Program Director and Chair of the School of Occupational Therapy

February 23, 2022
Priority Deadline to Apply:
November 8, 2022
University of Puget Sound

Position Description

The University of Puget Sound, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications for an innovative Program Director and Chair of the School of Occupational Therapy. Puget Sound’s distinguished Occupational Therapy program offers the accredited masters (MSOT) and candidacy doctoral (OTD) graduate programs, along with a post-professional DrOT degree. This opportunity invites qualified applicants who have a desire to creatively and thoughtfully lead the School of Occupational Therapy at a nationally-ranked liberal arts university in the Seattle-Tacoma region. The Director of the School of Occupational Therapy reports to the Dean of Graduate Schools and the Provost of the university.

This is a full-time tenure-line position with academic leadership expectations and an expected start date of July 1, 2022.  The director will meet teaching, scholarship and service goals required of faculty as identified in the Program Strategic Plan. Because the School of Occupational Therapy prides itself on close faculty-student mentoring relationships, The Director will have a 4-unit administrative and 2-unit teaching load.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide leadership, vision, strategic planning, and supporting continued growth, excellence, and success for the School of Occupational Therapy.
  • Administer and manage the school’s various operations, including oversight of the curriculum, maintenance of accreditation, the on-site clinic, budgets and resources, admission processes, monitors/tracks fellowships, professional development, faculty and staff evaluations, recruitment and marketing initiatives, development of curricular/course proposals, scheduling, departmental manual and review guidelines, web-presence, and supervise staff and student workers.
  • Develop and maintain strong external partnerships with community stakeholders, and local/regional, national and international organizations.
  • Provide oversight of clinical programs including all fiscal, clinical, data recording, and data reporting processes for clients, faculty, staff, and student clinicians.
  • Engage with prospective students and mentor graduate students.
  • Participate in program and university governance and continuation of professional development in the faculty member's area of expertise.
  • Implement strategic planning initiatives for the program.


Required Qualifications:

  • Research Doctorate;
  • Certified as an occupational therapist and eligible for licensure in Washington State;
  • Minimum of 5 years of clinical experience and 5 years of experience in an academic setting;
  • Experience with ACOTE accreditation process;
  • Established research agenda with evidence of dissemination of work; and
  • Evidence of successful leadership experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of or ability to work effectively with and inspire faculty and staff, and to foster community.
  • Experience with or evidence of ability to manage ACOTE accreditation processes for the MSOT and OTD programs, and to ensure compliance with state, federal and university policies.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching, scholarship, and administration, in an institution of higher education.
  • Experience in hiring, supervising, mentoring and professional development of faculty and staff.
  • Peer reviewed research and grant writing experience.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, and to interact effectively with colleagues, administrators, faculty members and students, as well as external constituencies.
  • Advanced certification(s) and specialty expertise.
  • Evidence of excellent management of budgets, planning and evaluation.
  • Ability to manage all fiscal, data recording, and data reporting processes for faculty, staff, and graduate students.
  • Experience with developing and overseeing collaboration with community partners.
  • Evidence of the ability to provide leadership for the standing programs and services.
  • Evidence of excellent management and administration of academic programs.
  • Evidence of the ability to maintain accreditation standards for masters and doctoral programs.
  • Ability to work effectively with faculty and staff to inspire their energy and creativity.
  • Ability to work with community partners to develop and execute shared long-range goals and plans.
  • Visible and effective spokesperson for the program with the profession, relevant state agencies, and professional associations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience in fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Commitment to a university based on the principles of the liberal arts.

About The Institution

About the School of Occupational Therapy:
Puget Sound’s Occupational Therapy Program, which has been in existence for more than 75 years, is one of the top ranked programs in the Pacific Northwest. The program has an established reputation of excellence, nationally recognized faculty and strong community connections. The newly designed curriculum emphasizes student professional development as learners, collaborators, scholars and future leaders. Situated in a nationally recognized liberal arts institution, the program’s onsite and community-based student learning clinics, experiential learning in context, and community-based evidence project components enhance student experiences and prepare them for the complexity of contemporary occupational therapy practice. Puget Sound graduates will have exceptionally strong abilities to use current best-practices, articulate their professional reasoning, take on leadership roles, and implement worthwhile research studies that contribute to the professional literature. Faculty are able to prioritize teaching and learning in order to support students throughout their educational experience.

About University of Puget Sound:
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. In addition to its undergraduate programs, Puget Sound offers four graduate programs. In addition, Counseling, Health, & Wellness Services offers two different graduate initiatives: the Doctoral Psychology Internship and Practicum Counselor Training. Visit “About Puget Sound” to learn more about the college.

About The Community

About Tacoma, Washington:
University of Puget Sound is located just minutes from downtown Tacoma, where you will find a vibrant, creative community of emerging writers, artists and musicians, passionate entrepreneurs and small business owners, as well as families who have invested in Tacoma for its charming neighborhoods and big city amenities. You’ll also find great places to bike, run, and hike, along with a growing food scene that’s made national press and world renowned museums.

Seattle, which is less than an hour away from Puget Sound, is a dynamic, urban city surrounded by unmatched natural beauty. With a little something for everyone, Seattle features endless sightseeing, community events, family fun, shopping, and sports. You can find more info on Seattle here.

Application Process

Please submit all applications and nominations electronically to the University’s search consultant:

Christopher S. Healy, President
Scott Healy & Associates

Complete applications should include the following:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Letter of interest that addresses qualifications and enthusiasm for serving as director of the school
  3. Diversity statement (see details below)
  4. Three (3) Letters of Reference. You will be asked to specify the email addresses of reference providers at the time of application and the system will email these providers on the next business day.

Application Deadline: Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Applicant’s Diversity Statement:
As a university, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, and working environment for all. In the applicant’s diversity statement, applicants should comment on their ability to contribute meaningfully to our on-going commitment to be informed and competent with regard to issues of diversity, equity, and individual differences. We encourage applicants to reference the University of Puget Sound’s current Diversity Strategic Plan (DSP) here prior to writing this statement. While not an exhaustive list, the following are some ways applicants can express their qualification:

  • Your lived experiences and/or identities that speak to the department and university’s commitment to inclusion and diversity;
  • Demonstration of your awareness of inequities for underrepresented student populations in education, research experience, and other opportunities;
  • Brief insights on why diversity is important at institutions like the University of Puget Sound;
  • Infusion of diversity and diversity-related issues into your research, pedagogy, and/or service;
  • Previous and/or current activities involving mentoring underrepresented student populations;
  • Creative ideas or strategies you could enact as a member of the University of Puget Sound campus community to support the university’s DSP;
  • Brief insights on how cultural competency increases one’s effectiveness as an educator and department/university colleague.

Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please click here.

University of Puget Sound acknowledges the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.

University of Puget Sound aspires to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.

University of Puget Sound acts to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to effectively prepare citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.