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Occupational Therapy Assistant Instructor and Program Director

Laredo College
Laredo, Texas
$62,000.00 - $100,155.00 Annually
Posted Date
Jul 19, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Occupational Therapy
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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SALARY: $62,000.00 - $100,155.00 Annually

DIVISION: Health Sciences

DEPARTMENT: Allied Health - Occupational Therapy Assistant

OPENING DATE: 07/01/22

PAY GRADE: Master's


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Dean of Health Sciences, the Program Director oversees instructional, curriculum, operational, and personnel activities of the department and serves as a liaison between administration, faculty, staff, and students. The Program Director provides the support to the instructional department necessary to ensure that students are able to meet their learning objectives and accreditation requirements.


Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Ensure the quality of the curricula by monitoring the effectiveness of instruction and the assessment of program and course outcomes. Follow appropriate guidelines to implement changes for courses or degree programs.
  2. Assist in the recruitment, interviewing, selection, hiring, orientation, supervision, and evaluation of full-time and adjunct faculty, work-study students, and support staff.
  3. Support and promote teaching effectiveness and professional growth for staff and faculty through ongoing staff development.
  4. Support and promote student success associated with student recruitment, advising, and retention.
  5. Provide a safe environment for students and ensure the security of assigned equipment, materials, and classrooms.
  6. Mentor, remediate, and communicate student progress to facilitate student success.
  7. Serve as a mediator when conflicts and/or disagreements occur with faculty, students, or staff.
  8. Obtain information and prepare reports to be in compliance with educational, funding, IE, and accrediting agencies’ requirements. Adhere to prescribed deadlines.
  9. Establish and maintain external relationships that benefit instruction, including business and industry, community, secondary and post-secondary institutions, and other appropriate agencies.
  10. Fulfill an instructional load and all associated duties required if applicable to the area.
  11. Ensure compliance of LC, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Southern Association of Colleges and School policies and procedures; ensure compliance with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) policies and procedures as follows: maintain accurate information that is easily accessible to the public on the program website regarding accreditation status and current student achievement measures; submit documentation in a timely manner, including reports of graduation rates, performance on state licensing examinations and employment rates; ensure the policies and procedures adhere to ACOTE Rules of Practice and Procedures; submit timely notification of expected or unexpected substantive change(s) within the program and of any change in institutional accreditation status or legal authority to provide post-secondary education; and should the program fall out of compliance, facilitate the program coming into compliance with accreditation Standards and Required Elements within two years of being determined to be out of compliance.
  12. Promote community involvement and support college programs in a positive manner.
  13. Perform other duties as assigned by the Dean of Health Sciences and Provost/Vice-President of Academic Affairs.


NOTICE: Required Documents

To be considered for this position, you are required to upload your resume and unofficial transcript(s). In addition, if a license or certificate is required for this position, upload proof of your current license/certificate.


  • Meet the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) requirements for the Director position including being a Certified Occupational Therapist or Occupational Therapy Assistant with a minimum Master’s Degree.
  • Minimum of five years or (equivalent), full-time, a post-licensure experience that includes a minimum of five years (or equivalent) of full-time clinical experience; minimum of three years of teaching experience in higher education settings or clinical teaching experience; minimum of two years experience in administration/management; experience in educational theory and methodology, instructional design, student evaluation, and outcome assessment, including the equivalent of nine academic credits or coursework in educational foundations.
  • Current license to practice as an Occupational Therapist or Occupational Therapy Assistant in the State of Texas.


  • Doctorate Degree if an Occupational Therapist.
  • Required experience as listed above.


The Director will demonstrate:

  • Leadership and managerial skills.
  • Knowledge of Community College’s mission and core values.
  • Team building skills.
  • Knowledge of curriculum design and evaluation.
  • Ability to provide service to a diverse population.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to contribute to instructional vitality and growth.
  • Knowledge of student outcomes assessment and instructional effectiveness.
  • Pedagogical competency focused on student learning and engagement.
  • Use of current technology to enhance teaching effectiveness (use of Microsoft Office is required).
  • Ability to develop and use various teaching strategies that enhance teaching effectiveness and promote student learning.
  • Must have a student-centered philosophy.
  • Research & Institutional Effectiveness skills


Supervision Exercised

Full-time and adjunct faculty, department secretaries, lab instructors, student worker, and assistants. Students in the classroom, lab, and clinical sites.

Supervision Received

Dean of Health Sciences & Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs

Physical Requirements
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit.
The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, or crouch.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move items weighing up to 50 pounds.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment
Work is performed in a standard office environment.
Work-inside a well-lighted and air-conditioned area most of the time.
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.

Required to work safely and follow safety rules.
Report unsafe working conditions and behavior.
Take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent others from engaging in unsafe practices

Special Conditions
Immediate supervisor may assign other duties.
May be required to work outside regular working hours, as needed.
May be required to work at a different college work site or campus as needed.

EEO Statement

In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Laredo College is open to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, or national origin who are otherwise eligible for admission as students. Furthermore, Laredo College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and no applicant or employee will be discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability or national origin. This institution will not enter knowingly into any contractual agreement for services or supplies with any firm failing to follow fair employment practices.

Foreign Degrees

Foreign degrees require an evaluation for United States equivalency from an approved stated education agency or having membership with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Transcripts issued outside the United States of America require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached to your online application at the time of applying. For your convenience, we have provided the following links to assist you in complying with this requirement. However, you may use any other certified transcript evaluation service.


The above description is an overview of the job. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Duties and responsibilities may change with business needs. LC reserves the right to add, change, amend, or delete portions of this job description at any time, with or without notice. Employees may be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made by LC as its discretion to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


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