School Occupational Therapist

Oxnard School District • Oxnard, CA 93030

Posted 2 weeks ago

Job Description

Description Benefits Supplemental Questions

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Openings are 8 hours per day, 203 work days per year. The position receives holiday pay and paid vacation and sick days. A District-paid contribution toward health & welfare benefits is also included.

This recruitment is until needs have been met and may close at any time.

Please refer to the "Employment Standards" section of this bulletin to make sure you meet all requirements before applying.

For this recruitment, you must attach the following for your application to not be rejected:

1) Board Certification from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

2) Valid license to operate as a Certified Occupational Therapist issued by the California Board of Occupational Therapy (CBOT).

This is a Dual Certification Recruitment: Candidates who attain a passing score on each examination part will be placed in rank order on an eligibility list after promotional credits are added to the composite test scores of promotional candidates. These examinations are open to permanent employees and the public.


Under the direction of the Manager of Special Education, provides educationally related occupational therapy services to students with various disabilities according to the student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The Occupational Therapist participates as a member of the education team, provides assessments and develops written reports; identifies students' abilities within the educational or developmental settings; develops goals and objectives for consideration in IEP meetings; develops individual and/or group occupational therapy intervention plans; maintains appropriate documentation of students' progress and related reports; and provides consultative services and support to teachers.

A School Occupational Therapist is expected to handle a variety of assignments that relate to individual students' specialized needs and related disabilities. They are expected to work independently with the students on a one-to-one basis or in a group setting. The Occupational Therapist has a broad scope of evaluative tasks in the development, planning and assessment of therapy programs.


Receives minimal supervision from the Manager of Special Education and the Director of Pupil services.

Examples of Duties: ESSENTIAL DUTIES

* Conducts assessments of students to determine eligibility for occupational therapy;

* Provides occupational therapy services to students;

* Maintains a safe and orderly treatment area;

* Reviews reports from health care providers requesting occupational therapy and coordinates occupational therapy services with students' health care providers;

* Collaborates with school nurses in the coordination of medical care protocols and acts as a resource to school personnel in interpreting occupational therapy services;

* Plans and develops therapeutic intervention goals that are educationally relevant and will be used in students' educational programs;

* Establishes a system of documentation that is professional, efficient and accountable and that conforms to state and individual agency policy;

* Communicates results of evaluations and reports of occupational therapy services to the educational staff, parents, students and other professionals and agencies concerned with the students;

* Assesses students physical abilities in an educational environment by gathering data in such areas as oral motor skills, sensory integration, motor planning, developmental function, self care, fine motor function, work behavior, endurance and postural tone;

* Prepares detailed records and reports concerning student progress and daily activities collaborates with parents regarding plans for occupational therapy services, including planning for therapy in the least restrictive environment;

* Provides reports for use in Individualized Educational Program (IEP) and Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP) committees, attends IEP and IFSP meetings as necessary and maintains progress notes on student records;

* Demonstrates appropriate activities for students to program staff;

* Provides consultation to the educational system regarding student needs, professional needs and system needs in order for the system to achieve its goals and objectives;

* Provides reassessments of students focusing on areas of need at intervals determined to be educationally relevant;

* Trains and serves as a consultant to program staff in areas such as sensory motor, sensory stimulation and body awareness, fine motor and gross motor skills and other areas within the therapist's area of expertise.

Other Related Duties

* Performs administrative tasks and activities related to the CEA medical and the MAA claiming process;

* Recommends, designs and creates adaptive equipment;

* Performs other related duties as required.

Employment Standards:Education: Graduation from an occupational therapy curriculum accredited jointly by the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Experience: Experience working with students with a variety of disabilities in an educational setting is desirable.

Special: Possession of Board Certification from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

Possession of a valid license to operate as a Certified Occupational Therapist issued by the California Board of Occupational Therapy (CBOT).

Possession of a valid First Aid Certificate, comparable to the American Red Cross Standard First Aid Certificate.

Possession of a valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certificate.

Possession of a valid, Class C, California Driver License.

Ability to be insured, and continue to be insurable, by the District's liability insurance carrier.

All licenses, certificates, and other requirements listed above are required at the time of employment and must be maintained during the course of employment unless otherwise noted.

Physical Requirements: Employees in this classification stand, walk, use both hands simultaneously, stoop/bend, reach overhead, have dexterity of fingers/hands and muscular coordination, lift, carry, push, and pull up to 50 pounds or over 50 pounds with assistance, see small details, speak clearly, and hear normal voice conversation.

Supplemental Information:


Knowledge of:

* Child development, neuromuscular function/dysfunction, sensory motor integration, kinesiology, skeletal anatomy and basic pathology related to orthopedic disabilities;

* Individual and group occupational therapy techniques commonly used for students with special needs;

* Educational and medical applications of adaptive equipment;

* Generally accepted standards of health and sanitation;

* Policies and objectives of assigned programs and activities;

* Case management principles;

* Record keeping practices and procedures;

* Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy;

* First Aid and CPR procedures.

Ability to:


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