Occupational Therapist or COTA - FT or PT
This position is responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing individual therapy programs for clients with special needs within the therapy area of the Medical Services Department in accordance with the organization’s Mission and Core Values, utilizing Person-Centered Practices.
KEY RESPONSIBILITY AREAS
Develop, coordinate and implement individual therapy programs.
• Participates in a comprehensive treatment and/or educational team.
• Evaluates client needs, including (but not limited to) sensory development, fine motor skills, muscle tone, range of motion, muscle strength, splinting, visual skills, visual-perceptual skills and activities of daily living. Evaluates in special programs as appropriate (i.e. seating/positioning, power mobility, UE casting, and assistive technology).
• Monitors conditions and maintenance of patient adaptive equipment, recommending appropriate adjustments and improvements.
• Communicates, consults, and works closely with parents/guardians, other team members, external agencies, and other professionals on therapy programs, goals, progress, adaptive equipment and other recommendations.
• Consults with physicians, primary nurses, and other healthcare professionals to meet the medical needs of individual clients.
• Prepares and maintains therapy records and agency documentation.
• Follows agency infection control policies and procedures.
• Prepares and conducts professional in-services, programs, and marketing visits.
• Provides leadership and support in specific areas of program development as assigned.
• Supervises Occupational Therapy student affiliations.
• Supervises Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants as needed and as South Dakota licensure laws require.
• Performs related duties, including driving company vehicles to assigned locations, maintaining orderliness of assigned therapy areas, identifying needs for equipment and supplies, identifying repair and calibration of equipment, and completing equipment and supply requisitions.
• Assists students with swimming/aquatic therapy, including transferring students into and out of the pool manually or via Hoyer lift and performing therapy with the individual while in the pool.
Note: Job Descriptions are not exhaustive lists of all skills, responsibilities, or efforts associated with a job. They reflect principle job elements essential for performing the job and evaluating performance. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from an accredited OT school and current licensure in the state of Iowa required. (Individuals who have obtained a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy in the past are grandfathered in and may apply.) Valid Iowa driver’s license and clean driving record required. Prior Occupational Therapy experience with pediatric population preferred. Employee may be asked to complete Personal Crisis Management training.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
• Technical competence to use computers and software utilized by the organization.
• Ability to communicate effectively.
• Knowledge of electronic medical documentation.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Work is performed in a variety of environments including the clinic, client’s home, school classrooms, contracting agencies, or other healthcare facilities. This position has extensive personal contact with patients, family members, educational personnel, and other healthcare staff when implementing individual therapy programs.
This position has been evaluated as a Level I in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) definition of Occupational Exposure to blood borne pathogens).
Level I: Positions in this category are required to perform tasks which involve exposure to blood, potentially infectious body fluids, or hazardous waste.
Requires full range of body motion including the ability to stoop, kneel, reach, stand and walk for extensive periods of time; push, pull and grasp items, finger dexterity, eye/hand coordination, and the ability to assist in lifting patients weighing 35 pounds, using proper body mechanics.
Specific requirements in the pool area are all completed in a humid and warm poolroom, on a potentially wet surface, and in 96 degree water.
MEASURES OF PERFORMANCE
• Regulatory Chart Audits and Reviews
• Safety Record
• People Served Feedback/Client Goal Attainment
• Peer Feedback
• General Public Feedback
• Clinical Competencies
• Adherence to Mission and Core Values