Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy Assistant Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

06 Feb 2019 3:52 PM | Anonymous

Occupational Therapy Assistant Academic Fieldwork Coordinator Bay State College is seeking an Academic Fieldwork Coordinator (AFWC) is a full time faculty member serving the fieldwork portion of the occupational therapy assistant program. The AFWC is responsible for the development, coordination and monitoring of student fieldwork experiences in collaboration with the other AFWC's, fieldwork educators (clinical instructors) and in compliance with the standards of accreditation. The Academic Fieldwork Coordinator will report to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Director or designee.

Essential Functions:

  • Manage and supervise the fieldwork program for the occupational therapy assistant program in accord with the program's strategic plan and goals.
  • Maintain current knowledge of the accreditation standards pertaining to fieldwork that are required by the Accreditation Counsel for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).
  • Ensure that fieldwork education in the OTA program meets the following requirements:
      • The fieldwork program reflects the sequence and scope of content in the curriculum design, in collaboration with faculty, so that fieldwork experiences strengthen the ties between didactic and fieldwork education;
      • Agreements with fieldwork sites reflect themes of the curriculum design and realities of the healthcare environment affecting the program; and
      • Fieldwork agreements are sufficient in scope and number to allow completion of graduation requirements in a timely manner in accordance with the policy adopted by the program as required by ACOTE.
    • Coordinate the fieldwork process by selecting and developing fieldwork sites, scheduling fieldwork experiences, overseeing administrative requirements (i.e. fieldwork contracts and student health records), and fostering positive relations with the local healthcare community.
    • Ensure that students participating in fieldwork experiences maintain documented current immunization status according to the program's policy and individual site requirements.
    • Establish and maintain relationships with the on-site fieldwork educators and provide training and support in order to enhance their student programs and develop fieldwork experiences that align with the fieldwork course learning objectives. 
    • Provide consultation for students throughout the academic program regarding preparation for, and selection of, fieldwork experiences as well as for students and fieldwork educators to promote the students' successful completion of the fieldwork program.
    • Monitor quality of fieldwork experiences and instruction by fieldwork educators through fieldwork site visits and student evaluations of fieldwork experiences.
    • Prepare regular reports regarding the fieldwork portion of the program.
    • Teach courses in the area of expertise, as required by the program and in subordination to the primary responsibilities for management and supervision of the fieldwork portion of the OTA program.
    • Attend departmental meetings, graduation ceremonies, and other university meetings or events, as required.
    • Foster an educational environment that is conducive to learning, respect, integrity, teamwork, and professionalism.
    • Provide outstanding customer service to all constituencies and partners of the university.
    • Perform other duties that do not interfere with the management and supervision of the fieldwork program, as assigned by the Program Director or designee.


  • Initial registration by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant. 
  • An earned bachelor's degree awarded by an institution that is accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE). 
  • Current and unencumbered licensure in the state of Massachusetts as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant. 
  • A minimum of three (3) years of documented clinical experience as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant.  Desire to engage in scholarship (e.g., scholarship of application, scholarship of teaching and learning).
  •  Ability to follow accreditation standards and processes, as defined by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). 
  • Superior written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills in working with diverse constituencies inside and outside the campus community. 
  • Skill in planning and implementing projects with vision, creativity, energy, and collegiality. 
  • Ability to meet the minimum requirements of accrediting, state, and federal agencies for education, work experience, and certification/licensing to perform in the stated position. 
    • Knowledge of institutional, accrediting, state, and federal standards, laws, and/or regulations for higher education. 
  • Facility in using computer technology systems current in higher education. 
Conditions of Employment:
  • The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those required of an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully.
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily and be physically present in the office.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.
Work Environment 
  •  Standard office setting.
  • Typically, duties are performed in an office environment while sitting at a desk or computer workstation.
  • An incumbent is subject to contact with others, frequent interruptions, noise from talking or office equipment and demanding timelines.

Physical Demands  

  • The incumbent regularly sits for long periods, walks short distances on a regular basis.
  • Must be able to independently travel to locations where students attend fieldwork experiences.
  • Uses hands and fingers to operate an electronic keyboard or other office machines; reaches with hands and arms; speaks clearly and distinctly to answer telephones and to provide information; sees to read fine print and operate computer; hears and understands voices over telephone and in person; and lifts, carries, and/or moves objects weighing up to 10 pounds.

Job Type: Full-time, Non-exempt

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Category: Faculty - Health Occupational Therapy

Posted: February 6, 2019

Type: Full-Time

Start Date: March 1, 2019

Pre-Hire Process:

  • Authorized to work in the following country: United States
  • Willing to undergo a background check in accordance with local laws and regulations
  • Official college transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)

If qualified please submit a cover letter, CV and three references via email, indicating the position in subject line to Judy Livermore, Program Chair, at Please reference the OTA Academic Fieldwork Coordinator position in the subject line.

No Phone Calls Please.

Bay State College is a private career-focused college founded in 1946 in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston. With a Mission to prepare students for successful careers and global citizenship through academic rigor and individualized support, Bay State College seeks candidates who will be leaders in fulfilling that Mission.

Bay State is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veterans status.

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