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.
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 School of Health Sciences, 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 Health Sciences 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 School of Health Sciences 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 Health Sciences
Collaborates with Marketing and Admissions offices via the School of Health Sciences and Graduate School 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 School of Health Sciences, develops and maintains an advisory board for the program
Works with School of Health Sciences 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 Health Sciences.
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: o Clinical practice in occupational therapy o Interprofessional education engagement/administration o Familiarity with various curriculum delivery modalities o Administrative experience which may include: program planning and implementation, personnel management, evaluation and budgeting. o Evidence of a substantial record of scholarly publications and research. o 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 drivers license required. Incumbent must also be able to meet the Universitys fleet rules and be eligible to drive for University business. The Universitys insurance carrier reserves the right to exclude applicants based on their driving record.
Physical Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative but not difinitive of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accomodations 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.
Drawing on its rich legacy as the oldest chartered university in California, Pacific is a student-focused, comprehensive educational institution that produces outstanding graduates prepared for personal and professional success. Our student body thrives in Pacific's small classes and dynamic cultural environment, while our distinguished alumni are transforming their communities every day.
University of the Pacific is a nationally ranked university with a long tradition of dedicated teaching, small class sizes, practical experience and vibrant residential life. The breathtaking main campus in Stockton, California is home to seven schools and colleges, with more than 80 majors and programs of study. Pacific also has the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento and the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. Total university enrollment is nearly 7,000, with 3,757 undergraduates in an average class size of 19 and a student/faculty ratio of 14:1. Eighty-seven percent of students come from California, with 35 other states and 25 foreign countries also represented.