PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In State facilities, this class is accountable for the supervision of an occupational therapy program for physically, mentally, and/or developmentally disabled.
GUIDELINES FOR JOB CLASS USE
In a facility which has no Director of Rehabilitation Therapies, this class has programmatic and administrative responsibility for a therapy program. Supervision of other employees is not necessary, provided there is supervision of a program in the absence of a Director. There may be only (1) supervisor for an occupational therapy program. Where used in a supervisory capacity, this class must supervise at least two (2) filled professional therapist positions.
Works under the limited supervision of the Director of Rehabilitation Therapies, Director of Residential Programs or other employee of higher grade.
May supervise Occupational Therapists, Rehabilitation Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapy students and staff in other therapy disciplines.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Plans, directs, and/or contributes to planning and directing of an occupational therapy program used to provide clients with habilitation/ rehabilitation activities; develops diagnostic tools and administrative procedures for occupational therapy department; supervises and instructs staff and intern therapists in occupational therapeutic techniques and implementation of various procedures; provides in-service training; supervises therapy staff and reviews their reports; conducts or participates in case conferences, client study meetings or clinics to provide consultation to attending physician and other therapeutic disciplines regarding client level of functioning, treatment plans and progress; attends training conferences and lectures on occupational therapy and related topics; develops and maintains reporting and recording procedures for client care and administrative matters; prepares and maintains reports on client diagnosis, treatment and progress; maintains inventories and orders supplies and equipment; may act for Director of Rehabilitation Therapies in his or her absence; may assign clients to activity groups; may supervise related therapy areas; may meet with other department heads to coordinate occupational therapy with other programs in facility or hospital; may develop occupational therapy policies and procedures may prepare occupational therapy department budget; may conduct occupational therapy staff meetings to discuss clinical and administrative issues; may maintain liaison with local and state agencies for continuance of vocational and educational training of discharged clients; may make home visits and/or transport and escort clients off grounds; may represent the occupational therapy department by speaking to community groups; may make adaptive equipment; may serve as a Qualified Intellectual Disabilites Professional (QIDP); performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of occupational therapy; considerable knowledge of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, neurology, neuroanatomy and individual group dynamics as applied to occupational therapy; considerable knowledge of physical, mental and/or psychosocial disorders; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; skill in application of occupational therapy techniques; skill in instructing others in occupational therapy techniques; ability to gain interest, cooperation and confidence of clients; ability to utilize computer software; supervisory ability.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Three (3) years of experience as an Occupational Therapist.
1. Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain licensure as an Occupational Therapist in the State of Connecticut.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to be fluent in a foreign language or proficient in the use of American Sign Language in certain designated positions.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
4. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(37)-Therapy - (Speech/Physical/Occup/etc)
(11)-HEALTH PROF (P-1)
This replaces the existing specification for the title of Occupational Therapy Supervisor in Salary Group HC 26 approved effective September 1, 1999. (2013 SCOPE Review and implementation of the Stipulated Agreement)