Job Description

Openings as of 12/13/2018
Special Education

  • 2018- 2019 Occupational Therapist (187 days) JobID: 2603
  • Position Type:
    Special Education/Therapist - Music, Occupational, Physical

  • Date Posted:
    11/16/2018

  • Location:
    Various KISD Campuses

  •   Job Title: Occupational Therapist Wage/Hour Status: Exempt

    Department/School: Assigned Campus(es) Pay Grade: Salary Schedule

    Reports to: Director of Special Education HR Date Approved: September, 2006


    SUMMARY:

    Plans and provides therapy to students with mental, physical, or emotional disabilities. Assesses students
    and provides therapeutic intervention to maximize physical or mental functioning, increase independent functioning, and/or adjust to disabilities.


    BASIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
    The essential functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the characteristic duties and responsibilities noted herein, however, this list represents examples only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions found in this job description.

    · Model core organizational beliefs and values; communicate openly and effectively within and across teams to maximize student success.
    · Articulate the district mission and goals in the area of occupational therapy services to the community and solicit its support in realizing the mission.
    · Develop and coordinate a continuing evaluation of the occupational therapy program and implement changes based on the findings including selection of adaptive materials and equipment.
    · Assess students with disabilities and determine eligibility for services; participate in the Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Committee to assist with the interpretation of assessment data, appropriate placement, and goal setting for students according to district procedures.
    · Plan and provide direct and consultative services consistent with occupational therapy goals contained in students’ Individual Education Plans (IEP).
    · Create an environment conducive to learning and appropriate for the maturity level, interests, and needs of the student; establish control and administer discipline according to the Student Code of Conduct and student handbook.
    · Design, construct, alter, and provide students with adaptive equipment and devices to promote maximum independence.
    · Evaluate student progress and determine readiness for termination of occupational therapy services.
    · Consult parents, teachers, and administrators concerning the educational needs of students and occupational therapy progress.
    · Provide staff development training in assigned school(s) to assist school personnel with selection and use of occupational therapy activities and understanding of occupational therapy program.
    · Establish and maintain professional communication with parents, students, and district personnel; ensure that all interactions are supportive, courteous, and respectful.
    · Participate in special education meetings, campus committees, etc. as requested by supervisor.
    · Prepare reports and maintain appropriate documentation including goals, objectives and schedules in accordance with local, state and federal guidelines.
    · Comply with policies established by federal and state law, State Board of Education rule, and local board policy in the areas of assessment, placement, and planning for special education services; comply with all district and local campus routines and regulations, and verbal and written directives. Pursue professional development activities that align with district goals and initiatives and current professional research.
    · Comply with the Employee Standards of Conduct.
    · Perform other related duties as assigned.


    SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
    · None


    SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE:
    · Knowledge of diagnostic procedures, education of special education students, human development, and learning theories
    · Knowledge of rehabilitation procedures, activities, and equipment used in occupational therapy
    · Ability to keep technical and professional records and to make appropriate reports and recommendations
    · Ability to instruct students and manage their behavior
    · Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills


    QUALIFICATIONS:
    Education/Certification:
    · Bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy or related program
    · Master’s degree (preferred)
    · Valid Texas occupational therapist license

    Experience:
    · One (1) year successful experience as an occupational therapist


    MENTAL/PHYSICAL/ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS:
    · Maintain emotional control under stress
    · Regular district-wide travel to multiple work locations as assigned
    · Moderate lifting and carrying required in working with special education students


    INTENT AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:
    This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty.




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