Academic Program Director – Occupational Therapy Program

first_imgPromotes University’s core values;Develops and implements Department’s strategic plan;Identifies new opportunitiesMaintains superior customer service to internal and externalcustomers;Fosters a success-oriented, accountable environment within theUniversity;Develops annual budget and expenses for area(s) ofresponsibility and guides subordinate managerial personnel in thedevelopment of their budgets as necessary.Administers or delegatesthe administration of budgets, approving expenditures, reviewingreports;Develops, communicates, and upholds University policies andprocedures;Leads local participation in the programmatic accreditationprocess; assures full compliance with federal, state andaccrediting body standards and regulations;Attends and participate in Management Committee, ProgramDirectors Council and Student-Director Meetings whereappropriate;Teaches at a significantly reduced teaching load, i.e. no morethan a 0.5 FTE faculty member (no more than 148 hours/term);Approves pre-requisite course substitutions and transfercredits. BUSINESS COMPETENCIESTo perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstratethe following competencies to perform the essential functions ofthe position: Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching, scholarship andadministration, in an institution of higher education.Knowledge of financial aid, and fiscal management;Exceptional leadership, communication and managementskills;Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, and tointeract effectively with colleagues, administrators and facultymembers and students, as well as external constituencies;Valid driver’s license for State of residence and at leastminimum liability insurance required by State. Core Management Responsibilities Faculty Leadership and Development The mission of The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciencesis the development of professional health care practitionersthrough innovation, individualized, and quality classroom,clinical, and distance education. GENERAL SUMMARYIn collaboration with Dean and faculty, the Program Directorassures delivery of the local campus curriculum in a manner thatmeets program goals, learning outcomes, consistency, andinstitutional expectations. The Program Director leads local campusprogrammatic accreditation to assure all standards are met andreports are appropriately filed. Works closely with the Dean andother Program Directors and/or faculty on revisions of programpolicies, admissions, academic progress and graduationcompetencies. The Director is accountable for strategic planinitiatives concerning the program, as well integrating with otherdepartments and programs to resolve student and faculty issues andpromote assessment of educational effectiveness.Program directorsserve as an important conduit connecting the program with otherUniversity departments, communicating information and contributingto the growth and improvement of the institution.ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESStrategic Planning Hires, develops, and evaluates faculty (core andadjunct).Assists them in planning staffing patterns for theirarea(s) of responsibility.Utilizing standards for effective jobperformance evaluates faculty effectiveness;Mentors and develops employees to maximize individualperformance, build future organizational leadership, enhanceteamwork and strengthen support of the organization’s corevalues; Stays abreast of educational best practices, policy changes anddevelopments that may impact the program through attendance, anddeveloping professional relationships at professional conferences,seminars and local, state and national organizations;Meets scholarly goals, as identified in annual performanceevaluation;Maintains visibility in respective professionalorganizations;Uses research and practice, and theory and experience to fosterprofessional development and student learning; Provides leadership, strategy, vision, organization, processesand infrastructure for a respective program, and in concert withthe University’s strategic and quality improvement plan;Assesses and reports on program metrics, such as facultyworkload and scholarly productivity, student satisfaction,graduation rates, enrollments, etc. to assure program goals arebeing met; State practice license WORK ENVIRONMENTWork is performed primarily in a standard office environment butmay involve exposure to moderate noise levels. Work involvesoperation of personal computer equipment for six to eight hoursdaily and includes physical demands associated with a traditionaloffice setting, e.g., walking, standing, communicating, and otherphysical functions as necessary. Possess knowledge of accreditation;Five or more years’ progressive levels of leadership,responsibility and expertise in teaching, preferably in highereducation;center_img EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE Local Program Operations OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESMay perform other duties and responsibilities that management maydeem necessary from time to time.TRAVEL REQUIREMENTSPosition may require local driving and/or overnight travel to othercampuses.*A valid driver’s license for State of residence and at leastminimum liability insurance required by State.MANAGEMENT/SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIESResponsible for the direction and supervision of core faculty,contributing faculty and staff employees for program.May supervisean assistant director or site coordinator.POSITION IN ORGANIZATIONREPORTS TO: Program ChairPOSITIONS SUPERVISED:Core faculty, contributing faculty,staffTECHNICAL, MANAGERIAL, and PEOPLE SKILLS REQUIREDTo perform this job successfully an individual must be able toperform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listedbelow are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilityrequired. Incumbents will be evaluated, in part, based onperformance of each essential function. Appropriate reasonableaccommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilitiesto perform essential functions. Must have a minimum of 8 years of documented experience in thefield of occupational therapy; this experience must includeclinical practice as an occupational therapist, administrativeexperience, scholarship, and at least 3 years of experience in afull-time academic appointment with teaching responsibilities atthe post-baccalaureate level;Must be initially certified as an occupational therapist who islicensed according to state regulation in the state in which theprogram is located; LICENSURE and/or CERTIFICATION Scholarly and Professional Development Occupational Therapy Program Responsible for the development and maintenance of effectivedepartment operations including efficient workflow, achievingstudent learning outcomes; ensuring appropriate faculty numbers;assuring quality curriculum;Works effectively with other departments across the Universityto coordinate activities and promote change;Promotes a campus culture in alignment with the University’score values that focuses on the academic achievement and personaldevelopment of all students;Reports to the Management Committee to support educationaleffectiveness;Communicates effectively and fosters collaborativerelationships among all campus constituencies including students,faculty, and staff; advises students, assisting with problemsolving and complaint resolutionCollaborate with Clinical Education department to assurequality clinical experiences for students.Conducts student recruiting information sessions;Ensures faculty support the attainment of department andinstitutional outcomes as laid out in the InstitutionalEffectiveness plan; Has a clear understanding of institution’s mission and values.Has a passion for facilitating learning and for enabling studentsto navigate their own learning journey.Compelled by the opportunity to contribute through research,scholarship professional practice or creativity.Takes personal responsibility for own goals and outcomes toensure student success. Establishes clear expectations, followsthrough on commitments to students and holds them accountable forassignments and performanceWorks cooperatively with others across the institution andbeyond, including the community and through partnerships.Represents own interests while being inclusive and fair toothers.Adapts oral and written communication approach and style to theaudience and based on the message. Also listens attentively toothers.- Makes students feel welcome, understood and valued. Creates alearning environment that is compelling, challenging andproductive.Has sufficient credentials, industry expertise and/orexperience in the discipline to teach according to the standardsand qualifications required.Designs learning experiences closely linked to learningoutcomes including lesson planning, design of project, workintegrated, group learning experiences, or interactive learningobjects. Has depth of expertise in pedagogy, andragogy and overalllearning effectiveness.Manages small, large, blended, hybrid and/or online classrooms,monitoring and ensuring participation, managing one’s own andstudents’ time and attention effectively.Creating a climate where people are motivated to do their bestto help the organization achieve its objectives.Leads by example when it comes to finding and developingtalent, with a focus on talent acquisition strategies, settingperformance targets that raises standards and development of highpotential talent. The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is an equalopportunity at will employer and does not discriminate against anyemployee or applicant for employment because of age, race,religion, color, disability, sex, sexual orientation or nationalorigin.last_img

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