Director of Operations


Administrative, Independence Campus

December 1, 2022

The Graceland University Physical Therapy Program seeks a full time (12 months) Director of Operations staff for the Graduate Doctoral in Physical Therapy program.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works in collaboration with the Program Director to manage the operations, budget, personnel and facilities within the DPT Program
  • Oversees and guides the work of DPT Program Administrative Coordinator; Admission Administrative Coordinator; Clinical Education Administrative Coordinator
  • Provides assistance and support to the Program Director in problem solving, project planning and management
  • Advises the Program Director, Directors, and Faculty regarding the strategic plan, operations, budget, personnel and facilities
  • Coordinates all related travel for the DPT Program Directors, Core faculty and adjunct clinical faculty as needed
  • Develops financial, personnel and facilities reports for internal and external bodies, including external accrediting bodies
  • Prepares spreadsheets/reports/surveys for data analysis and monitoring of all financial resources, including operations, personnel, and revenue
  • Serves as central contact with institutional administration on operations, budget, personnel and facilities
  • Serves as central contact with program and institutional administration on budget, personnel and facilities matters for the DPT Program
  • Orders all equipment and manages equipment budget for the DPT Program
  • Oversees and coordinates the preventative maintenance contracting and schedule for all DPT Program equipment
  • Plans, manages and directs the onsite lab intensive sessions for the DPT Program, including construction/deconstruction of labs and coordination of moving equipment
  • Plans, manages and directs the information and instructional technology in the DPT Program
  • Plans, manages and directs the DPT Program website; in collaboration with Communications and Marketing and Information Technology services
  • Holds signatory authority for the Program Director in the daily operations of the university and uses discretional judgment to act on the Program Director’s behalf in resolving issues with routine operations
  • Ensures compliance with institution and school personnel and fiscal policies
  • Assists with budgetary aspects of annual accreditation reporting and self-study accreditation
  • Coordinates with external stakeholders for ongoing infrastructure and adjunct faculty support
  • Communicate in a collaborative and professional way to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person
  • Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards
  • Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills
  • Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions
  • Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics
  • Attends DPT Program faculty and staff meetings and lab immersion as needed
  • Serves as additional support for the DPT Program Director as needed
  • Conducts oneself in a positive and professional manner as a representative of the DPT Program and Graceland University
  • Performs other duties as assigned


Other Qualifications:

  • Resides in the Kansas City area and able to drive to several locations frequently
  • Knowledge and/or work experience in a health care or higher education setting is a benefit
  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds and push or pull up to 100 pounds
  • Ensure proper setup of lab immersion facilities including equipment
  • Maintain high standards regarding staff oversight, verbal and written communication skills, commitment to excellence, ability to shift priorities, collaborate with diverse team members, ability to make timely and sound decisions, and acute attention to detail



  • Efficient in Microsoft Office 365 platform
  • Maintain the DPT/Resources webpage

Internal applications accepted. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent obtained through a combination of education and experience.


Please send resume to: Leigh Murray, Program Director, Physical Therapy Program at:

Graceland is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Graceland welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas.

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