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
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.