Occupational Therapist

All interested applicants should apply online at: https://www.applitrack.com/newtonk12/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Support+Staff

QUALIFICATIONS:  A license in occupational therapy with a current Kansas license.REPORTS TO:  Director of Special EducationJOB GOAL:  The position of Occupational Therapist’s purpose/s is to assess students` physical development level and provide appropriate treatment to meet individualized student objectives.PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Administer evaluations for students to determine eligibility and recommendations for treatment needs related to their educational setting with regard to: perceptual-motor, hand functions, motor coordination, sensory development, muscle strength, etc.
  • Conduct developmental screenings as needed.
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Provide direct and/or indirect occupational therapy services to students who qualify for an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) or an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for the purpose of developing students’ daily living skills.
  • Develop treatment plans, interventions and/education materials from the IEP for the purpose of remediating students’ motor skill deficits and ensuring compliance with regulatory compliance.
  • Documents all students’ records in a timely manner, including Medicaid billing and maintenance of files (progress reports, activity logs, treatment plans, evaluation, reports, etc).
  • May direct the work of assigned COTAs and Education Assistants for the purpose of providing guidance and ensuring that program objectives are achieved.
  • Participates in district wide work and professional days.
  • Maintains appropriate professional standards of confidentiality and care.
  • Researches resources and methods (i.e. intervention and treatment techniques, assessment tools and methods, community resources, etc.) for the purpose of determining the appropriate approach for addressing students’ functional goals.
  • Interprets medical and academic reports for the purpose of developing appropriate treatment/intervention plans.
  • Must be able to adapt to changing work priorities, meet deadlines and schedules, work with detailed information/data and translate therapy data into meaningful educational activities.
  • Follows policy and procedures as outlined in the therapy policy and procedures and Kansas state board of healing arts.
  • Participates in a variety of meetings (e.g. training, workshops, seminars, IEPs, team meetings, etc.) for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information.

Perform such other tasks and assume such other responsibilities as deemed necessary

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:  Salary and length of contract to be established by the board of education.

EVALUATION: Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the board’s policy on evaluation of professional personnel.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB:The Occupational Therapist’s goal is to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability, in order to maximize quality of life.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE JOB:           Job Title                     1        2        3        4        5        6        7        8        9        10      11       12

                                                                                  Occupational Therapist X  X X  Explanation:

  • Very rarely requires physical exertion beyond walking.
  • Very rarely requires physical exertion beyond walking or climbing stairs.
  • Requires prolonged (over 50% of time) standing and walking.
  • Requires prolonged (over 75% of time) standing and walking.
  • Occasionally requires physical exertion to manually move, lift, carry, pull, push heavy* objects or materials.
  • Frequently (over 20% of time) requires physical exertion to manually move, lift, carry, or push heavy* objects or materials.
  • Frequently (over 33% of time) requires physical exertion to manually move, lift, carry, or push heavy* objects or materials.
  • Over 50% of the time requires physical exertion to manually move, lift, carry, or push heavy* objects or materials.
  • In addition to items 5, 6, 7, & 8, occasionally requires physical exertion to manually move, lift, carry or push heavy objects weighing in excess of 50 pounds.
  • Driving skills and physical ability required to drive vehicle.
  • Special physical, agility and reaction time tests required.
  • Ability to perform first aid and CPR.

  *”Heavy” means not over 50 pounds.

Newton USD 373

Job Start Date: August-1-2020
Applications Due By: December-16-2019

Job Contact Information

Reagan Seidl - reagan.seid.@usd373.org - 316-284-6200

Employer Information

Newton USD 373 www.usd373.org


The Newton Public Schools offer a wide array of programs in a hometown environment that is often not found in large metropolitan areas. USD 373 serves approximately 3,769 students including Newton, North Newton, Walton and surrounding rural areas. The teacher/pupil ratio is 1/10. Salary for first year teachers is $37,000. The mission of USD 373 is to prepare its students to be capable, contributing participants in a changing world. In addition to regular classes, Newton students have access to vocational and technical programs that are ranked among the top in the state. Schools in the district include:

1 - Early Childhood

5 - Elementary

1- 5th/6th Center

1 - Middle School

1 - High School

Professional development for teachers and staff is a high priority for the district with 100% of teachers designated "highly qualified" as defined by the Kansas Department of Education.

Employer Address: 308 E 1st Street Newton, Kansas

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