Certified Occupational Therapist

Posting Dates: July 31, 2022 to August 21, 2022

Job Description: 

Beginning Date:  August 2022

Certified Occupational Therapist 
•             Full District Paid Single Medical and Dental Coverage
•             Free Annual Eye Exams with Medical Coverage
•             Ancillary and Voluntary offerings include Vision Materials Coverage
•             District Paid Basic Life Insurance, Voluntary Life
•             Short Term Disability, Accident, Critical Illness, Identify Theft Insurance
•             Flexible Spending options for Medical Expenses and Dependent Day Care
•             District contribution to Health Saving Account
•             District contribution to 403b retirement plan in addition to KPERS - State of Kansas Retirement
•             Paid Time Off
•             Seasonal Breaks, Weekends, Holidays Off
Position Purpose
Under the general supervision of the Assistant Director of Special Education, to support the education of students with disabilities or physical impairments in their least restrictive environment by developing, implementing and coordinating an occupational therapy program, and providing screening, evaluation and intervention services. 
Essential Functions
  • Develops, implements and coordinates the occupational therapy program within the school district, including philosophy, vision, procedures and goals.
  • Evaluates the occupational therapy needs of students, using appropriate tests, professional observations and supplementary information from other sources.
  • Interprets assessment findings and conveys information to parents and school staff.
  • Participates in the development of Individualized Education Programs.
  • Develops and implements intervention strategies.
  • Develops physical management and environmental modification plans for daily classroom activities and trains staff in its safe implementation.
  • Plans for transition from school to community, preparing student to function independent from therapy service when targeted outcomes are achieved.
  • Evaluates and reports on student's progress.
  • Consults with school staff, parents, administrators, physicians, community and other professionals in order to gather and communicate information to meet the occupational therapy needs of students.
  • Serves as resource to parents, school staff and administration on the disabling conditions and their effects on education.
  • Collaborates with community therapists and other healthcare providers for effective coordination of occupational therapy services.
  • Assesses the need for assistive technology and equipment and makes recommendations for its use at school to help students function as independently as possible. 
  • Assists with planning the safe transportation and emergency evacuation of students with disabilities or physical impairments.
  • Participates with improving school accessibility and planning environmental modification.
  • Documents occupational therapy services and maintains records in accordance with school district policies, as well as state and federal laws and regulations.
  • 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.
Additional Duties
  • Performs other related tasks as assigned by administrators.
Note:         The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities.  It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility.
  • Uses standard office equipment such as personal computers, printer, copy and fax machines, and telephone.
Travel Requirements
  • Travels to school district buildings and professional meetings as required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • 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 differentiated instruction based upon student learning styles.
  • Knowledge of data information systems, data analysis and the formulation of action plans.
  • Knowledge of Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Section 504, and other federal and state laws and regulations regarding education and students and occupational 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 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.
Qualifications Profile
  • State Certification to practice as evidenced by current state licensure as a Occupational Therapist.
  • Motor Vehicle Operator's License or ability to provide own transportation.
  • Masters Degree from an accredited college or university in related field.
  • Graduation from an accredited program of occupational therapy. 
  • Successful prior experience working as a Occupational Therapist, preferably in an educational or other pediatric practice setting. 
FLSA Status:             Exempt 
Apply online at: https://applitrack.com/haysusd489/onlineapp/