General Description of Responsibilities:
The director is the leader of the Program in Occupational Therapy’s
Division of Professional Education. The director develops and
manages educational systems, including curriculum, admissions and
instruction. They supervise and develop Education Division faculty
by facilitating and monitoring their promotion trajectories. The
director also supervises Education Division staff and handles
student issues. They implement procedures to support and enhance
the professional education of occupational therapists in local,
national and international communities. The director leads the
development, implementation and program evaluation of academic
structures, processes and procedures.
Accountability and Responsibilities:
The director of the Division of Professional Education reports to
the associate dean of occupational therapy and is a member of the
Program’s leadership team, which includes the associate dean, the
directors of Business, Research and Clinical Operations Divisions,
and the administrator of department operations. The director is
responsible for building and maintaining the systems that ensure
that the Program operates in concert with its educational mission
and achieves strategic objectives. This involves updating Program
processes and procedures in response to changing higher education
policy and professional accreditation standards at the university,
state and federal levels as well as organizing the Program’s
activities to operate in an increasingly complex and dynamic
educational environment. The Program is embedded in a research
medical center and the director must be committed to the
integration of our Program into this medical center. Additionally,
the director must be committed to the university's goal of
diversity, equity and inclusiveness and have a demonstrated history
of working effectively with persons of all ethnicities,
nationalities, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations and
- Supervises education division faculty and administrators,
including the director of Post-Professional Education and committee
chairs such as Admissions, Curriculum, Student Advising, Student
Activities, Committee on Academic and Professional Evaluation of
Students and Program Evaluation.
- Directs the educational activities of the Program and leads in
the development and implementation of its educational strategic
plans, policies and procedures.
- Fosters the development of short- and long-range educational
and organizational goals, objectives, policies and operating
procedures; monitors and evaluates operational effectiveness; is
responsible for maintaining ACOTE accreditation of entry-level
programs; and effects changes required for improvement.
- Insures the development and implementation of procedures for
marketing, recruitment, admission, retention and graduation of
- Provides oversight for development and delivery of a
contemporary curriculum for the Masters of Science in Occupational
Therapy (MSOT), the Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) and the
Post Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (PPOTD) degree
- Partners with Clinical Operations Division to integrate
practice and education into a complementary education and teaching
- Develops, manages and is accountable for the education budget
allocated by the Leadership Team.
- Plans and develops academic program initiatives with the
faculty, staff and collaborators.
- Develops relationships and plans new initiatives with the
university’s educational leadership, community and professional
organizations, the Center for Interprofessional Education, School
of Medicine’s Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and
scholarship of teaching and learning initiatives.
- Recommends and participates in the development of university
educational policies and procedures and serves on university
educational planning and policy-making committees.
- Guides, mentors and evaluates clinician-track faculty,
including support for professional development and promotion.
- Serves on Program, university or community consumer-oriented
- Committed to the university's goal of inclusiveness and have a
track-record of working effectively with persons of various
ethnicities, nationalities, genders, gender identities, sexual
orientations, disabilities and religions. Candidates must be
prepared to explain how they have been and/or will be involved in
advancing this goal.
- Embodies our Program’s core values - quality, integrity, caring
and compassion, inclusion and innovation in teaching, research and
practice – and our mission and vision.
Teaching and Scholarly Activities:
- Supervises and guides professional development opportunities
for colleagues, and early career educators and clinicians
transitioning into academic roles.
- Translates knowledge from the educational and learning sciences
to educational application and regularly disseminates that
knowledge in juried publications.
- Opportunity to teach content in the MSOT, OTD, PPOTD or PhD
- Mentors faculty and clinicians to collaborate to deliver a
contemporary curriculum that integrates recent evidence and
scholarship into educational approaches and newly designed
experiential innovative teaching spaces.
- Synthesizes program evaluation results to inform curricular
changes so that we are offering the best contemporary education
experience possible that supports our program outcomes.
- Builds an educational laboratory that supports the mentoring of
OTD graduate students within the director's area of
Education, Training and Experience:
- PhD with education training.
- NBCOT certified occupational therapist and license-eligible in
- Minimum seven years of progressive professional academic
- Experience mentoring and teaching in higher education.
Skills and Abilities:
- Management and leadership skills including planning, policy and
managing faculty, lecturers and staff through the assumption of
increasingly more challenging responsibilities.
- Communication skills to work with colleagues in finance,
marketing and public relations.
- Demonstrated success in furthering organizational goals and
developing the capacity of colleagues.
- Ability to apply occupational therapy knowledge to societal
issues and improve the preparation of and practice of occupational
- Consistent engagement in professional writing with the ability
to train faculty and students in writing and professional
- Progressive teaching skills that reflect the science of
teaching and learning.
- Excellence in interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to
relate to diverse groups, constituencies and organizations.
- Ability to champion an inclusive learning environment through
student admissions, hiring practices, policies and procedures, and
curriculum. Our goal is to create an academic community that is
rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity.
- Ability to embrace change in a current educational environment
that requires flexibility in thinking, and innovative approaches to
achieve our mission.
- Ability to embrace our responsibility to expand our impact in
the St. Louis community through educational and scholarship
partnerships and community engagement throughout the greater St.
Washington University is an Equal Opportunity
Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex,
sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin,
genetic information, disability, or protected veteran