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Orange County/Irvine, CA

Job Description:

Reporting to the Vice President of Instruction, the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program Director is responsible for the daily operations, organization, administration, maintenance of compliance, general effectiveness, and management of the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program, as well as future program planning, development, and maintaining accreditation.

Employment Status:

full-time, salaried, exempt

Date Posted:

Apr 5th, 2021

Essential Functions:

  • Work effectively with diverse populations.
  • Direct the instructional staff to assure instruction follows the approved curriculum, achieves program objectives and attains desired outcomes.
  • Must generate necessary reports including but not limited to Compliance Reports, Application for Approval of Substantive Change (AASC) requests, Annual Accreditation reports, Self-Study Reports, and Re-Accreditation reports.
  • Coordinate any/all on-site visits if deemed necessary by ACOTE.
  • Interview and select staff members and provides in-service training and professional development for instructors; as well as plan, assign, and direct work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; address complaints and resolve problems.
  • Maintain good working relations with all clinical affiliates.
  • Investigate and provide suggested solutions to student and staff issues.
  • Recommend class schedules, instructor assignments and resolution of personnel issues.
  • Evaluate curriculum, teaching methods of instruction, lesson plans and texts within the program.
  • Assist campus admissions in the recruitment/selection of students for the program.
  • Schedule and attend faculty meetings.
  • Represent the Institution at professional activities.
  • Enhance current knowledge and skills through attending conferences, classes, reading journals and independent study.
  • Perform all responsibilities in accordance with State and Federal regulations as well as University policies and procedures.


  • 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.
  • Must have a minimum of 8 years of documented experience in the field of occupational therapy that includes clinical, administrative, and scholarship experience.
  • At least 3 years of experience in a full-time academic appointment with teaching responsibilities at the postsecondary level.
  • Must have working knowledge of the ACOTE Standards and Interpretive Guide.
  • Must have effective communication, organization, interpersonal, problem-solving, and advising skills.
  • Experience in educational theory and methodology, instructional design, student evaluation and outcome assessment.

Conditions of Employment:

  • The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those required of an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully.
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily and be physically present in the office.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.

Work Environment:

  • Standard office setting.
  • Typically, duties are performed in an office environment while sitting at a desk or computer workstation.
  • An incumbent is subject to contact with others, frequent interruptions, noise from talking or office equipment and demanding timelines.

Physical Demands:

  • The incumbent regularly sits for long periods, walks short distances on a regular basis.
  • Uses hands and fingers to operate an electronic keyboard or other office machines; reaches with hands and arms; speaks clearly and distinctly to answer telephones and to provide information; sees to read fine print and operate computer; hears and understands voices over telephone and in person; and lifts, carries, and/or moves objects weighing up to 10 pounds.

We Offer:

  • Professional opportunities in a growing organization.
  • An organization that values and appreciates its employees.
  • A highly competitive pay and benefits package
  • A strong community service culture.

Stanbridge University is an equal opportunity employer with values and appreciation for its employees.

About Stanbridge University

Founded in 1996, Stanbridge University offers specialized degrees at the Master, Bachelor, and Associate levels in the fields of Nursing and Allied Health. Stanbridge is based in Irvine, California with an annual enrollment of over 1,600 students. For each year from 2009 through 2015, Stanbridge has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. In 2017, Stanbridge University was awarded the 2017 School of the Year Award by California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS) for outstanding educational practices among higher education institutions. In 2016, Stanbridge University was awarded the Gold Award for Excellence in Community Service from CAPPS for offering students quality higher education while simultaneously maintaining efforts to assist the local community. Stanbridge University has been selected as a 2014-2015 School of Excellence by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), and also received its 2015 Excellence in Student Services Award for creating a comprehensive student services program that enhances student achievement outcomes. In 2013, Stanbridge University received the ACCSC Community Service Award for outstanding outreach to the local and global community. Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc., has named Stanbridge University one of America’s Best Technical Colleges for each year from 2009 through 2016. For more information, please visit or call 888-789-6208.