Director of Occupational Therapy - Department of Occuptional Therapy, Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI), University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), Omaha, NE

Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2021

Director of Occupational Therapy, Munroe-Meyer Institute, Omaha, NE

The Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) for Genetics and Rehabilitation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha is recruiting a visionary director to lead the Department of Occupational Therapy. The position is a full-time, 12 months position with salary and benefits commensurate with experience and academic rank. The selected candidate is expected to support and augment a nationally-recognized OT program that is integrated and collaborative across MMI disciplines and programs. The new director should start in her/his role no later than September 1, 2021.

Position Description:

  • Oversee all OT services at MMI; this includes acquisitioning, leading, and managing a department of 20+ staff providing/supporting school-based services to a large metropolitan school district, a private comprehensive educational program, and medically-related outpatient and interdisciplinary clinical services to individuals across the lifespan with a wide array of developmental diagnoses.
  • Provide/support school based OT therapy services for school based contracts as needed.
  • Oversee OT department budget allowances and allocation.
  • Establish new evidence-based OT services and lifespan programming at MMI.
  • Coordinate training and professional advancement of all OT faculty and staff.
  • Build capacity for a clinical translational OT research program, including project development, grant-writing, interdisciplinary collaboration, and recruitment of academic faculty.
  • Build relationships and interact with the community partners and organizations supporting individuals with IDD to expand clinical and transitional training opportunities.
  • Coordinate, support, and strengthen an AOTA approved Pediatric OT Fellowship Program and our clinical pre-service pediatric fieldwork training.
  • Oversee and support the coordination of OT School based/Clinical Fieldwork experiences of Level I, II and Capstone Students
  • Develop joint programs with other departments at MMI as well as UNL/UNMC/UNO academic units and Nebraska Medicine. Initial efforts to focus on collaboration within the Integrated Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (iCASD) and newly forming Habilitation Services Division, Assistive Technology Department.
  • Support UNMC College of Allied Health Professions newly-developing clinical doctoral occupational therapy program with development of pediatric, AT and/or IDD curricular content.
  • Serve on the Occupational Therapy Doctoral Advisory Board as requested.
  • Recruit outstanding clinical care providers, educators, and researchers.

Required Qualifications

  • Licensed or eligible for occupational therapy license in the State of Nebraska.
  • Minimum of 5 years' experience in pediatric clinical practice.
  • AOTA Board Certification in Pediatric Occupational Therapy (BCP) or Specialty Certification in School Systems (SCSS)
  • Earned academic doctorate (e.g. PhD, EdD, DHS, DPH, or DSc).
  • Emerging or established record of scholarly activity.
  • Experience with post-secondary education.

To learn more about this opportunity, contact Gail Svagera OTR L; ATP, Interim Director of Occupational Therapy Department at 402.559.5725 or [email protected]

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