Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA)
JOB TITLE: Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
DEPARTMENT: Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Department
REPORTS TO: Physical Therapist
WORK SCHEDULE: Determined by Director
FLSA STATUS: Non-Exempt
PREPARED BY: Colette Blakely
The Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) works under direct supervision of the Occupational Therapist (OTR). Using the OTR's evaluation results and under the OTR's general direction, the COTA plans and carries out activities and intervention programs to meet student/child needs. The COTA consults with the OTR and other PT/OT departmental staff regarding student progress, care and maintenance of equipment and fabrication and fitting of orthopedic devices.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Observe individual student engaged in activities to assess occupational performance.
· Administer and collect standardized developmental screening tests as requested by supervising OTR.
· Gather information regarding student academic and prevocational activities of daily living and leisure performance.
· Plan and carry out individual therapy programs according to IEP goals and objectives.
· Consult and/or collaborate with technical specialists as needed to carry out services or meet student/child goals.
· Prepare material for conducting activity programs.
· Keep records of student progress and attendance.
· Fabricate or modify necessary adaptive equipment and assistive devices.
· Instruct student, family and staff in the use and care of adaptive equipment.
· Instruct student, family, teachers and other professionals in activity programs and related community resources.
· Participate in individual staffing and IEP conferences as directed.
· Attend all appropriate staff meetings as directed.
· Participate in formal and informal educational and training activities relating to the field of Occupational Therapy.
· Develop personal annual goals and objectives and assumes responsibility for seeing that goals are accomplished.
· Perform other reasonable duties that the supervisor may from time to time assign to meet the demands placed on the organization.
· Comply with ESD Performance Standards.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Individual will hold a valid drivers license and have reliable, insured transportation for required travel around the ESD service area.
EDUCATION / WORK EXPERIENCE:
· Graduate of accredited COTA Program.
· Currently certified by the State of Oregon.
· Demonstrated interest in serving physically and/or mentally disabled children and possesses patience, warmth and a capacity for acceptance of all children with disabilities.
· Currently CPR certified.
· Demonstrated knowledge of motor development and the impact on children of commonly seen developmental disabilities.
· Ability to manage multiple priorities and timelines.
· Demonstrated ability to work with staff, parents and children.
· Demonstrated interest in and aptitude for working with children.
· Demonstrated patience, warmth, and capacity for acceptance of children with special needs.
· Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant may occasionally be required to travel on over night assignments.
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.
· Sit for extended periods of time in vehicle, desk and various sized school furniture.
· Use hands for repetitive movements.
· Frequently bend, squat, twist and climb stairs.
· Lift up to 50 lb. occasionally and 25 lb frequently.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Any changes in contract days will be stipulated in each individual contract. Salary and benefits to be established by the IMESD Education Association in accordance with negotiated agreement with the IMESD Board of Directors. Schedule and assignments to be established by Department Director.
This is not necessarily an exhaustive or all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, functions, or working conditions associated with the job. This job description is not a contract of employment or a promise or guarantee of any specific terms or conditions of employment. The ESD may add to, modify, or delete any aspect of this (or the position itself) at any time as it deems advisable.
I hereby certify that I possess the physical and mental ability to regularly attend work and fulfill the essential functions of the above position with or without reasonable accommodations. If I require accommodation (s) in order to fulfill any or all of these essential functions, I will inform the ESD prior to actually beginning work.