Director of Occupational Therapy

Updated: about 1 hour ago
Location: Omaha, NEBRASKA
Job Type: FullTime

Requisition Details

Location Omaha, NE
Requisition Number: 2021-016
Department MMI Occupational Therapy 50000696
Business Unit(College/Institute) Munroe-Meyer Institute


Reg-Temp Full-Time Regular
Work Schedule 8:00am - 5:00pm
Requisition Category Faculty
Requisition Title Director of Occupational Therapy
Job Title/Academic Rank Director of Occupational Therapy
Additional Requisition Title Director of Occupational Therapy
Appointment Type L1 - REG SPECIAL FAC/S
Salary Range Salary Commensurate with Experience
Job/EEO Category Faculty
Job Requisition Begin Date 01/13/2021

Position Summary

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.

MMI is a federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD) and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program. MMI has approximately 500 employees, and 14 MMI departments providing over 70,000 clinical services each year serving individuals with complex medical needs across the lifespan. Over 75% of MMI activities take place in the community, and the institute has over 40 provider locations across the state. MMI has a robust teaching and outreach portfolio: last year MMI trained 147 students, interns, residents and post-doctoral fellows.

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.

Omaha is a vibrant, family centric, affordable city, with committed community partners, fiercely loyal and extremely generous community, and a myriad of cultural events. US News ranked Omaha 40/150 of the Best Places to Live in the US. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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

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.

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