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Occupational Therapist

Title
Occupational Therapist
Description
POSITION: OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

DATE OF POSTING: July 16, 2020

DEADLINE: Until filled

REPORTS TO: Director of Special Education – Immediate Supervisor
Superintendent – General Supervisor

GENERAL FUNCTION:
To provide support to the individual schools implementing a system of screening and intervention services.


BASIC MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
1. Graduate of an accredited occupational therapy program
2. Valid license from New Mexico Regulation & Licensing Department – Occupational Therapist
3. Valid Occupational Therapist License from NMPED
4. Minimum Level 2 Licensure or Level 3 Licensure (Level 3 Preferred)

PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Comply with the state approved Code of Ethics of the Education Profession and uphold and enforce department/unit rules, administrative directives and regulations, Board Policy, and State and Federal regulations.
2. Determines the neurological, developmental, and neurodevelopmental strengths and needs of the child on an initial ongoing basis so that appropriate services can be provided. In determining strengths and needs, a combination of the following may be used:
a. Utilization of formal and informal neurological, developmental, and neurodevelopment evaluation and/or assessment tools as appropriate to the child.
b. Observation and interpretation of child skills and progress.
c. Participation in the development of an Individual Educational Plan and/or updates of the Plan.
d. Involvement of family in all phases of occupational therapy including assessment and planning, as appropriate.
e. Collaboration with Individualized Educational Plan team members, and other programs or agencies working with the child of family with a written release from the parent(s), as appropriate.
3. Provides occupational therapy services as specified on the Individualized Educational Plan.
4. Facilitates learning and growth in the child's teachers, and his or her family, through teaching and demonstration of therapy strategies and activities which fit naturally into the routine of the child's teachers, his or her family, and their manner of interaction with the child.
5. Conducts occupational therapy in a series of well-planned steps, modeling skills, and conveying information to the child's teachers, his or her family, the Individualized Educational Plan team members, and others, as appropriate.
6. Observes the child and family's right to confidentially. Does not discuss any information about the child or family unless parent or guardian has signed a release of information.
7. Follows Las Vegas City Schools Policies and Procedures.
8. Perform other tasks as deemed appropriate and necessary by the administrator.



WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
Experience providing occupational therapy to school age children, and their families.

SKILLS NEEDED:
Diagnostic and therapeutic abilities. Excellent communication skills.

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

In the sections that follow, the frequency categories are defined as follows:

Occasionally= 1 to 33% of the normal workday or class of actions.
Frequently= 34 to 66% of the normal workday or class of actions.
Continuously = 67 to I 00% of normal workday or class of actions.

A. WORKING POSITIONS, POSTURES AND SKILLS
1. Sitting, Standing, Walking are occasional but necessary conditions of employment as needed to perform work at work stations and moving within and among work sites as well as to working on the floor during therapy.
2. Bend/Squat/Stoop/Twisting of Torso are occasional but necessary conditions of employment as needed to perform work tasks and work during therapy.
3. Reach out and up is an occasional but necessary condition of employment as needed to use equipment and technology and work during therapy.
4. Grasping, manipulating, and other Motor Skills are continuous but necessary conditions of employment as needed to use equipment and work during therapy.
5. Head, Neck Movement and Small Muscle Flexibility are continuous and necessary conditions of employment as needed to do written work and handle technology.
6. Vision and Speech are continuous and necessary conditions of employment as needed to read and communicate information ideas.
7. Quick reaction and response are occasional but necessary conditions of employment as needed to respond to emergencies and multiple tasks.
8. Use of hands and fingers is frequently required to operate keyboards, mouse, telephone and other technology.
9. Stand, sit, and reach with hands and arms frequently.
10. Lift and/or move up to 20 pounds or more occasionally to use manuals and equipment.
11. Read, interpret, speak, and write in an appropriate manner to frequently prepare, understand, and give information to administration, staff and the public.
12. Ability to calculate figures and reason on a frequent basis in determining program needs and solving problems.
13. Thorough understanding and usage of proper body mechanics and lifting techniques.

B. EFFORTS AND EXERTION
1. Lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds occasionally as needed to move light furniture and equipment.
2. Stamina and endurance as needed to work a seven-hour day or longer occasionally and work with students.

C. WORK AND ENVIRONMENT CONDITIONS
1. Must be able to work within various degrees of noise, temperature, and air quality as an essential and frequent condition of employment.
2. Must be able to be flexible and patient to work with frequent interruptions as an essential and frequent condition of employment.
3. Must be able to interact with the public and staff in a tactful and cooperative manner as an essential and continuous requirement of employment.
4. Must be able to work extended work hours and travel as an essential and occasional condition of employment.
5. Must be self-motivated and able to complete job assignment without direct superv1s10n.
6. Requires extra duties and/or additional working hours based on salary increment.
7. Requires much traveling, depending on caseload.

EQUIPMENT/MATERIAL HANDLED:
Student Assessment Technology Equipment

RESOURCES USED IN PERFORMING JOB INCLUDE (BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO):
Standard office equipment. Testing Materials.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: As approved by the Superintendent

SALARY: As per district salary schedule

EVALUATION: Performance of the job will be conducted by the Director of Special Education

APPLICATION PROCESS:
1. Professional Application
2. Letter of Interest
3. Resume
4. Three letters of reference
5. Copy of NMPED Occupational Therapist License
6. Copy of Regulation and Licensing Department Board of Occupational Therapist License
7. Copy of Transcripts

SUBMIT APPLICATION DOCUMENTATION TO THE FOLLOWING:
Las Vegas City Schools
Human Resources Department
Occupational Therapist Vacancy
901 Douglas Avenue
Las Vegas, New Mexico 87701
Phone (505) 454-5700

Las Vegas City Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, religion, age, sex, marital status or handicap in compliance with federal and state laws.
Contact Las Vegas City Schools
Phone: 505-454-5700
Fax: 505-454-5712

901 Douglas Avenue, Las Vegas, NM 87701
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