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Occupational Therapist

  Solana Beach Elementary
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Starting salary: $67,955 - $88,513 annual (Placement on Salary schedule depends on prior experience)

Full Health and Welfare Benefits 

Length of Work Year: 210 Days

Employment Type: Full Time; Monday-Friday



Under the supervision and direction of the Executive Director, Special Education to work as part of a multidisciplinary team, to provide assessment of children in suspected area of disability; to provide occupational therapy intervention to students and consultations to parents and staff. The incumbents in this classification provide the school community with services to students related to fine motor/visual/perceptual and sensory-motor processing development, which directly support student learning.


This job is distinguished from similar jobs by the following characteristics: The Occupational Therapist uses his/her professional medical field of training and expertise to evaluate students within Special Education to determine motor development and cognitive function levels and developing plans of treatment as appropriate.



  • Collaborate with multi-disciplinary District team members to provide individual, in-depth assessment of children to determine the nature and extent of motor disabilities. Provide requested information; to make recommendations and plans for services.
  • Write assessment reports describing the fine motor/visual/perceptual and sensory-motor development of children.
  • Provide onsite interpretation/summaries of assessment results to parents.
  • Participate in the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting to develop/update annual goals/short-term objectives; participate in annual IEP preparation and completion of IEP documents.
  • Consult with family/staff on appropriate implementation of educational programs as they relate to the development of motor skills.
  • Recommend suitable materials and provide when appropriate/as needed.
  • Demonstrate educational/developmental strategies.
  • Suggest appropriate activities to accomplish motor goals set in the IEP.
  • Provide direct occupational therapy service to students when appropriate.
  • Direct the work of student interns/staff as assigned.
  • Provide in-service training for teachers, aides and parents in the area of specialty.
  • Participate in local/state presentations as necessary.
  • Provide assistance to teacher by demonstrating exercises/activities; consult with teachers/staff and classroom collaboration/observation.
  • Participates in the IEP or Section 504 meeting to develop/update identified goals/objectives and provide direct service and/or consultation in order to meet these goals.
  • Maintains records and reports as required and for complying with the District’s administrative policies, State and Federal laws and regulations.
  • Monitor therapy received by pupils and record progress.
  • Design and develop or recommend adaptive equipment and adjust for proper fit as needed; set-up and modify in classrooms and sensory rooms; provide instructions and training as needed.
  • Monitor equipment and other assistive technologies.
  • Organize kits for use in therapy intervention; act as liaison to staff, physicians, parents and other agencies in implementing the pupil's IEP.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Furnish own reliable transportation in order to travel to other sites as assigned.
  • May administer routine First Aid, and contact appropriate person and agency in event of serious illness or injury.
  • Perform other duties related to the class as assigned.


(At time of application.)

Knowledge of:

  • Special Education laws (Education Code); support service delivery system according to California Department of Education guidelines; Special Education terminology
  • Current diagnostic procedures in Occupational Therapy Sensory Integration
  • Special Education Information System (SEIS)/how to write IEPs
  • Adapted equipment including Assistive Technology (AT) and software
  • Common Core and District standards
  • Specific diagnoses (e.g. Autism, ADHD, neuromuscular disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Down Syndrome, etc.)
  • Fine motor-related curriculums (e.g., Handwriting Without Tears)
  • Intellectual, sensory and physical development of children
  • Techniques used in the assessment and treatment of disabilities
  • Educational and developmental needs of children with specific disabilities
  • Applicable treatment of modalities and theory for the pediatric population
  • Occupational therapy techniques commonly used with the mild to moderate and severely disabled (e.g., physical and/or developmental disabilities) specific to school-based practice
  • Physical and psychological challenges that families and students with severe and physical disabilities may experience


  • Evaluate students using standardized tests, observations, and/or clinically derived surveys in areas including perceptual-motor skills, motor coordination, sensory development, and muscle strength
  • Demonstrate and monitor the use of adaptive equipment and technology
  • Respond to questions, inquiries, concerns to clarify occupational therapy goals and services to parents, students, teachers, and special education staff
  • Development of student programming through progress monitoring: advancing students to the next level of intervention as they make progress/master skills

Ability to:

  • Plan, organize, and conduct an occupational therapy program for the neuromuscular and/or orthopedically involved children
  • Make accurate assessments of the developmental status and educational needs of children
  • Work collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams
  • Work collaboratively with parents
  • Effectively communicate occupational therapy treatment techniques and goals to parents, teachers and other program staff
  • Apply occupational therapy techniques in the treatment of children with disabilities
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Work independently; manage time (scheduling of OT sessions, consults with staff, meetings, report writing, student evaluations, make-up OT sessions)
  • Establish general schedules and priorities
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions; perform complex or varied tasks
  • Observe confidentiality at all times
  • Maintain a positive attitude and professional demeanor


Master’s Degree (M.S. or M.A.) in Occupational Therapy.

Must pass national licensing/board exam from National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

Register licensing with California Board of Occupational Therapy (CBOT).


Experience in occupational therapy with children with disabilities in a variety of settings including school, home, and clinics.  Some experience working as a member of a multi-disciplinary team including working collaboratively with families. Training in sensory integration testing and techniques is desirable.


  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License and remain insurable at the District’s standard insurance market rate.  Current DMV report.


  • Must possess and maintain current First Aid and CPR certification. 
  • Pass the District’s applicable proficiency exam (e.g., written test, oral interview and/or work sample) for the job class with a satisfactory score.
  • After offer of employment, obtain:
    • Criminal Justice and FBI Fingerprint Clearance
    • Negative pre-employment drug screen test at District’s expense
    • Pre-employment physical exam at District’s expense
    • Negative TB test result plus periodic post-employment retest as required (currently every four years)


(Must be performed with or without reasonable accommodations)

  • Typical school environment, including offices, classrooms, playground, assembly rooms
  • Standing or walking for extended periods of time; sitting for periods of time
  • Using hands to manipulate, handle, or feel objects or controls and utilize technological equipment, including assistive technology, reaching with the hands and arms
  • Seeing to ensure proper supervision of students including close, distance, and peripheral vision and the ability to adjust focus
  • Hearing and speaking abilities to ensure proper supervision of students and to facilitate communication with students, staff, parents, and community
  • Ability to lift or physically move students 30 to 80 pounds (observing lifting techniques and additional staff if needed); ability to use whole-body work in various positions (e.g., sitting on the floor, squatting, kneeling/stretching in various planes)
  • Exposure to climatic elements and intermittent noise; aggressive or combative students (CPI training)
  • Frequent interruptions
  • Potential for contact with bloodborne pathogens and communicable diseases; risk of injury due to the physical nature of the job


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  Solana Beach Elementary


  Solana Beach, CA

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