The Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy (ASOT) at Spalding University in Louisville, KY is seeking a full-time Academic Fieldwork Director (AFD), per 12-month contract. ASOT is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) and is an entry-level occupational therapy program where students earn a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) upon graduation. The local region supports varied medical model/traditional and community-based occupational therapy practice opportunities.
This single-incumbent position reports directly to the ASOT Chair and engages in close, ongoing collaboration with ASOT faculty and other University staff/faculty as needed. The AFD will fulfill a full-time, 12-month University contract, which has flexible start/end times, opportunity to work remotely as appropriate, and annual contract renewal per satisfactory job performance.
Job summary: The AFD will be responsible for maintaining compliance with ACOTE standards for fieldwork through continual work surrounding the following primary duties:
• Procuring strategic fieldwork partnerships with local, regional, and nationally-located agencies;
• Nurturing existing fieldwork partnerships with agencies and fieldwork educators through prompt email/phone communication, on-site or distance workshops/in-services, and site visits;
• Maintaining documentation and contracts in ASOT electronic files for 330+ fieldwork agencies and their fieldwork educators;
• Ensuring fieldwork educators’ qualifications to supervise ASOT fieldwork students, per ACOTE standards;
• Creating and disseminating resources for fieldwork educators through on-line tools, workshops, literature, and other resources;
• Organizing, assigning, and managing approximately 460 Level I and Level II student fieldwork experiences per academic year, including 40 additional student placements in collaboration with the local occupational therapy assistant program;
• Ensuring student compliance with each fieldwork agency’s onboarding requirements (i.e. criminal background checks, immunizations, vaccinations, TB tests CPR certification, personal insurance, professional liability)
• Fulfilling duties as faculty-of-record for four Level I fieldwork courses and two Level II fieldwork courses that occur twice per academic year;
o Orienting students to Level I and Level II fieldwork;
o Facilitating weekly in-class and on-line Level I fieldwork seminars;
o Teaching documentation skills (and OT process skills) through weekly documentation labs during Level I fieldwork course work;
o Monitoring Level II fieldwork student progression through on-line discussion and periodic communication;
o Collaborating with fieldwork students, their faculty mentors, their fieldwork educators, and the ASOT chair during Level II fieldwork withdrawal processes;
o Coaching Level I and Level II fieldwork students throughout their student-to-practitioner learning experiences;
o Referring students to appropriate University resources to support successful completion of Level I and Level II fieldwork;
o Reviewing/grading assignments for awarding grade upon Level I and Level II fieldwork course completion;
o Collaboration with other on-campus and local allied health academic programs for interprofessional student learning experiences.
Other duties and responsibilities:
• Participation on ASOT and University committees;
• Work closely with ASOT Office Manager for student- and fieldwork educator-related issues and events;
• Oversee graduate assistants who assist with the following fieldwork duties:
o Emails continuing competence units to fieldwork educators;
o Scans student and fieldwork agency documents into electronic files;
o Collects Level II student evaluations of their fieldwork experiences from QuestionPro (on-line survey tool) and saves in fieldwork agency electronic files.