Job Description

Job Title:                       Occupational Therapist

Reports To:                    Director of Community Pediatrics-Douglas, AZ

Job Summary:                     Provides patient care focusing on assessing, evaluating and treating functional skill development of children.                                                                                                                                                                       

Qualifications and Requirements:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  This job description in no way implies that these are the only duties to be performed and may be modified, interpreted and/or applied in any way as necessary.  Maintaining regular and punctual attendance is required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties. 

Essential Job Duties:

  • Provides and manages direct patient care including assessments, evaluation, management and treatment for functional skill development as related to the scope of practice within occupational therapy.      
  • Consults with providers regarding patients’ diagnosis, prognosis, and progress.
  • Writes functional, measurable goals to address improvement and/or development of gross and fine motor skills, visual-motor integrations, sensory motor processing and regulation, activities of daily living and other areas of need within the occupational therapy scope of practice.
  • Reassesses patient progress on goals and need for continued services on a regular basis.
  • Assists in the identification, assessment, and intervention of patients who have been referred to and/or in need of occupational therapy or diagnosed with sequential motor development delays, sensory processing issues, visual motor or perceptual skills delays.
  • Ensures patients and families receive accurate explanations of assessments, goals and progress.
  • Develops services that address the functional needs of the patient to improve their ability to perform tasks in home, school, work, and community settings.
  • Instructs patient and/or family members in the proper and safe usage of assistive technology.
  • Assures continuation of therapeutic plan by designing home exercise programs, recommending and/or providing assistive equipment, and recommending outpatient or home health follow-up programs.
  • Develops and maintains patient progress reports and documentation.
  • Provides consultation and timely reports of patient evaluation, reassessments, and disposition to providers.
  • Participates in specified occupational therapy promotion and education programs as applicable.
  • Attends and participates in required staff meetings.
  • Participates in documentation reviews.

Required Education, Experience, Certificates & Licenses:

  • Master's degree in Occupational Therapy. Doctor of Occupational Therapy preferred.
  • Passed a national examination in occupational therapy.
  • Licensed in the State of Arizona as an Occupational Therapist.
  • Board Certification in specified profession preferred.
  • Three or more years of clinical experience preferred.
  • Any combination of education and/or experience that provides the necessary skills and sensitivity.
  • Current CPR certification.
  • Participates in continuing medical education programs to maintain professional competence and skills.

Required Language Skills: 

  • Ability to comprehend and compose instructions, correspondence and communications in English in both oral and written format.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred, but not required.
  • Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to patients, internal providers and staff and other agency staff working in cooperation with the organization.
  • Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical personnel.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to occasionally exert enough force to move objects weighing up to 25 pounds.
  • Ability to continuously remain in a stationary position.
  • Ability to constantly move about inside the work place to assist patients, operate office or medical equipment, etc.
  • Possesses hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to constantly operate computer, telephone, and other office machinery.
  • Possesses close visual acuity necessary to accurately record and view information on a computer monitor, handwritten and typed documents.
  • Ability to discern the nature of sounds at a normal spoken volume.
  • Possesses range of body motion and ability to exert enough force to lift and move pediatric and adult patients.

Other Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to perform medical math that may include the use of ratio/proportion, dosage calculation, metric and household equivalents, roman numerals, abbreviations, and general math including percentages, etc.
  • Ability to draw and interpret graphs.
  • Ability to skillfully gather and analyze data.
  • Ability to perform a variety of assignments and make decisions requiring considerable independent judgment.
  • Ability to resolve challenges and work under pressure.
  • Displays high level of critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Knowledge of HIPAA and Corporate Compliance rules and regulations.
  • Knowledge of health care plans and community health centers.
  • Knowledge of current research and effective, developmentally appropriate approaches and practices related to occupational therapy.
  • Knowledge of sequential motor development delays, sensory processing issues, visual motor, and perceptual skills delays.
  • Computer literacy required.
  • Knowledge of Electronic Health Records preferred.
  • Ability to prioritize and plan work activities, use time efficiently and develop realistic action plans.

Work Environment & Conditions:

  • Work environment is typical of a health clinic setting with occasional exposure to communicable diseases, bodily fluids and hazardous chemicals.
  • Work occasionally involves medical equipment with proximity to electrical current, and exposure to moving mechanical parts and some hazardous chemicals.
  • Work occasionally requires extended hours to include early mornings, evenings, holidays and weekends.
  • Work requires ability to be contacted by cell phone during or outside of regular work hours. Cell Phone stipend will be provided.