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Occupational Therapist


Reports to: Regional Administrator Classification: Contracted
Date: August 2003

Job Summary

Partners with educators, families and communities to provide effective learning environments for all students.† Helps ensure success for all learners.† Assists students in accessing their education in the least restrictive educational environment in the identified performance areas of:† activities of daily living, educational and work activities, and play and leisure skills.


  1. Bachelorís degree.
  2. Licensed in Occupational Therapy by State of Iowa Department of Public Health.
  3. Authorized by State of Iowa Department of Education.

Essential Functions:

  1. Supports total school/community efforts to create a positive learning environment for students/children.
  2. Serves as liaison among AEA, district building(s), families and community and collaborates with various teams to assure positive outcomes for all learners.
  3. Models, implements and assesses strategies related to learning, social, emotional and behavioral needs to enhance educational programming for all learners.
  4. Provides ongoing support to educational staff related to applicable rules and laws.
  5. Integrates research into the design of best practices.
  6. Consults with teachers and administrators regarding best practices for classroom and building educational programs.
  7. Follows policies, procedures, standards and rules in accordance with national and state laws, the Iowa Dept of Education and GWAEA, which includes, but is not limited to, developing and maintaining proper and adequate records and documentation.
  8. Collaborates with teams using a problem-solving model.
  9. Assesses/evaluates the studentís functional performance in areas of activities of daily living, educational and work activities, and play and leisure activities.
  10. Interprets assessment/evaluation data to develop and implement appropriate intervention plans to enable students to participate in their educational environment.† Reassesses and modifies intervention plans as necessary.
  11. Provides consultative, integrative, and direct services identified in the IEP/IFSP to enable students to participate in their educational program.

Additional Responsibilities:

  1. Participates in projects, committees or activities to support the Agencyís mission, goals and priorities.
  2. Demonstrates self-discipline and initiative to produce high-quality, organized and dependable results.
  3. Conveys a positive and professional image to staff and public.
  4. Handles information in a confidential manner in accordance with established policies and legal requirements (FERPA, HIPAA, etc).
  5. Pursues professional growth opportunities and relationships to keep current with and influence educational directions.
  6. Plans and coordinates the work of certified occupational therapy assistants as they carry out service plans according to state guidelines.
  7. Assists LEAs in implementing projects related to improving student achievement.
  8. Seeks to maintain standards of best practice as supported by research and state guidelines.
  9. Contributes to Occupational Therapy discipline specific committees.
  10. Performs such other duties as may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. Ability to communicate effectively and maintain effective working relationships.
  2. Ability to function effectively as a team member and work collaboratively with others and independently as appropriate.
  3. Ability and willingness to be flexible and respond to the changing needs of clients and the Agency.
  4. Ability to integrate educational theory, research and expertise into appropriate practices for local contexts, in a service style that facilitates positive change and continuous improvement.
  5. Effective presentation and group facilitation skills.
  6. Ability to use data to make educationally sound decisions.
  7. Knowledge of best practices in curriculum, instruction and assessment.
  8. Knowledge of applicable rules and laws that govern educational decisions.
  9. Ability to read and interpret documents, write reports and correspondence, and apply appropriate mathematical concepts.
  10. Ability to use and integrate technology appropriately in daily work which includes, but is not limited to, efficient operation of telephone and voice mail systems and application of basic computer skills to effectively use e-mail, internet and word processing.
  11. Knowledge of normal human development and the effect of various conditions on educational performance.
  12. Knowledge of neuromuscular skeletal systems; impact of postural control, muscle tone/range of motion (ROM), and strength and endurance on identified performance areas in an educational and home environment.
  13. Knowledge of sensory and perceptual processing and the impact or self-regulatory behaviors on educational performance and adaptive behavior within the identified performance areas.
  14. Awareness of assistive technology options as they relate to the identified performance areas.

Physical Requirements:

  1. Ability to travel between schools/sites served.
  2. Normal, routine levels of activity related to bending, carrying, climbing, hearing, lifting, reaching, sitting, standing, vision and walking, and may also involve above-average levels of activity at times that canít always be anticipated.