Occupational Therapist/COTA (Full or Part-time)
Title: Occupational Therapist/COTA (Full or Part-time)
Under the general supervision of the Director of Special Education, to lead the process in the development, implementation, and coordination of the school district's occupational therapy program for students with disabilities or physical/mental impairments by developing individualized programming based on occupational performance deficits activities of daily living, including personal care, interaction skills, community integration, work, and communication.
- Develops, implements and coordinates the school district's occupational therapy program within the school district, including philosophy, vision, procedures and goals.
- Screens, evaluates and monitors students with disabilities or physical mental impairments for the purpose of providing educational programs, therapeutic intervention, and transition and exit planning and enhancing their ability to perform activities of daily living or participate in desired occupations.
- Collaborates with staff to ensure team understanding of student occupational performance strengths and needs, as well as student outcomes.
- Evaluates the student's ability and formulates the student's occupational profile, providing written reports that reflects strengths and barriers to student participation in the educational environment and guides evidence-based intervention.
- Participates in the development of Individualized Education Programs.
- Provides targeted, evidence-based therapeutic intervention to facilitate student participation and occupational performance within the school environment.
- Assesses the need for assistive technology and equipment and makes recommendations for its use at school to help students function as independently as possible.
- Documents occupational therapy services, and maintains records in accordance with school district policies, as well as state and federal laws and regulations.
- Supervises Occupational Therapy Assistants as needed.
- Plans, coordinates, and conducts continuing education for school staff, parents, and students.
- Continues to acquire professional knowledge and learn of current developments in the educational field by attending seminars, workshops or professional meetings, or by conducting research, and by maintaining professional relationships.
- Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Director of Special Education and other administrators as designated by the Superintendent.
- Uses standard office equipment such as personal computers, printer, copy and fax machines, and telephone.
- Travels to school district buildings and professional meetings as required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge and use of occupational therapy theories, models of practice, principles, and evidence-based practice to guide intervention decisions.
- Knowledge of human development throughout the life span and integrates with student's unique developmental status.
- Knowledge of the influence of disabilities, socio-cultural and socioeconomic factors on student's ability to participate in occupations.
- Knowledge of Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Section 504, and other federal and state laws and regulations regarding education and students and physical therapy practice in schools.
- Effective verbal and written communication skills.
- Skill in selecting and providing a wide range of intervention strategies and monitoring their effectiveness.
- Effective computer skills as needed for work (e.g., ability to effective use Microsoft Office suite).
- Ability to determine the need for an occupational therapy evaluation and to select and administer appropriate assessment tools to evaluate the student.
- Ability to organize and coordinate work.
- Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth.
- Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work.
Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards
- Works in standard office and school building environments.
- State Certification to practice as evidenced by current state licensure as an Occupational Therapist or ability to obtain
- Initial certification by National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy. Or ability to obtain
- Motor Vehicle Operator's License or ability to provide own transportation.
- Bachelors from an accredited college or university in related field.
- Graduation from an accredited program of occupational therapy recognized by NBCOT.
- Successful prior experience working as an Occupational Therapist or COTA, preferably in an educational or other pediatric practice setting.
FLSA Status: Nonexempt
Work schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:40 am - 3:40 pm based on academic calendar