Occupational Therapist

Zuni, NM, US
Apr 16, 2021
Position Type:
Support Staff

  • Date Posted:

  • Location:
    Zuni Public School District

  • Closing Date:

  • Position: Occupational Therapist
    Reports to: Director of Special Education
    Site: District-Wide
    Contract Length: 10 Month/198 days
    Salary: $65,928.00 to $83,796.00

    Purpose: To provide occupational therapy services to students with disabilities as outlined in the Individual Education Plan (IEP), and/or as referred for assessment.

    This job description is to be used as a guide for accomplishing company and department objectives and only covers the primary functions and responsibilities of the position. It is in no way to be construed as an all-encompassing list of duties.

    Minimum Qualifications:
    • Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Therapy;
    • Licensed by the New Mexico Public Education Department;
    • Possess certification from the NM Occupational Therapy Licensing Board;
    • Possess certification from the American Occupational Therapy Certification Board;
    • Knowledge of Medicaid reporting requirements;
    • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing in English, Zuni preferred;
    • Ability to perform duties in accordance with district requirements and Board of Education policies;
    • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedures manuals;
    • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence;
    • Ability to speak effectively before parents and staff;
    • Possession of or ability to obtain current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR); and knowledge of universal precautions;
    • Posses a valid driver's license;
    • Experience in working with children;
    • Experience and/or training working with people with disabilities;
    • Experience working with a school district preferred;
    • Ability to work effectively with special needs students;
    • Ability to deal with behavior and crisis situations;
    • Signing abilities for hearing impaired preferred;
    • Ability to maintain logs, documentation and records;
    • Knowledge and experience with computers, preferably Microsoft Office and database system(s);
    • Skills in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with others;
    • Ability to maintain confidentiality;
    • Ability to recognize and report hazards and apply safe work methods;
    • Ability to conduct in-services;
    • Able to perform the physical requirements of the position.
    Essential Duties:
    • Meet the Occupational Therapist competencies determined by the New Mexico Public Education Department;
    • Provide purposeful activity with individuals who are limited by physical injury or illness, psychosocial dysfunction, developmental or learning; disabilities, poverty and cultural differences to maximize independence, prevent further disability and maintain health;
    • Evaluate, treat and consult individually or in groups;
    • Teach daily living skills;
    • Develop perceptual motor skills and sensory integration functions in students;
    • Develop play skills and prevocational and leisure capacities in students;
    • Aid in selection and application of selected orthotic and prosthetic devices or other adaptive equipment;
    • Use specifically designed crafts and exercises to enhance functional performance;
    • Administer and interpret Occupational Therapy tests and evaluations;
    • Prepare evaluation reports and Individual Education Plans reports in a timely manner;
    • Adapt environments for the student with a disability as deemed necessary;
    • Maintain required records and comply with dates for state and federal reports;
    • Submit billing for Medicaid in a timely manner;
    • Conduct assessments of students with disabilities to determine the eligibility for occupational therapy services;
    • Review, analyze and interpret occupational therapy assessment reports presented to the EDT team for consideration of services;
    • Provide recommendations to the IEP team regarding the frequency and delivery of occupational therapy services;
    • Plan, schedule, implement and evaluate appropriate occupational therapy services and referral procedures;
    • Monitor student progress and develop an appropriate treatment plan to meet student individual needs;
    • Collaborate on the development of present levels of performance, goals and benchmarks in IEP meetings;
    • Evaluate the need for and provide training to staff and parents/guardians, as appropriate, for the use of adaptive equipment to meet student occupational therapy needs;
    • Develop an environment that promotes positive learning conditions;
    • Attend IEP meetings as appropriate;
    • Maintain accurate records and provide annual progress reports as needed;
    • Work professionally with administrators, staff, parents/guardians and community;
    • Record required student performance data;
    • Strive to improve and maintain job skills through in-service training programs and other professional development opportunities;
    • Maintain high standards of ethical behavior and confidentiality;
    • Assist students with physical needs and/or the use of devices;
    • Supervise Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant if applicable;
    • Perform CPR, when necessary;
    • Perform assigned duties on a timely basis.
    Physical Functions:
    • Sit, stand, walk, climb balance, stoop, kneel, crouching, talk & hear, reach and lift up to 20lbs on a frequent basis, may lift up to up to 40 pounds occasionally;
    • Hand and eye coordination in operating student equipment and devices;
    • Usually work on even surfaces, may walk on uneven surfaces outdoors;
    • Exposed to various degrees of noises (talking, children at play, bells, etc.);
    • Work in close proximity of other individuals;
    • General vision, corrected to 20/20, reads a multitude of records, correspondence and data;
    • Repetitive fine motor activities;
    • May be exposed to bodily fluids, (such as diapers, saliva, etc.);
    Mental Functions:
    • Work with deadlines, interruptions and frustrations;
    • Must be able to deal with employees, students and parents in such a way as to maintain their goodwill;
    • Must be able to respond appropriately to supervision and accept recommendations;
    • Must be able to communicate both orally and in writing;
    • Make decisions about reports, communication information and data.
    Essential Equipment:
    • Classroom equipment to include: smart board, phone, fax, computer, calculator, printer, scanner, etc.;
    • Occupational Therapy equipment;
    • Student equipment to include: various devices, wheelchairs, etc.

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