St.  Catherine University

Director of Operations - OTA Online

Oct 17, 2020
Nov 02, 2020
Employment Status
Full Time
The Online Occupational Therapy Assistant department at St. Catherine University invites applications for a Director of Operations position. This is a regular, full-time position.

The University of St. Catherine launched the first online Occupational Therapy Assistant ( OTA ) program in the country and we continue to lead the field in innovation! Launched in 2014 to address the rising need for professional OTAs throughout the nation, we reach students where they are and give them access to education toward a career that can change their lives. The Director of Operations manages our relationship with Orbis Education, our partner in the OTA Online program. This role collaborates closely with the OTA Online Program Director to ensure that we meet ACOTE Standards and achieve strategic objectives and deliver a high-quality, seamless educational experience for a multicultural student body. Join us and work on the cutting edge of online content delivery!


  • Manage program operations to align and support ACOTE accreditation standards, regulatory bodies and university policies and procedures
  • Proactively identify opportunities for process improvement, synthesizing insights into actionable recommendations and prioritizing initiatives to continually improve OTA online degree operations that facilitate successful outcomes for diverse student participants.
  • Monitor and make recommendations for student admission, progression and standing (e.g. leave of absence, probation, dismissal, on-time graduation rates) for 6 cohorts of 24 students in 3 admission cycles/year (144 students admitted in fall, winter, summer respectively) across the United States with the goal of increasing the access, enrollment and success for students of all cultures and backgrounds.
  • Communicate respectfully and build relationships of trust with faculty, staff, students and families of all cultures and abilities, affirming the worth and preserving the dignity of individuals, families, and communities.
  • Collect, manage, and make recommendations for fieldwork site data including site type, requirements, fieldwork educator qualifications, site contract status, and student assignments.
  • Collaborate with program faculty and staff, Orbis employees, and internal support offices to create, monitor, assess and revise streamlined and efficient operational processes.
  • Determine goals and objectives that drive planning, operations, and measurements that align with departmental and University strategic plans
  • Lead policy and procedure development and implementation efforts to ensure that online programs comply with university, regulatory, and accreditation standards and maximize the student experience.
  • Monitor and approve, in collaboration with the Office of Marketing and Communications and enrollment management staff, admissions messaging and goals that drive access and participation from underrepresented students.
  • Monitor and provide coaching to Orbis staff around admissions messaging to ensure consistency with university approaches (e.g. financial aid processes, admission procedures, fieldwork placements) and alignment with enrollment goals.
  • Supervise and direct operations analyst and administrative assistant in support of operational goals and related activities.
  • This position can work remotely but is required to be present on campus for 25% of the full-time role.

St. Catherine University in St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a comprehensive Catholic university and home to one of the nation's largest colleges for women, with associate and graduate programs for both women and men. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1905, the University integrates liberal arts and professional education within the Catholic traditions of intellectual inquiry and social teaching. Committed to excellence and opportunity, St. Catherine enrolls nearly 5,000 students in certificate, associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral programs in traditional day and evening/weekend/online formats.


Minimum Qualifications

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Two years of experience in higher education management
  • One year of supervisory experience
  • Experience leading or managing complex projects through to completion
  • Experience drafting and implementing new policies
  • Experience creating and implementing process improvements that impact a large customer base
  • Experience collaborating with the Registrar's, Financial Aid and Admissions offices
  • Experience adhering to complex compliance requirements
  • Experience prioritizing inclusive excellence as an operational goal

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience implementing an online learning system
  • Experience training faculty on remote learning systems and online tools

We seek creative, adaptable staff who enjoy working in a university climate that promotes cultural diversity, multicultural understanding, and cultural fluency. Consistent with the university's commitment to women, diversity and social justice, preference will be given to candidates who manifest these themes in their experience and service.

EEO Statement

St. Catherine University is an equal opportunity employer. Our commitment to inclusion reflects the central value of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet to “love of neighbor without distinction” and provides a learning and working environment that is enriched by the diversity of all our members. Individuals of religious, racial, ethnic, gender identity, nation of origin, or disability groups that have traditionally had less representation in higher education are encouraged to apply. Should you need an interview accommodation please contact us at or 651-690-6565.

To Apply and Special/Other Requirements Summary

Visit to apply. Three references and successful completion of a background check will be required for employment. For information, contact Sean Fitzpatrick, Associate Dean of Health Sciences, at Application deadline is November 1, 2020.

St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
Equal Opportunity Employer / Drug Free Workplace / Tobacco Free Workplace

Our university is a proud member of the Upper Midwest HERC and is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff and assisting dual career couples. For more information and to find other higher education jobs in the Upper Midwest region, visit:

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