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AOTA leadership Development Program for Middle Managers

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Invitation to Apply

AOTA is excited to announce a new Leadership Development Program for occupational therapy practitioners in middle management position.  The viability of the professions demands that we have solid and skilled leadership at all levels of the profession.  This program will assist in meeting the Centennial Vision strategic objective of “building the profession’s capability to influence and lead.”  AOTA is continuing our commitment to leadership development with this new program.


This program is open to occupational therapy practitioners with 5 to 10 years experience who are currently in middle management positions.  Special consideration will be given to practitioners who are new to their rehabilitation or school-based Occupational Therapy Manager/Director position.


This Leadership Development Program addresses critical needs in the profession by:


  • Reinforcing best leadership practices and applying them to leadership at the mid-management level
  • Driving leadership skills deeply into the profession’s management sector for sustained progress
  • Serving as a took for developing the next generation of clinically based leaders
  • Building a network of leaders at the mid-management level in clinical facilities


The expected outcomes of this program include:


  • Increased leadership and management skills
  • Self-empowerment
  • Increased confidence
  • Increased ability to advocate for the profession in multiple arenas
  • Clear and strengthened relationship with AOTA
  • The creation of a leadership community


Topics included in the training:


  • Strategic planning
  • Multi-disciplinary management and supervision
  • Leading effectively
  • Conflict resolution
  • Values clarification
  • Advocacy
  • Understanding the concept of power


There will be 15 applicants selected for this leadership development program.  Successful applicants must be able to attend a 2-day face-to-training on Tuesday, September 13 and Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at AOTA’s National Office in Bethesda, MD.  Travel and hotel costs (Monday and Tuesday night) will be covered by AOTA.


Applicants for AOTA’s Leadership Development Program for Middle Managers must include:


  • An up-to-date CV including:

Current position and scope of responsibilities

Years of experience

Specific position (if applicable) that would be desired as next step in your career

Professional development activities

            Special attention to previous leadership training

Examples of taking on additional leadership responsibilities in your    current setting


  • A personal letter of interest which clearly articulates

Reasons for interest in this program

Applicant’s career goals/trajectory

Applicant’s leadership goals


  • A strong reference letter from a very recent or current employer that speaks to the applicant’s current leadership skills and his/her potential for leadership growth


All application material including the reference letter must be submitted electronically in PDF format and received no later than July 1, 2011.  Please send all materials together (including the reference letter) in PDF format to Varsha Stein: vstein@aota.org


If you have questions about the program, please contact Marueeen Peterson at mpeterson@aota.org.  for questions about application submission, contact Varsha vstein@aota.org