Founding Program Director of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program

October 4, 2018
Priority Deadline to Apply:
January 14, 2019
North Park University

Position Description

North Park University, in partnership with the national search firm of Scott Healy & Associates, seeks a dynamic and entrepreneurial leader to serve as their Founding Program Director of their Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program.  North Park University invites applications and nominations for this exciting opportunity to build the new doctoral program from the ground up.  Reporting to the Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, the program director will lead the OTD program in supporting the advancement of OT practice within the institution, local community, and region. The program director will supervise and maintain responsibility for the fieldwork coordinator, instructional faculty, and staff in all activities that directly relate to the program. The program director will direct the development of the mission, vision, and key goals for the program.  The Program Director will have an 11-month, Academic Administrator role with a tenure-track faculty appointment.

The program director will oversee the ACOTE accreditation process, develop policies and procedures for the program, recruit, hire, and evaluate the fieldwork coordinator, instructional faculty, and staff, support the design, evaluation, and enhancement of the curriculum and establish and manage the program budget.  In addition, the director will work with the fieldwork coordinator and others at the University to recruit student placement sites, promote the interests of the program within local and regional medical and academic communities, approve selection of potential applicants to the program and develop criteria for acceptance into the program. The program director will serve on or lead relevant committees that shape the future of OT. The program director will have a 11-month Academic Administrator role with a tenure-track faculty appointment that includes teaching, professional development, and development of local and regional partnerships. The program director will also perform other responsibilities as assigned and will represent the program both internally on campus and at external functions.


The program director should meet the following qualifications.

  • The program director must be a certified occupational therapist who is licensed according to regulations in Illinois;
  • The program director must hold a doctoral degree awarded by an institution that is accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE). The doctoral degree is not limited to a doctorate in occupational therapy;
  • The program director must have a minimum of 8 years of documented experience in the field of occupational therapy;
  • The program director’s experience must include clinical practice as an occupational therapist; administrative experience including, but not limited to, program planning and implementation, personnel management, evaluation, and budgeting; scholarship (e.g., scholarship of application, scholarship of teaching and learning); and at least 3 years of experience in a full-time academic appointment with teaching responsibilities at the post-baccalaureate level;
  • The program director will work in the occupational therapy program on a full-time basis;
  • The successful candidate will demonstrate detailed understanding and ability to manage accreditation procedures outlined by ACOTE;
  • The successful candidate will also demonstrate superior expertise in teaching, scholarship, and service in higher education, with organizational and communication skills that highlight engaged leadership and creativity in working with others on campus to assemble a team and develop resources for programs.
  • Be a Christian in faith and action.

About The Institution

North Park University:

Founded in 1891 by the Evangelical Covenant Church, North Park University is located on Chicago’s north side and enrolls 3,200 students from around the world. At North Park, excellence implies not only a deep tradition in the liberal arts and Christian faith, but a spirit of reaching out to serve and learn from the dynamic community around us.  Rooted in the Christian faith, North Park welcomes students from all faith backgrounds and fosters an understanding of all beliefs. At North Park you’ll find a dialogue that nurtures spiritual growth and exploration.

Mission: The mission of North Park University, as the University of the Evangelical Covenant Church, is to prepare students for lives of significance and service through education in the liberal arts, professional studies, and theology.

Vision: Building on our core institutional identity—Christian, city-centered, intercultural—our vision is to create a university of uncommon character and enduring excellence, where faith, learning, and service meet.

About The Community

The Chicagoland Area:

Chicago is our classroom and all Chicagoans are our teachers. Located on Foster Avenue in Chicago’s North Side Albany Park and North Park neighborhoods, the University takes full advantage of the opportunities our urban environment affords.  With 2.7 million residents in the city limits—and nearly 10 million people in metropolitan Chicagoland—this is the third largest city and metro in the nation, and a destination for 55 million visitors each year from all over the world. The iconic skyline (the John Hancock Center, Willis (formerly Sears) Tower, Aon Center, and Trump Tower feature prominently among the tallest buildings in the nation) can be seen from places across the campus, reminding viewers of the businesses, industries, and people that have built Chicago into the world-class city it is today.

For NPU’s students, the city is an integral part of learning, entertainment, and service experiences. Because of NPU’s Chicago location, the campus community can travel easily by public transportation to internships downtown or in other neighborhoods. The professors use Chicago to help with learning about people, history, economics, languages, communication—the city offers hands-on experiences in nearly every subject and discipline.

Application Process

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

Mr. Christopher S. Healy, Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates

The full and complete application should contain the following information:

1) A cover letter outlining your experience and interest in Occupational Therapy and/or in related fields in higher education.

2) A complete CV outlining your career in higher education and within health - related areas. 

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.

Applications submitted by January 14, 2019, will receive priority consideration. This search will remain open until the position is filled. 

North Park University is an equal opportunity employer, and we do not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran. Information provided will not be used for any discriminatory purpose. However, as a religious educational institution owned and operated by the Evangelical Covenant Church, North Park is permitted and reserves the right to select employees on the basis of their religious faith [Title VII, Section 702-703, United States Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and the Illinois Human Rights Act Section 2-101(B)(2)].