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Occupational Therapist - Lionsgate Academy

Posted on 8/7/2017 7:58:47 AM

Listing expires 9/4/2017

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Date of Availability: 08/21/2017

POSITION TITLE:  Occupational Therapist                                              
POSITION STATUS:  Exempt
DIRECT SUPERVISOR: Support Services Supervisor
BASE HOURS: Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
DUTY DAYS PER SCHOOL YEAR : 187


POSITION PURPOSE
To support academic and nonacademic outcomes in 7-12 charter school environment. This position will work with individuals, groups and support professionals in the classroom.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Provides student specific direct and indirect occupational therapy services as determined by Individual Education Plan (IEP) team.  This may include social skills and sensory/regulation strategies, academic needs, behavior management, activities of daily living and pre-vocational/vocational participation, and increasing motivation for students with disabilities.
  • Conducts appropriate occupational therapy screening, evaluation, and intervention services to support students with disabilities who are referred by Lionsgate Academy personnel and parents. This includes collaboration with student’s mental health team and assessing skills in community.     
  • Develop and document present levels of performance, IEP goals and objectives based on outcomes of assessment
  • Teach or co-teach small groups on topics related to acquisition of daily living skills for students with DCD/ASD with a cognitive impairment.  
  • Follows departmental and state guidelines for providing screening, evaluation, and intervention services for children with disabilities including maintaining compliance with due process requirements, professional peer review and administrative review policies.
  • Evaluates the student’s ability and formulates the student’s occupational profile through a variety of functional, behavioral, and standardized assessments, skilled observation, checklists, histories, and interviews.
  • Communicates regularly with district personnel, students, care providers, parents, etc.
  • Supports parents of children with disabilities to understand the role of occupational therapy services in schools.
  • Participates in multidisciplinary meetings to review evaluation results, integrate findings with other disciplines, offer recommendations, and develop individual education plans and intervention plans to achieve IEP goals.
  • Co-teaching and collaboration with classroom teachers (specifically transitions and foundations teachers), management of special projects related to occupational skill development (including the LGA Cafe and school store) and consultation with the school regarding implementation of universal interventions.

  • Provides student-specific technical behavioral and visual support.
  • Adapts, constructs, or recommends specialized equipment to facilitate student performance.
  • Supports classroom personnel to effectively use classroom-based technology and assistive technologies to facilitate student success.
  • Works with students and school personnel to support and implement proactive behavior management strategies.
  • Maintain positive, professional relationships and use appropriate verbal, nonverbal and written communication with all individuals.

OTHER POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provides professional development/ in-services for school personnel on, among other pertinent topics, sensory, motor, and self-help skill development in children with disabilities as it impacts success at school
  • Serves as a resource for campus administration concerning the interpretation of the occupational therapy program and also addressing barriers limiting the participation of students with disabilities across educational environments
  • Participates in the Assistive Technology committee
  • Coordinates schedule and monitors movement space
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned

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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling and climbing all day specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

MENTAL DEMANDS
The mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Ability to read, analyze and interpret periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, students, parents and the general public. Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as percentages, mean, mode and median ability to draw and interpret bar graphs. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.

COMPETENCIES
Commitment to the mission and vision of Lionsgate Academy
Willingness to work with middle and high school students on the autism spectrum
Flexibility
Knowledge of autism and other disabilities and their effects on sensory, motor, psychosocial and cognitive development and function
Ability to communicate effectively with education personnel, administrators, parents, students and community members.
Ability to explain the role of of occupational therapy within the school settings to education personnel, parents, students and community members
Ability to engage in collaborative decision making with IEP team members
Professional reasoning and behavior
Initiative

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Current MN Occupational Therapy license
Ability to operate a computer and the software necessary to complete required job tasks

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
One year previous experience in a middle or high school setting
Knowledge and experience working with students with autism and mental health diagnoses
Knowledge of alternative computer access methods (Dragon, Naturally speaking, Kurzweil)
Experience developing IEPs and communicating with parents and interdisciplinary team members

This position description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required of positions that will be given this title and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his/her supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned. Ability to competently perform all of the essential duties of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, demonstrated commitment, and the ability to work productively as a member of a team or work group are basic responsibilities of all positions at Lionsgate Academy.

 

 



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