DCB is recruiting an Occupational Therapist (OT) who will provide quality school-based occupational therapy services. The OT is the individual who can provide a combination of assessment/evaluation, intervention/treatment, IEP planning and implementation, discharge planning, and related documentation. The OT will also communicate between teachers, 1:1 educational aids, related service providers, and families. DCB seeks motivated staff that are committed to the school’s mission and will bring professionalism, urgency, and dedication to the school environment. All staff are expected to work collaboratively within our professional learning community (PLC).
Provide high quality direct occupational therapy services to students according to their IEPs/504 plans.
Develop and implement treatment plans (IEPs/504 plans) that are strength-based, and tailored to meet needs of the student, and student and family centered for overall educational improvement.
Ensure evaluations, treatment plans, and service delivery are aligned with school, state, and federal guidelines.
Complete timely and confidential documentation of evaluation results, progress reports, discharge reports, daily notes, service tracker notes according to school policy.
Maintain professional clinical competency by attending certified CEU in-services and workshops and to also keep abreast of best practices in occupational therapy. .
Manage a detailed log of service provided and services missed due to student or therapist absences.
Manage an inventory of materials, assessments, and supplies.
Document all aspects of work with students in EasyIEP according to school and state guidelines.
Conduct assessments and analyze results to write reports identifying strengths and concerns for student’s skills and development (Preferred)
Complete thorough evaluations that include assessment of muscle tone, range of motion/mobility, orthopedic needs, movement analysis, perceptive/fine motor skills, sensory motor processing and functional activities of daily living. (Preferred)
Assess and make recommendations regarding the use of adaptive equipment as needed and provide written justification.
Ensure students’ skills and goals are generalized across settings by collaborating with teaching teams and other related service providers.
Educate and demonstrate (verbally or written) therapy techniques to parents/guardians that can be incorporated into the home. Design and conduct training for parents and families if needed.
Attend staff meetings, in-service training, and continuing education courses as appropriate or required.
Collaborate with Student Support Team (SST) to develop and implement school-wide programs to benefit students and staff.
Design and conduct professional development series starting at staff orientation and ending at the end of the school year.
Adhere to all district and cooperative health and safety policies including all precautions of Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan.
Must abide by the DC Bilingual 7 Agreements*
Must adhere to the No Nonsense Nurture* expectations for managing student relations and behaviors
Other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s Degree in occupational therapy from an accredited institution of higher education.
Certification as an occupational therapist by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)
Appropriate certification and licensure in Occupational Therapy from the District of Columbia.
Demonstrate an advanced understanding of strategies for students with autism, developmental delay, specific learning disabilities, and behavior disorders.
1-2 years of experience as an occupational therapist in an urban school setting with preschoolers and elementary aged children (preferred).
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, walk, and use his/her hands. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. The specific vision abilities required by this job may include close vision.
DC Bilingual is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is a drug-free workplace.
Salary is competitive and is commensurate with experience. DCB provides a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, 401k, short-term disability, and staff preference when enrolling their child(ren) into DC Bilingual.