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Occupational Therapy Capstone Coordinator

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Work type: FT
Location: Des Moines
Categories: Faculty

Collaborating with and reporting to the Director and Chair of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program, the Capstone Coordinator will create and maintain an exceptional doctoral capstone curriculum for occupational therapy students. Primary responsibilities will be to plan, coordinate, facilitate, administer, and monitor the capstone courses and activities. As a faculty member the duties of all faculty positions include teaching, service, and scholarly activities.

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain current knowledge of occupational therapy literature, reimbursement, and ACOTE standards as they relate to the doctoral capstone.
  • Communicate and disseminate news and current information to all stakeholders regarding health care changes affecting clinical practice and education.
  • Assist in development and design of the capstone portions of the curriculum and individual student doctoral capstone experiences and projects such that they reflect the curriculum design and meet ACOTE standards.
  • Create and update capstone forms and processes to improve quality and efficiency of student capstone experiences and projects, including management of length, mentorship, and student evaluation.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Clinical Education to develop, maintain, and support quality student fieldwork and doctoral experiential component affiliation agreements and placements.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Clinical Education, administer a system to maintain the academic program’s capstone education materials and records, including but not limited to contracts, memoranda of understanding, student health records, liability protection, evaluations, and policies and procedures. Utilize computer applications and software programs to facilitate workload.
  • Support overall program development and initial accreditation as well as ongoing accreditation as instructed and overseen by the Program Director/Chair. Ensure compliance with capstone education requirements of ACOTE. This includes participation in the preparation of accreditation documentation and outcome performance assessments.
    Provide student clinical plan of study, capstone, and academic advising.
  • In collaboration with other occupational therapy faculty, coordinate, plan, prepare, and carry out capstone courses in a way which strengthens the ties between didactic, fieldwork, and capstone education.
  • In collaboration with other occupational therapy faculty, coordinate, plan, prepare, and carry out classroom and lab instruction of additional courses and related activities in areas of expertise, as assigned by the Program Director.
  • Coordinate and communicate with capstone mentors and students using site visits, emails, telephone calls, virtual meetings, clinical education software programs, and other mediums of communication.
  • Ensure that capstone mentors are appropriate to supervise and advise students depending on their expertise, focus of the student’s individual experience and project, and alignment with ACOTE standards.
  • Provide professional leadership and support for capstone mentors, including OT program faculty, through training and professional development opportunities.
  • Mediate conflicts, establish specific learning objectives, record attendance, and supervise capstone experiences and projects to ensure that they are adequate and students achieve a satisfactory level of performance.
  • Continually monitor progress and assess and document student performance to assist with behavior/performance modification as it relates to the capstone experience and project. Assign final grades of students enrolled in capstone courses.
  • Provide communication and reports to the occupational therapy faculty on the progress, placement, and experiences of occupational therapy students in order to improve connections between capstone, clinical experiences and didactic aspects of the curriculum.
    Represent the Program, College, and University through attendance at meetings and service on committees at the Program, College, University, local, state, regional, and national level.
  • Actively engage in scholarship and research, including internal and external grant proposals, student mentorship, and publication and dissemination of findings in professional journals and presentations.
  • Perform other job-related duties or special projects as assigned. This may include interviewing applicants, speaking at pre-OT campus clubs, etc.
  • Participate in and successfully complete all University required training including, but not limited to discrimination/harassment and code of conduct.
  • Design, plan, and implement a capstone event for students to disseminate their individual doctoral capstone projects that relate to their doctoral capstone experience and demonstrate a synthesis of in-depth knowledge in their focused area of study.

Education and experience:

  • Occupational therapist with an active Iowa license or eligibility for Iowa licensure.
  • Doctoral degree awarded by an institution that is accredited by a USDE-recognized institutional accrediting agency (e.g., OTD, PhD, EdD).
  • Minimum of 2 years of clinical practice experience as an occupational therapist; a minimum of 5 years preferred.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to travel both within the State of Iowa and nationally. Valid Iowa driver's license and proof of insurance required.
  • Must provide own dependable transportation for in-state travel.
    Experience in teaching, clinical coordination, and capstone coordination is preferred and highly desirable.

 Essential skills:

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, interpersonal skills and/or presentation skills possessing the following: (a) capable of responding to common inquiries or complaints from students, faculty, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community (b) experience participating in scholarly/peer-reviewed activities that conform to prescribed style and format (c) capable of presenting information to students, top management, and public groups.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusivity
  • Embody the philosophy of “One University” and align priorities and actions with College and University Strategic Goals, Vision, and Mission.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Must possess or be eligible for licensure as an occupational therapist in Iowa and maintain an active occupational therapy license in Iowa while on faculty at Des Moines University.

About DMU:

Our employees are what make DMU special, so we treat them well!  Our Total Rewards reflect this commitment. Qualified faculty and staff enjoy outstanding health/medical benefits, a generous retirement match, flexible work arrangements, tuition assistance, professional development funding, and access to wellness facilities with programs that promote a well-balanced lifestyle.  Visit to learn more about our benefits.  

Founded in 1898, Des Moines University is a premier medical and health sciences institution comprising of three colleges– College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, and College of Health Sciences – that offer nine graduate degree programs. The programs share a collective strength — an inclusive campus community where students and faculty come together in pursuit of knowledge, research and innovation. Join us as we impact the future of medicine and healthcare in our new state of the art campus opening in West Des Moines in 2023.

 Department:  OTD                                                                                           Status: Exempt

Work Schedule: M-F, 8-5; occasional nights/weekends

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