County of Alameda

Occupational Therapist II (#5815)

$44.25-$53.10 Hourly / $3,318.75-$3,982.50 BiWeekly /
$7,190.63-$8,628.75 Monthly / $86,287.50-$103,545.00 Yearly


DESCRIPTION
Under direction, to supervise and instruct entry- to journey-level professional therapists, supportive personnel and students; to assist in the development of special techniques and equipment; and to provide and supervise the provision of the full-range of occupational therapy services in rehabilitation programs treating physically disabled and emotionally ill persons in County medical facilities; and to do related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES

Occupational Therapist II’s are first-line supervisors who supervise a full-range of occupational therapy services. Generally working in small teams, they supervise Occupational Therapist I’s, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapy Aides and other sub-professional occupational therapy staff. Occupational Therapist II’s have program responsibility for an assigned area and typically carry a caseload in addition to their supervisorial responsibilities.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Supervises, orients, trains, instructs and assists in the evaluation of entry- and journey-level professional staff and supportive staff; assists in personnel selection; delegates cases to assigned staff while maintaining responsibility for an assigned program; carries a caseload of patients in addition to supervisorial responsibilities.
2. Reviews referrals by physician to note diagnoses, cautions, treatment ordered and results desired.
3. Interviews patients and administers the appropriate tests and/or evaluations to assess physical and or psycho-social dysfunction. These evaluations may include, but are not limited to, range of motion, muscle testing, sensory integration, perceptual abilities, coordination, activities of daily living, pre-vocational, home evaluation, equipment needs, feeding and pre-feeding evaluations, and interpersonal relationship skills.
4. Plans an appropriate treatment program utilizing selected methods to achieve the desired treatment objectives and goals for patient rehabilitation. These methods may include, but are not limited to, therapeutic exercises and functional activities to promote muscle return, sensory re-education, muscle facilitation, perceptual-motor integration, activities of daily living and transfer training, prosthetic training of the upper extremity, orthotic and adaptive equipment fabrication, and community re-orientation.
5. Attends rehabilitation conferences and discusses the status and progress of rehabilitation patients with physicians and personnel of other disciplines involved, such as physical therapy, nursing, and psychology.
6. Keeps records and prepares reports on patient treatment and progress and coordinates treatment with other services involved in patient care; confers with the Chief Occupational Therapist regarding progress and problems.
7. Attends and participates in staff conferences, training, and in-service sessions, explains occupational therapy to other disciplines and coordinates programs.
8. May lead an out-patient group of mentally disturbed patients in a program designed to gain or re-gain maximum mental capabilities.
9. May act for the Assistant Chief Occupational Therapist in his/her absence; assumes administrative duties as assigned; assists the Chief in assigning duties to professional and supportive staff; communicates departmental needs.
10. Keeps informed of current trends and new developments in the field; reads the professional literature; and participates in professional activities in the field.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Either I

The equivalent of one year of full-time experience in the class of Occupational Therapist I in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)

Or II
Education:

The equivalent of two years of full-time experience as an occupational therapist in another facility in physical disabilities or psycho-social dysfunction.

Certification:

Registration with the American Occupational Therapy Association.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Principles of occupational therapy theory, methods, procedures, and equipment involved.
• Human anatomy, physiology and psychopathology.
• Perceptual-motor theory and principles.
• Medical terminology.
• Arts, crafts and recreational activities.

Abilities:

• Applying occupational therapy principles and practices.
• Analyzing patient situations.
• Expressing oneself clearly in speaking and writing.
• Maintaining medical confidentiality.
• Instructing and supervising employees in the program.
• Explaining occupational therapy procedures to personnel of other departments, to relatives, and to others as required.
• Working effectively with a wide variety of departmental and Inter-departmental personnel.

CLASS SPEC HISTORY
TT:lm-h
Revised: 11/82
Old document: 0554h
New document: Jobspecs/5815
ys/7/01
CSC Date: 11/10/82

BENEFITS

Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.