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Director of the Occupational Therapy Program

Manchester University
Indiana, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Aug 10, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Occupational Therapy
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Employment Type
Full Time
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Position overview:  Manchester University is accepting applications for the position of Founding Director of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program.  This is an exciting opportunity for a talented OT leader to develop, launch, and administer a new program in Fort Wayne that will serve the Northeast Indiana region.  We are looking for an occupational therapist who has significant experience in program development and in working with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) throughout the accreditation process. 

Essential job functions:  This individual will have significant responsibilities that include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Promotes the mission, values, and vision of Manchester University to all faculty, staff, students, and to the community
  • Working with ACOTE and the HLC to ensure compliance with all timelines, statutes and regulations pertaining to new occupational therapy program development 
  • Developing the annual budget 
  • Overseeing curriculum development and implementation  
  • Building new partnerships with hospital and community leaders 
  • Scheduling classes 
  • Teaching in the program 
  • Advising 
  • Hiring and building a dynamic faculty 
  • Encouraging faculty professional development 
  • Creating a collegial and supportive departmental culture that promotes teamwork, a highly engaged faulty and a positive esprit de corps
  • Developing a culture of student success throughout the program, culminating in confident graduates as they prepare to take the National Board Certification for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam
  • Working with enrollment management to develop recruitment and marketing strategies to attract the most qualified doctoral students
  • Taking part in the admissions and recruitment process as needed 


  • An academic terminal degree (OTD, PhD, EdD)
  • Applicants must be a licensed Occupational Therapist in the State of Indiana, or license eligible for Indiana licensure and transfer of license within six (6) months of hire
  • Knowledge of the ACOTE accreditation process with previous experience with the self-study process is required
  • Minimum of eight (8) years documented experience in the field of Occupational Therapy with a minimum of three (3) years of full-time experience in a full-time academic appointment with teaching responsibilities at the postsecondary level. Experience with curriculum outcomes assessment and program evaluation
  • Demonstrated record of service to the profession
  • Teaching experience with strong teaching evaluations 


Work schedule:  This is a full time, exempt position.  Initially, it will an 18-month, non-tenure track, administrative faculty position.

 To apply:  The deadline to apply is September 18. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Apply online via ADP and upload a cover letter, CV, and evidence of effective teaching (prior student evaluations) with your completed employment application. Questions can be emailed to Jenny Steele, employment coordinator.


Manchester University is an equal opportunity employer.

Applicants who further diversify our faculty and staff are warmly welcome.


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