Director of Occupational Therapy
BRIEF JOB SUMMARY:
Under general direction, Director of Occupational Therapy exercises initiative and autonomy, to accomplish the goals and objectives of Keystone Behavioral Pediatrics’ occupational therapy services. The Director of Occupational Therapy conducts assessments and evaluates the needs and programs of clients; acts as a consultant to staff and parents regarding learning concerns; and assists in team planning and treatment goals. The Director of Occupational Therapy serves as supervisor and resource to Department of Occupational Therapy in areas of expertise. Direct services include: assessment, diagnosis, treatment plans, interventions, referrals, ILP meetings, and parent meetings. The Occupational Therapist will also be responsible for appropriate communication (verbal & written) with service coordinators, client team members, intake/billing specialists, family members, insurance companies, and physicians.
Director of Occupational Therapy also supervises and provides consultation to practicum students and interns. Provides leadership and expertise in clinical development and outreach.
PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
1. Complete thorough evaluation, including muscle tone, range of motion/mobility, orthopedic/splinting needs, movement analysis, perceptive/fine motor skills, sensory motor processing and functional activities of daily living
2. Administers treatments directed toward developing, improving, sustaining and restoring sensory motor, neuromuscular, emotional, cognitive or psychosocial performance components.
3. Administers treatments that contribute to optimal occupational performance including self care, daily living skills essential for productivity; functional communication and mobility; positioning; social integration; cognitive mechanisms; enhancing play and leisure skills.
4. Designs, provides and trains relative to the use of assistive technology, devices, orthotics, prosthetics, or environmental adaptations in accordance for loss of occupational performance.
5. Understands and follows the regulatory statutes and rules pertaining to the practice of Occupational Therapy.
6. Understands and follows reimbursement guidelines of fiscal intermediaries of the patients served.
7. Maintains educational requirements for self to meet state licensing requirements.
8. Assists the Chief Financial Officer with the budget process.
9. Establishes policy and procedures for O.T. Department.
10. Maintain supplies and equipment.
11. Supervises students within O.T. department
12. Educate and demonstrate (verbally or written) therapy techniques to parents and teachers that can be incorporated into a home and classroom programs; assist families and teachers in home/classroom program facilitation.
13. With treatment team input, develop individualized goals for each child incorporating functional abilities with the objective to increase daily living skills.
14. Develop and implement treatment program to meet the individual needs of the child.
15. Attend staff meetings, in-service training, and continuing education courses as appropriate or required.
16. Maintain communication with child's primary physician and treatment team through progress reports or other communication measures.
17. Participate in public speaking or community education programs that focus on issues relating to therapy and children.
18. Assess and make recommendations regarding the use of adaptive equipment as needed and provide written justification and coordinate purchase of equipment for a child with team members, service coordinator, intake/billing specialists, families, and other allied professionals.
19. Fabricate adaptive equipment/splints as indicated.
20. Participates in staff meetings and ILP meetings.
21. Responsible for timely documentation of evaluation results, progress reports, discharge reports, daily notes, attendance reports, Medicaid prior authorizations and insurance justifications as required.
22. Maintain professional clinical competency by attending certified CEU inservices and workshops in the area of pediatrics.
23. Collaboratively incorporate best practices and demonstrate a willingness to question established practices.
24. Assist in developing strategic and long-range plan for the program.
25. Perform any other duties that are from time to time deemed necessary. Act as liaison in relationships with other Company departments.
26. Establish, build, and work collaboratively with the professional community and other health care providers/organizations.
27. Represent Company at local, state, and professional meetings.
28. Other duties as assigned.
1. Must be able to assume a variety of postures (kneeling, squatting, crouching, sitting, standing, etc.) in the course of working with children with developmental disabilities and behavior problems.
2. Must be able to lift and carry clients in braces and other adaptive equipment.
3. Must be able to restrain/hold/transport patients in the course of behavioral management.
4. Must be able to work in a stressful environment while maintaining a calm demeanor throughout daily interactions with clients, staff, parents, and visitors.
5. Must be able to receive detailed information through oral communication.
6. Must have visual acuity to determine the accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of the work assigned.
7. Must be able to sit at a computer terminal for extended periods of time.
8. Must be able to travel to and from different locations and sites in the greater Jacksonville area.
9. Must have manual dexterity sufficient to perform various keyboard functions.
10. Must be physically present at the assigned job site.
- SUPERVISED BY: Director of Program Development, Director of Administration
- PERSONNEL SUPERVISED: COTA, O.T. Intern
- Individual must demonstrate competency across all age groups due to the diversity of the children and families served by KBP.
- Clinical care focus is on the neonate, pediatric, and adolescent populations, as well as some adults with disabilities.
- Master’s degree and successful completion of all assigned practicum and internship requirements; or any combination of experience and training which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and ability required to perform the work.
- Must be licensed to practice Occupational Therapy in the State of Florida.
- Mental and physical health sufficient to meet the demands of the position.
- Membership in the AOTA and NDOTA is encouraged.
- Assessment and training background with autism and other developmental disabilities preferred as well as mental health disorders in children, and philosophical appreciation for behavioral intervention in both clinical and educational settings.
- Maintain up-to-date training/certification status in CPR, Professional Crisis Management, and other company-provided in-service topics.
- Must be able to accept constructive feedback.
- Must be able to organize and manage time and manage multiple tasks.
- Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to develop and maintain effective communications and working relationships with other employees, clients, and their families as well as the general public, across all age groups, including but not limited to neonate, pediatric, adolescent, and adult populations.
- Ability to demonstrate professional behavior by adhering to organizational policies and procedures, and assuming authority appropriately.
- Must maintain adequate personal grooming consistent with professional appearance.
- Must pursue education or training necessary to perform at the level of competence required to incorporate the hardware, software, technologies, and ideas relevant to specific job responsibilities.
- Knowledge of normal/abnormal growth and development throughout the age continuum.
- Ability to provide, assess, interpret, and communicate age-specific data (in response to treatment protocols).