Director, Master of Occupational Therapy Program (MOT)

Messiah College
Mechanicsburg, PA
Sep 27, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Messiah College, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the full-time Director of the developing Master of Occupational Therapy Program (MOT). As the director, you will be responsible for attaining and maintaining ACOTE accreditation. The director will pursue academic excellence within the program by providing program leadership, promoting the program and enhancing its visibility, assisting with recruiting and retaining students, and managing the day-to-day logistics of the program. This is a 12-month core faculty administrative position that will allow for limited teaching in the program.

The ideal candidate should have/be:

  • An earned terminal degree is required, including an OTD (an earned academic terminal degree is preferred)
  • A credentialed and licensed occupational therapist and eligible for licensure in Pennsylvania
  • 8 years of experience in the field of occupational therapy including clinical practice as an occupational therapist
  • Experience preparing for, obtaining and maintaining ACOTE accreditation
  • Administrative experience (including program planning and implementation, personnel management, evaluation and budgeting)
  • A strong record of scholarship and distinguished history of teaching and service
  • 3 years of experience in a full-time academic appointment with teaching responsibilities at the post-baccalaureate level

The Program:

Messiah College is developing an entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy Program (MOT). The College designed the program to meet accreditation standards established by ACOTE. The mission of the occupational therapy program is to prepare compassionate, ethical and competent occupational therapy practitioners, equipped to serve and lead as agents of change in a global society.

Messiah College applied for accreditation and was granted Candidacy Status (December 2016) by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The College has enrolled its first two cohorts of students (32 in Cohort 1 and 28 in Cohort 2). ACOTE has an on-site evaluation scheduled for March 2019 and there is college-wide support for the program. Currently there are four fulltime faculty members in addition to additional adjuncts and part-time faculty members.

The College:

Messiah College is a Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences and has a student body of over 2,700 undergraduate students including 13.7% under-represented and 4.4% international students from 30 countries and over 600 graduate students including 15.3% of students from under-represented populations.

The College is committed to an embracing evangelical spirit rooted in the Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan traditions of the Christian Church. Our mission is to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society. Messiah College is a teaching institution that emphasizes instruction but values research and public service. Strong support is given to faculty development in teaching and scholarship.

The College seeks to create a work environment and organizational culture that reflects and appreciates the uniqueness that the individual brings to the workplace while striving to provide an atmosphere of success. Messiah's strategic plan includes a commitment to community engagement in diverse settings and the development of cross-cultural competencies as well as a commitment to developing a comprehensive and integrated approach to global engagement. As such, Messiah College is fully committed to a culturally diverse faculty, staff and student body. Successful candidates will evidence similar commitments.


Messiah College is located just 12 miles from the Pennsylvania state capital, Harrisburg, and a short drive from Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.


All correspondence relating to the position of Director of the Master of Occupational Therapy Program (MOT) at Messiah College should be directed in confidence to the College’s executive recruitment consultant:


Mr. Christopher S. Healy, Vice President

Scott Healy & Associates

[email protected]


The full and complete application should contain the following information:


  1. A cover letter outlining your experience as an occupational therapist in higher education. Special attention will be paid to those applicants who have started, developed, and/or expanded a Masters or Doctoral program for OT.
  2. A complete CV outlining your career in higher education and within health-related areas. 
  3. The names of three professional references including their relationship to you, their position, email, and direct phone numbers. References will not be contacted without written permission.

Applications submitted by October 26, 2018, will receive priority consideration. This search will remain open until the position is filled.

Messiah College’s commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence draws inspiration from its mission “to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.” The college has pursued this vision through a strategic planning process that encourages diversity through employee and student composition, campus climate, and an educational program that enables educators and students to embrace diversity. Candidates should clearly articulate why diversity and cultural intelligence matter to them as persons of faith as well as in their profession. Candidates will speak to how as a potential employee, they will contribute to the advancement of this vision through their position.