The University of Montana-Missoula is seeking an Occupational Therapist to serve as the Clinical Coordinator for the Rural Institute MonTECH program. The Rural Institute is Montana’s Center of Excellence in Disabilities and MonTECH is a major program within the Rural Institute. MonTECH is Montana’s comprehensive resource center for Assistive Technology (AT). The program serves people of all age ranges and all disabilities as well as providing services to individuals, families, professionals, schools, and agencies throughout Montana. It is the state’s centralized point of contact for information, equipment demonstration, equipment loan, equipment exchange, training, technical assistance, and professional evaluations that document an individual’s need for assistive technology. MonTECH’s Clinical Coordinator is responsible for delivering direct professional services as well as ensuring that all of the multiple project strands (e.g., information, demo, equipment loan, evaluation) work together to support positive outcomes for individuals with disabilities, their service providers, and families.
The program is seeking an Occupational Therapist to serve as the MonTECH Assistive Technology Clinical Coordinator. The person in this position works closely with the Program Director and is responsible for the daily management and all professional service delivery components of the clinic. As a professionally credentialed person, the primary responsibility of the Clinical Coordinator is the provision of professional client assessments, evaluations, training, and support services in the specialty discipline of Assistive Technology (AT). This requires the individual to be competent in working with a full spectrum of ages and types of disabilities, including but not limited to physical and developmental disabilities, acquired brain injury, neurological disorders, cognitive functioning, communication, chronic conditions, and sensory issues related to vision and hearing. This position requires an empathetic individual who understands that disability is a natural part of the human experience, believes in consumer choice, and professionally advocates for AT services and supports that enable individuals to participate in a full range of home, community, work, and/or education settings, increasing and/or maintaining their level of independent functioning. The position requires a highly motivated individual who is invested in providing exemplary services based on best practices. This person must be effective in communicating with professional and lay persons, be self-directed, able to multi-task and quickly prioritize competing demands.
The successful candidate will demonstrate:
A broad based knowledge of multiple disabilities and functional limitations
Ability to interpret and synthesize medical records and other relevant information that is associated with AT referrals, evaluations, and services
Knowledge of the full range of AT options especially as they relate to self-care, independent living, computer access, communication, cognitive functioning, vision, and hearing
Knowledge of AT applications and implementation for multiple environments including home, community, school, and employment
Knowledge and experience with AT assessment and evaluation processes based on defined models
Ability to plan and implement services based on best practices
Development and delivery of training and technical assistance
Experience with diverse human services systems
Proven organizational and time management skills
Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
Ability to communicate complex information to diverse groups
Critical analysis skills in AT applications, implementation, and research
Skill in the operation of Windows based pc and software, including the Microsoft Office Suite
The ability to exercise diplomacy and good judgment
This position is full time and is eligible for a full benefits package. The salary is commensurate with skills and qualifications for the state of Montana with a range of $51,000 - $55,000. Continued employment is contingent upon receiving continuation funding for the MonTECH programs.
Additional information about The University of Montana, Rural Institute and MonTECH program is available at:
The University of Montana http://umt.edu/
Rural Institute: Center for Excellence in Disability Education, Research, and Service http://ruralinstitute.umt.edu/index.asp
Successful completion and credentialing as a Registered Occupational Therapist is required for this position with relevant experience related to the provision of Assistive Technology. Candidates with certification as an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP), AOTA certification in environmental modification, and/or AOTA certification in low vision will be preferred. Montana licensure or ability to obtain licensure within six months is required. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants will be considered if they demonstrate the necessary background and experience in the field of Assistive Technology and meet the basic qualifications as outlined above.
HOW TO APPLY
Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled.
Interested applicants should upload the following materials: *Please note: only five (5) attachments of up to 10 MB are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.
3-5 page statement of interest that addresses all of the position responsibilities
A current detailed resume or C.V.
Contact information for at least three (3) references
Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment
In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations.
Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law.
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