Anticipated General Vacancy Announcement For The 2024-2025 School Year-Occupational Therapist
Boulder Valley School District is committed to create challenging, meaningful, and engaging learning opportunities so that all children thrive and are prepared for successful, civically engaged lives. Our comprehensive and innovative approach to education ensures that each student meets expectations relative to intellectual growth, physical development and social emotional well-being. The district covers approximately 500 square miles and serves the communities of Boulder, Erie, Louisville, Lafayette, Superior, Broomfield, Nederland, Ward, Jamestown and Gold Hill. Website: BVSD.
Vacancies for the following position are anticipated; applicants are encouraged to complete the application process to indicate their interest. If applicants are interested in any specific vacancies, they must apply to that specific posting.
Position Title: Occupational Therapist
Position Start Date: 2024-2025 School Year
Position Type: Teachers-Licensed
Work Schedule: 186 Days
A BVSD Occupational Therapist will provide educationally related treatment and services to identified students including screening, assessment, intervention/treatment, and training. OTs will participate in IEP planning and implementation as well as participate on the special education multi-disciplinary team.
- Develop and implement individualized, goal-directed and research based intervention in the areas of fine motor, gross motor, visual motor, sensory processing and/or other identified activities of daily living for students on their caseload.
- Implement direct and indirect IEP service minutes and IEP documentation for students on their caseload.
- Adapt, secure, fabricate and maintain specialized instructional materials or adaptive equipment required for service provision or student needs.
- Investigate and recommend types of adaptive equipment necessary to meet student needs.
- Participate as a member of the multidisciplinary IEP team for purposes of determining eligibility for special education under IDEA.
- Identify the need for goals and accommodations addressing areas of fine motor, visual motor, gross motor, sensory processing and activities of daily living (ADLs).
- Collaboratively determine the need for occupational therapy related services to support a student’s special education program and educational access in the areas of fine motor, visual motor, gross motor, sensory processing and/or activities of daily living (ADLs.).
- Assesses students using appropriate evaluation tools including standardized assessments, clinical observations, and review of medical and educational reports to determine need for OT services during the initial and re-evaluation process.
- Complete progress reports at all required reporting periods per the IEP and complete regular progress monitoring for goals related to motor abilities, sensory processing and ADLs for all students on their caseload.
- Complete Medicaid documentation on a regular (weekly or monthly) basis.
- Collaborate with families, general and special education staff, paraprofessionals, and service providers. Areas of collaboration include accommodations, adaptive materials, data collection and assessment and meaningful inclusion.
- Consultation in the Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) schoolwide process. This also includes collaboration with home service providers when relevant.
- Supervision: Supervise Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant(s) (COTA) assistants and direct their daily work, when relevant.
- Create and foster a safe, inclusive, and respectful learning environment; implement procedures and routines that maximize student learning; respond to student misconduct in a respectful manner using restorative practices; actively seek a variety of perspectives; demonstrate mutual respect for peers and adults in a variety of contexts; and communicate and involve parent/guardians in all aspects of their child’s education.
- Create and support a culture of equity and inclusion that values, accepts, and understands diversity and the impact of culturally responsive practices.
- Understand and identify barriers in classroom instructional practices that contribute to disproportionate outcomes for underrepresented groups of students.
- Develop positive relationships with parents/families; encourage parental involvement in students' education and ensure effective communication with students and parents; provide proactive, clear and constructive feedback to families about student progress and work collaboratively with the families and significant adults in the lives of their students; and foster two way communication with families.
- Exhibit a growth mindset through participation in high quality professional learning; actively participate in the evaluation process through goal setting, reflection, and development of new strategies and techniques.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Currently hold a CDE Special Services Provider license or have licensure application in process with an endorsement in School Occupational Therapist (must upload license or in process documentation to application).
- Completed and submitted BVSD online application.
- Understanding of sensory integration issues.
- Ability to be flexible and work as a positive member of a multidisciplinary team.
- Competency with a variety of formal and informal occupational therapy assessments.
- Computer competency.
- Work well with scheduling for multiple locations and time pressures.
Salary Placement varies according to experience and education.
BVSD engages in a salary placement process vs. a salary negotiation process. This information is provided in compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act and is the company's good faith and reasonable estimate of the compensation range and benefits offered for this position. The compensation offered to the successful applicant may vary based on factors including experience and education. All salaries are set by Human Resources based on a review of qualifications compared to the requirements on the job description; therefore listing all related education and experience on your application is recommended.
Application and Selection Procedure:
- External Candidates: Apply on-line at jobs.bvsd
- Current BVSD Employees: Must apply through the INFOR portal
- If you do not have internet access, a computer is available in the Human Resources Division, Education Center, 6500 E. Arapahoe, Boulder, Colorado.
- Applications are reviewed to match candidates with position qualifications, with a limited number selected for interviews. For the final selection, employment is contingent upon successful completion of the post-offer screening process, including a background check and possible medical examination.
The Boulder Valley School District is an equal opportunity educational institution and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, sex, gender identity/expression, national origin, creed, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status in admission or access to, and treatment and employment in its educational programs or activities. Inquiries or complaints: BVSD Legal Counsel - 720-561-5903; Office for Civil Rights - http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/addresses.html