Position Information Are you an Occupational Therapist with a passion for helping children?
Join the Medical Therapy Program (MTP) team in the Department of Health Services (DHS)!
Starting salary up to $47.82*/Hour plus a cash allowance of $3.45/Hour
The County of Sonoma seeks candidates for a part-time (approximately 24 hours per week) Occupational Therapist II - Children's Therapy Program position, which may be filled at the I or II level. If you are interested in applying at the I level, you will need to apply to the separate, concurrent recruitment being conducted. What Makes Sonoma County a Great Choice
Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:
About the Position
- An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $425 for part-time and ongoing education/training opportunities
- Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
- Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
- County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
- Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
- May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
- Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
This position provides skilled and professional occupational therapy services to children from birth to age 21, who have physical impairments that require a thorough evaluation and treatment plan to address functional limitations and who qualify for Medical Therapy Program services.
During a typical work day, the OT will provide direct or telehealth therapy services consisting of fine motor, visual perceptual motor, functional mobility, upper extremity functional training, durable medical equipment and bracing/orthoses evaluation and training, caregiver and client education, strength and range of motion training, and analysis of clients physical function, and consultation with community partners who share in the care of each child.
Duties of the OT include:
- Engaging in standardized and non-standardized evaluations to determine client's current physical abilities
- Following standard documentation practices including providing case notes, billing of OT services, and the writing of OT evaluation and progress reports
- Providing consultation and engaging in medical case management with other medical providers and community services that provide care to the shared client
- Attending and participating in conferences, study groups, and parent and community meetings to effectively manage an assigned caseload.
- Keeping informed of current trends and developments in physical therapy and other health disciplines of children with physical disabilities.
The OT positions will work closely with both occupational and physical therapists, Supervising Pediatric Therapists, Medical Therapy Program Manager, Senior Office Assistants, and Community Health Worker Specialists to ensure that the client services are well-coordinated. The Medical Therapy Program team operates out of the Medical Therapy Units which are licensed outpatient rehabilitation centers. On occasion, the OT might work in the community environment making home visits to evaluate the client's home or visiting school or other community settings to ensure that the client is functioning at their highest level.The ideal candidate for this position will possess:
- Two years of experience working in an outpatient or acute care setting with children who have complex physical disabilities and chronic health conditions
- The ability to work in a fast-paced work environment that values collaborative problem-solving and treatment planning with other medical professionals
- Flexibility to work in a variety of locations
- Strong knowledge of principles and practices of neurodevelopmental therapies and the World Health Organizations framework for measuring health and disability via the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health
- Proficiency with Microsoft Word and experience working with electronic health records and associated workflows
- A cooperative approach when working with different personalities and the ability to shift their focus when unexpected issues arise
- Patience, compassion, and resiliency when faced with difficult situations
*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Engineers and Scientists of California Union Local 20 Memorandum of Understanding (ESC MOU) .
The employment list established from this recruitment may also be used to fill future part-time and extra-help positions as they occur during the active status of this list. County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment. APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS REQUIRE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE BE COMPLETED.Minimum Qualifications Education
: Graduation from an accredited Occupational Therapy Program that is approved by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.Experience
: Any combination of training and experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities. Normally, two years of experience as an Occupational Therapist would provide such opportunity. Experience in providing therapy to physically handicapped children or in a pediatric program is desirable. Advanced certification in oral, motor, hand therapy, and modalities is highly desirable.License
: Possession of a valid California license as an Occupational Therapist issued by the California Board of Occupational Therapy.
Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Considerable knowledge of
: normal and abnormal child development, neurodevelopmental sequencing and various therapeutic techniques; splinting techniques, assistive devices, durable medical equipment and training of their use; skeletal anatomy, kinesiology and the objectives of occupational therapy treatment; pathology and injuries which result in physical impairment and treatment approaches; physical and psychological rehabilitation and problems of disabled patients and their affects on the family; and standardized evaluation tools and interpretation of results.Knowledge of:
the principles of training and supervision.Ability to
: understand and interpret physicians' orders; adapt treatment programs to individual circumstances; exercise tact and good judgment in dealing with patients, staff, parents, school personnel and the public; keep clinical case records; prepare and present oral and written reports; comply with common public health safety practices and procedures; cope with working with handicapped children and their families; to move children utilizing appropriate transfer techniques; complete computer reports as required by the occupational therapy program; and meet physical demands of standing, twisting, kneeling, bending, squatting, stooping, grasping, and lifting.Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying
- Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
- You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
- You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
- Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting-a-Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process. APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS REQUIRE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE BE COMPLETED. Responses to supplemental questions will be used in assessing minimum qualifications. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient.
The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:
An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (Weight 100%)
. Each application and supplemental questionnaire will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position. Candidates possessing the most appropriate job-related qualifications will be placed on an employment list and referred to the department for selection interviews. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.
Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: As the largest employer in Sonoma County, the Board of Supervisors has adopted a vaccination and testing policy to help mitigate transmission of COVID-19. All County employees will be required to either have documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination on file or consent to weekly COVID-19 testing. HOW TO APPLY
Applications are accepted on-line at: www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.
The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.
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