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Music Therapy Clinical Coordinator/Practicum Supervisor

Takoma Park, MD
Music Therapy Clinical Coordinator/Practicum Supervisor
(25% position)

Washington Adventist University (WAU) is a Christ-centered institution of higher education that supports a culture of excellence where all feel valued.  Nestled in a desirable residential community in Takoma Park, Maryland, WAU offers its faculty and staff an environment where professional expertise is valued and lasting connections between co-workers are formed as we work together to ensure the success of our students.  Regardless of title, every employee supports WAU’s vision of producing graduates who bring moral leadership and competence to their communities.
The Department of Music at Washington Adventist University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Performance and Music Therapy, and a Music Minor. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, it is the purpose of the Department of Music to provide professional training, reinforced by a sound general education, in an environment where music is presented as a medium for spiritual, intellectual, emotional and cultural development.
WAU is the first university in Maryland to offer an AMTA approved curriculum. In line with the mission of our cosmopolitan institution, our aims are to transition students from performative to clinical relationships with music, and growing their confidence in addressing the needs of a broad range of client populations, as they seize opportunities for learning in the nation’s capital in order to become moral leaders in communities throughout the world.
Position Summary
Washington Adventist University seeks candidates with the enthusiasm, skills, and demonstrated ability to establish and grow a stellar music therapy program, and contribute to a dynamic, nurturing and inclusive learning environment with a diverse and talented student body. The incumbent in this position will serve as the Clinical Coordinator for Washington Adventist University’s Music Therapy Clinical Training Program, and assist with launching and managing a new on-campus music therapy clinic. The position includes coordination and supervision responsibilities related to practicum, field work, and internships; as well as overseeing and servicing the daily operations of the music therapy clinic and off-campus contracts. The candidate may teach assigned courses dependent on the needs of the music therapy program and the qualifications and interests of the applicant. The job scope is primarily clinical and student supervision, along with administrative duties. The position will begin as a 25% faculty position in the Fall 2020 semester, expand to 50% in the Spring 2021 semester, and may expand to a full-time position by the Fall 2021 semester.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Plan, implement, manage, and maintain active clinical caseload with safety considerations and in keeping with pandemic-management strategies
  • Network and develop contracts with relevant facilities
  • Promote and market individual and group services to generate contracts
  • Conduct initial music therapy assessments for referrals
  • Facilitate individual and group sessions with client-centered, measurable goals, and process with student observers
  • Assure accurate physician’s orders as necessary to cover third party reimbursement claims
  • Schedule and facilitate or participate in meetings when applicable to discuss clinical goals and progress
  • Maintain standard data-gathering techniques during all phases of clinical processing including assessment, therapy and evaluation
  • Adhere to established clinical documentation standards in a timely fashion
  • Schedule and supervise undergraduate student co-curricular clinical placements
  • Consult with and work together with the Director of Music Therapy to ensure that students are meeting clinical competencies in a consistent manner towards preparedness for full-time internship placements
  • Assist with planning and implementation of department-led special events and projects, for example, CMTEs, music therapy symposia, intensive courses, juries, etc.
  • Comply with applicable federal and/or state laws, regulations and/or agency rules, standards and guidelines, etc. including requirements for board certification and licensure, as appropriate
  • Adhere to AMTA Standards of Clinical Practice and Code of Ethics
  • Engage in on-going clinical supervision and continuing education opportunities consistent with professional standards
  • Represent WAU’s Music Therapy Program through external professional presentations, publications, networking, or committee work
  • Actively advance the WAU 2030 Vision of Distinctive Excellence in Student Success
  • Evidence commitment to enhancing the WAU Mission to develop competent moral leaders as defined by the institutions Christo-centric values
  • Expressed delight in the refinement of character and competencies of diverse learners 
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in Music Therapy or related field with a minimum of 12 semester hours or the equivalent number of postgraduate credits in music therapy (beyond undergraduate equivalency requirements)
  • MT-BC with at least 3 years of full-time music therapy clinical experience or its part-time equivalent
  • Demonstrated mastery of all professional competencies in music therapy
  • Effective interpersonal communication, advocacy, and collaboration skills
Desired qualifications
  • Supervisory experience with undergraduate music therapy fieldwork students and interns
  • Effectiveness as a music therapy clinician in at least one area of practice, for example, individuals with autism, early childhood, intellectual/developmental disabilities, or physical rehabilitation
  • Experience with grant-writing and maintaining data and record-keeping accurately
Application process:
• Cover letter
• Curriculum Vitae
• Statement of teaching/supervision philosophy
• Names and contact information for at least 3 references
Title VII Exception Notice: 
Washington Adventist University is committed to equal employment opportunities, and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, disability, age, race, color, or national origin. The University reserves constitutional and statutory rights as a religious institution and employer to give preference in employment to members of the Seventh-day Adventist church, and claims specific exemption from Title IX provisions as set forth in 34 CRF (and subsections), insofar as they conflict with the Seventh-day Adventist teaching and practices.
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