Occupational Therapist REPORTS TO:
Director of Exceptional Children BEGINNING DATE:
Open Until Filled KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
EDUCATION AND TRAINING:
- Knowledge of human development throughout the life span and integrates with student's unique developmental status.
- Knowledge and appreciation of the influence of disabilities, socio-cultural and socioeconomic factors on student's ability to participate in occupations.
- Knowledge and use of occupational therapy theories, models of practice, principles, and evidence based practice to guide intervention decisions.
- Knowledge of the federal, state, local legislation, regulations, policies and procedures that mandate and guide occupational therapy practice in schools.
- Ability to gather and assess outcomes program evaluation data and to use to modify services at the programmatic level.
- Ability to maintain current reporting, documentation, scheduling, and billing in accordance with professional standards, state and local guidelines, and reimbursement requirements.
- Ability to determine the need for an occupational therapy evaluation and to select and administer appropriate assessment tools to evaluate the student.
- Ability to interpret the evaluation data and write a comprehensive report that reflects strengths and barriers to student's participation and occupational performance.
- Ability to participate collaboratively with multi-disciplinary educational teams to develop Individualized Education Programs to meet student needs.
- Ability to develop occupationally based intervention plans based on evaluation information.
- Ability to provide evidence based occupational therapy intervention to improve student's performance skills and participation.
- Ability to adapt and modify environments, equipment, and materials including assistive technology.
- Ability to plan, coordinate, and conduct continuing education for educational personnel, parents, and students.
- Ability to use professional literature, evidence based research, and continuing education content to make practice decisions.
- Ability to provide legal and ethical supervision of occupational therapy assistants.
- Skill in effective oral and written communication.
- Have successfully completed and graduated from an accredited occupational therapy professional program recognized by NBCOT and have completed all fieldwork requirements.
- Two years of experience as an occupational therapist, preferably in school system or other pediatric practice setting.
TERM OF EMPLOYMENT:
- Initial certification by National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy.
- Current license by the North Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy.
Salary Grade 78FLSA Status:
PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES: Identification, Evaluation, and Planning
- The ability to be physically active, which includes, but is not limited to, standing, pushing, pulling, squatting, bending, sitting, walking.
- Must be able to stand, sit, or walk for prolonged periods of time.
- Ability to reach with hands and arms routinely.
- Must be able to move and carry furniture and equipment, supplies and materials.
- Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds routinely and 50 pounds occasionally.
- Must be able to facilitate the evacuation of students during emergency situations and/or drills.
- Must be able to visually, auditorily, and physically monitor student performance and conduct.
- Must be able to drive to variety of school sites.
Collaborates with other disciplines to ensure team understanding of student occupational performance strengths and needs, through evaluation, educational program planning, and service delivery. Evaluates the student's ability and formulates the student's occupational profile through a variety of functional, behavioral, and standardized assessments, skilled observation, checklists, histories, and interviews. Synthesizes evaluation results into a comprehensive written report which reflects strengths and barriers to student participation in the educational environment; directs program development; and guides evidence-based intervention. Develops occupationally based intervention plans based on student needs and evaluation results. Participates in multidisciplinary meetings to review evaluation results, integrate findings with other disciplines, offer recommendations, and develop individual education plans and intervention plans to achieve IEP goals. Service Delivery
Provides targeted, evidence-based therapeutic intervention to facilitate student participation and occupational performance within the school environment. Consults with the school-based team to achieve student outcomes. Adapts and modifies the environment including assistive technology and training instructional staff to meet individual needs and to help students function as independently as possible. Educates student, educational personnel, and family to facilitate skills in areas of occupation as well as health maintenance and safety. Monitors and reassess the effects of occupational therapy intervention and the need to continue, modify, or discontinue intervention. Documents occupational therapy services to ensure accountability of service provision and to meet standards for reimbursement of services as appropriate. Program Administration and Management
Prioritizes and schedules work tasks independently. Manages inventory of therapeutic equipment and assessments, and project needs for budget planning. Maintains clinical and administrative records in accordance with professional standards, state guidelines, and school system policy. Provides legal and ethical supervision of occupational therapy assistant assuming responsibility for the students served by assistant. Supervises non occupational therapy support personnel. Adheres to federal and state legislation, regulation, and policies that affect occupational therapy practice. Reviews occupational therapy services for quality improvement and makes changes as needed to ensure quality of services. Education
Teaches, monitors, and collaborates with educational personnel, community agencies, parents, and students to increase understanding of the student's occupational performance. Provides continuing education and in-services for educational personnel, parents, and community based service providers. Provides fieldwork education and supervision for occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant students. Professional Growth and Ethics
Participates in continuing education for professional development to ensure practice consistent with best practice and to meet N.C. Licensure requirements. Uses professional literature, evidence based research, and continuing education content to make practice decisions. Uses professional Code of Ethics and standards of practice to guide ethical decision making in practice. The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to this job.
Interested individuals are to complete an online application which can be found at www.onslow.k12.nc.us
Onslow County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.
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- CJ Korenek
- 200 Broadhurst Road
- Jacksonville, North Carolina 28540-3551