Job Description

TEMPE ELEMENTARY

TITLE: Occupational Therapist DEPARTMENT: Student Support

WORK
YEAR: Specialist Calendar SALARY: Specialist

JOB DESCRIPTION:

As a licensed professional, adhere to the Occupational therapy Code of Ethics and the Standards of
Practice. Participate in the IEP/MET teams throughout all school sites on an itinerant basis in order to
develop skills and strategies to enhance the student’s learning in the educational setting. As a member of
the IEP/MET team, conduct assessments and help to determine student’s eligibility for occupational
therapy services and/or therapeutic support and provide these services as well as training, consultation
and documentation.

QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Arizona Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners license
2. Minimum of a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts in a major field of occupational therapy
3. National Board of the Certification of Occupational Therapy Examiners registration
4. Knowledge of medical/developmental/pediatric information and indications for occupational
therapy treatment, knowledge of the latest research in neurophysiology relating to
neurodevelopmental and sensorimotor dysfunction (required)
5. Completion of six (6) months of supervised clinical affiliations
6. Two (2) years pediatric clinical experience or elementary school experience (preferred)
7. Ability to evaluate, plan and implement therapeutic activities for restoration of physical function or
minimization of residual disability
8. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with school and central office
based staff and parents by demonstrating excellent human relations skills and ability to
communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
9. Ability to collect data and generate reports
10. Ability to travel to more than one work location in the course of the day as assigned
11. Ability to assess needs, develop and implement the IEP, and evaluate outcomes in specialty

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act,
may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics. This list is
ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all duties and responsibilities performed by
the incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Demonstrate knowledge of federal, state and district laws, policies and standards affecting
special education services and disability issues in the public schools.
- Demonstrate knowledge of district procedures and practices regarding identification, evaluation,
placement, service structure and multi-disciplinary support.
Prepared: June 2005
Revised: 4/4/12 Page 1 of 2 TEMPE ELEMENTARY

TITLE: Occupational Therapist DEPARTMENT: Student Support

WORK
YEAR: Specialist Calendar SALARY: Specialist

- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with school staff, families, and community
members by demonstrating excellent human relations skills and ability to communicate
effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Collect data and generate written reports.
- Participate in the MET process as needed.
- Demonstrate working knowledge of evaluation and diagnostic tools appropriate to students’
physical development and adaptive needs in the school setting.
- Develop and implement treatment plan and strategies for direct student intervention based on the
evaluation results and IEP goals and objectives.
- Demonstrate working knowledge of adaptive devices and assistive technology specific to the
student’s needs in the educational environment.
- Fabricate and/or adjust adaptive equipment as needed.
- Plan, conduct and/or participate in in-service professional development activities in the area of
occupational therapy.
- Consult with school staff, parents and agencies regarding student needs and progress.
- Register with Medicaid as a provider and maintain daily notes, Medicaid logs, and time study.
- Validate outside diagnostic evaluations and program recommendations.
- Direct activities of assigned instructional assistants as appropriate.
- May be required to participate in student’s meetings which occur beyond the staff’s work
assignment schedule.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

REPORTS TO:
Coordinator of Special Needs and/or Director of Student Support and Principal (as appropriate)

EVALUATION:
Teacher Evaluation

SUPERVISES:
Occupational Therapy Assistant (if applicable)

Prepared: June 2005
Revised: 4/4/12 Page 1 of 2

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