Occupational Therapist (SPED) 2019-2020 School Year

Reports To:  Director of Special Education            


Position Purpose:           

The occupational therapist evaluates students to determine their functional levels and to identify their special needs.  The therapist plans and implements therapeutic activities to assist special education students in benefiting from their educational experience.


The occupational therapist is responsible for planning and implementing the goals of the Individual Education Plan (IEP).



  • Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy (minimum) from a school accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association.
  • Must have- or be eligible for- current Occupational Therapy license from the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts.
  • School-based Occupational Therapy experience and experience with assistive technology helpful.


Physical/Emotional Requirements:  (The incumbent may be required to use the skills and abilities outlined below during any part of the working day.)


While performing the duties of this job- the employee is regularly required to climb or balance- stoop- kneel- crouch- or crawl- talk- and hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand- walk- sit- and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to use hands and fingers to handle or feel objects- tools- or controls.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.


Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision- distance vision- and depth perception.


Performance Responsibilities: 

  • Implements the Individual Education Plan.
  • Provides training to the appropriate persons who will carry out therapy goals in the school setting.
  • Manages equipment and maintains a positive environment.
  • Provides program services that include:  self help- functional mobility- environmental adaptations/adaptive equipment- positioning- motor functions- sensory processing- and pre-vocation/vocational skills.
  • Functions as a team member of the Student Improvement Team.  Maintains contact with school- family- physicians- and agencies.
  • Formulates occupational therapy procedures.
  • Conducts screening evaluations and reassessment to develop Individual Education Plans.
  • Schedules students for evaluation and treatment.
  • Assigns and supervises caseload and responsibilities of the Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.
  • Supervises pupils in out-of-classroom activities during the assigned duty day.
  • Oversees assigned budgets.
  • Supports the District’s educational mission for all students and implements all Board regulations and policies in a fair and equitable manner.
  • Performs other tasks and assumes other responsibilities as the superintendent or designee may assign.
  • Must complete all Special Education paperwork- including IEPs and Medicaid billing.


Terms of Employment:

9 months; salary and work year to be determined by the Board of Education.



Performance of this position will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Board policy on evaluation of Support Service Personnel.


Significant associations:

The performance responsibilities are not limited to those outlined in this description and may include any other responsibilities as assigned by the administrator/supervisor.


Job Start Date: NA
Applications Due By: 05/30/2019

Job Contact Information

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Employer Information

Topeka USD 501 www.topekapublicschools.net

To apply for a position at Topeka Public Schools, please complete application at topekapublicschools.net Topeka Public Schools is home to some of the finest students in the state of Kansas. Many of our students perform at the highest levels and our staff members are recognized regularly for outstanding accomplishments. Topeka Public Schools offer a variety of comprehensive programs fitted to the needs and interests of students. Excellence and equity are the standard. We take seriously our responsibility to educate all children. Although over half the students in the district are college bound, our commitment is not limited to them alone. Topeka Schools have received national recognition for excellence in education. Several of our schools made the Kansas Standards of Excellence in reading and mathematics with some schools seeing remarkable double-digit gains. Topeka Public Schools enrollment is sixth largest in Kansas, with a total average enrollment of over 14,000 students in elementary through high school. While the Topeka Public Schools are the largest district in Shawnee County, our schools are smaller than most. Elementary schools range in size from 200 to 600 students, including a science & fine arts magnet school and a computer magnet school. Middle schools range from 400 to 600 students and our three high schools have enrollments of 1000 to 2000 students. Hope Street Academy, a charter high school, draws alternative students from across the country. The school district sports complex, Hummer Sports Park, is a six-sport facility featuring state-of-the-art facilities for football, track, soccer, baseball, softball and swimming. We are committed to hiring and maintaining superior employees to educate and meet the needs of each student. As the third largest employer in Topeka, employing over 2400 certified and classified staff members, we provide a competitive salary schedule, district-paid insurance benefits, a generous leave package and many other great benefits. If you are interested in joining USD 501, please check the job listings below and visit our website at www.topekapublicschools.netto complete the application. 

Employer Address: 624 SW 24th Street Topeka, Kansas

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