Teacher, Occupational & Physical Therapist (2019-2020 Candidate Pool)

Minneapolis, MN, US
Jan 17, 2019
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Job Title: Teacher, Occupational & Physical Therapist (2019-2020 Candidate Pool) and Requisition ID number: 58350
Site: Locations may vary on a routine basis.
Close Date: No established closing date; open until filled
Full/Part Time : Varies
Union: Teachers(04)
Functional Area: Teaching
This position is a candidate pool and not a specific position at a school or department. This position may require an initial screening interview before being placed into the Candidate Pool. There may not be an available position(s) at the time of application but positions can become available at any time. The candidate pool is used to refer qualified applicants to the site/department with the open position. Human Resources will process your application, and once approved, your name will be sent to the Site(s) and or Department(s) with available positions.

Resume and Cover Letter are mandatory to apply for any position.

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) isnow accepting Occupational & Physical Therapist applications for the 2019-2020school year! Apply now to be considered!

We currently have one 1.0 FTE Occupational Therapist and one 1.0 Physical Therapist position open.

First, submit your application; if you meet minimum qualifications, you mayreceive an invitation to participate in a screening interview. Candidates who pass screening will have an opportunity to apply for open positions at specific MPS schools as they become available this spring and summer.

We are a diverse and dedicated team, proud to be tasked with educating more than 35,000 Minneapolis kids every year. We believe in the achievement of every student in every classroom. We are building a workforce that is equipped to provide our students with the education and resources they need to succeed by consistently investing in the growth of our employees and doing what it takes to keep and grow our talented staff.

At MPS, we work collaboratively to find innovative ways to connect with every single one of our students - no matter which languages they speak, or which corner of the city or the world they come from. We celebrate the diversity of our students and staff, and the unique perspective each person brings to our learning community by supporting the individual needs of each student - and by caring for and supporting one another as we take on new challenges every day.

Occupational Therapists (OTs) in the educational setting are responsible for providing appropriate occupational therapy intervention services designed to enhance students' potential for learning. They assist students in acquiring those functional performance skills needed to participate in, and benefit from, the educational environment, and to help students function independently. Occupational therapists work to improve, develop, restore, and/or maintain a child's active participation, self-maintenance, work, and leisure/play in educational environments. Their role includes assessment and planning, goal development, implementation, and monitoring for students receiving special education. Occupational therapists are considered 'related-service' personnel, as is consistent with state and federal law.

Essential functions of these positions may include:
  • Conducting appropriate evaluation procedures for students with special needs and communicatingthe results/recommendations to educational staff and families verbally and through written reports.
  • Providingre-evaluation of students focusing on areas of need at intervals determined to be educationally relevant.
  • Participatingin meetings as a member of the interdisciplinary team.
  • Participatingin the development of Individual Education Plans, Individual Family Service Plans, or Individual Interagency Intervention Plans for children found to have special education needs.
  • Completingdocumentation that is professional, efficient, and accountable and conforms to state and district policy.
  • Providingdirect and indirect occupational therapy to childrenin educational environments.
  • SupervisingOccupational Therapist Assistants.
  • Training and monitoring educational staff that carry out indirect therapy programs.
  • Providingconsultation to the educational system regarding student needs, professional needs, and system needs in order that the District may achieve its goals and objectives.
  • Collaboratingwith other school personnel and families regarding occupational therapy and children's needs.
  • Promotingoccupational therapy in the larger community.
  • Traveling to and among schools or community sites to provide services.
  • Lifting, transfering, and positioning children and equipment as necessary to provide occupational therapy.
  • Working within case manager systems where relevant.
  • Maintaining and being accountable for the therapy inventory and equipment used with students.
  • Participate in professional growth activities and continuing education opportunities.
  • Participatingin Third Party billing for those students who are eligible.
  • Acquiringknowledge of the goals of the Minneapolis Public School District Improvement Agenda and site/school goals. Working to support and achieve those goals.
  • Establishingdevelopmentally appropriate instructional and behavioral expectations for students and for self, as well as communicatingthis informationto students and their families.
  • Facilitatingpositive interactions between students and teacher, student and peers, and student and other adults.
  • Modeling learning and behavior consistent with the expectations for students.
  • Participatingin ongoing and regular staff, team, and individual professional development.
  • Collaboratingwith peers to develop, plan, and implement best practices based on the needs/abilities of the students.
  • Participatingin site-based management and shared decision-making.
  • Always keeping the students' needs and rights first and foremost in any educational decision-making.
  • Havinga working knowledge of and implementing the Minnesota State Standards and the District Graduation Requirements.

The focus of these services may relate to a child's:
  • Activities of daily living.
  • Classroom work and productive activities.
  • Accommodations and/or adaptations.
  • Play or leisure activities.
  • Sensorimotor components of performance.
  • Cognitive integration and cognitive components of performance.
  • Psychosocial skills and psychological components of performance.

Education, Training, and Experience Requirements
  • Possession of a Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, or Doctorate in occupational therapy from a school accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association.
  • Minnesota State Licensure as an Occupational Therapist.
  • Certification from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.
  • Demonstratedcontinued professional development through course work, research, peer collaboration and/or job-embedded staff development.
  • Working knowledge of the subject matter, classroom management techniques, current researched best practices and strategies, as well as students' learning styles and needs, both academic and affective.

  • Previous work experience with children or in a school setting is beneficial.
  • Prior successful experience in urban, multicultural education desirable.

Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.


Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready. Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, marital status, age, sexual preference, disability or status with regard to public assistance.

Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

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