Maria College’s Health Sciences department invites applications and nominations for the position of Founding Program Director of the Occupational Therapy Masters Program. Maria College has a long history of health professional education, which currently includes nursing, health & occupational sciences, healthcare management and occupational therapy assistant programs. The Founding Program Director will build upon a very successful occupational therapy assistant program that has been in existence for over 41 years and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The mission of Maria’s Occupational Therapy Program is to give students a quality academic and clinical education in preparation for work with individuals of all abilities, ages, and from various cultural and socioeconomic groups. The program is based on the altruistic and compassionate values shared by the occupational therapy profession and the College’s founders, the Sisters of Mercy—both acknowledging the value of human differences and individuality.
This position is best suited for a mid to senior level academic occupational therapist trained at the PhD level (or equivalently trained EdD, ScD, DSc or DrPH), who has a trajectory of progressive academic leadership and scholarship.
- Develop curriculum and program content for proposed master’s degree in occupational therapy to move program from Applicant Status through Candidacy Status to Full Accreditation.
- Responsible for the management and administration of the program, including planning, evaluation, budgeting, selection of faculty and staff, maintenance of accreditation, and commitment to strategies for professional development.
- Teach associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree courses in occupational therapy, health and occupational sciences for day, evening and weekend classes.
- Provide academic advisement to students.
- Serve on departmental and college committees.
- Develop appropriate applied research activities and mentor graduate students in research scholarship.
Minimum Job Requirements:
- Doctoral Degree (PhD, EdD, DSci).
- Applicants must be registered by NBCOT and hold a current OT license for the State of New York.
- 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, 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.
– Possess strong interpersonal and communication skills and commitment to excellence in teaching students of diverse backgrounds.
– Ability to collaborate with professionals in academic and clinical settings.
Maria College, located in Albany, New York, the state’s capital, is convenient to Boston, New York City and the Adirondacks. The Capital Region, which includes the counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady counties, is the center of New York’s Tech Valley. Nearly 850,000 live in the four-county metro, and 1.1 million in the greater Capital Region. Our economy is witnessing its most exhilarating period of growth in decades with nearly $30 billion in investment over the last ten years. Major Industries include government, health care, technology, and post-secondary education. The college is located directly across the street from St. Peters Hospital and on the same block as Albany Medical Center.
Maria is a Catholic college sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and animated by the Mercy charism. It provides career-relevant, opportunity education in the context of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition to all who can benefit from it. Maria is committed to outstanding and holistic student support services, financial sustainability and the purposive use of evidence to drive institutional renewal and student success. Maria seeks to foster graduates who recognize and respect the dignity of every human person and who will transform their knowledge and skill into caring and compassionate service to others.
Required Application Documents:
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• Letter of interest
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