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Director of Clinical Education and Experiential Learning/Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

Faculty: Full Time

Leesburg, VA
ID: 1066-306

Shenandoah University’s School of Health Professions is accepting applications for a Director of Clinical Education and Experiential Learning/Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for the Division of Occupational Therapy. This full-time benefited position will work out of our Leesburg, VA campus.

The academic fieldwork coordinator (FWC) is responsible for providing OT students with quality Level I and Level II fieldwork opportunities. The FWC develops, coordinates and monitors programming related to student fieldwork experiences/experiential learning. The FWC is responsible for ensuring the program’s compliance with ACOTE fieldwork education requirements and collaborating with fieldwork educators to ensure that fieldwork experiences/experiential learning meet the Program’s objectives.

Position responsibilities: 

  • Reviewing annually and maintaining updated fieldwork policies and procedures that ensure compliance with the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program for Shenandoah University’s Master’s in Occupational Therapy. 
  • Collaborating closely with practicum and clinical instructors to develop fieldwork and community-based experiences that most closely match the course learning objectives. 
  • Assigning all eligible students a fieldwork, community-based, and experiential learning experience while confirming the assignment in writing to both student and site educator. 
  • Assuring that all written contracts or letters of agreement between the educational institution and fieldwork education/Memorandums of Understandings (MOU) placement are signed and periodically reviewed. 
  • Ensures that all written contractual agreements between the University and fieldwork education placements are established prior to assigning students. 
  • Making fieldwork site visits. 
  • Maintaining a current information file on each established, contracted fieldwork education site. 
  • Identifying and developing new sites for fieldwork education that provides the best match with the Program’s mission and philosophy and opportunities for the application of concepts presented in the classroom. 
  • Orienting students to the general protocol for fieldwork experiences/experiential learning and providing them with the appropriate resources associated with fieldwork selection. 
  • Reassigning students who do not complete original fieldwork assignments in accordance with OT department and University policies. 
  • Reviewing the quality and appropriateness of fieldwork experiences/experiential learning (facilities, fieldwork educators, intervention types, etc.) by considering student feedback, site visits and other information in order to make recommendations for continued partnerships. 
  • Facilitating the resolution of FW issues affecting the student’s academic performance via phone calls, FW site visits or meetings. 

Required Skills

Position Requirements: 

  • Master’s degree required with at least 3 years of clinical practice experience.
  • Initially nationally certified and currently licensed to practice OT in the State of Virginia
  • Current driver’s license
  • Fieldwork educator experience
  • Current NBCOT certification required
  • Current AOTA membership

How to Apply 

Complete application submissions will include a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references.  The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a qualified candidate is selected. A pre-employment background check will be required. If the job requires driving for University business, a satisfactory driving record will also be required.

Shenandoah University is committed to enriching its educational experience and culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff. All candidates are strongly encouraged to include a statement in their cover letters addressing ways in which they may be able to contribute to that commitment.

Shenandoah University prohibits discrimination against and harassment of any employee or any applicant for employment because of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, marital status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.