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Job Summary

MHealthy Office of Medical Ergonomics/OT Work Services Program is seeking candidates for the position of Occupational Therapy Supervisor.  The successful candidate will facilitate program development and manage day-to-day operations of the Medical Ergonomics Office, including supervision over staff occupational therapists and administrative assistant.

University Human Resources seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to sustain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.



Manage the staff and day-to-day operations, develop and oversee the delivery of work site services, manage special projects, provide professional presentations, collaborate with other MHealthy and University programs and resources, and serve on university committees, ensuring evidence-based best practice services in ergonomics awareness, data collection, and worksite assessments and accommodations.

Lead development of collaborative relationships with other departments and leadership throughout U-M and the community, and represent MHealthy at community outreach events, such as Health and Wellness Expos. Manage ergonomics grants, department awards, and team projects. 

Train and supervise the medical ergonomics team, including cross-training in medical ergonomics evaluations, departmental and vendor negotiations, worksite consultations, and related documentation. 

Provide and document (following U-M and AOTA guidelines) medical ergonomics and occupational therapy (OT) worksite services for U-M benefits-eligible faculty and staff.  Travel throughout all U-M locations to enhance comfort and job performance that may be impacted by medical conditions.  Based upon physician and departmental referrals, identify employee abilities and challenges, ergonomic and other risk factors/barriers affecting comfort and success on the job or related to medical return to work.

Recommend specific solutions and resources, adjust and demonstrate safe use of work equipment at all types of job sites to reduce ergonomic risk factors and to accommodate disabilities, and assess and teach others on adaptive computer use.

Apply knowledge of physical, mental and psychosocial job performance requirements and employee/employer relationships, union regulations, and related laws/rules/regulations.  Evaluate and recommend accommodations for all work environments according to ADA guidelines.  Maintain and update demonstration equipment and the lab environment.

Resolve complex worksite challenges through creative problem solving, sensitive negotiations and facilitating situation-specific solutions to meet the needs of both employee and department.  Consult with other professionals as needed.  Adhere to HIPAA compliance.


Required Qualifications*

Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy.

Current Michigan License in Occupational Therapy (or qualified to apply if relocating) and NBCOT Registration.

3-5 years of recent experience in work programs and progressively responsible roles. Proficient in telephonic and in-person interviewing, counseling, coaching and negotiating.

3-5 years of progressively responsible experience in supervising and management responsibilities.

Professional writing and presentation skills, mastery of MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Email and electronic calendars, web-based research, use of camera. 

Ability to apply understanding of complex group dynamics, roles and responsibilities of health and safety personnel to build collaborative relationships on the ergonomics team and within MHealthy.

Knowledge and use of occupational therapy theories, models of practice, principles, and evidence-based practice to guide intervention decisions.

Knowledge of the federal, state, local legislation, regulations, policies and procedures that guide occupational therapy work programs practice in Michigan.

Proven ability to gather and assess program evaluation data and its use to modify services at the programmatic level.

Ability to determine the need for an occupational therapy evaluation and to select and administer appropriate assessment tools.

Ability to interpret the evaluation data and write a comprehensive report that reflects strengths.

Ability to provide evidence based worksite consultations and disability accommodations through occupational therapy intervention to improve faculty or staff member’s performance skills and participation.

Ability to adapt and modify environments, equipment, and materials including assistive technology.

Desired Qualifications*

Master’s degree or doctorate in occupational therapy or related field.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.