Certified Occupational Therapy Asstistant
5605 Green Circle Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55343
7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Minnesota Teacher's License:
Commensurate with Experience
POSITION TITLE: Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant
DIRECT SUPERVISOR: Support Services Supervisor, Educational Assistant Supervisor
POSITION STATUS: Exempt
CORE SCHEDULE: Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
DUTY DAYS: 187
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.
Provide student specific direct and indirect occupational therapy services as determined by the 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.
Conduct appropriate occupational therapy intervention services to support students with disabilities who are referred by Lionsgate Academy personnel and parents. This includes collaboration with student’s mental health teams and assessing skills in the 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 DCD/ASD with a cognitive impairment.
Follow departmental and state guidelines for providing intervention services for children with disabilities including maintaining compliance with due process requirements, professional peer review, and administrative review policies.
Develop the student’s ability and co-formulate the student’s occupational profile through a variety of functional, behavioral, and standardized assessments, skilled observation, checklists, histories, and interviews.
Communicate regularly with district personnel, students, care providers, parents, etc.
Support parents of children with disabilities to understand the role of occupational therapy services in schools.
Participate in multidisciplinary meetings in support of student and program needs.
Participate in Due Process meetings as necessary.
Support and monitors Regulation Station.
Co-teach and collaborate with classroom teachers (specifically, transitions and foundations teachers), manage special projects related to occupational skill development, and consult with the school regarding implementation of universal interventions.
Provide student-specific technical behavioral and visual support.
Adapt, construct, or recommend specialized equipment to facilitate student performance.
Support classroom personnel to effectively use classroom-based technology and assistive technologies to facilitate student success.
Work 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:
Provide 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.
Serve 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.
Participate in the Assistive Technology committee.
Coordinates, schedule, and monitor movement space.
Perform other job-related duties as assigned.
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.
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 or hear. The 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.
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 data or regulations. Ability to write reports and professional correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from supervisors, co-workers, families, and students.
Commitment to the mission and vision of Lionsgate Academy.
Willingness to work with middle and high school students on the autism spectrum.
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 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 behaviors.
Current MN Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant license
Ability to operate a computer and the software necessary to complete required job tasks
Internship/fieldwork and/or previous work experience in a middle or high school setting or with children/adolescents.
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.
Lionsgate Academy is a public charter school open to students of all abilities in grades 7 through 12, and also offers a transition program for students ages 18-21. Lionsgate’s program is inclusively designed to address the unique learning needs of students living on the autism spectrum as well as students with other learning differences.
Apply online using Lionsgate Academy's employment webpage (Job ID 489): https://www.applitrack.com/lgamn/onlineapp/jobpostings/view.asp?category=Student+Support+Services