Program Director of the Master Degree Programs in Occupational Therapy

August 3, 2021
Priority Deadline to Apply:
October 4, 2021
Bay Path University

Position Description

Bay Path University, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, seeks a dynamic, creative and engaging leader to serve and oversee the programs in occupational therapy.   With a new, state-of-the-art building, current assessment tool library, and modern lab and technology features, this individual will manage the Master's in OT and Bridge aspects of the program. Reporting to the Dean of the School of Education, Human & Health Sciences (SEHHS); the Program Director is responsible for executing all administrative, educational, evaluative & strategic initiatives, and activities pertaining to accreditation. In addition, the program director will manage and guide all full-time and part-time faculty and staff and serve as role model.  The successful candidate will hold a terminal degree, as well as possess strong teaching abilities, a proven leadership record, and a demonstrated history of professional OT practice.

The Position:

The Director will report to the Associate Provost/Dean of SEHHS. The Director will oversee that faculty demonstrate the ability to creatively engage students in didactic and experiential learning opportunities, and collaborate with the Associate Provost/Dean of SEHHS, other faculty members of the Occupational Therapy Department in addition to departments critical to the success of the Occupational Therapy Department such as Enrollment and Marketing. 

The Director will be responsible for:

  • Managing and administering of the entire OT program (MOT-OTB), including scheduling of courses, planning, evaluation, budgeting, selection of faculty and staff, maintenance of accreditation, and commitment to strategies of professional development;
  • Teaching a maximum of six credits annually which will be determined in consultation with the Associate Provost pending program needs;
  • Advising MOT students in academic, fieldwork, and professional issues;
  • Participating in the admissions process, which may include Open Houses, communicating with prospective and/or accepted students, and interviewing students as requested;
  • Working collaboratively with OT faculty for program assessment and student learning outcomes;
  • Leading the development of the assessment plan for the OT;
  • Overseeing the OTB program and working collaboratively with the OTD program;
  • Developing and implementing robust training program for all faculty (fall and part-time) utilizing technology and collaborative learning strategies;
  • Working collaboratively with Associate Provost/Dean of SEHHS and other OT faculty to ensure program meets accreditation standards;
  • Engaging in a process of formative and summative course evaluation to enhance the student learning experience;
  • Maintaining professional licensure;
  • Overseeing and participating in program and curriculum development;
  • Identifying student learning needs; proposing solutions to address needs;
  • Completing ACOTE related documentation, including annual reports, interim reports, and self-studies as required. Oversee ACOTE/other accreditation agency site visits;
  • Supervising all OT full time, part time, and adjunct faculty;
  • Overseeing the clinical and didactic education for the OT program; and
  • Reviewing and updating all assessment plans for the MOT program.


The Program Director must meet the following qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in occupational therapy or related health care field;
  • Minimum of 8 years of documented experience in the field of occupational therapy;
  • Administrative experience including, but not limited to, program planning and implementation, personnel management, evaluation and budgeting;
  • Scholarship of application as well as of teaching and learning;
  • At least 3 years of experience in a full-time academic appointment with teaching responsibilities at the postsecondary level;
  • Professional licensure in the state of Massachusetts appropriate to the Field;
  • Certification that is active and in good standing with NBCOT;
  • Strong clinical background in physical, cognitive, and/or other areas of general rehabilitation practice;
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion and within FERPA and HIPAA guidelines;
  • All new employees must complete the FERPA, Anti-Harassment, and any other required online trainings within 15 days of employment;
  • Commitment to a culture of diversity, equity, respect and inclusion; demonstrated ability to build working relationships with people having a wide variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences different from ones’ own; and
  • Adherence to University COVID-19 testing, symptom tracking and all other COVID protocols established by the University.

About The Institution

Bay Path University

Founded in 1897, Bay Path reinvented itself several times before becoming a comprehensive regional university in 2014. Headquartered in beautiful Longmeadow, MA, with additional campus locations in Sturbridge, East Longmeadow, and Concord, Bay Path primarily serves the Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York regions, although nationally recognized and accredited online degree programs, especially in niche programs, draw students from farther afield. The University offers more than 90 different degree programs to over 3,400 students on campus and online through three divisions. The traditional residential and commuter undergraduate college on the scenic Longmeadow campus serves female students, many of whom are first-generation, Pell-eligible, diverse college students from different backgrounds. The American Women’s College is the only online women’s college in the country. With flexible programs and a focus on degree completion, it serves many non-traditional students. The graduate division is coeducational and offers masters and doctoral programs with flexible schedules in online, hybrid, and in-person formats. Bay Path has 304 full-time and 670 part-time faculty and staff and has an annual operating budget of $58 million.

Mission and Goals:

A Bay Path University education empowers undergraduate women and graduate women and men to become leaders in their careers and communities with an innovative approach to learning that prepares students to flourish in a constantly changing world.

The Bay Path experience is nothing less than transformational.  Our women-only undergraduate programs and our coeducational graduate programs are offered both on campus and online, providing a flexible, 21st-century education for learners at all stages of life and career. Bay Path students find a supportive and diverse community, close mentoring, and rigorous preparation for success in a complex and globally interdependent society. Students graduate with the applied knowledge, portable skillset, and confidence to thrive in their professions, identify and realize their dreams, and make a lasting difference in the world.

The Campus and the Community:

The main campus in Longmeadow, MA, comprises a total of 38 buildings located on 65 acres, including 12 acres used for athletics. The Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center is situated on 11 acres in East Longmeadow, approximately four miles from the main campus. This state-of-the-art facility hosts upper-level undergraduate and graduate programs in health sciences. The University also has campuses in Sturbridge, MA, and Concord, MA. Although our campuses are in Western Massachusetts, Bay Path University has a robust online community with students and faculty living regionally and across the United States.

Located a short 25-minute drive north of Hartford, CT, 90 minutes west of Boston, MA, and 2.5 hours northeast of New York, NY, Longmeadow, MA is a beautiful, historic New England town with easy access to large urban centers and a highly ranked public school system. Settled in 1644 and incorporated in 1783, the town was originally a farming community serving nearby Springfield, MA. Today, the town is still largely comprised of open space, including gorgeous parks and conservation areas. The 735-acre Forest Park, New England’s largest city park, sits at the town’s northern border. Particularly picturesque and surrounded by historic buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries, the Longmeadow Town Green maintains the town’s historic charm and is registered with the National Register of Historic Places. For more information about the region, visit:

Application Process

All correspondence relating to the Program Director position should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive recruitment consultant: 

Mr. Jamie Marcus, Senior Associate Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates

The full and complete application must contain the following information: 

1) A cover letter outlining your experience and interest in Occupational Therapy and/or in related fields in higher education as outlined in The Position;
2) A complete CV outlining your career in higher education and within health - related areas; and
3) The names of five professional references including their relationship to you, their position, email, and direct phone numbers.  References will not be contacted without written permission by the applicant.

Applications submitted by October 4, 2021, will receive priority consideration. This search will remain open until the position is filled. 

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Bay Path University is a diverse community devoted to proactively nurturing a campus-wide culture that promotes and ensures equity, respect, inclusion and safety for all members regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity, socio-economic background, or physical ability. We are one University that opens our hearts and minds to conversations, to learning and to creating a community that is welcoming of all. Regardless of position, it is expected that each employee will embrace this commitment and demonstrate an attitude of respect toward and acceptance of all members of our community.

Bay Path University is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and learning in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, women and all underrepresented backgrounds. An Equal Opportunity Employer, Bay Path University is committed to fostering diversity in its student body, faculty, and staff.