Associate Dean, Occupational Therapy

  • Full Time
  • St. Augustine or Miami, FL | Austin or Dallas, TX | San Marcos, CA

Associate Dean, Occupational Therapy

This position can be based in one of the following locations: St. Augustine or Miami, FL; Austin or Dallas, TX; San Marcos, CA.

The Associate Dean, Occupational Therapy, provides academic leadership and administrative oversight of all Occupational Therapy (OT) programs, including Residential, Flex, and Hybrid Immersion programs, as well as first and post-professional programs (i.e., MOT, OTD, and ppOTD). This role encompasses all entry-level program directors across all USAHS campuses. Utilizing both internal and external programmatic data, the Associate Dean promotes academic excellence and the growth of OT programs, benefiting both students and employees. This individual coordinates communication and ensures programmatic growth and consistency across campuses and delivery methods. Responsibilities include leading and assisting program directors in program outcome assessment, accreditation reporting, faculty performance evaluation and development, curricular improvement, and accreditation processes.

Strategic Planning and Change Management

  • Collaborate with senior academic and university leadership to develop a strategic plan focused on growth and quality improvement goals for all OT programs, aligning with the goals of the Program and University.
  • Participate in the development, implementation, and assessment of the University’s strategic plan.
  • Act as a spokesperson to position USAHS as a leader in OT education through innovative programs.
  • Work closely with marketing, university representatives, and admissions personnel to meet enrollment projections and goals, providing feedback on student recruiting methodologies.

Leadership Development

  • Lead intra- and inter-campus OT faculty meetings and retreats, assist program directors with faculty development needs and address student academic/professional misconduct issues.
  • Lead recruitment and training efforts for new OT program directors and assistant program directors; perform evaluations and foster leadership development.
  • Oversee faculty performance evaluation processes, ensuring consistency and alignment with strategic goals; assist with faculty recruitment as needed; recommend faculty hiring to Human Resources and the Chief Academic Officer (CAO).
  • Monitor equity in faculty and program director workloads.
  • Supervise the orientation and development of new OT program directors and assistant directors.

Fiscal and Resource Management

  • Examine resource use and work with program directors for allocation and sharing of resources.
  • Coordinate policy revision/development with program directors and the CAO.
  • Ensure clinical education and placement goals are met.
  • Develop annual budgets and guide subordinate managerial personnel in budget development; administer or delegate the administration of budgets, approve expenditures, and review reports.

Quality Improvement and Accreditation

  • Stay up-to-date with and communicate ACOTE standards, policies, procedures, and changes; ensure completion of accreditation reports from each campus.
  • Coordinate programmatic (re)accreditation for new programs/locations.
  • Work with Accreditation, Compliance, and Regulatory units to adhere to all standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Lead local participation in the accreditation process, ensuring compliance with federal, state, and accrediting body standards and regulations.
  • Oversee programmatic outcome analysis and develop improvement plans to support program, student, and faculty success; lead OT program reviews.
  • Ensure consistency in evaluating student academic and behavioral performance in line with University and Program policies and procedures.
  • Maintain a contemporary, well-delivered curriculum in compliance with accreditation standards across all campuses; promote course coordination and curriculum revisions.
  • Encourage and develop intercampus and interprofessional educational and research endeavors.
  • Work with Enrollment and Admissions to review enrollment standards and procedures for OT programs.


  • Promote the University’s core values.
  • Support and demonstrate a student-centered philosophy.
  • Attend and participate in Academic Leadership, Program Director Council, and Student-Director meetings as appropriate.
  • Maintain superior customer service to internal and external customers.
  • Foster a success-oriented, accountable environment within the University.
  • Uphold the University’s professional ethics and integrity standards.
  • Maintain communication channels for all OT employees and students.
  • Maintain an active scholarly agenda and provide service to the University and profession; teach as time allows.


  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as deemed necessary by management.


  • Reports to: President and CAO
  • Positions Supervised: Academic Program Directors, Academic Program Assistants


  • Personal and professional values aligned with the University’s mission and vision.
  • Exceptional leadership, communication, and management skills with a forward-thinking, creative approach.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and interact effectively with colleagues, administrators, faculty members, students, and external constituencies.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).


  • 7-10 years of progressive academic administrative experience in higher education; earned academic/terminal degree doctorate (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D., DHSc., etc.).
  • Professional experience in a health professional field preferred.
  • Experience developing educational programs with a growth-oriented focus.
  • Demonstrated senior-level administrative ability and University/College-level faculty employment and teaching experience.
  • Knowledge of discipline-specific accreditation.


  • Commitment to Mission and Values: Clear understanding and passion for the institution’s mission and values.
  • Contribute Knowledge to the Discipline: Engaged in research, scholarship, professional practice, or creativity.
  • Accountability: Personal responsibility for goals and outcomes to ensure student success.
  • Collaboration: Work cooperatively across the institution and beyond.
  • Effective Communication: Adapt oral and written communication styles to the audience.
  • Engagement: Create a compelling, challenging, and productive learning environment.
  • Academic Discipline Expertise: Sufficient credentials and industry expertise to teach according to standards.
  • Education Design: Design learning experiences closely linked to learning outcomes.
  • Teaching Delivery: Manage various classroom settings effectively.
  • People Leadership: Lead by example in talent acquisition and development.