Program Director – Occupational Therapy

Program Director - Occupational Therapy at UW-La Crosse

 Position: Program Director – Occupational Therapy
Location: La Crosse, WI
Status: Full-time
Company: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Specialty: Occupational Therapy
 Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. A comprehensive benefits package is included.

Program Director – Occupational Therapy Job Description

The Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse invites qualified persons to apply for a full-time, 12-month Program Director, Clinical Assistant/Associate Professor position with their growing College of Science and Health. They are seeking an established educator in occupational therapy with teaching and administrative experience.

The University:

The mission of the College of Science and Health is to provide an outstanding education in the diverse disciplines of science, health, and mathematics. Fundamental to our mission is the belief in the value of education in the liberal arts and sciences and the creation of new knowledge.

Occupational Therapy is part of the Health Professions Department housed in the Health Sciences Center at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse. Our program’s mission is to prepare students for occupation-centered, evidence-based, entry-level practice with an emphasis on professional development and leadership. Our program features small class sizes with a focus on hands-on learning experiences. Students have numerous contacts with clients including serving community volunteers in an adult and pediatric laboratory. Our program outcomes, including national certification exam scores, graduation and job placement rates are excellent. We thrive with strong community clinician support and a vibrant, committed student organization (SOTA). For further information, visit the website:

Your Mission as Program Director:

The program director will be responsible for the management and administration of the program, including planning, evaluation, budgeting, mentoring, maintenance of accreditation, instruction, student advising and commitment to strategies for professional development.

Under the general supervision of the department chair, a person in this position is responsible for teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses. In addition to preparing for and holding classes [face-to-face, hybrid, and/or online], teaching involves maintaining currency in the content area related to the teaching assignment, evaluating students’ work, assessing student outcomes, maintaining appropriate records, and holding office hours. In addition, workload may involve advising students and/or providing other service to the department. Other duties may be assigned by the chair or dean.

How Do You Match?:

To provide exceptional education to our students, the successful candidate must possess:

  • A scholarly degree (Post professional OTD, PhD, DSc, EdD, mED or equivalent)
  • Wisconsin occupational therapist license or eligibility for licensure
  • Current NBCOT Certification by start date
  • At least eight (8) years’ practice experience in the field of occupational therapy

Demonstrable Experience:

  • Clinical practice as an occupational therapist;
  • Administrative experience including, but not limited to, program planning and implementation, personnel management, evaluation, and budget;
  • Evidence of teaching development;
  • Understanding of the role of the occupational therapy assistant;
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ full-time equivalent teaching responsibilities in higher education;
  • Ability to present a positive and professional attitude when dealing with students, clinical staff, local community and national professional community;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, written and oral communication skills, organizational and time management skills;
  • Expertise necessary to ensure appropriate curriculum design, content delivery, and program evaluation.

The UWL Occupational Therapy Program supports and values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. We seek a colleague who shares the Program’s commitment to diversity and who will be a dedicated teacher and effective mentor for students with diverse backgrounds, preparation, and career goals. We encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives.

How to Become the Program Director? Start Here:

Submit a complete applicant packet:

  • A cover letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements,  
  • Curriculum vitae,  
  • Names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references 

Trey Wright
Managing Partner
Kaye/Bassman International 
[email protected]
972.265.5337 – Direct


**The content above is not a complete representation of the official job description. The official job description can be found here**

Per UPS Operational Policy: TC 1, UW System requires reference checks related to sexual harassment and sexual violence to be conducted at a minimum with a final candidate’s most recent employer and with all previous UW System institution and State of Wisconsin agency employers from the past seven (7) years.

UW-La Crosse does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources at 608-785-8013.

UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. In support of the Wisconsin Veteran Employment Initiative we encourage veterans and veterans with disabilities to explore employment opportunities at UW-La Crosse.

Employment will require a criminal background check.  A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UW-La Crosse does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.