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Program Chair & Assistant Professor (12MO)

Apply now Job No: 494966
Local Title: Program Chair & Assistant Professor (12MO)
Budget Title: Assistant Professor (12 month)
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Categories: Management and Professional, Faculty - Teaching Only


Are you looking to take your career to new heights with a leader in healthcare? SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is one of the nation's leading metropolitan medical centers. As the only academic medical center in Brooklyn, we serve a large population that is among the most diverse in the world. We are also highly-ranked by Castle Connolly Medical, a healthcare rating company for consumers, among the top 5 leading U.S. medical schools for training doctors.

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Job Summary:

The Occupational Therapy Program in the School of Health Professions at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is seeking a full-time Program Chair and Assistant Professor (12 MO). Reporting directly to the Dean of the School of Health Professions, the successful candidate will:

  • Demonstrate high skills in administration, teaching, research, clinical experience, and a record of scholarship.
  • Demonstrate commitment to the concepts of interdisciplinary teamwork and increasing the diversity of the program’s faculty and student body.
  • Oversee and develop program curricula, policies, and procedures; teach, manage budgets, secure faculty hiring, and evaluate/mentor the program’s faculty.
  • Provide leadership for growing the program, including overseeing the Post-Professional OTD Program.
  • Work closely with the Occupational Therapy Program faculty and staff, the Dean and Associate Dean of the School of Health Professions, and university-wide faculty and staff.

Required Qualifications:

  • Eligible for or hold Occupational Therapy licensure in New York State.
  • Doctoral Degree (PhD, EdD, DPS, OTD, ScD, etc.)
  • National certification.
  • Demonstrated expertise with leadership and management.
  • Experience teaching in higher education.
  • 8+ years of clinical experience in an occupational therapy practice; clinical experience in any areas of occupational therapy practice will be considered.
  • Ability to mentor student through directed clinical/community research or program development projects consistent with a line of scholarly work. Preference may be given to candidates with an established line of scholarly research.
  • Ability to mentor and advise faculty, and engage in team building.
  • Experience using contemporary instructional technologies to deliver curricula including distance learning modalities.
  • Experience using learning management systems to support teaching.
  • Active involvement and/or leadership role in local, state or national professional organization is required.
  • Knowledge and experience with ACOTE guidelines.
  • Organization and program planning skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 6+ years of full-time experience teaching in higher education preferred.
  • Grant writing and acquisition preferred.

Work Schedule:

Days Variable; Hours Variable

Salary Grade/Rank:


Salary Range:

Commensurate with experience and qualifications


COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:


  An approved COVID-19 vaccination.

Executive Order:

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.  If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.

Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please contact Human Resources at 718-270-3025.


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