Director of Clinical Programs for Speech-Language Pathology

5 - 7 years experience  •  Education.

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 07/25/17
5 - 7 years experience
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 07/25/17


Required Qualifications:
BA/BS in Communication Disorders, SLHS or related field
Six (6) years of experience as a clinician
Licensure/eligibility for licensure and certification

Preferred Qualifications: 
Related PhD degree
Two (2) or more years of service as a clinical supervisor or instructor

About the Job

Director of Clinical Programs for Speech-Language Pathology

The primary purpose of the work performed by the Speech-Language Pathology Director of Clinical Programs (DCP) is to facilitate the clinical education of students enrolled in the speech-language pathology (SLP) master’s program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences.  In so doing, the SLP DCP also interfaces with the community by operating a campus clinic as well as establishing relationships with outside constituents who may partner in the education of our students.  The SLP DCP partners with the faculty and Chair in monitoring the curriculum and accreditation of the SLP graduate program.

Position Duties:

Teaching and Clinical Supervision (40%)
• Supervise graduate students in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences through registrations of SLHS 8720 with approval from the Chair.
• Teach one or two didactic courses per year as assigned by the Chair.  Additional courses may be taught on overload.
• The DCP may serve as the Director of Graduate Studies for one or more professional programs, at the discretion of the faculty and Chair.  The DCP may hold graduate faculty status, when appropriate, and serve as an academic advisor.

Management of Clinical Education Program Operations (20%)
• Managing the operations of the SLP clinic within the Julia M. Davis Speech-Language-Hearing Center.
• Coordinating the academic and clinical education components of the professional degree programs with Chair and faculty committees.
• Managing the Clinical Education and instructional budgets, in partnership with the Chair and Audiology DCP.
• Hold clinic meetings; ensure timely, effective communication between staff and providers to ensure smooth delivery of patient care.
• Oversee the management of electronic medical records, including implementation, maintenance, and troubleshooting issues in conjunction with the Audiology DCP and Clinic Manager.

Clinical Education Program Operations (20%)
• Managing clinical workload, clinic office staff, and other managerial issues in conjunction with the Chair and Audiology DCP.
• Direct supervision of the work of the SLP clinical supervisors.
• Directing activities of staff and students to support professional education.
• Coordinating the ongoing training of staff regarding issues related to scheduling and billing in conjunction with the Department Administrator, Clinic Manager, and Audiology DCP.
• Direct supervision of the SLHS Clinic Manager.
• Assessing student evaluations of SLP clinical supervisors; addressing student or supervisor concerns and grievances related to practicum experiences.
• Addressing concerns regarding SLP students’ clinical performance and developing remediation plans, as needed.
• Securing and placing all internal and external SLP student practicum sites, and maintaining an accurate database of all placements, in conjunction with the SLHS Clinical Program Coordinator.
• Maintaining accurate record-keeping and documentation of clinical services, supervisor certification, and student clock hours, in conjunction with the SLHS Clinical Program Coordinator and Clinic Manager.
• Advising and planning clinical practicum placements with SLP students.
• Ensuring compliance with guidelines related to clinical practice set by professional organizations and state and federal agencies, including but not limited to:  OSHA Universal Health Precautions; ASHA Standards for Clinical Education, professional Codes of Ethics; Americans with Disability Act; State of Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services, and HIPAA.
• Maintaining a database of SLP clinical resources, tests, equipment, and materials.
• Streamlining the ASHA certification and re-certification process for current students and alumni.
• Coordinating billing, coding, and documentation for SLP services with Clinic Manager. Resolving payment issues, as required, with Clinic Manager.
• Handle patient-related complaints and questions.
• Developing and maintaining a policy library in conjunction with Audiology DCP and Clinic Manager.

Clinical Education Program Development (10%)
• Developing and implementing a best-practices model of professional education.
• Establishing uniform and accurate clinical protocols and clinical care paths in the department's SLP clinic.
• Drafting departmental policy recommendations related to professional education for consideration by the Chair.
• Seeking grant funding where appropriate.

Liaison and Outreach (10%)
• Establishing liaisons with the metropolitan professional community and securing contracts for student placements.
• Representing the departmental professional education program to other units and committees of the College and University; participation in University committees and task groups related to professional education.
• Securing and negotiating on behalf of the Davis center external funding for the professional education program.
• Fundraising/external relations activities with conjunction departmental and university administration.
• At the discretion of the Chair, contribute to departmental and/or University governance and provide service to the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology through participation and leadership in national, state, and local professional organizations.
• Developing and maintaining relationships within the community to foster professional education and fundraising.


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