Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

March 26, 2021
Priority Deadline to Apply:
May 7, 2021
Pacific Northwest University

Position Description

Pacific Northwest University, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications from individuals with a passion for working with rural and/or underserved communities and the desire to advance the role of occupational therapy in traditional and emerging settings for the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for the School of Occupational Therapy Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) and Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) Programs. PNWU is in the initial stages of developing the MSOT and OTD programs. The entry-level MSOT and OTD programs have applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). As the programs are in the early stages of development, the position offers a unique opportunity for the AFWC to shape the clinical education offerings.

The program must be granted Candidacy Status, have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). More information about the developing PNWU School of Occupational Therapy and the Founding Program Director can be found here:

The position:

The Academic Fieldwork Coordinator (AFWC) will be responsible for developing and refining the clinical education component of the MSOT and OTD curriculums and is responsible for the School’s compliance with the fieldwork requirements set forth by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The AFWC’s primary responsibilities are to identify and establish academic fieldwork placement sites, and plan, administer, and monitor academic fieldwork activities on behalf of the applicant programs and in coordination with Clinical Partners (contracted clinical facilities, clinical educators). The AFWC is a full time, core faculty member with reassigned time for an administrative role, in addition to their regular faculty role. To meet the expectations in the role of AFCW, they receive 50% reassigned time from their normal teaching load. The AFCW has standard professional responsibilities in the areas of teaching (reduced load), service, and scholarship consistent with the mission and philosophy of the developing School of Occupational Therapy. These include, but are not confined to:

Essential Job Functions:

The AFWC is responsible for coordinating and managing the academic fieldwork efforts of the programs and clinical education sites for the education and preparation of OT students through:

1) Communication between PNWU and affiliated clinical education sites;
2) Clinical education program planning, implementation, and assessment;
3) Clinical site development; and
4) Clinical faculty development.

Scholarship of Teaching:

•  Developing course materials in area of expertise including writing course syllabi and developing appropriate instructional methods;
•  Teaching MSOT/OTD courses assigned in content area of expertise and meeting program standards for student and peer evaluations;
•  Developing and administering student assessments including exams, quizzes, and assignments, as appropriate;
•  Enhancing expertise in teaching content areas through continuing education, contemporary occupational therapy practice, and using current literature in teaching content;
•  Participating in ongoing curriculum and program assessment;
•  Meeting all classes as scheduled; reporting final grades at the designated time; having an appropriate number of office hours; and
•  Maintaining licensure and certification as appropriate.

University and Community Service/Clinical Practice:

•  Advising students;
•  Assisting in the recruitment and admissions of students;
•  Attending department events including student orientation and commencement exercises;
•  Performing committee assignments at the school and university level; and
•  Performing community service.

Professional Growth, Scholarly, and Creative Activities;

•  Engaging in scholarly activity and maintaining an active research agenda as relevant to the AFWC position;
•  Supervise and mentor student research; and
•  Maintaining professional development in the area of research.

Administrative Responsibilities:

•  Assist Program Director with ACOTE compliance and Annual Accreditation Report relative to the programs’ preparation and implementation of the clinical education curriculum, experiences, and activities, on and off campus;
•  Create relationships with external stakeholders to secure adequate clinical sites and clinical instructors (CIs) via contractual agreements; select clinical learning environments that demonstrate characteristics of sound patient/client management, ethical and professional behavior, and currency with occupational therapy practice;
•  Develop and oversee policies and procedures related to clinical education; maintains Clinical Education Handbook; provides consistency with related sections of the Faculty and Student Handbooks; educate students (clinical seminar classes), clinical instructor and academic faculty about clinical education requirements and standards to ensure compliance;
•  Prepare and provide appropriate full-time clinical site slots and timely clinical placement procedures, necessary student immunization requirements, related site-specific clinical requirements, and clinical database information;
•  Foster communication and development of CIs at clinical sites and provide support and guidance to ensure student learning and progression;
•  Monitor, evaluate and refine the MSOT/OTD curriculum in collaboration with other MSOT/OTD core faculty; participate in Curriculum and Outcomes Committees; plan and oversee Clinical Focus Groups; collect and evaluate Fieldwork Performance Evaluations (FWPE) reports and post-clinical student and CI surveys;
•  Work closely with PNWU’s Simulation Center Coordinator and Interprofessional Education faculty to develop integrated clinical experiences according to the education standards of practice for occupational therapy;
•  Evaluate student performance, in cooperation with other faculty, to determine their ability to integrate didactic and clinical learning experiences and to progress within the curriculum; facilitate quality learning experiences for students during clinical education;
•  Understands accreditation standards and expectations specific to the School and adheres to policies and procedures to meet or exceed such standards; and
•  Conducts self appropriately and consistently in accordance with the philosophy and mission of PNWU.



  • Earned doctoral degree awarded by an institution that is accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE), this can include a post-professional doctorate, or OTD. Academic doctorate degrees other than occupational therapy or occupational science (e.g., PhD, EdD, DSc) and ABD candidates may be considered if they meet the minimum practice requirements below;
  • Licensed occupational therapist who is licensed or eligible for licensure in Washington State; and
  • Have a minimum of 2 years of clinical practice experience.


  • A minimum of 2 years of clinical experience;
  • Prior experience as an AFWC is preferred; 
  • Completion or commitment to complete the AOTA Fieldwork Coordinator Certificate Workshop;
  • Prior teaching experience in an academic program and/or administrative experience in clinical practice preferred;
  • Record of service to the profession and/or community;
  • Record of scholarship or prior research experience preferred; and
  • Prior experience in working with rural and underserved populations preferred.

About The Institution

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) was founded as a 501(c) (3) non-profit health care education institution in 2005 aimed at increasing access to health care in medically underserved areas of the Pacific Northwest.

The University currently offers the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Master of Arts in Medical Science enrolling over 550 students annually with plans to develop other programs and/or colleges. Interprofessional education partnerships with other universities adds another 100 students to the population. The campus includes 300 employees with academic programming spread over a five-state region.

PNWU is located in Yakima, WA, a city of approximately 95,000 located in the southcentral part of the state near the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains in a major agricultural and outdoor recreation region. It is approximately 140 miles from Seattle, 170 miles from Portland, and 200 miles from Spokane. The Yakima Valley is a wonderful place to live, work and play. For more information, visit Live Here - Yakima County Development Association (

Institutional Values:

Mission Driven – Committed to create, sustain, and improve quality educational programs specifically for rural and medically underserved communities
Collaborative – Working together with thoughtful actions, efforts, and concerns to meet each opportunity, issue, or challenge presented
Compassionate – Every individual is respected and treated with consideration, kindness, and understanding
Genuine – Real people providing real solutions which have direct impact on community health, resources, and outcomes
Student Focused - Unwavering support for every student empowers all to realize their full potential
Healthy – At PNWU, you’ll learn what it means to be part of a healthy community, and how you thrive by being part of it

Application Process

Applicants must apply electronically and upload their materials here - Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences - Academic Fieldwork Coordinator - Developing School of Occupational Therapy (  A full and complete application should contain the following information:

1) A cover letter outlining your experience as an occupational therapist in higher education;
2) A complete CV outlining your career in higher education and within health-related areas; and
3) The names of three professional references including their relationship to you, their position, email, and direct phone numbers.  References will not be contacted without written permission.

Applications submitted by May 7, 2021, will receive priority consideration. This search will remain open until the position is filled. Applicants may contact Dr. Fritz directly with questions regarding this position:

The University shall not discriminate against faculty, staff, volunteers, students, or applicants on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, religion, national origin, age, disabilities, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by law for any reason including recruitment, selection, and promotion.