches in areas of expertise
  • Other related duties as assigned or requested by the Dean of the School of Dentistry.
Basic Qualifications:

  • Must be an initially certified occupational therapist who is licensed in the state of California or eligible for licensure within a year of appointment.
  • Must hold a doctoral degree from an institution that is accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the US Department of Education (USDE). The doctoral degree is not limited to a doctorate in Occupational Therapy.
  • Must have a minimum of 8 years of documented experience in the field of occupational therapy. This experience must include:
    • Clinical practice in occupational therapy
    • Interprofessional education engagement/administration
    • Familiarity with various curriculum delivery modalities
    • Administrative experience which may include: program planning and implementation, personnel management, evaluation and budgeting.
    • Evidence of a substantial record of scholarly publications and research.
    • At least 3 years of experience in a full-time academic appointment with teaching responsibilities at the postbaccalaureate level.
Skills/Knowledge and Expertise
  • Knowledge of state, federal and local laws/regulation relating to program compliance and other regulatory standards such as Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) and other accreditation standards.
  • Effective interpersonal skills and sensitivity to academic and personnel issues
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven organizational ability
  • Ability to mentor personnel
  • Positive attitude, proven ability to work successfully with diverse populations and demonstrated commitment to promote and enhance diversity and inclusion
Additional Qualifications:
Valid driver's license required. Incumbent must also be able to meet the University's fleet rules and be eligible to drive for University business. The University's insurance carrier reserves the right to exclude applicants based on their driving record.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative but not definitive of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Requires extended periods of sitting and repetitive hand/wrist motion while using computer keyboard and phone.
  • Occasional standing, climbing stairs, bending, stooping and reaching.
  • Occasional lifting up to 25 pounds.

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