Position Reports to: Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs
Positions Supervised: All specialty track directors
The Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is a 16-20 month primarily online/blended post-professional program designed to enable students to continue meeting personal and professional obligations while pursuing their degree. In addition to the Advanced Practice track, the program offers specialty tracks in Pediatrics, Hand Therapy, Education, Aging, Leadership, Behavioral and Mental Health, and Assistive Technology. Focusing on evidence-based practice and professional development, the OTD program is designed for practicing occupational therapists who strive to become leaders in the delivery of health and human services. This position is non-residential and the applicant need not move to Provo to be considered.
The program director (PD) position is primarily responsible for coordination and management of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Degree program. The PD reports to the Vice Provost of Post Professional Programs (or to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost), and works collaboratively with admissions, marketing, and faculty in the recruitment of faculty, curriculum development and delivery of courses, program assessment and student recruitment. The PD, in cooperation with other academic faculty and administration, establishes faculty, staff and student performance standards; policies and procedures; and regulations related to the implementation and offering of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Degree. All specialty track directors report to the PD.
The PD holds a faculty appointment (such as assistant, associate or full professor) and has administrative, academic, and scholarship responsibilities consistent with the mission and philosophy of the academic program. This individual demonstrates competence in leadership, development and implementation of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Degree Program, including: aspects of planning, coordination with the University departments, curriculum design, development and assessment, human resource management, student admission, instruction, evaluation, and advisement. He/she is able to coordinate, plan for, and implement the mission, philosophy, goals, and expected outcomes of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program. The PDs primary responsibilities are to plan, coordinate, facilitate, administer, and monitor all activities related to the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Degree Program.
CONTINUING EDUCATION/ONLINE LEARNING COMMUNITY SUPPORT
Under the direction of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, this position supports the continuing education/online learning community in conducting needs analysis for business and industry partners and creates customized training courses and programs designed to develop, enrich, and train the community’s workforce. Additionally, in collaboration with the online learning community team, this individual assists with the recruiting of content experts/instructors, review, development and approval of content for courses, badges and other continuing education offerings.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Curriculum Development
- Annually develop, implement, monitor, evaluate, and revise Doctor Occupational Therapy Degree curriculum
- Develop a binnual program assessment plan and report along with tracking of core themes
- Establish student outcome goals, reviewing and revising them as part of the assessment and continuous improvement processes for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Degree Program
2. Faculty Recruitment and Management
- Assists with recruitment and management of program faculty
- Responsible for syllabi development, evaluation of content, evaluation of faculty and student performance, and review of assessment activities and results and communicates to the University in a timely fashion
- Responsible for timely grade reporting by all faculty within the degree program
- Hosts and attends faculty meetings as prescribed by the University
- Recruits members for a program advisory board and hosts advisory board meetings
3. Student Advising
- Recruitment, admissions, academic progress review, communication, and documentation of advising
- Conducts student admissions activities, providing timely notification to the University
- Advises students in person, by phone, videoconference, or by email each academic term
4. Teaching Activities
- Performs teaching activities that include syllabi development, content development, course handouts, design of assessment activities, and timely grading of each assessment
- Assists with development and grading of capstone projects
- Serves as Capstone Chair
5. Certificate Programs
- Assist in developing and overseeing OT Certificate Programs
6.Continuing Education and Online Learning Community
- Review online course proposals
- Recruit online learning authors/instructors
- Support online learning content development
- Serve as committee member of online learning community committee
7. University Activities
- Participates in program faculty/administration meetings
- Participates in the “Teaching Effectiveness Program” by serving as an instructor/course peer
- Demonstrates continued development in expertise area/teaching and learning by attending internal and external sponsored continuing education and professional development
- Serves on University Committees as
- Attends the University Development and commencement activities
- Attends and participates in PD, Academic Leadership Committee (ALC) and other University
8. Other Duties
- as Assigned by the Vice Provost of Post Professional Programs and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost.
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In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is possible that requirements may be modified to reasonably accommodate disabled individuals. However, no accommodations will be made which may pose serious health or safety risks to the employee or others or which impose undue hardships on the organization.
Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts. RMUoHP maintains its status as an at-will employer. Employees can be terminated for any reason not prohibited by law.
Starting Date: January 01. 2020
For more information and to submit a CV for consideration, please contact Dr. Malissa Martin (email@example.com)
Rocky Mountain University is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Graduate of an accredited program
Completion of a terminal doctoral degree (PhD, DSc, DHSc, EdD, etc) preferred. Currently pursuing a terminal doctorate will be considered. Current license/certification occupational therapy
Current knowledge and skill in the use of information and computer technology (e.g., word processing, e-mail, database) or proven ability to learn these skills
Knowledge of educational, management, and adult learning theory and principles
Knowledge of legislative, regulatory, legal, and practice issues affecting education, students, and the profession of health sciences
3 years of clinical experience preferred
Teaching experience at the graduate level
Prior administrative experience in academic governance and/or clinical
Strong leadership, communication, organization, interpersonal, problem- solving, and counseling skills
Skill in program development, evaluation, curriculum and proposal writing;
Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team;
Experience with online learning via learning management systems, content development and instructional delivery.
Customer service oriented
Effective communication (both oral and written) and interpersonal skills
Effective organizational and planning skills.
Able to work with students, Faculty/Staff with special needs based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Ability to participate in the most sensitive aspects of peer review and shared governance
Able to initiate, administer, assess, and document assessment areas related to curriculum and program
Able to work independently and coordinate work with colleagues and peers Able to travel as needed
PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES AND REQUIREMENTS OF THIS POSITION
Using primarily just the fingers to make small movements such as typing, picking up small objects, or pinching fingers together
Especially where one must convey detailed or important instructions or ideas accurately, loudly, or quickly
Able to hear average or normal conversations and receive ordinary information
Average Visual Abilities:
Average, ordinary visual acuity necessary to prepare or inspect documents or products, or operate machinery
Sedentary work. Sitting most of the time. Exerts up to 10 lbs. of force occasionally (Almost all office jobs)
No hazardous or significantly unpleasant conditions (Such as in a typical office)
MENTAL ACTIVITIES AND REQUIREMENTS OF THIS POSITION
Ability to deal with a variety of variables under only limited standardization Able to interpret various instructions
Ability to perform basic math skills, use decimals to compute ratios and percentages, and draw and interpret graphs
Ability to read a variety of books, magazines, instruction manuals, atlases, and encyclopedias; Ability to prepare memos, reports, and essays using proper punctuation, spelling, and grammar
Ability to communicate distinctly with appropriate pauses and emphasis; correct pronunciation (or sign equivalent); and variation in word order using present, perfect, and future tenses
About Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) is a private, accredited institution recognized for evidence-based, meaningful graduate healthcare education. Established in 1998 as an exclusive post-professional graduate healthcare institution, RMUoHP has a reputation for exceptional, high quality, rigorous healthcare education programs and has a diverse student body and alumni from all 50 states as well as a stellar and nationally respected faculty representing healthcare practice, research and education throughout the country. Our academic models of delivery allow our limited-residency students to continue with their life roles without relocating and our residency students to begin and end their full-time studies in beautiful Provo, Utah.
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) offers graduate healthcare education for post-professional and entry-level students in a variety of healthcare professions, including Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology, Doctor of Science in Health Science, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Science in Health Science and Master of Physician Assistant Studies.
Rocky Mountain University is an Equal Opportunity Employer