Occupational Therapist

Recruitment #211019-UNCX-670


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to providing quality health services to Oklahoma citizens. The mission of the Department of Health is to promote, protect and improve the health of all Oklahomans through strategies that focus on preventing disease and injuries.

OSDH is seeking a full time Occupational Therapist providing support to the Cleveland County Health Department working out of the Norman location. This position may be hired as a Level II or Level III. This is an unclassified position (PIN 34000681) in state government serving under SoonerStart. OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Packageincluding a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependentsFor more information about the benefit allowance [click here].The annual salary for this position is up to $53,949.00 as a Level II and up to $59,882.00 as a Level III determination to be based on education and experience.

Position Description:  
This position is assigned responsibilities involving advanced level duties in occupational therapy.  Incumbents at this level may assume a lead role in evaluation, assessment, program planning, intervention, and supervise occupational therapy students during field work experience.  May provide in-service training in areas of recognized expertise at the local, regional and state level.  Positions which are the only occupational therapist at a facility with overall responsibility for the program are also included at this level.

Duties and Position Responsibilities:
• Plans, conducts, and evaluates occupational therapy treatment/intervention and activities.
• Interprets physician referrals and determines appropriate evaluation procedures.
• Makes recommendations concerning standardized treatments/intervention based on medical indications.
• Completes patient assessments concerning independent living skills, occupational performance, pre-vocational work adjustment, educational skills, social skills and abilities.
• Tests neuro-muscular, motor, cognitive and psycho-social skills.
• Interprets results and proposes a treatment/intervention plan, including short and long range goals, frequency and duration.
• Provides treatment/intervention according to the prescribed plan, including task oriented activities, prevocational activities, neuro-motor and sensory-motor activities and patient/family counseling and activities.
• Participates in the assessment, design and fabrication of adaptive equipment and orthotic devices.
• Evaluates patient response to treatment/intervention and makes recommendations on changes in treatment as required.
• Maintains records concerning treatment/intervention provided, including both subjective and objective data.
• Initiates discharge planning, prepares discharge summary, orders required equipment, and instructs patients and care providers in home program.
• Participates in a multidisciplinary team to assist in developing intervention strategies to meet the client’s needs.
• May provide limited supervision and training to therapy assistants and aides in the care and treatment of patients and the proper completion of standardized procedures.
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Level II
- Required at this level include knowledge of the principles and practices of professional occupational therapy; of therapeutic techniques and their application to occupational therapy; of standardized treatments prescribed for various conditions; of the procedures to evaluate various skills and abilities; and of the supplies, materials and equipment used in conducting occupational therapy programs.  Ability is required to use therapeutic equipment and materials; to evaluate various skills and abilities; to administer prescribed treatments and conduct planned activities; to interpret medical prescriptions; to establish effective working relationships with others; to effectively communicate both orally and in writing; to exercise initiative and independent judgment; and to mentor occupational therapy students during field work experience.

Level III - Required at this level include those identified in Level II plus ability is required to develop occupational therapy treatment plans; and to provide in-service training at the local, regional and state levels in identified areas of expertise.

Physical Demands and Work Environment
Work is typically performed in a client’s home or daycare setting or in an office environment with climate controlled settings and exposure to moderate noise level.  Telework and the provision of services remotely may also be required. While performing the duties of the job, employee is required to talk, stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms and may lift up to 35 pounds.  This position requires long period of sitting and daily use of computer and phone. Applicants must be willing to perform all job-related travel associated with this position.





Level II- Requirements at this level consist of a current Oklahoma license as an Occupational Therapist issued by the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision and one year of professional experience as a licensed Occupational Therapist; or an advanced level master’s degree or doctorate in pediatric rehabilitative services, pediatric occupational therapy, special education, or a closely related field may be substituted for the required experience.

Level III - Requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level II plus two additional years of qualifying experience or an advanced level master’s degree or doctorate in pediatric rehabilitative services, pediatric occupational therapy, special education (or other similar degree) may be substituted for two years only of the required experience.


If education, certification or licensure is required to meet qualifications, applicants must provide documentation at the time of interview. 

All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.


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Veteran’s preference points apply only for initial appointment in the classified service.