Placer County

Occupational Therapist - I (#14317)

$35.05-$43.77 Hourly / $6,075.33-$7,586.80 Monthly / $72,904.00-$91,041.60 Yearly

Occupational Therapist - II (#14319)

$38.64-$48.26 Hourly / $6,697.60-$8,365.07 Monthly / $80,371.20-$100,380.80 Yearly


DEFINITION

To plan and perform occupational therapy for children who are neurologically and/or orthopedically disabled due to cerebral palsy, myelomeningocele, amputations, arthritis or similar conditions.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Occupational Therapist I
This is the entry level class in the Occupational Therapist series.  This class is distinguished from the journey level by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within this series.  Employees at this level are not expected to perform with the same independence of direction and judgement on matters allocated to the journey level.  Since this class is typically used as a training class, employees may have only limited or no directly related work experience.  Employees work under general supervision while learning job tasks.

Occupational Therapist II
This is the full journey level class within the Occupational Therapist series.  This class is distinguished from the Occupational Therapist I by the assignment of the full range of duties.  Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies within the work unit.  Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the entry level.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

Occupational Therapist I
Receives general supervision from a Supervising Public Health Nurse or Physical Therapist; may receive technical and functional supervision from other public health nursing staff.

Occupational Therapist II
Receives direction from a Supervising Public Health Nurse; may receive technical and functional supervision from other public health nursing staff.

May exercise technical and functional supervision over clerical staff and other occupational therapy staff.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Evaluate, plan and provide occupational therapy for children in a clinic, home or school setting.
  • Teach self-care activities emphasizing muscle re-education involving reach, grasp, release, coordination and balance.
  • Adapt games, crafts and other activities as therapeutic exercises.
  • Instruct children in self-feeding.
  • Develop and instruct family and teaching staff regarding feeding programs for children.
  • Develop positioning plans for the severely disabled children relative to physical functioning and daily living skills; and work with the staff.
  • Observe behavior and progress; assess and evaluate therapy, adjust accordingly.
  • Keep clinical notes and records and prepare reports.
  • Instruct parents in home follow-up and use of special equipment.
  • Cooperate with teaching staff in securing carry-over in therapy and training; and instruct teaching staff regarding care of children's physical disabilities.
  • Plan and supervise group activities.
  • Work with health and educational authorities and community organizations in integrating State and local programs for children with physical disabilities.
  • Organize clinics and participate in conferences, study groups and parent and community meetings.
  • Construct and fit hand splints.
  • Design, evaluate and/or direct the construction of special equipment.
  • Maintain equipment and therapy area.
  • Order adaptive equipment and supplies.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with patients, co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Occupational Therapist I

Experience and Training

Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience:  No experience is required. 

Training:  Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in occupational therapy or a related field.

License or Certificate:
  • Possession of a valid certificate of registration issued by the American Occupational Therapy Association.
  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.

Occupational Therapist II

Experience:
  Two years of responsible occupational therapist experience, including one year in pediatric rehabilitation, performing duties similar to an Occupational Therapist I with Placer County.

Training:  Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in occupational therapy or a related field.

License or Certificate:
  • Possession of a valid certificate of registration issued by the American Occupational Therapy Association.
  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.
 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Occupational Therapist I

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and methods of occupational therapy.
  • Theory of mental and physical rehabilitation.
  • Skeletal anatomy and kinesiology.
  • Basic pathology and neurology involved in cerebral palsy and other disabling conditions such as myelomeningocele, amputations and arthritis, relative to the objectives of occupational therapy.
  • Principles of growth and development of children.
  • Physical and psychological problems of physically disabled children and their families.
  • Design, use and care of special equipment and toys including those suitable for construction at home.
  • English usage, spelling, punctuation and grammar; arithmetic and basic mathematical calculations.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policies and procedures.
  • On an intermittent basis, sit at desk for long periods of time while preparing reports; intermittently walk, stand, bend, squat, climb, kneel, twist and reach while assisting patients in moving to and from therapy area and in providing therapy and instructional activities.
  • Intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; see with sufficient visual acuity to observe patient's physical skills; and lift very heavy weight.
  • Teach disabled children the fundamentals of self-care and other suitable activities.
  • Develop positioning programs for the severely handicapped.
  • Teach and explain occupational therapy to children, parents, teachers and other professionals.
  • Prepare reports and keep records of case histories.
  • Use equipment and supplies utilized in occupational therapy; evaluate and/or design special equipment; construct simple hand splints.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Obtain information through interviews; deal fairly and courteously with the public; and impart instructional information to patients, family and teachers.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine proper course of action.
  • Use general office machines and technology.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Occupational Therapist II

In addition to the qualifications for the Occupational Therapist I:

Knowledge of:

  • Rules and regulations for operating under California Children's Services Program.
  • Policies and procedures of the Health and Medical Services Department, especially as related to the Public Health Nursing Division.

Ability to:

  • Independently perform occupational therapy assessment, provide therapy and instruct patients and those who closely interact with patients.

CLASS: 14317; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: ;
CLASS: 14319; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: ;