Director of Clinical Education

April 20, 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 for the Director of Clinical Education for the developing School of Occupational Therapy (SOT).  This is a unique opportunity to be part of a new and innovative SOT that joins the successful College of Osteopathic Medicine in preparing practitioners to serve rural and underserved populations and to be leaders in transforming occupational therapy practice in the areas of health promotion and primary care.

PNWU is in the initial stages of developing a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and an Occupational Therapy Doctorate program. 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). The initial SOT cohorts are tentatively scheduled to matriculate in August 2023.

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: School of Occupational Therapy (

The position:

The Director of Clinical Education(DCE) 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 academic fieldwork requirements set forth by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The DCE’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 DCE is supported by a dedicated SOT administrative coordinator. The DCE also has access to PNWU’s state-of-the-art simulation center, which provides unique opportunities for developing simulation-based academic fieldwork experiences. PNWU also boasts a robust Interprofessional Practice and Education Collaborative (IPEC), to foster interprofessional clinical education experiences.

As the DCE is an administrative role, the DCE receives a 50% reduction in the normal teaching load. Additional service, teaching, and scholarship responsibilities will be negotiated depending on the DCE’s areas of interest and expertise.

Essential Job Functions:

The DCE 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 instructor development.

Scholarly Activity:

The DCE is expected to engage in scholarly activity relevant to their area of interest and/or expertise and the DCE position. Scholarly activities may include producing scholarly works such posters, presentations, or publications in peer reviewed journals, as well as mentoring students, and/or engaging in professional development related to scholarly activities.

Teaching (reduced load):

The DCE has a reduced course load and teaching responsibilities are negotiated based on program needs and the interest and expertise of the DCE. Teaching related responsibilities include, but are not limited to, developing course materials, syllabi, and appropriate instructional and evaluation methods, and maintaining competency in content area.

University and Community Service/Clinical Practice:

The DCE is expected to participate in student advising and assist in student recruitment and admissions activities. The DCE will also be expected to attend School events and perform committee assignments and service at the school and university level.


  • 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.

Preferred Experience:

Prior experience as an academic fieldwork coordinator is preferred. However, PNWU provides support for professional development activities related to academic fieldwork coordination for those without prior academic fieldwork coordination experience. Additional preferred experience includes:

  • Prior teaching experience in an academic program and/or administrative experience in clinical practice;
  • Record of service to the profession and/or community;
  • Record of scholarship or potential to engage in scholarly activity; and
  • Prior experience in working with rural and underserved populations.

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.

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 - Director of Clinical Education - 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.