Occupational Therapist-Senior (#RH6003)
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$41.93-$50.96 Hourly / $7,267.61-$8,833.83 Monthly / $87,211.42-$106,006.03 Yearly


Under direction, performs skilled diagnostic and therapeutic occupational therapy techniques for a variety of disabling conditions; and does other or related work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the second level licensed class in the Occupational Therapist series. Incumbents utilize an advanced level of clinical skill while performing a variety of occupational therapy services including assessment, planning, treatment, related documentation and communication. Incumbents may assist instructing other occupational therapy staff.


  • Performs occupational therapy evaluations and interprets findings.
  • Plans and implements occupational therapeutic treatment for patients; establishes appropriate treatment goals; uses equipment properly.
  • Coordinates treatment programs with physicians, nurses, professional, and para-professional staff.
  • Attends staff meetings and patient conferences; conducts and/or attends in-service education programs for a variety of departmental personnel; may assist with departmental orientation of new staff.
  • Maintains accurate records and prepares written reports.
  • May act as lead therapist or provides instruction to other Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants and other professional or para-professional staff; may assist in coordinating occupational therapy internship programs; may consult with supervisory staff and provide input into employee and intern evaluations.
  • May assist with departmental projects.


Experience: One year of experience as an Occupational Therapist in San Joaquin County.

Experience: Two years of progressively responsible experience as a licensed occupational therapist performing diagnostic and/or therapeutic occupational therapy techniques for a variety of disabling conditions. 

Licenses: Must possess and maintain a current license as an Occupational Therapist issued by the California Board of Occupational Therapy; and if required by the nature of the assignment, must also possess and maintain a valid California driver’s license.


Current occupational therapy theory, practices, applications, and processes; human anatomy and physiology related to treatments; basic principles of psychology and psychopathology; perceptual-motor theory and principles; medical terminology; basic computer operations, including pertinent software; basic medical record keeping; principles of clinical supervision.


Organize and implement occupational therapy treatment programs; teach techniques of treatment in specialty areas; conduct individual and group treatment programs; interpret and adapt physician orders and/or written reports; utilize computers and office automation equipment; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; provide guidance and therapy instructions to patients; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with patients, families, staff and others; maintain excellent customer relations; complete accurate medical records and/or charts.


Mobility – operation of a data entry device; frequent standing for long periods; constant walking; occasional pushing/pulling; occasional bending/squatting; Lifting – occasional lifting of 50 lbs. or less, restraining, lifting/turning people; Vision – frequent color perception; occasional eye/hand coordination, peripheral vision and depth perception; frequent reading; Dexterity – occasional holding and repetitive motion; frequent reaching, grasping and writing; Hearing/Talking – constant hearing normal speech, talking in person, talking on the telephone; frequent hearing on the telephone and hearing faint sounds. Special Requirements – may require occasional overtime; may require weekend or evening work; Emotional/Psychological – occasional emergency situations; occasional exposure to trauma, grief and death; frequent public contact and decision making; frequent concentration required; Environmental – occasional exposure to noise; may be exposed to varied weather conditions.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RH6003; EST: 12/31/1996; REV: 8/12/2015;