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Wildwood Programs, Inc. Occupational Therapist in Schenectady, New York

Occupational Therapist

Job Type

Full Time

Job Category

School

Department

School

Location

Schenectady, NY

Responsibilities

Summary: Works in a special education school environment to provide individual and group occupational therapy according to the individualized education plans (IEPs) of the students. Also provides classroom push-in support and works collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team approach. Supervises certified occupational therapy assistants (COTAs) according to NYS licensure regulations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

· Completes in-depth diagnostic evaluations of students’ functioning related to achieving success in the educational program

· Presents a comprehensive analysis of students’ occupational therapy needs related to achieving success in the educational program

· Develops and implements effective occupational therapy goals, techniques and lessons

· Supervises the work of up to 3 certified occupational therapy assistants, according to regulations

· Incorporates available technology to maximize students’ potential

· Works with students holistically by integrating goals across program areas

· Works collaboratively with teams to share techniques and solve problems

· Uses effective behavior management strategies according to student behavior plans

· Maintains records as required by NYSED regulations, law, established policies, and administrative regulations

· Participates in activities to promote professional growth such as meetings, research and conferences

Qualifications

Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education/Experience:

Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy from a regionally accredited college or university.

Language Ability:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.

Math Ability:

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Computer Skills:

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Word Processing software; Internet software and Database software.

Certificates and Licenses:

NYS License as an Occupational Therapist; Registration through the NBCOT.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Supervises up to three Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and developing employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; providing feedback, rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather) and outdoor weather conditions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand and walk. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include Close vision, Distance vision, Peripheral vision, Depth perception and Ability to adjust focus.

Provide support to students in crisis through the use of behavioral support techniques, including the use of personal physical interventions.

Additional Requirements:

A valid New York State Driver’s License and ability to drive and driving record acceptable for agency insurance coverage are required. Must have daily access to their own vehicle and drive our students when the program requires it.

Required to complete, pass, and use CALM training, provided by the school, which includes deescalation strategies and approved protective holds and movements for students.

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