Hours Per Day: 4.20
Position Type: Continuing
Salary: $27,310.00 - $53,275.00
Closing Date: Open Until Filled - To be considered for this position, please submit a
completed online application and upload required documents on or before
Additional Information: This position is for .6 FTE Occupational Therapist beginning with 2017/2018
JOB TITLE: OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
GROUP: HEA WORK DAYS: 180
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
SUMMARY: The Occupational Therapist is responsible for planning, organizing, and conducting occupational
therapy programs to facilitate development and rehabilitation of mentally, physically, or emotionally
challenged students. The Occupational Therapist is often required to travel between two or more work sites
during a single work day.
CONTEXT AND MISSION: Highline Public Schools serves approximately 19,000 students in the communities of
Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac, Boulevard Park and White Center Heights in Washington State.
Starting in the fall of 2012, the Highline community came together to develop a four-year strategic plan
outlining the community’s bold goals and big dreams for its children. The plan’s promise is that every student
in Highline Public Schools is known by name, strength, and need, and graduates prepared for college, career,
The collective commitment embodied in the plan is grounded in the community’s deep belief that Highline
students are capable of reaching the plan’s ambitious goals and is driven by students’ aspirations for their
The instructional vision articulated in the plan is organized around Four Pillars that guide professional and
- Equitable access to rigorous, standards-based instruction. High-quality instruction for all students.
- Results-focused professional learning and collaboration. Investing in our people so they continuously fine-
tune their craft and grow in their profession.
- Strong partnerships with families and community. Schools can’t do it alone. We are better when students,
families, community and educators work hand-in-hand.
- A culturally responsive organization. Our diversity is a strength and an asset. We are committed to equity,
excellent service for all, and continuous improvement.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. This list is meant to be representative, not
exhaustive. Some incumbents may not perform all the duties listed while in other cases related duties may also
be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
Identification, Evaluation, and Planning:
- Evaluates student occupational profile, the classroom/school environment, and sensory and motor
performance deficits that interfere with student development, learning, and access to education. The
occupational therapist utilizes a variety of standardized, functional, and behavioral assessments;
skilled clinical observations; histories; and interviews.
- Synthesizes evaluation results into a comprehensive written report which reflects strengths and
barriers to student participation in the educational environment and identifies need for occupational
- Participates in multidisciplinary meetings to review evaluation results, integrate findings with other
disciplines, and develop recommendations
JOB DESCRIPTION: OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
Planning, Service Delivery:
- Develops and implements occupational therapy intervention plans that include a variety of service
delivery models: direct service, collaboration or shared goals/objectives with classroom staff, and
- Coordinates services with the IEP team, including parent
- Adapts and modifies the environment including assistive technology and training
- Supervises certified occupational therapy assistant in the implementation of occupational therapy
- In-service to classroom teachers and paraprofessionals to embed intervention techniques in the
classroom and support generalization of student skills.
- Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective
functioning of the work unit and supporting student learning objectives.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited occupational therapy program
Current Washington State ESA certificate - Occupational Therapist
Washington State Occupational Therapy License
Master’s degree from an accredited occupational therapy program
CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:
Post hire, pre-employment physical assessment
Criminal background clearance
Valid WA State driver’s license and proof of insurance
Principles and practices of occupational therapy
Current trends and practices in education
Instructional theory and its application
Techniques to motivate student learning
Organizing the physical and human elements in the educational setting
Principles and methods of teaching
School board policies and procedures
Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
Maintain effective working relationships with other people.
Operate a variety of modern office equipment including microcomputers and related software.
Provide instructional leadership
Organize and set priorities
Work independently with minimal supervision.
Exercise good judgment and maintain confidentiality.
Adapt instructional materials and strategies to accommodate the wide range of skills which exist in a
Apply current trends and practices in education
Teach in a multi-cultural and mainstream setting
Be fair and consistent with all students
JOB DESCRIPTION: OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
Provide guidance and assistance to students
Document and meet responsibilities in a punctual and reliable manner
Comply with district policies and procedures
REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Director of Special Services
EVALUATION: The teacher will be evaluated by the principal or special education administrator based on
performance of duties and responsibilities.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: 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 constantly required to bend neck and back, use hands
for repetitive grasping and pushing/pulling. The employee will frequently stand/walk, squat, and use hands for
fine manipulation. The employee will occasionally be required to sit, kneel, reach overhead, crawl, knee stand,
climb stairs and lift& carry. The employee is required to constantly lift/carry up to 10 lbs and frequently will
lift/carry a maximum up to 20 lbs. The employee will occasionally lift/carry a maximum of 57 lbs. This position
requires pushing or pulling a maximum force of 30 lbs. Anything over the weight limits should be done as a
two-person lift or with a mechanical lift.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an
employee encounters while performing 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 regularly works in indoor conditions and regularly works
near video display. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The employee is required to
properly wear any personal protection equipment supplied by the District.
Transferred to new format by Human Resources, 2013.12.12
Updated by H.R. with input from Special Services, 2013/04
Created by Human Resources, 2010/05
Job descriptions are written as a representative list of the ADA essential duties performed by the entire classification. They cannot include, and are not
intended to include, every possible activity and task performed by every specific employee.