Position Title: Occupational Therapist
Category: Certified; Bargaining Unit Eligible; FLSA Exempt.
Contract: Initial one year contract; contract days as determined by the Governing Board; other terms and conditions of employment as per the CBA and/or Board Policy
Compensation: Salary, insurance coverage and fringe benefits as per the current Board adopted policies and schedules, with placement for granted education, experience and responsibility.
Qualifications: The following qualifications are considered as guidelines:
- Current license to practice occupational therapy in accordance with the “Laws and Rules Regulating the Practice of Occupational Therapy” from the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Athletic Trainers Board
- Current professional license from the Ohio department of Education
- Exceptional organizational and communication skills
- Abilities to promote positive internal and external customer relations
- Proficient with computer/notepad applications for report writing, development of spread sheets and computer billing
- Other tasks as approved by the Governing Board
Reports to: Supervisor of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy
Supervises: Licensed Occupational Therapy Assistants
Job Goal: In summary, this position is responsible for providing assessment, direct therapy and consultative services in the development and support of student Individual Education Plans.
- Assists school staff in the identification of students with physical, sensory and/or perceptual deficits through use of standardized tests and customized measures and/or observations (areas to be assessed as indicted are: cognitive-perceptual-motor skills, muscle strength and range of motion, motor coordination, postural reflexes, needs for adaptive devices and prostheses and self-care).
- Recommends children for occupational therapy services and provides appropriate treatment as indicated. Treatment procedures shall include those designed to maintain or improve sensory motor functioning, assist the child to achieve appropriate levels of independence in activities of daily living skills and instruct the student in the use of adaptive equipment and devices.
- Participates in the evaluation team and educational planning and placement committees while utilizing a team approach involving school personnel, families, physicians and agencies.
- Assists children with transfer of newly acquired skills to classroom, work and home settings and supports classroom and family goals in therapy program. Home visits may be utilized at the therapist’s discretion.
- Evaluates treatment effectiveness by observation, testing, communication with teacher, family and other sources.
- Designs and constructs adaptive equipment, devices and/or splints for the student and/or the classroom.
- Assigns and supervises the case load and responsibilities of Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant(s).
- Trains school personnel and/or family as appropriate in carrying out treatment procedures not requiring a formalized occupational therapy program.
- Maintains all records and makes all reports as required by the Division of Special education, Copies of such reports shall be filed with the supervisor of the appropriate program, the special education coordinators and the teachers.
- Provides in-service programs to school personnel and others when requested to assist in educating about a student’s diagnosis and/or disability.
- Participates in outside clinic or agency meetings/programs involved with occupational therapy services as appropriate, acting as a liaison to the Mahoning County Special Education Program.
- Participates as approved in professional growth activities.
- Provides ongoing consultation to parents and the school staff regarding the child’s progress in therapy.
- Works in conjunction with physical therapy, speech therapy, and teachers to facilitate joint goals.
- Develops positive work relationships with students, parents, educational and community personnel.
- Participates in authorized special programs, (when appropriate), i.e., filed or fitness days, field trips, wheelchair or adaptive equipment clinics, etc.
- Assists with and makes recommendations in developing or modifying the transportation plan for the student’s special needs and abilities including changes in adaptive equipment.
- Assists in assessing and recommending equipment to improve seating/positioning in all school environments.
- Provides consultation to staff regarding students’ assistive technology needs in the classroom.
- Maintains logs of time performing duties of this position in SDE and HPC as appropriate
- Performs such other duties as may be directed by the Administration
REQUIRED ETHICAL AND PROFESSIONAL ATTRIBUTES AND BEHAVIORS:
- Is regular and prompt in attendance.
- Seeks opportunities to improve skills and grow professionally
- Prepares an annual professional development plan that links professional growth with MCESC and other assigned goals.
- Attends and actively participates in all required/assigned training sessions, meetings and other responsibilities
- Provides quality service to both internal and external colleagues and customers.
- Seeks opportunities to participate as a productive member of MCESC, school district, and other committees and teams.
- Generates internal and external support for MCESC services.
- Represents the MCESC and its service schools with professionalism at all times.
- Demonstrates at all times integrity and ethical behavior.
- Responds quickly to directions for improvement from supervisors.
- Maintains confidentiality in all job related discussions and communications.
Other expectations and demonstrated skills and abilities:
- Possesses a valid Ohio driver's license.
- Reads, analyzes and interprets data and reports.
- Writes reports, correspondence and other appropriate communiqués.
- Presents information and responds to questions effectively and efficiently.
- Prioritizes tasks, requirements and expectations in order to perform to a standard of excellence in service
Physical Demands & Work Environment:
The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, walk, talk, or hear, and operate a computer and other technology devices. The employee must occasionally list and/or move up to 50 pounds, such as notebooks, reports, etc. Specific vision duties of this job include close vision.
The noise level in office work environments is relatively quiet, but may escalate in group settings. The noise level in classroom positions is often elevated.
This position requires meeting deadlines with severe time constraints. This position involves stress as a result of those time sensitive obligations, the responsibility to ensure that laws and regulations are followed, and the demands of maintaining communications with large and diverse publics.
The information contained in this job description is in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individuals employed in this position as needed and assigned by the Administration and/or the Governing Board(s). Administrators should communicate additions and changes in this job description in writing to the employee following approval by the Deputy/Assistant Superintendent of the MCESC.
The Mahoning County Educational Service Center is an equal opportunity employer, and employs individuals without regard to race, religion or ethnicity.
INTERESTED CANDIDATES WILL NEED TO APPLY ONLINE USING THE LINK LISTED BELOW.
Job Type: Full-time
- therapy: 1 year (Preferred)
- Occupational Therapy: 1 year (Preferred)
- occupational therapy (Preferred)