Occupational Therapist
Minneapolis Public Schools - Minneapolis, MN

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Occupational Therapists (O.T.s) in the educational setting are responsible for providing appropriate occupational therapy intervention services designed to enhance the student’s potential for learning. They assist the student in acquiring those functional performance skills needed to participate in, and benefit from, the educational environment, and to help the student function independently. Occupational therapists work to improve develops, restore, or maintain a child’s active participation, self-maintenance, work, and leisure and play in educational environments. Their role includes assessment and planning, goal development, implementation, and monitoring for students receiving special education. Occupational therapists are considered related service personnel as is consistent with state and federal law.


Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Conduct appropriate evaluation procedures for students with special needs and communicate the results and recommendations to educational staff and families through written reports and verbal communication.
  • Provide re-evaluation of students focusing on areas of need at intervals determined to be educationally relevant.
  • Participate in meetings as a member of the interdisciplinary team.
  • Participate in the development of Individual Education Plans, Individual Family Service Plans, or Individual Interagency Intervention Plans for children found to have special education needs.
  • Complete documentation that is professional, efficient, and accountable and conforms to state and district policy.
  • Provide direct and indirect occupational therapy to children with educational needs in educational environments. The focus of these services may include but are not limited to a child’s
a) Activities of daily living

b) Classroom work and productive activities

c) Accommodations and/or adaptations

d) Play or leisure activities

e) Sensorimotor components of performance

f) Cognitive integration and cognitive components of performance

g) Psychosocial skills and psychological components of performance
  • Supervise Occupational Therapist Assistants.
  • Train and monitor educational staff that carry out indirect therapy programs.
  • Provide consultation to the educational system regarding student needs, professional needs, and system needs in order that the district may achieve its goals and objectives.
  • Collaborate with other school personnel and families regarding occupational therapy and children’s needs.
  • Promote occupational therapy in the larger community.
  • Travel to and among schools or community sites to provide services.
  • Lift, transfer and position children and equipment as necessary to provide occupational therapy.
  • Work within case manager systems where relevant.
  • Maintain and be accountable for the therapy inventory and equipment used with students.
  • Participate in professional growth activities and continuing education opportunities.
  • Participate in Third Party billing for those students who are eligible.
  • Acquire knowledge of the goals of the Minneapolis Public School District Improvement Agenda and site/school goals. Work to support and achieve those goals.
  • Establish developmentally appropriate instructional and behavioral expectations for students and for self and communicate those to students and their families.
  • Facilitate positive interactions between students and teacher, student and peers and student and other adults.
  • Model learning and behavior consistent with the expectations for students.
  • Participate in ongoing and regular staff, team and individual professional development.
  • Collaborate with peers to develop, plan and implement best practices based on the needs/abilities of the students.
  • Participate in site-based management and shared decision-making.
  • Always keep the students’ needs and rights first and foremost in any educational decision-making.
  • Have a working knowledge of and implement the Minnesota State Standards and the District Graduation Requirements.
Education, Training, and Experience Guidelines

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate in occupational therapy from a school accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association.
  • Minnesota State Licensure as an Occupational Therapist.
  • Certification from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.
  • Previous work experience with children or in a school setting is beneficial.
  • Prior successful experience in urban, multicultural education desirable.
  • Demonstrates continued professional development through course work, research, peer collaboration and/or job-embedded staff development.
  • Working knowledge of the subject matter, classroom management techniques, current researched best practices and strategies, as well as students’ learning styles and needs, both academic and affective.
  • Teacher Salary Schedule – 38 weeks
Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready. Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, marital status, age, sexual preference, disability or status with regard to public assistance.

Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

All applicants, including MPS employees, must complete an on-line application at www.mpls.k12.mn.us (click on Careers). In addition, upload an electronic copy of both your cover letter and resume to your application at the time that you apply. Make sure that you apply for the specific position in which you are interested.

Only complete applications, which include all of the following items, will be considered:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • On-Line Application
Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee. Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.

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