Occupational Therapist
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services - Austin, TX

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Performs highly advanced (senior-level) habilitation or therapeutic rehabilitation work. Work involves performing or overseeing habilitation testing, programming, diagnosis, and reporting clinical services that may involve evaluation and treatment of dysphagia (swallowing disorders and food textures); evaluation and fabrication of orthopedic equipment, seating, and mobility devices; and other specialized modalities utilized in the treatment of individuals with multiple physical disabilities and serious medical conditions. This position plans, develops and implements complex physical nutritional management programs and treatment protocols to treat, improve, or maintain consumer's level of health and function. This position reviews and analyzes assessments, progress reports, incident reports, and medical consults. The Registered Therapist V participates in quality assurance and quality enhancement activities related to provision of therapeutic rehabilitation and participates in decisions involving facility policy and procedures. This position oversees the coordination of the student internships or other educational programs and may conduct research in therapeutic outcomes/practice. May plan, assign, and/or supervise the work of others. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.
1. Administers and interprets assessment, interviews clients/staff and recommends treatment plan and renders therapeutic treatments to consumers. 20%
2. Plans, develops, and implements treatment protocols to treat, improve, or maintain consumer’s level of function. 15%
3. Oversees habilitation testing, programming, diagnosing, reporting and researching clinical services. 10%
4. Plans, schedules, and oversees orthopedic equipment production, maintenance, and repair programs, and designs and prepares plans and specifications for custom and adaptive equipment. 10%
5. Writes reviews and analyzes assessments, progress reports, incident reports, and medical consults. 10%
6. Participates in quality assurance and quality enhancement activities related to therapeutic services at the local and state level. 10%
7. Plan, assigns, and/or supervises the work of others. 10%
8. Designs, directs and oversees training programs for both consumers and staff. 5%
9. Oversees the coordination of the student internship programs for both local and nationwide colleges. 5%
10. Participates in conferences for diagnosis and treatment planning. 5%-Performs habilitative and therapeutic evaluation and treatment.
Other duties as assigned include, but are not limited to, actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency’s obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.

Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Knowledge of the principles of habilitative therapy and their application to the treatment of individuals with cognitive impairments and developmental disabilities.
Knowledge of therapeutic principles and techniques.
Knowledgeable in the areas of physical and developmental disabilities.
Ability to evaluate, prescribe, and provide seating, mobility, positioning, orthotic or assistive devices.
Ability to impart general and specific information about HT, MR, CP, anatomy, physiology, and treatment techniques to persons with varying levels of experience.
Ability to follow instructions and base decisions on current policies.
Ability to communicate effectively both in written form and verbally.
Ability to produce reports, progress notes and assessments utilizing computer technology.
Ability to work well with staff, foster the team process, and assume leadership role as indicated.
Skill in the use of rehabilitation and orthopedic equipment, materials, and tools and in the repair of rehabilitation therapy equipment.
Ability to perform assessments, develop programs, administer therapy programs, and to coordinate program activities.

Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Current Occupational Therapy license or a Temporary Occupational Therapy License issued by the state of Texas

Initial Selection Criteria:
Experience in therapeutic rehabilitation work. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in occupational therapy is generally preferred. Experience and education may be substituted for one another. Occupational Therapy License or a Temporary Occupational Therapy License issued by the state of Texas is required. Selected candidates with a Temporary Occupational Therapy Licenses should be prepared to take the test for a permanent license.

Additional Information:
Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

All applicants must pass: pre-employment drug screen, fingerprint criminal background check, and Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Employee Misconduct Registry and Nurse/Aide Registry checks. Males between the ages of 18 – 25 must be registered with the Selective Service. All State Supported Living Center employees are subject to Random drug testing. Flexibility in work hours may be required for this position. The position may be required to work overtime and/or extended hours.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.

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