Administrative Careers - Academic Advising, Administrative Careers - Program Administration
Department: School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Reports To: Dean, School of Nursing and Health Sciences
The Program Director will lead North Park’s new Occupational Therapy Program. The Program Director is responsible for all aspects of the management and administration of the program, including the selection, hiring and professional development of the faculty and staff in the program as well as planning, evaluating, budgeting and accreditation of the program.
Oversee day-to-day operations
Supervise program faculty and staff
Prepare budget proposals
Collaborate with the faculty to determine staffing needs and teaching responsibilities; complete faculty load sheets
Recruit and interview prospective faculty and make recommendations for initial appointments
Evaluate faculty performance; recommend promotion and tenure of faculty to the Faculty Personnel Committee
Develop student recruitment and marketing strategies in collaboration with the Admissions Office
Represent the program in academic and profession matters at local, state and national levels
Coordinate agreements with clinical agencies and oversee clinical placements for students
Oversee all aspects of the occupational therapy program
Develop and plan class schedules and course offerings
Coordinate planning, development and revision of occupational therapy programs based on changes in the health care system and the occupation therapy profession
Oversee the evaluation and revision of the OT curriculum (e.g., exit interview, alumni survey, graduation rate survey, employer survey)
Participate in teaching
Earned doctorate (PhD, EdD, DrPH, OTD)
Minimum of 8 years of experience in occupational therapy which must include clinical practice as an occupational therapist, administrative or supervisory experience, and clinical research.
Minimum of 3 years of experience in a full-time academic appointment with teaching responsibilities at the post-baccalaureate level.
Certification and licensure
Initial certification by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)
Eligible for licensure in Illinois.
Eligible for the rank of associate professor or professor
Administration and leadership
Curriculum design and implementation
Participate in professional development in areas of clinical expertise and interest
Participate in organizations consonant with professional competency
Produce scholarly work (seminars, presentations, research, publications)
Expertise in administrative processes to include hiring, supervision, budgeting, program planning and evaluation, and policy development
Expertise in designated teaching areas
Identify the educational needs of students and, based on the curriculum design and accreditation standards, develop and instruct students.
Evaluate the impact of teaching on the teaching-learning process and implement modifications as appropriate
Knowledge of current research area of expertise
Course and program evaluation
Use of technology as part of the teaching-learning process.
Ability to develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with administration, colleagues, students, and community agencies
Use of logic and critical thinking to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
Flexibility and openness to change (positive or negative)
Computer literacy in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and databases needed.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Personal commitment to North Park’s mission of Christian higher education.
Rank and Salary: Rank and salary commensurate with background and experience
Effective Date: Negotiable
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience