Andrews University School of Health Professions is seeking applications for Founding Program Director of a new doctoral program in occupational therapy (OTD). The Director will lead efforts in developing and supervising a new doctoral degree program in occupational therapy. The OTD Director will lead in the accreditation process with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) and ensure compliance with the MI Board of Occupational Therapy and the ACOTE, and represent the University to those entities. The Director will have primary responsibility for developing an innovative program, which includes crafting the program’s mission, vision, goals and strategic planning, administration, budget, faculty and staff recruitment, and assessment all within the context of a faith-based institution. The Program Director will provide professional leadership and support for teaching faculty, serve as a mentor and facilitator for faculty, and enable an environment that fosters creativity.
The Director will work collaboratively with the Physical Therapy Doctorate (DPT) Program in designing quality interprofessional learning opportunities for the program, with the aim of integrating project and clinical-based experiences that form a basis for extensive interaction between DPT and OTD students. The aim is to provide both groups of students with an understanding of the interface between physical and occupational therapy.
This leadership role is within a growing and dynamic graduate school and this position is best suited for a mid to senior level academic occupational therapist trained at the PhD level (or equivalently trained ScD, DSc or DrPH), who demonstrates progressive academic leadership and scholarship skills. A commitment to the University and School mission and vision including principles of servant leadership, working with graduate/adult students, participation in professional/scholarly activities, and involvement in university and community service is required.
Education and Experience
An earned Doctoral Degree in occupational therapy or a related area awarded by an institution that is accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
Current certification by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.
Licensed or eligible for OT licensure in Michigan.
Minimum of eight years documented experience in the field of occupational therapy, this experience must include:
Clinical practice as an occupational therapist;
Administrative experience including, but not limited to, program planning and implementation, personnel management, evaluation, and budgeting;
Scholarship (e.g., scholarship of application, scholarship of teaching and learning)
At least 3 years of experience in a full-time academic appointment with teaching responsibilities at the post baccalaureate level.
A working knowledge of ACOTE Standards and expectations is required.
Effective leadership, including exceptional organizational skills are required.
Prior administrative experience in program planning, implementation and personnel management is highly desired.
Previous experience in the accreditation process through ACOTE is preferred.
Ability to foster and develop relationships and build consensus with the faculty and staff, as well as with local, regional and national healthcare communities is essential.
Working knowledge of interprofessional healthcare relationships and a desire to foster those relationships through intentional implementation in the curriculum
Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Ability to be employed full time
Possess a passion for the integration of faith and whole-person care into the OTD curriculum
Strong operational and business management skills are essential; must have the ability to develop and implement key performance metrics and foster a climate of data driven decision making from knowledge of best practices.
Demonstrated ability to communicate a strong leadership vision to a broad group of campus and community constituents.
Demonstrated ability to work in a team and flexibility to work with others in a variety of circumstances.
Demonstrated ability to problem solve by analyzing complex issues, creating action plans and presenting in such a way to create buy-in from the team
Experience working with a diverse campus community and possess a commitment to equity and inclusive diversity.
Strong communication skills including the ability to effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing; possess the ability to listen to all points of view, build consensus, and inform others of policies and decisions.
Demonstrated ability to set achievable goals for direct reports, long- and short-term strategic planning, and problem-solving.
Demonstrated ability to work with and manage different computer programs and databases.
Demonstrated ability to manage projects and people, prioritize and self-direct work flow
A confidential review of applications, nominations, and expressions of interest will begin immediately and will continue until we fill the position. To be ensured full consideration, please complete the online application and upload a letter of interest, resume or curriculum vitae, and three professional references. Please see a complete job description and submit application here If you have any questions about the position please contact Kim Ferreira at [email protected]
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About Andrews University Physical Therapy Department
Andrews University is a faith-based culturally diverse university attracting a dynamic mix of over 3,300 students from across the nation and around the globe. With more than 250 faculty also from around the globe this rich diversity is truly a treasure. The beautiful 2,400-acre campus has been designated as an arboretum and is located in Berrien Springs, Michigan near the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan.