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Director, Division of Professional Education

Employer
Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis
Location
Missouri, United States
Salary
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Nov 12, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Education Administration & Leadership
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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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 religions.  

 

Administrative Activities:

  1. 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.
  2. Directs the educational activities of the Program and leads in the development and implementation of its educational strategic plans, policies and procedures.
  3. 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.
  4. Insures the development and implementation of procedures for marketing, recruitment, admission, retention and graduation of students.
  5. 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 programs.
  6. Partners with Clinical Operations Division to integrate practice and education into a complementary education and teaching model.
  7. Develops, manages and is accountable for the education budget allocated by the Leadership Team.
  8. Plans and develops academic program initiatives with the faculty, staff and collaborators.
  9. 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.
  10. Recommends and participates in the development of university educational policies and procedures and serves on university educational planning and policy-making committees.
  11. Guides, mentors and evaluates clinician-track faculty, including support for professional development and promotion.
  12. Serves on Program, university or community consumer-oriented committees.
  13. 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.
  14. 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:

  1. Supervises and guides professional development opportunities for colleagues, and early career educators and clinicians transitioning into academic roles.
  2. Translates knowledge from the educational and learning sciences to educational application and regularly disseminates that knowledge in juried publications.
  3. Opportunity to teach content in the MSOT, OTD, PPOTD or PhD programs.
  4. 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.
  5. Synthesizes program evaluation results to inform curricular changes so that we are offering the best contemporary education experience possible that supports our program outcomes.
  6. Builds an educational laboratory that supports the mentoring of OTD graduate students within the director's area of scholarship.
Basic Qualifications

Education, Training and Experience:

  1. PhD with education training.
  2. NBCOT certified occupational therapist and license-eligible in Missouri.
  3. Minimum seven years of progressive professional academic experience.
  4. Experience mentoring and teaching in higher education.

Skills and Abilities:

  1. Management and leadership skills including planning, policy and managing faculty, lecturers and staff through the assumption of increasingly more challenging responsibilities.
  2. Communication skills to work with colleagues in finance, marketing and public relations.
  3. Demonstrated success in furthering organizational goals and developing the capacity of colleagues.
  4. Ability to apply occupational therapy knowledge to societal issues and improve the preparation of and practice of occupational therapists.
  5. Consistent engagement in professional writing with the ability to train faculty and students in writing and professional communication skills.
  6. Progressive teaching skills that reflect the science of teaching and learning.
  7. Excellence in interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to relate to diverse groups, constituencies and organizations.
  8. 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. 
  9. Ability to embrace change in a current educational environment that requires flexibility in thinking, and innovative approaches to achieve our mission.
  10. 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. Louis region.

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 status.

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