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Occupational Therapist

Education Service Center Region

This is a Full-time position in Austin, TX posted June 17, 2021.

Position Type: 02 – Professional: SchoolsDate Posted: 5/4/2021Location: Special EducationDate Available: 8/12/2021District: Austin Independent School DistrictMINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: This position requires a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate’s degree from an accredited college or university and a current license in good standing through the Texas Board of Occupational Therapist Examiners (TBOTE). Incumbent must be able to read, write, and converse fluently in English. SKILL REQUIREMENTS: This position requires the ability to apply various occupational therapy theories, techniques, and methodologies covering topics such as physiological, neurological, sensory, and behavioral interventions. Incumbent must have the ability to select and administer appropriate assessment instruments, as well as the ability to analyze problems and provide creative alternatives, especially in the design and development of equipment. This position requires knowledge of normal child development patterns, and knowledge of State, local, and Federal laws and regulations affecting the delivery of occupational therapy services. Incumbent should have the ability to identify abnormal child development or growth and assess differences in functioning, communicate effectively, work with others as a team and perform administrative duties related to the provision of occupational therapy services. Incumbent must have the ability to obtain a valid Texas driver’s license. JOB PURPOSE AND RESPONSIBILITY: This position, in a school setting, is responsible for the screening, evaluation, and treatment of students needing occupational therapy services in order to promote independent functioning and facilitate learning. Services provided involve a wide range of commonly accepted and used theories, methodology, and principles. Judgment is required to determine the appropriate treat-ment strategy for each student. Creativity is necessary to develop specialized treatment aids (e.g., equipment) to fit unique needs. Judgment is required to interpret board State and Federal laws affecting the education of exceptional students and the impact of the laws on treatment needs or plans. Errors may result in liability, mistrust, and unmet educational and occupational therapy needs. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Perform evaluations for students referred by the Section 504 and Special Education Admission Review Dismissal (ARD) committee and determine educational need for services. Provide direct occupational therapy (OT) services through the use of purposeful activity, exercises, and other treatment procedures involving sensory processing, positioning, and handling. Evaluate and screen students using appropriate tests, clinical observations, and other assessment tools. Determine the strengths and needs of individual students in the areas of visual-motor, visual-perceptual, and sensory-motor skills as they relate to educational goals. Participate in multidisciplinary team meetings to develop Section 504 Plans, Individual Education Plans (IEP) and/or Annual Review Dismissals (ARDS) with parents and committee members. Consult with students, parents, and school staff to provide information and discuss topics such as particular student health problems and interpretation of State, local, and Federal regulations. Maintain clinical and administrative records in accordance with State guidelines and school policy to record such data as attendance at sessions, test results, evaluations, IEPs, and yearly progress summaries. Assist parents and teachers in acquiring the equipment necessary for the student to maximize the student’s functioning in the school. Maintain professional development by attending conferences, workshops, professional meetings, etc. May perform some administrative activities, such as budgeting, recruiting and training staff, ordering, repairing and maintaining equipment, and scheduling sessions. Oversee entry-level therapists. OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED: Perform other related duties as assigned; however, all employees are expected to comply with lawful directives in rare situations driven by need where a team effort is required. PHYSICAL EFFORT AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Services are provided within general guidelines. Provision of services involves significant handling, moving, and lifting of students. Incumbent may lift and carry heavy equipment either within the clinical setting or to transport it from one school to another. Travel may be required. This position may involve possible exposure to blood or body fluids. Regular attendance is required for this position. PERSONAL WORK RELATIONSHIPS: This position independently makes most clinical decisions. Supervisor may be consulted if problems arise. Incumbent may receive detailed instruction from supervisor on such matters as those that may have legal implications of those that affect a significant part of school communities. The incumbent works closely with a select group of multidisciplinary caregivers to develop individualized, total treatment programs and provide services. Incumbent may also maintain contact with a number of private organizations devoted to the needs of exceptional children (e.g., Muscular Dystrophy Association, March of Dimes) to obtain resources, share information, and make referrals. COMPENSATION: Duty Days: 187 Pay Grade: AP4P Starting Salary: $56,788 Social Security Teacher Retirement Comprehensive Benefits PackageClosing Date: Until Filled An Equal Opportunity Employer

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