The school occupational therapist, as a member of the educational team, supports the education of students suspected of and/or diagnosed with disability in their least restrictive environment. The school occupational therapist develops, implements and coordinates an occupational therapy program within the local educational agency (LEA); providing screening, evaluation and intervention services. Working with students with disabilities and serious health impairments, the occupational therapist is expected to analyze risk, problem solve effectively and demonstrate a high level of professional judgment when recommending and providing services, making environmental modifications and training staff to manage occupational needs at an appropriate level of supervision. Consultation with educational and community personnel is also an essential component of the occupational therapist’s roles/responsibilities. The occupational therapist, though working as a team member serving students, is autonomous in applying principles of occupational therapy and responsible for working within legal mandates. Duties may vary according to job assignment.
Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as required. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change at any time by the employer. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Adhere to professional, ethical and legal standards of practice.
Develop, implement and coordinate the occupational therapy program within the LEA, including philosophy, vision, departmental procedures and goals.
Evaluate students using appropriate tests, skilled professional observation and supplementary information from other agencies and records.
Interpret assessment findings and appropriately convey information to parents and school teams.
Participate with the school team to develop Individualized Education Programs.
Develop and implement intervention strategies.
Develop occupational management plan for daily classroom routines and train staff in its safe implementation.
Plan for transition from school to community, preparing student to function independent from therapy service when targeted outcomes are achieved.
Evaluate and report on student progress.
Communicate and consult with school staff, parents, administrators, physicians, community and other professionals.
Serve as resource to parent, school team, staff and administration on disabling conditions and their effects on education.
Collaborate with community based therapists and other healthcare providers for effective coordination of service.
Assess need and recommend assistive technology necessary for function at school.
Contribute to planning safe transportation of students with disability.
Provide consultation regarding emergency evacuation of students with disability.
Participate with improving school accessibility and planning environmental modification.
Maintain student service, administrative and other departmental records in accordance with school district, State and Federal policies.
Document need and advocate for personnel and equipment.
Procure, maintain and inventory equipment, materials and supplies.
Seek regular opportunities for professional growth.
Provide educational opportunities for students of occupational therapy.
Maintain confidentiality of student records and information.
Use technology in ways that are consistent with ethical and responsible professional practice.
Perform any duties and responsibilities that are within the scope of employment, as assigned by the Principal or designee, and not otherwise prohibited by law or regulation.
Supports the relationship between Garfield School District RE-2 and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with citizens, visitors, and District staff; maintains confidentiality of work-related issues and District information; performs other duties as required or assigned.
Maintains regular and reliable attendance.
Performs work in several school buildings, member of itinerant service provider team
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree or higher in occupational therapy, occupational therapy or similar; AND previous successful experience in a related position preferred; OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Required Licenses or Certifications:
Must possess a valid Colorado Driver’s License and acceptable Motor Vehicle Record.
Must possess a State of Colorado License with an endorsement as a School occupational therapist or School Occupational Therapist is required OR ability to obtain within the first 60 days of the school year.
Must hold a valid occupational therapy license issued by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies.
Successful completion of American Occupational Therapy Association’s Commission on the Accreditation of Occupational Therapy Education-accredited occupational therapy program preferred.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
Ability to use electronic equipment for word processing, data management, information retrieval, visual presentations, and telecommunications.
Knowledge of occupational therapy principles, theory, methods and evidence based practice.
Knowledge of effective practice, clinical decision making, outcomes based intervention and their proper application in the educational environment.
Knowledge of areas of practice specific to pediatrics, including child development and specific diagnoses.
Knowledge of administrative management practices.
Ability to select and administer appropriate assessment tools and interpret results of assessment.
Ability to plan, coordinate and provide training and continuing education both formally and informally to parents, school administration, school staff, community agencies, staff and other medical professionals.
Knowledge of current legal mandates, including: Federal and State law, compliance issues, confidentiality requirements, funding procedures and requirements.
Excellent integrity and demonstrate good moral character and initiative.
Exhibit a personality that demonstrates enthusiasm and interpersonal skills to relate well with students, staff, administration, parents and the community, including difficult and emotional situations.
Knowledge of (Job Class Standard):
District organization, operations, policies, and procedures.
Safety policies, procedures, and practices.
Inventory management methods and practices.
Skill in selecting and providing a wide range of intervention strategies and monitoring their effectiveness.
Ability to plan, implement, administer and coordinate a occupational therapy program, from eligibility determination to exit, within an LEA.
Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing, using proper grammar and vocabulary.
Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office or an equivalent computer program.
Organizing and prioritizing work to meet deadlines and accomplish tasks, often in multiple locations around the district.
Skill in (Job Class Standard):
Organizing and prioritizing work to meet deadlines and accomplish tasks.
Handling multiple tasks simultaneously, under pressure, and in emergency and stressful situations.
Communicating effectively both verbally and in writing.
Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT:
Ability to execute job responsibilities that may include: transferring and/or lifting students or equipment, managing equipment.
Additional Salary Information: Dependent on experience