OTD Program Director
Job Title: Program Director, Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program
Department: Occupational Therapy Program
Presbyterian College invites applications from individuals to serve as Program Director for its Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program. The Director provides dynamic leadership for the OTD program as it contributes to the College’s health professions initiatives and provides a key service to the broader community.
The person in the program director role must have the qualifications as required by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) as listed in this paragraph below. The program director must be an initially certified occupational therapist who is licensed or otherwise regulated according to regulations in South Carolina. The program director must hold a doctoral degree awarded by an institution that is accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The doctoral degree is not limited to a doctorate in occupational therapy. The program director must have 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 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 post-baccalaureate level. The program director will work in the occupational therapy program on a full-time basis. The successful candidate will demonstrate expertise in teaching, scholarship, and service in higher education, along with an understanding of ACOTE standards of accreditation.
The successful candidate will understand how to manage people and work with students in a culturally supportive way, and will be eager to collaborate with colleagues across campus to enhance the student experience. Outstanding organizational and communication skills are a necessity for this role.
In this position, the program director will lead the OTD program in a way that promotes student success and supports the advancement of OT practice within the institution, local community, and region. The program director is responsible for planning, evaluation, budgeting, selection of faculty and staff, and maintenance of accreditation. The program director will supervise program faculty and staff in all activities related to the program, including the fieldwork, capstone, and admission coordinators. The person in this role will have a commitment to professional development for faculty and staff in the program, and also work to improve their own leadership skills. The program director will develop a prudent plan for program expenditures and work with admissions staff to ensure cohort enrollment targets are met annually. This position reports to the provost.
The program director will have a 12-month, tenure-track appointment that will also include teaching in the program, professional development, and development of local and regional partnerships. It is the program director’s responsibility to evaluate, manage and support program faculty and staff. The program director will also perform other responsibilities as assigned by the provost and will represent the program both internally on campus and at external functions.
Presbyterian College (PC) is an institution with a four-year undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences and professional graduate programs leading to a doctorate in pharmacy (PharmD), doctorate in occupational therapy (OTD), and a masters in physician assistant studies (MPAS). The College is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church USA. Located in Clinton, South Carolina, the College is approximately 40 minutes from the Greenville and Spartanburg, SC, metro area and about one hour from Columbia, SC. The area offers abundant opportunities for social and recreational activities in one of the fastest growing regions of the country with easy access to Charlotte, NC, Asheville, NC, and Atlanta, GA.
Applicants should send a cover letter of application that outlines qualifications for the position and interest in leading an OTD program at a church-related institution; a statement of contributions to diversity in an educational setting; a comprehensive CV; and the names and contact information for three professional references electronically in one pdf to firstname.lastname@example.org. Official transcripts will be required at a later stage in the process. References will not be contacted without direct permission of the candidate. Review of applications will begin October 24, 2023, and continue until the position is filled.
Presbyterian College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College seeks to hire the most qualified candidate and does not discriminate against any legally protected class.