Occupational Therapist for the 2021-22 SY

Washington, DC, US
Jan 13, 2021
Company Description

By 2025, KIPP DC will build upon two decades of proven results to develop into a more impactful, innovative, and inclusive school system, that provides joyful, identity-affirming learning experiences so that all students and alumni achieve extraordinary outcomes. We are a network of eighteen schools educating nearly 7,000 students and employing 1,200 teachers, leaders, and staff members dedicated to our mission. As part of the KIPP network's 255 schools, we share best practices and innovations with our peers across the city and country.

Our work is grounded in a commitment to excellence, equity, and justice. We believe all students have the right to rigorous, relevant, and joyful learning experiences led by exceptionally talented and diverse educators and support staff who promote student achievement and a sense of belonging. We are seeking an occupational therapist who is passionate about educational equity, driven by student and family relationships, and provides intentional support for their students.

Job Description

KIPP DC occupational therapists are responsible for delivering effective, high-quality, interventions that are data driven. In addition, the occupational therapist will be responsible for managing stakeholders throughout the special education process. The occupational therapist will report directly to the student support campus director.


Service Delivery: 70%
  • Provide targeted, evidence-based therapeutic intervention to facilitate student participation and occupational performance within the school environment
  • Develop occupationally based intervention plans based on student needs and evaluation results
  • Conduct occupational evaluations

Stakeholder Management: 20%
  • Participate in case conferences to discuss student goals and plans
  • Collaborate with the student support services team to ensure understanding of student occupational performance strengths and needs through evaluation, educational program planning, and service deliver
  • Participate in multidisciplinary meetings to review evaluation results, integrate findings with other disciplines, offer recommendations, and develop individualized education plans and intervention plans to achieve IEP goals
  • Provide continuing education and in-service training for educational personnel, parents, and community based service providers
  • Serve as a full-time and engaged member of KIPP DC's staff, including activities like attendance to teacher/staff meetings, accompanying students on field lessons, assisting with student recruitment and enrichment activities, and working with other staff members to ensure fulfillment of KIPP DC's mission.

School and Community Support: 10%
  • Implements the school-wide student management policies within classrooms and everywhere on campus
  • Exhibits positive rapport with students
  • Creates and fosters a positive learning environment
  • Establishes and maintains strong communication lines with all parents
  • Available for Open Houses, Parent-Teacher Conferences and other events involving parents outside of normal operating hours


  • Bachelor's degree (required)
  • Candidates should have successfully completed and graduated from an accredited occupational therapy professional program recognized by NBCOT and have completed all fieldwork requirements (required)
  • Two years of experience as an occupational therapist, preferably in school system or other pediatric practice setting (preferred)
  • Commitment to working with limited access to quality educational opportunities (required)
  • Experience working in a public school (preferred)
  • Experience working in an urban school (preferred)
  • Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to work as a member of a team
  • A deep commitment to develop and contribute to a community of educators

Additional Information

Compensation and Benefits:
  • KIPP DC offers its employees competitive rates for medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance. KIPP DC's plans include options for Health Savings Accounts, Flex Spending Accounts, and access to OneMedical.
  • KIPP DC also offers its employees a 403(b) retirement account with employer contributions and matches vesting after three years.
  • All employees who use public transit are eligible for pre-tax deductions for transportation costs through a partnership with WMATA
  • Staff are provided with a laptop computer for work and access to a discounted cell phone plan for staff/student/parent calls.
  • KIPP DC has various support programs in place during the pandemic, including extended sick leave and robust health and safety protocols and training programs

Please apply immediately, as applications are accepted and roles are filled on a rolling basis. All interested applicants should visit https://www.kippdc.org/join-our-team/apply-now/ . For questions or issues with your application, please contact careers@kippdc.org.

KIPP DC Public Schools does not discriminate against, or tolerate discrimination against, employees or applicants for employment on any legally-recognized basis or protected class including, but not limited to, actual or perceived race, color, national origin, immigration status (except as necessary to comply with federal, DC, state, or local law), religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity or expression), marital status (including domestic partnership status), genetic information, political affiliation, pregnancy, family responsibilities, personal appearance, veteran status, uniform service member status, status of being unemployed, status of victim a survivor of domestic violence, sexual offense or stalking, matriculation or any other protected class under federal, state, DC, or local law.

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