SELECTION PROCESS: Consists of Oral Examination (100%). Qualified applicants will be notified by email of the scheduled interview date, tentatively scheduled for EARLY March.
Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.
Summary Supervises the treatment of assigned students and provides occupational therapy and rehabilitation services that includes assessment, developing treatment goals and plans, and direct intervention to assist students in acquiring functional and independent life skills. Trains, supervises and performs quality assurance of lower levels of care.
Distinguishing Career Features The Occupational Therapist is a professional health care provider requiring registration and state licensure. The Occupational Therapist works directly with and serves as case manager for physically and psychosocially disabled students and family members. Advancement to this position requires occupational therapy registration and state licensure.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Conducts assessments of students to determine eligibility for occupational therapy. Develops educationally relevant therapeutic plans that includes goals that can be linked as part of a student's educational program.
Serves as case manager, assigning, training, and supervising therapists and occupation therapy assistants. Conducts quality reviews of treatment and of files.
Provides occupational therapy services to students by conducting assessments within the educational setting using an ecological model to determine level of need.
Reviews reports from other health care providers who are requesting occupational therapy services, evaluates student progress on individual therapy plans, and revises goals as needed. Prepares reports of occupational therapy interventions and outcomes.
Consults with parents and staff on occupational therapy interventions for students on site and through home programs. Attends Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) meetings as necessary to ensure that interventions blend with educational goals.
Coordinates occupational therapy services with student's other health care providers and medical protocols. Coordinates services with school nurses.
Instructs paraprofessionals in occupational therapy and instructional support on understanding, interpreting, and implementing intervention procedures.
Provides in-service training and continuing professional development to teachers and resource personnel. Promotes the need for occupational therapy services to teachers and administrators. Develops up-to-date best practices for therapy services.
Ensures the documentation of services is professional, efficient, and accountable, and in conformance with the policies of state and other agencies.
Modifies and may design adaptive equipment that enhances students' ability to access learning and technology.
Performs other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of the position.
Education and Experience
Requires a Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university in occupational therapy or related filed; a Master's degree is desirable. One year of professional level experience providing occupational therapy services to children with special needs.
Licenses and Certificates
Requires a valid California Occupational Therapist (OT) license. Requires a valid California driver's license.