County of Alameda

Occupational Therapist III (#5818)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - HCSA Tech/Para Mgmt (U45)
$46.45-$56.37 Hourly / $3,716.00-$4,509.60 BiWeekly /
$8,051.33-$9,770.80 Monthly / $96,616.00-$117,249.60 Yearly

Under general direction, to assist the Chief Occupational Therapist in the administration and development of occupational therapy services at Fairmont Hospital; to plan, organize and direct the In-Service Education Program and the Clinical Affiliate program for Occupational Therapy; to provide professional occupational therapy services; and to do related work as required.


This one-position classification reports to the Chief Occupational Therapist at Fairmont Hospital. Occupational Therapist III is distinguished from the next lower level classification of Occupational Therapist II in that the Occupational Therapist III acts as the Assistant to the Chief Occupational Therapist, supervises Occupational Therapist II's, and carries a reduced caseload due to the amount of time spent performing administrative responsibilities.

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. Acts for Chief Occupational Therapist in his/her absence; assumes administrative and supervisory duties; assigns duties to professional and supportive staff; communicates departmental needs.
2. Suggests and, as authorized by the Chief of Occupational Therapy, introduces new methods and techniques; provides recommendations for program development within staff and patient resources and assists in the implementation of new programs.
3. Assists Chief Occupational Therapist with departmental budget, on-site job interviews, performance evaluations, and management of personnel problems.
4. Plans, organizes and directs In-Service Education Program and Occupational Therapy Clinical Affiliate Program; prepares correspondence with affiliating universities; attends and participates in appropriate meetings and committees; develops necessary policies and procedures.
5. Supervises and monitors outlying clinics and community out-patient program; evaluates staff through review of performance in evaluation procedures, therapy techniques and written work.
6. Examines physician referrals for treatment ordered, cautions, diagnoses, and desired results.
7. Evaluates patients through the administration of various muscle, neurological, self-help and cognitive-perceptual test batteries.
8. Develops an appropriate treatment program to achieve treatment objectives and goals for patient rehabilitation.
9. Attends case conferences with physicians and other Health Care team members such as Physical Therapy, Nursing and Psychology to discuss status and progress of patient.
10. Prepares reports and records on patient treatment and progress and coordinates treatment with other services involved in patient care.

Either I

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


Graduation from an accredited school of Occupational Therapy, registration with the American Occupational Therapy Association and the equivalent of three years of full-time experience as an Occupational Therapist in an institutional or clinical physical disabilities setting. The equivalent of two years of this experience must have included supervisory responsibilities.

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

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 administration and personnel supervision.
• PrincipIes, theories, methods and equipment involved in the practice of Occupational Therapy and Physical Rehabilitation.
• Anatomy and physiology of the skeletal, muscular, neural and other structures and the pathologies and injuries which result in physical impairments.
• Practices of other disciplines found in a rehabilitation program such as Physical Therapy, Medical Social Work, Speech Therapy, and such medical specialties as Orthopedics and Psychiatrics.


• Planning, organizing, and directing an educational program in Occupational Therapy.
• Guiding and evaluating the professional performance and professional development of subordinates.
• Establishing and maintaining effective and tactful relationships with others.
• Evaluating and recommending development of an Occupational Therapy program in a large hospital.
• Speaking and writing efficiently and effectively.

Old document: 0555h
New document: Jobspecs/5818
CSC Date: 12/2/82


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)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • 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
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • 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.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.