Founding Director of Occupational Therapy

Saint Bonaventure, New York
Feb 08, 2018
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Founding Director of Occupational Therapy

St. Bonaventure University (SBU) is seeking applicants for the Founding Director of Occupational Therapy (OT) to establish a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) degree program and to direct the proposed Department of Occupational Therapy within the School of Health Professions. This is a tenure track appointment at the assistant or associate level, based on experience. The Director will enjoy many opportunities for inter-professional education as the other members of the School of Health Professions Team become established. These will include Health Sciences, Public Health, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies and Healthcare Cyber Security. Collaborative relationships are being developed with local hospitals, medical practices and other community partners upon which to build MSOT program partnerships. The Director of Occupational Therapy reports to the Dean of the School of Health Professions and is a member of the SHPS Management Team.


Key Responsibilities will include:

  • Development of the new program and curricula
  • Lead the effort to establish accreditation for the MSOT program
  • Effective leadership to implement the respective missions and strategic plans of the University or School
  • Administrative and logistical support of the department • Mentorship of junior faculty
  • Development and management of the department budget
  • Effective communication to advocate for the department with the institution and communities of interest
  • Active participation in professional associations related to department Successful candidates will have the following selected qualifications and skills:
  • Eligible for licensure as a registered OT in NYS and hold appropriate professional Certification
  • An earned doctoral degree
  • A minimum of 8 years of documented experience in the field of occupational therapy.
    • This experience must include:
      • Clinical practice as an occupational therapist;
      • Administrative experience including, but not limited to, program planning and implementation, personnel management, evaluation, and budgeting;
      • Scholarship (e.g., scholarship of application, scholarship of teaching and learning); and
      • At least 3 years of experience in a full-time academic appointment with teaching responsibilities at the postsecondary level.
  • Demonstrated managerial competencies to oversee a comprehensive Department of OT and record of effective leadership and management in key areas of responsibility including accreditation, budgeting, strategic planning, assessment, collaboration, and curriculum development
  • Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary clinical practice in MSOT

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae/resume and contact information for three references to [email protected]


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St. Bonaventure University was founded in 1858 in the interest of promoting Catholic-Franciscan education. SBU continues to pursue academic excellence through personalized attention that reflects the Franciscan tradition of valuing human relationships. As a Franciscan University, our heritage teaches us to value Faith and Learning, so service is at the heart of the SBU experience. We strive to illustrate to our students that they can make service a part of their everyday lives, on campus or halfway around the world.

St. Bonaventure University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to fostering diversity in its faculty, staff and student body, and strongly encourages applications from the entire spectrum of a diverse community. In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with St. Bonaventure University requires successful completion of a background screening. Unless otherwise provided by law, a criminal record will not automatically disqualify an individual from employment.