Program Director, Master Degree Programs in Occupational Therapy (with Faculty rank)

Job description

Category:: Faculty
Department:: 01-50-5035-OT Dept
Locations:: East Longmeadow, MA
Posted:: Aug 17, 2020
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-Time Salaried (Exempt)
Position ID:: 124287


About Bay Path University:



When Bay Path opened its doors to students in 1897, it had a very clear goal: to provide a practical, affordable, and career-oriented education to meet the needs of companies, organizations, and communities. From the beginning, Bay Path prided itself on being entrepreneurial, constantly pushing the boundaries of the academic experience to fit the start them on the road of success. We still do.



Today, that spirit and philosophy is more important than ever in higher education. At Bay Path, it's not just the number and breadth of undergraduate and graduate programs that defines us-and we have many-but it is our ability to connect the classroom to learning to leadership to experience to career that is at the core of what we do best. We know the work that needs to be done.



Bay Path University, an independent and not-for-profit institution, was named Among Fastest Growing Baccalaureate Colleges by the Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac, and is a member of the Women's College Coalition. With a main campus in Longmeadow, MA and three satellite locations, (East Longmeadow, Sturbridge, Concord), Bay Path offers undergraduate, graduate (for women and men) degrees, and professional certificates.



We're committed to preparing our students to navigate a constantly changing world. Whether it is one of our innovative academic programs, groundbreaking online learning platform, or through our Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders initiative, we educate our students in ways that will help them to grow, learn to adapt, and always to flourish. Be part of the change.



We invite you to visit our website at where you can learn more about Bay Path University.



Job Description:



Position Code: PDMAPOT



Job Type: Full-time Faculty, Exempt (12-month position)



Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm



Schedule: Monday-Friday (including some nights and weekends)



Position Location: East Longmeadow, MA









We seek a dynamic individual to oversee the programs in the department of occupational therapy, direct the Master of Occupational Therapy Program and teach at the graduate level in the program. The successful candidate will have a terminal degree as well as a strong background and clinical experience in physical, cognitive, and/or other areas of general rehabilitation practice. This may include the adult and/or pediatric population and will include assessment, treatment, and management of disorders typically seen in these populations. Experience in assistive technology, social policy, professional issues, and/or advocacy are preferred, but not required.



The Director will report directly to the Associate Provost/Dean of SEHHS. The Director will oversee that faculty demonstrate the ability to creatively engage students in didactic and experiential learning opportunities, and collaborate with the Associate Provost/Dean of SEHHS, other faculty members of the Occupational Therapy Department in addition to departments critical to the success of the Occupational Therapy Department such as Enrollment and Marketing.



Bay Path University is an institution that places the utmost importance on the faculty's ability to teach and relate to all students, whether in undergraduate or graduate programs. The importance of teaching at the graduate level equals the importance at the undergraduate level. At the same time, Bay Path University is committed to advancing its Health Care and Health Science programs. The Master of Occupational Therapy exists within the School of Education, Human & Health Sciences and as such, contributes to the overall graduate academic commitment to a sound and exciting Liberal Arts education.



Essential Job Functions:



  • Responsible for the management and administration of the entire OT Program, including scheduling of courses, planning, evaluation, budgeting, selection of faculty and staff, maintenance of accreditation, and commitment to strategies of professional development.
  • Pending program need this position may teach a maximum of six credits annually which will be determined in consultation with the Associate Provost.
  • Participate in departmental and institutional meetings, committees, and functions as necessary and appropriate.
  • Advise MOT students in academic, fieldwork, and professional issues.
  • Participate in the admissions process, which may include Open Houses, communicating with prospective and/or accepted students, and interviewing students as requested.
  • Work collaboratively with OT faculty for program assessment and student learning outcomes.
  • Oversee resolution of any problems that arise with students and/or associated faculty.
  • Maintain program morale and motivate faculty.
  • Lead the development of the assessment plan for the OT.
  • Oversee the OTB program and work collaboratively with the OTD program.
  • Develop and implement robust training program for all faculty (fall and part-time) utilizing technology and collaborative learning strategies
  • Work collaboratively with Associate Provost/Dean of SEHHS and other OT faculty to ensure program meets accreditation standards.
  • Engage in a process of formative and summative course evaluation to enhance the student learning experience.
  • Engage in appropriate and relevant professional development.
  • Maintain professional licensure.
  • Maintain an active presence on the campus including attendance at student events.
  • Oversee and participate in program and curriculum development.
  • Attend faculty and other University meetings.
  • Attend all major University events (e.g. Commencement, Convocation).
  • Identify student learning needs; propose solutions to address needs.
  • Adhere to HIPAA and FERPA privacy standards.
  • Perform any other job related functions as assigned by the Associate Provost/Dean of SEHHS.
  • Complete ACOTE related documentation, including annual reports, interim reports, and self-studies as required. Oversee ACOTE/other accreditation agency site visits.
  • Supervise all OT full time, part time, and adjunct faculty.
  • Hire and orient new adjunct and full-time faculty for each academic year and overseeing course content.
  • Oversee the clinical and didactic education for the OT program.
  • Review and update all assessment plans for the MOT program.
  • Review all course evaluation and other available outcome data (e.g. student satisfaction surveys, portfolios, employer or internship feedback) and incorporate findings into assessment plans.
  • Attend to departmental administrative duties as they arise.
  • Participate in summer admissions activities and events as requested.
  • Review departmental syllabi, especially student learning outcomes and any changes resulting from core curriculum revision.
  • Review student learning outcomes to ensure outcomes are consistent with accreditation standards.
  • Develop schedule for MOT program.
  • Oversee orientation for incoming MOT students.
  • Annual review of curriculum; develop strategic plan.
  • Update MOT student handbook (as necessary).
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Attend trainings as required.
  • Perform any other duties or tasks as assigned by the University.






  • All OT faculty and staff
  • Work study students









  • Hold a doctoral degree in occupational therapy or related health care field.
  • Have a minimum of 8 years of documented experience in the field of occupational therapy.
  • Administrative experience including, but not limited to, program planning and implementation, personnel management, evaluation and budgeting.
  • Scholarship of application as well as of teaching and learning.
  • At least 3 years of experience in a full-time academic appointment with teaching responsibilities at the post-secondary level.
  • Hold a professional licensure in the state of Massachusetts appropriate to the field.
  • Be certified active and in good standing by NBCOT.
  • Have a strong clinical background in physical, cognitive, and/or other areas of general rehabilitation practice.
  • Possess strong organizational and leadership skills.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion and within FERPA and HIPPA guidelines.
  • All new employees must complete the FERPA, and Anti-Harassment online trainings within 15 days of employment
  • Ability to adhere to University policies and procedures.
  • Valid U.S. driver's license.
  • Must successfully pass the online safe Driving Course and driving record check at time of hire and annually thereafter.
  • If you operate a University owned, leased or personal vehicle at any time while performing your duties you must follow all policies and procedures outlined in the Operations Manual. You must have a valid driver's license and must successfully pass the online Safe Driving Course and driving record check at time of hire and annually thereafter. Additionally, you must report any driving offense, on or off company time, which causes a loss, suspension, or any other change in your license status. You must report this change within one business day of the offense. You can report this change to the Human Resource Department or your direct supervisor. Failure to do so can lead to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.
  • Should be committed to a culture of diversity, equity, respect and inclusion; demonstrated ability to build working relationships with people having a wide variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences different from ones' own.
  • General knowledge of the University's mission, purpose and goals and the role this position plays in achieving those goals.



Additional Information:



Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Bay Path University is a diverse community devoted to proactively nurturing a campus-wide culture that promotes and ensures equity, respect, inclusion and safety for all members regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity, socio-economic background, or physical ability. We are one University that opens our hearts and minds to conversations, to learning and to creating a community that is welcoming of all. Regardless of position, it is expected that each employee will embrace this commitment and demonstrate an attitude of respect toward and acceptance of all members of our community.



Bay Path University is a smoke- and tobacco-free community.



All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory background checking.



Application Instructions:



Applicants for this position should attach a cover letter, resume / curriculum vitae, the contact information for four (4) professional, work related references and any other relevant information pertaining to this position and your candidacy. Please apply online. Faxes and emails will not be accepted.



Bay Path University is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and learning in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, women and all underrepresented backgrounds. An Equal Opportunity Employer, Bay Path University is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion in its student body, faculty, and staff.



In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a position please email us at [email protected] or call 413-565-1168.








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Posted: 1/29/2021
Application Due: 3/30/2021
Work Type: Full Time