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Occupational Therapist

Company: Special School District of St. Louis County
Location: Saint Louis
Posted on: June 11, 2024

Job Description:

Occupational Therapist

REPORTS TO: Special Education Coordinator

DEPARTMENT: Student Services


Special School District's (SSD) occupational therapists (SLPs) are committed to identifying specific barriers in the development process and providing intervention programs that support and empower students of all learning abilities to excel to their greatest potential. You will champion our mission by being an expert problem solver, ensuring all students have an established foundation of strategies that support the goals of their individualized education plan and fortify their access to general and special education.

You should consider applying for this position if your values align with SSD's core values of equity, commitment, and collaboration and you believe every student deserves the resources and support required to help them learn. SSD staff are expected to understand and have a deep commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, and for that commitment to be evident in their work.




  • Evaluates students for physical limitations, developmental delays, sensory-motor dysfunction, perceptual-motor abilities, self-help skills, functional daily living skill, and adaptive equipment needs
  • Develops and administers educational programs based on evaluation results
  • Interprets test and diagnostic findings to parents, teachers, students, and other entitled parties
  • Provides training for educational staff and supervises programs conducted by educational staff
  • Recommends or fabricates adaptive equipment for ADL (activities of daily living) needs, communication, and individualized classroom seating
  • Monitors utilization of prosthetics, orthotics, and adaptive appliances
  • Provides home programs for parents/guardians when appropriate
  • Participates in district and/or special interest meetings as appropriate
  • Participates in continuing education and professional conferences and workshops to keep abreast of current treatment methods
  • Assists with orientation of new staff members
  • Maintains student records; prepares progress reports on student performance; prepares other reports as requested
  • Maintains inventory of materials and supplies; submits requisitions as needed Collaboration
    • Participates in staffing, building meetings, parent programs, and conferences; maintains professional relationships with students, colleagues, parents, and the general public
    • Supervises occupational (COTA) therapy assistants and clinical students
    • Serves on committees making recommendations to department head Compliance
      • Attends IEP and other student conferences when possible and develops individualized goals and objectives for assigned students
      • Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned QUALIFICATIONS

        Education and Experience
        • Bachelor's, master's, or clinical doctorate degree in occupational therapy required
        • Experience in pediatrics/school-based occupational therapy preferred Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
          • Missouri Occupational License required ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

            Language Skills

            Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and policy and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to communicate effectively one-on-one and before groups.

            Mathematical Skills

            Ability to collect and graph skill programming and behavior data, add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, decimals, and percentages.

            Reasoning Ability

            Ability to problem-solve and apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written and/or oral diagram form.

            Physical Requirements

            While performing the duties and responsibilities of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate, stand, move and walk at a brisk pace, sit, and use hands and arms to handle, feel and reach. The position requires the ability to accompany students anywhere on school premises. The employee is occasionally required to stoop or kneel and occasionally lift and move up to 50 pounds. Additionally, the employee must be physically able to implement all Board of Education Policies, District procedures, and to perform Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training and techniques. The employee must be physically able to react and intervene quickly during crisis situations, such as but not limited to the following circumstances: student elopement, physical altercations involving students, or any situation that requires physical intervention to maintain student safety. Yearly NCI training with participation in physical intervention strategies is a requirement for the job.


            The information contained in this job description is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.

            EEOC STATEMENT

            Special School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for the position applied for without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry, genetic information, or any other characteristics protected by law. To request an ADA Accommodation, please contact our Director of ADA and Accessibility for Staff 314-989-8299.



            Range: $46,247 to $73,697 (based on education and experience)

            • Group benefits plans for medical, vision, dental, and life insurance
            • Enrollment in Missouri public school retirement systems
            • Staff Health Clinics
            • Paid holidays
            • 13 PTO days per year
            • Employee assistance program
            • Healthcare spending account


              The employee will be evaluated periodically.

              Board Approved Date: September 2002

              Revised: August 2013, June 2018, April 2021, August 2022

              Salary Schedule

Keywords: Special School District of St. Louis County, St. Louis , Occupational Therapist, Healthcare , Saint Louis, Missouri

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