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Associate Dean of Occupational Therapy

Job ID Req #226 Location : St. Augustine, FL, United States
Date posted 09/28/2019


The Associate Dean, Occupational Therapy provides academic leadership and administrative oversight of all Occupational Therapy (OT) programs, resident and flex, as well as all entry-level program directors on all USAHS campuses. Through use of programmatic data internally and externally, the Associate Dean promotes academic excellence and growth of the OT programs, for the benefit of students and employees. The individual in this position coordinates communication and programmatic consistency across campuses and delivery methods for all OT programs. The individual will assist program directors by coordinating program outcome assessment, accreditation reporting, faculty performance evaluation and development, curricular improvement, and (re)accreditation, etc.


Strategic Planning and Change Management

  • With the Executive Dean of the College of Rehabilitative Sciences, develops a strategic plan for all OT programs to focus on growth and quality improvement goals and initiatives that align with the goals of the Program, College, and University

  • Participates in the development, implementation, and assessment of the University’s
    strategic plan

  • Serves as spokesperson in determining how OT programs are innovative to position USAHS
    as a leader in OT education

  • Works closely with marketing, university representatives, and admissions personnel to
    assure enrollment projects and goals are being met; provides feedback on
    student recruiting methodology

Leadership Development

  • Leads intra- and inter-campus OT faculty meetings and retreats; assists program directors with faculty development needs; student academic/professional misconduct issues

  • Leads recruitment and training efforts for new OT program directors; performs evaluations of the program directors; is responsible for leadership development

  • Provides oversight to faculty performance evaluation process, assuring consistency; works with program directors to develop and reinforce faculty development plans; assures alignment of faculty development goals to program strategic goals; assist directors with faculty recruitment, as needed; recommends faculty hiring to Executive Dean and chief academic officer

  • Monitors equity in faculty and program director workload

  • Supervises orientation and development of new OT program directors and assistant directors

Fiscal and Resource Management

  • Examines resource use; works with program directors for allocation and sharing of resources

  • Works between program directors and the Executive Dean of the College of Rehabilitative Sciences for the coordination of policy revision/development

  • Works with Executive Dean of the College of Rehabilitative Sciences to assure the clinical education office is meeting program needs

  • Works between program directors and the Executive Dean of the College of Rehabilitative Sciences for the coordination of resource procurement and management

  • Develops annual budget and expenses for
    area(s) of responsibility and guides subordinate managerial personnel in the
    development of their budgets; administers or delegates the administration of
    budgets, approving expenditures and reviewing reports

Quality Improvement and Accreditation

  • Stays up-to-date with ACOTE standards, policies, procedures, and changes; assures
    accreditation reports from each campus are completed

  • Coordinates programmatic (re)accreditation for new programs/locations

  • Works with Accreditation, Compliance and Regulatory units to assure adherence to all
    standards and regulatory requirements

  • Leads local participation in the programmatic accreditation process; assures full
    compliance with federal, state and accrediting body standards and regulations

  • Oversees programmatic outcome analysis; develops improvement plans; implements
    curricular and teaching effectiveness to support program, student, and faculty
    success; leads OT program review

  • Assures that all student academic and behavioral performances are evaluated and treated
    with consistency and follow University, College, and Program policies and

  • Assures the curriculum is contemporary, well-delivered, and in compliance with
    accreditation standards across all campuses; promotes course coordination in OT
    courses and works closely with director(s) in other disciplines to promote
    coordination of HSC courses; reviews Course Coordinator reports; assists with
    curriculum revisions

  • Encourages, supports, and develops intercampus and interprofessional educational and research endeavors

  • Works with Admissions to review admissions standards and procedures for OT programs


  • Promotes University’s core values

  • Supports and demonstrates a student-centered philosophy

  • Attends and participate in Academic
    Leadership, Program Director Council, and Student-Director Meetings where

  • Maintains superior customer service to internal and external customers

  • Fosters a success-oriented, accountable environment within the University

  • Upholds University’s professional, ethics and integrity standards

  • Maintains communication channels for all OT employees and students

  • Maintains an active scholarly agenda and provides service to the University and
    profession; teaches as time allows


May perform other duties and responsibilities that management may deem necessary from time to time.


REPORTS TO: Executive Dean of College of Rehabilitative Sciences

POSITIONS SUPERVISED: Academic Program Directors, Academic Program


To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill,
and/or ability required. Incumbents will be evaluated, in part, based on performance of each essential function. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • Personal and professional values in concert with the University’s mission and vision

  • Exceptional leadership, communication and management skills; demonstrates forward, creative thinking

  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, and to interact effectively with
    colleagues, administrators and faculty members and students, as well as
    external constituencies

  • Exceptional leadership, communication and management skills; demonstrates forward, creative thinking

  • Operate effectively in a changing environment and effectively guide change management process 

  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively as part of a team, and to interact
    effectively with colleagues, administrators and faculty members and students,
    as well as external constituencies;

  • Ability to project vision, leadership, and objective reasoning to students, faculty,
    and staff

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)


  • 7-10 years of progressive academic administrative experience in a higher education; earned academic/terminal degree doctorate (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D., DHSc., etc.)

  • Professional experience in a health professional field preferred

  • Experience developing educational program; growth oriented

  • Demonstrated senior-level administrative ability and University/College level faculty employment and teaching experience

  • Possess knowledge of discipline specific accreditation


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